Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Love Falls by Esther Freud


Esther Freud wrote Hideous Kinky, a good book that became an even better movie. Love Falls would be a good movie too, but it’s a lousy book. It would be a good movie because it would be set in Italy and have very pretty stars (isn’t that enough?). The protagonist Lara would be played by some nubile young ingénue who would flit around a Tuscan villa in her bikini, having sex with her boyfriend, played by some impossibly virile young male star. The older male lead (Lara’s father) would be played by someone handsome but remote, like Ralph Fiennes, and he would get his sex scenes also, with the 30-something female second lead. This part would happen in Florence, so there would be lots of café scenes and art museums, too.

I had to force myself to finish this book. The only things that propelled me forward were the descriptions of the villa and its gardens, the descriptions of the food, and the descriptions of Florence (more food, lots more art and architecture). I didn’t care one jot about any of the characters or what happened to them. I’m not even sure how it ended.

Plot summary, anyone? Lara, age 17, and her father go to Italy together to visit the father’s friend who is dying. They stay at the friend’s very cool villa near Siena. Lara gets involved with the son of the dissolute aristocratic English family from the very cool villa next door. Her father gets involved with one of their houseguests. The friend dies. They go back to London. Someone, please start filming this immediately.

(Book 27, 2009)

7 comments:

Connie said...

Oooh, I'm with you. This sounds like a great book that would make a great film.

Thanks for the review!

dededan said...

I love the review! :)

Phillip S Phogg said...

Perhaps Esther Freud, knowing a good thing (or knowing on which side her bread was buttered) wrote Love Falls in such a way that some film director somewhere couldn't resist it.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Great review. I, too, will wait for the movie.

Citizen Reader said...

Ha! Love the review. I'll skip this one and just wait for the movie.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Oh, I'm so glad to read this and find out I'm not the only one who didn't care for this. I abandoned this at page 65 tonight, not really caring much for the characters or anything else. You're right, though ... it would probably be a box-office success at the movies!

Claire Star said...

I actually loved this book, it's one of my favorites that I've read in the last year and a half. I thought the character of Lara was really interesting, the characters were engaging and the descriptions of the scenery and setting were fantastic, as well. All in all, I thought it was a good, well-rounded book.

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