My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The Story of Lucy Gault is obviously intended to be a tragic, emotional story full of Irish pathos and poetry but in my opinion, it just fell flat. It was as if the author had had a limited amount of action he could put in the book and he spent it all in the first chapter or so, leaving very little for anyone to do for the rest of the book. I’ve read reviews which raved about the subtly of the story and warned that any reader would need a box of tissues to get through it but frankly, I was bored and kept waiting for the author to make a point about why this story was worth telling. I stuck it out to the end of the book, waiting for some sort of payoff but now that I know that there won’t be one, I am very happy to be moving on to another book, preferably one with more of a plot.