didnt really like it, forced myself to finish A strange little tale I sympathized with the main character Henry Church as well as his wife Margaret Their interests and characters did not lie in the path that life seemed to have laid out for them so a kind of sadness prevailed, even in the ending, although, how could it have ended otherwise I admired Henry s creative soul and the fortitude that carried him forward in searching for Margaret. Curious and satisfying read from this Canadian author Beautifully written it lagged a bit Characters were all well done I have never heard of this author but will read ,ore from him. The Mermaid of Paris is about an eccentric inventor Henry in the 1900s who is married to a bored housewife Margaret Henry works for his father in law at his bicycle factory, but would much rather be inventing or looking after his birds Margaret becomes bored and takes off to Europe with a circus performer Finding his wife becomes Henry s new obsession To me, the book is about how obsessions can haunt us and get in the way of living life A few interesting characters and concepts. it was slow in the beginning and i really had to force myself to continue but once i got about halfway it started picking up if you re very patient and open minded then you might like this one i liked it all in all but the beginning is very slow. Wow, it loos like most readers disliked this book I m not one of them Sure, there were things about it that I didn t love, but overall I found it to be a satisfying story I consider it to beof a long modern fairy tale than a novel. . Slow but had interesting points If you have patience, you can somewhat enjoy it It was not a waste of time. I feel like I ve been falsely advertised to The fact that Margaret is a mermaid could have been removed entirely from the story, and it would only have changed a couple pages I realise the focus is not the fantastical, and it is entirely Henry s devotion to her, but view spoiler his affection borders upon, and then completely surpasses obsessive, culminating in an attempted suicide hide spoiler The focus is entirely on Henry and his turmoil None of the other characters are really very w I feel like I ve been falsely advertised to The fact that Margaret is a mermaid could have been removed entirely from the story, and it would only have changed a couple pages I realise the focus is not the fantastical, and it is entirely Henry s devotion to her, but view spoiler his affection borders upon, and then completely surpasses obsessive, culminating in an attempted suicide hide spoiler The focus is entirely on Henry and his turmoil None of the other characters are really very well fleshed out just so many marionettes like in the poppet plays Henry put on They filled a purpose only to further flesh out Henry s character without evolving any character of their own There were so many avenues that the author could have taken with the subject matter, it s disappointing that he wrote so blandly Perhaps a modernisation of the tale, depicting a different angle, is in order PRAISE FOR THE DOCTOR S HOUSE AND OTHER FICTION When we think of the truly great, world class Canadian writers it is time that the list is broadened to include the gifted Cary Fagan EDMONTON JOURNAL