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    'If you existed, I'd divorce you.' spyk_'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by .chris View Post
    I just finished Life after Life and A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. I really really loved Life after Life. A God in Ruins was a fine read, but I didn't really get into the characters. The daughter Violet was insufferable. While I get what the author was going for with the ending, I thought it could have been done better.
    That's really funny. I read God in Ruins last year and Viola was my favourite character. She's an incredibly difficult woman but her flaws make her intriguing, especially the path of damage she leaves around her.

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    I'm working my way through the Harry Potter series for the first time and the books are more interesting and well-written than I remember them when I casually browsed through one of them many years ago. They don't necessarily make me want to watch the films more but I think they are very entertaining reading.

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    She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

    I can't believe I had NEVER READ THIS BOOK, considering I am 1. from New England, 2. obsessed with whales and 3. literally everyone my age has read this book. I finally got to it, and I honestly found it incredibly moving and related to some of it more than I'd care to admit. I feel like if I had had some of Dolores' tough breaks earlier in life, my life could have gone a similar way. I saw a lot of myself in her. I found it really compelling and while it wasn't 100% successful at some points, I thought it was a great book.

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    ^ Oh my! I read that so many years ago! I've forgotten a lot of it now, but I remember really loving it at the time. Glad you liked it too!

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    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    She's a brilliant observer and relater of human relations, and her commentary on race and class across Nigeria, England and America is incredibly thought provoking, sad, and humorous in turns... I can't think of another book that incorporates so much observation without ever feeling like an editorial. It never breaks the spell and the forward prpopulsion of the plot had me totally absorbed from the beginning. She really has created a work of genius and significance. But I must say I was a *little* bit annoyed by the ending - it didn't feel totally true to me, whereas the entire rest of the novel felt brutally honest and real, creating an incongruity for ne. Despite this, I strongly recommend the book. 9.5/10

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    White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg. Explains so much.

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    Anyone enjoy the SOMETHING LIKE... books? Something Like Summer, etc? Gay themed.
    I got so much flavor put me on the buffet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .chris View Post
    A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson.... The daughter Violet was insufferable. While I get what the author was going for with the ending, I thought it could have been done better.
    Violet was absolutely insufferable but interestingly drawn, I thought. I mean you wanted to tie an anchor to her foot and throw in the sea, but I thought her story and evolution were very interesting to read.

    100% agree with you about the ending. In theory I like it, but it seems to fall somewhat short of what could have been.

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    Last night I finished The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth and final volume of the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante.

    I just absolutely loved these books. I know that I and others in this thread have discussed some of the things that are problematic about her style--a tendency towards the clinical, a tendency to gloss/"tell" something rather than show it in-scene--but to me, it works for her and for the story she is telling, the way she is trying to tell it. I found the books compulsively readable. She manages, by using the complicated and sometimes toxic friendship between these two women as her locus and lodestone, to write a saga that is about literally everything--family, love, sex, class, history, art, knowledge, time, memory, tragedy, and friendship, friendship above all. She takes every thread that she teased out in the first book and pulls them through the whole quartet, until the defining event of the final volume unfolds with a stomach-dropping sense of awesome, terrible inevitability. These characters and their lives will stay with me a long time, and the books will always have a place on my shelf. Highly recommended.
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