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atrixa wrote:I really enjoyed this book, as Scott says, it's unique, but the ending upset me. She could have told everyone where her body was, but what does she do? Have sex with her teen crush...
The beginning where she describes her rape and murder really disturbed me and I found it hard to read.
I liked the message about death and loss that Sebold was putting across, though. I appreciated the way that she portrayed the family as imperfect and more realistic. The mother cannot take it and the sister hardens herself towards the subject.
Same here enjoyed reading the book a lot too.... Really well done in posting a review about the book.....
I like narrative. It was really personal. Although the ending where Sussy get to be laid is somehow disturbing. I guess she deserves it.
atrixa wrote:The beginning where she describes her rape and murder really disturbed me and I found it hard to read.
I loved this book so much that it is one that I recommend to anyone who asks me for a book idea. Many of the people I have recommended it to have had problems getting through the beginning and some have actually given up. I'm so disappointed by those people because I know once they get through the beginning it is such an amazing book. I go back and reread this book at least once a year because I just think it is such a unique way to tell a story and the book just always seems to call to me.
It was a great mix however and I would like to see more books use that format.
-- 30 Sep 2011, 15:45 --
[quote="Snoots"]I thought this work could have been written by a teenager of Susie's age. Susie's omniscient power and heavenly viewpoint was tedious and simplistic. Sebold succeeded in drawing the parallel time paths of the monster Harvey with Susie's heavenly innocence which created suspense, but that suspense was lost in the author's inability to develop the characters beyond a patchwork of disconnected events. Though I read flashes of good writing, I thought Sebold suffered a form of writer's insecurity in failing to develop and resolve the story of her characters; with the exception of sister Lindsey, I thought all major characters were fated to join Susie in a nebulous writer's netherland.[/quote]
Well said. I thought the opening was by far the strongest part of the book and possibly she failed to capitalise on initial early development. Her father frustrated me more in that he didn't seem persistent enough to pursue the matter of his daughters death as I feel I would.
As always unfortunately! Indeed I prefer to read before the books than movies!
But the film is already out!