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The author of the book: Lionel Shriver
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Edition: Belfond
Date of issue: October 2010
Language: English
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Can always digest a Shriver novel easily- the writing flows, the insight is heavy, and I always know where they're going- somewhere bad!

(This is a terrible cover, btw- you can't see how badly photoshopped the racket and ball are into the stock photo. Doesn't seem like they had much faith for this novel second time around either!!)

Kinda funny in a novel that says that cathartic moments rarely drop into a career that's been slowly declining for many years, and on this, a re-issued version, it says "Orange Prize winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin." And consider that this is a cautionary tale about holding onto a dream that's never gonna happen for too long (or is it?) Big Brother, written post-Shriver success, is a novel that argues that the satisfaction of achieving success is nothing to be envied:
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

So the Shriver of now is happier, and realises she was happy when she wrote this.

I see a number of reviews saying this ain't no Kevin: I think it's just as well-crafted, it just happens to be on a different topic. Though she does a terrible job of making me care for her characters or convincing me that they're in love. I felt the same way when I started So Much for That, I was like, why are these people married when they hate each other? It's a shame that love and loving gestures are taken as a given when narrating a marriage's descent, let alone before the descent!

Big echoes of Revolutionary Road, especially with the whole abortion fiasco just thrown into the end, but not quite as devastating. In fact, it surprised me that I thought of a much more devastating ending than Shriver for this one: (view spoiler)[in the end, the husband says he won't go to the US Open if his wife wants to raise the baby she's carrying. She says she already had an abortion. Instead, the wife should have let him quit, waited until the US Open was over and then told him she had an abortion: it's a double fault? Tragedy is so basic ;) (hide spoiler)]

I can't take the message too seriously: at one point it mentions the fact that many people have dreams that few can achieve, but Willy, the failing protagonist, has a terrible time and doesn't seem to have much hope at the end. I'm of the belief that, luckily enough, every human has the hard-wiring to choose achievable goals that will give them a happy life, but this novel seems to suggest that it's a tragedy not every singer achieves Amy Winehouse fame (watch the documentary on her to see if that's so enviable!)

So I don't know. But there are two things I enjoy in fiction most: one is in low-budget films when, just through dialogue, characters convince you that they are not on this planet even although nothing else about their environment suggests this (maybe Dogtooth, first example I could think of- and Coherence, too!); the second is when characters appear to be in easily resolvable situations but create mental traps that bind them tighter and tighter and convince them otherwise. This novel does the latter expertly :)


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Ebook Double faute read Online! Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs. Her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

Author photo copyright Jerry Bauer, courtesy of Harper Collins.



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STANLEY

Perfect Design and content!

CHARLES

A hard, shocking, but extremely useful book that makes you think!

AMBER

An enticing cover and a controversial story.

JACK

You need to drive a phone number to protect against robots.

AMELIA

Interesting look on the other side




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