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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 28 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142000345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142000342
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Kaye Tompsett on Dec 10 2013
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love this series although I did find A common Life a little slow but easily enjoyable. I recommend this series to anyone looking for easy, relaxed and 'feel good' reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By plum9195 on Oct. 27 2002
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Huge disappointment. Don't buy, borrow from the library if you must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9 2002
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Not sure why Jan Karon even wrote this book. It gives you nothing new to the story. It was written as if her publisher wanted something new so she wrote this in 5 minutes just to please her publisher. This book is so unlike her other books. She's a wonderful writer with stories that just sweep you off your feet and characters that find their way into your heart to stay. As far as this book is concerned, don't waste your time.
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Another great read! A little shorter than regular Mitford books. Interesting how she would hold off on the wedding chapters for a later book. I just can't get enough of Mitford!
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By David C. Hoffner on Sept. 17 2003
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My wife and I have read each of Karon's Mitford books aloud to each other over the past few years. This is one of the better ones.
One thing I enjoyed about this book is that several different characters narrate it. In the other Mitford books (thus far) everything is narrated from Father Tim's perspective. But here we are privy to the thoughts and observations of other well-known characters, such as: Esther Bolick, Uncle Billy Watson, and Mayor Cunningham. I think this change of structure works well for this particular installment. It gives us a fuller view of that most dramatic of events: the marriage of a beloved old bachelor. Let's face it; if it were up to Father Tim to remember the events surrounding his wedding to Cynthia, we wouldn't have much to work with because he had too much going on around him.
This book is slimmer than the others, perhaps offering less story than fans are used to. One compensatory value might be that it has a nice two-color interior design.
I recommend _A Common Life_ to fans of the series mainly on the virtue of its unique structure, giving voice to other familiar characters
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By C. Hill on Aug. 27 2003
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This book is a response to the requests of many disappointed readers who wanted to read about the wedding that happened after the end of book two but before the beginning of book three. Jan Karon went back and wrote the story of the wedding and this is the end product. I'm a hopeless romantic and I'm all for romantic love stories, but this book was WAY over the top, to an unrealistic degree. It seems like every other page, Father Tim is marveling at the joyful, desperate, blissful, dazzling, breathless, mesmerizing, overwhelming, extraordinary, happy, dazzling, astonishing, overpowering love he feels for his fiancée (these are just some of the MANY adjectives used in much overabundance throughout the book). It just got too sappy and I didn't feel a connection with the characters at all. I listened to this book on tape from Recorded Books, and the last tape is an interview with Jan Karon. This was the one redeeming quality of sitting through the whole story. Karon sounds like a wonderfully nice person with great inspiration and a solid faith. Even though the last few books have seemed a little too unrealistic and dry, I enjoyed hearing the background of how the Mitford novels came about. I don't know if I'll read any more books in the series. It's gotten to the point where the description of ordinary people living ordinary lives has evolved into a near-utopia, with little to none of the problems that ordinary people in the real world experience.
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This book appears to have been written simply to hold the readers until the next book in the series (hopefully with some substance) is released. I should have had a clue when I saw how few pages the book has. Definitely not pn a par with the previous 5 books. I, as a reader before me suggested, would recommend that those reading the series check this one out from the library.
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Compared to all the other Mitford books, this one is like a bad movie of the week, or an old rerun of Love Boat. She could have easily added this to the next in the series, rather than devote a whole book to the wedding. And it isn't all that eventful a wedding, anyway.
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