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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (May 29 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307360377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307360373
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pipedreaming on June 9 2012
Format: Paperback
My overall impression of this impressive novel was lucidity. The prose was clear and simple but also lush and evocative.I loved the atmosphere in general but the heat was especially effective. I totally felt the humidity and stuffiness in the apartment, in George's little restaurant, in the store. Torontonians will appreciate the sights and sounds of Queen West which are so exquisitely captured here. Like Lisa Moore, O'Connell has that rare ability to describe mundane ordinary things in a fresh, perceptive way that makes me go, "yes, of course, how come I never thought of it like that before?" I fell in love with Maggie's dad and I missed the warm and wonderful presence of Elaine when she left. Without giving too much away, I like how the Savannah section was understated. Some authors would have taken 1/3 of a book to describe getting there, being there, and getting over it, but O'Connell managed to convey an important moment without being bombastic, and isn't that how life always works? A lovely book from an exciting young author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa De Nikolits on Aug. 26 2012
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What a beautiful book. A timeless treasure. If you liked A Complicated Kindness, you'll be equally moved by this novel.
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By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 6 2012
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3.5 stars...

In her debut novel, Grace O'Connell explores the effects of Carol Pierce's suicide. Profoundly troubled, Carol walks into the Don River with her pockets full of zircon from her New Age shop and leaves behind her husband and 23-year-old daughter, Maggie. Soon, Maggie begins to experience blackouts that signal the presence of an intruding, alternate reality.

The novel opens with Maggie’s first blackout and continues on to describe the ways in which she tries to regain control of her life. O'Connell moves seamlessly between the real world and Maggie's consciousness and introduces provocative characters who shift along with this movement: Gil, a man Maggie has never met, who nonetheless sends her sympathetic postcards and strikes an ominous deal with her; Maggie's boyfriend, Andrew, and best friend, Wendy, who appear one way to Maggie and another way to the reader; and the psychiatrists who have varying degrees of investment in Carol's past.

Some of O'Connell's descriptions become tedious and she gets bogged down with details without developing larger plot elements. A potentially horrendous car accident, for example, ends in no injuries, no emotional trauma and gets no further mention in the story. But ultimately, "Magnified World" has a pleasing style and elegantly strips away multiple layers of perception to try and find stability in an unstable world.
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should have been about the mother Jan. 25 2013
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book would have been more interesting if it were written about the mother, not the daughter.
The mother seemed to have more of a personality and a life.
A Magnificent Book Oct. 7 2012
By citygirl - Published on Amazon.com
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Magnified World is poetry in motion. The author has a complex tale to tell and does it in a narrative that captures the eye, ear and heart. Rarely do I find nothing to criticize, though, and this book is no exception. The title irks me - I've had endless difficulty remembering it when I spoke of the book as it was in progress and I don't really get it. Perhaps it is just me, but really, I just don't like the title.

The characters are rich and deep. They intertwine in ways that make sense, and the heroine, for that she is, is sympathetic even at her lowest points. Her journey is shared in a way that is sometimes vulnerable, sometimes sardonic, and there are - no spoilers though - a few surprises along the way. It is a tale of love and grief, loss and redemption and strength, all beautifully told. I've thoroughly enjoyed this book and will no doubt, at some point, reread it if only to enjoy the writing one more time.
A Beautiful Treasure of a Read Aug. 26 2012
By Lisa De Nikolits - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a beautiful book. A timeless treasure. If you liked A Complicated Kindness, you'll be equally moved by this novel.

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