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THE LOST FATHER [Paperback]

MONA SIMPSON
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finely crafted prose Nov. 25 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Perhaps because I did not come to this as a sequel (having not read or seen--at the time--either the novel, Anywhere but Here, or the movie), I found this a most engaging book. In particular I admire the finely crafted prose, the ability of Simpson to find a language to express the grammar of human emotions. Recommend highly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Is This Supposed to be a Sequel? Sept. 30 2001
Format:Paperback
I thought that this was a sequel to Anywhere But Here, but while the story lines parallel, the author (and editor)very annoying changed the characters names, as well as the the main characters hometown. The names are close--Ann August becomes Ann Stevenson, the hometown is changed from Bay City, WI to Racine...but my question is--why???? What was the purpose of it? They are obviously the same characters, and for readers who want to follow the story, it is extremely annoying.
But at any rate, changed names or not, this story was far too long. About a third at least could've been clipped, maybe more. And it was just boring. Ann is dull, whiny, obsessed with finding this father of hers. And you wonder, why didn't she start with something simple, like look in the phone book in Los Angeles where he used to live. That's where she ends up finding him. All in all, a waste of time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent and distracting. July 5 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you are approaching this as a sequel to "Anywhere but Here," you will be sorely disappointed with "The Lost Father." Important details, the things that stick with the protagonist (her Wisconsin hometown, her stepfather's last name, and her father's name, to name a few), are changed, and it seems this can only be the result of carelessness on the behalf of Simpson and *especially* her editor. If you are wondering what happened to the bratty and real Ann August, you will be disoriented once placed into the world of the overachieving Mayan Stevenson, a woman whose childhood amazingly parallels that of Ann's but doesn't quite match.
However, if you truly enjoyed the academic side of Simpson's writing, the structure and voice and insight and whatnot, you will find she still deserves the three stars I've given this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very dull Sept. 6 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed both "Anywhere but Here" and "A Regular Guy," so I looked forward to reading "The Lost Father," which is the sequel to "Anywhere but Here." However, I found it boring and irritating. I absolutely could not identify with Mayan and couldn't understand why she was so obsessed. Really silly. Don't waste your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It held my attention in a depressing way. Nov. 18 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This author is amazing at verbalizing the feelings of a particularly under-evaluated age group. I found myself drawn to the highly-depressed character of 28-year-old Mayan, who knows she has "issues" but cannot get past them. The reader is caught in Mayan's whirlpool of unresolved feelings for both parents while she gives up her very self to do what scares her the most - finding her father. Her obsession with her past is heart-rending but familiar.
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