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TOO CLOSE TO THE FALLS: A MEMOIR [Hardcover]

CATHERINE GILDINER
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been splendid Dec 3 2000
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Here is a memoir that deserved far more care in editing than it received. As a result, the misspellings and anachronisms seriously detract from the pleasure of reading about one of the most eccentric families ever. As the overactive only child of two truly fascinating people, Catherine Gildiner started working in her father's pharmacy at the age of four. Her adventures with customers and with her peers, but most especially with her parents are told with great good humor and kindness. Unfortunately, the problems mentioned above get in the way so badly that it made for tedious, sometimes maddening reading of what would, with judicious editing, have been a wonderful autobiographical piece. Just to cite two examples: the Jackie Gleason show aired on Saturday nights, not on Fridays. And the spelling of famous names often varies within a single paragraph.
Unfortunate, too, are the last few chapters. They come as a letdown to an otherwise thoroughly engaging memoir. Ms. Gildiner deserved far better treatment. One can only hope that her next publisher/next editor will do the job right.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia July 4 2001
Format:Paperback
I grew up in Lewiston, which during my childhood was a small, sleepy village where my father was mayor for four terms (He ran on both tickets!) Tho I left a few years before this book, I recognized names and places the author mentioned.
My Catholic school education differed from hers, as I went to a different school but am enthralled with her changes, both as a Catholic and a person.
I had heard only sketchy stories about the take over of the Tuscarora land and was incensed when I read her account.
I'm almost finished with it, and I hate to get to the last page. At some point, I'm sure I'll reread it and digest more.
Good book! Excellent storytelling!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story March 28 2014
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This was an amazing story, just unbelievable, the girl was so smart and old for her age, and the way her parents were bringing her up was so different, especially for the times, I loved it, and have passed it on to others, they have all enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny! Nov. 22 2013
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I grew up in central NYS at about the same time as Catherine, so the setting is familiar, the characters and stories touching and hilarious. It is a treat for the child in all of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Nov. 23 2012
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This was a skillfully crafted memoir describing a highly unusual childhood, yet with plenty of moments that the reader can relate to personally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 30 2014
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I have given this book away so many times. It is a rare gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 25 2014
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Loved the book until the end. Wish it had ended differently
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, lively, enchanting memoir May 22 2001
Format:Paperback
A beautifully written memoir - my mother recommended it to me, that's always a plus. The author really made me feel connected to her, and women/girls growing up in general. Although my childhood was completely different (on the surface), I could completely identify with the feelings and experiences Gildiner describes. Too Close to the Falls is one of those archetypal stories that describes a life that we've all lived to some extent. Message to the author: PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Memoir
This is an excellent, funny, intelligent memoir that captures a time, and a family perfectly. What I appreciate most in a memoir is the element of truth -- not so much truth as in... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2011 by onlygoodbooksplease
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Find
I suppose we all have the memories within ourselves which would enable us to write an autobiography, but few persons manage to put pen to paper and create a book such as "Too Close... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2009 by W. R., Vanderburgh
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls short
Too Close to the Falls is supposed to be a true story; it comes off as surreal bio that strains credulity. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2009 by Kenneth Deluca
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read, randomly read over certain chapters
this book is great. but i enjoy it by the chapters, there are ones i have read and re red numerus times while there are others i havent finished likely or only read once. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2008 by Scott M. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, poignant, thoughtful
I loved this book. A friend recommended it, knowing I grew up in the east and went to parochial school. Read more
Published on March 15 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars From a fellow Lewistonian...
I grew up in Lewiston 20 years after Ms. Gildiner (in the same neighborhood, I believe) and really enjoyed her book. She did a great job at capturing the essence of the place... Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by Robert Henning
5.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming for those who are a little different...
This magical book came into my hands from two separate sources (in the same week--go figure) and has been shared with others since. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2001 by "clodog"
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