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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (Aug. 12 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385658036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385658034
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Taller-Wakter on Jan. 3 2004
Format: Paperback
This book grabbed me from the beginning until the end. I could not put this book down because of Gibb's intelligent prose, hard wit, humour, imagery and fragile characters. The characters are so well-defined and crafted, I easily became enmeshed in their lives for what was too short a time period. I was so gripped by this book, my husband couldn't wait to read it. If you loved Anne-Marie MacDonald's Fall on Your Knees, you will fall for this character-driven drama that takes you behind-the-scenes of dysfunctional family life and into the hearts and minds of characters that beg to be loved. My only complaint about Petty Details is that it was 100 pages too short. Gibb herself is fascinating. I was so intrigued by her writing, I wanted to learn more about her and was not surprised to learn she has a PhD in social anthropology but pursued a career in writing. Smart choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 27 2003
Format: Paperback
A compelling read...dark, moody and memorable.
Camilla Gibb is a gifted writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26 2003
Format: Hardcover
This novel is fantastic! I read it in 5 hours. Talk about not being able to put a book down.
The characters feel like people you know, or at least want to know. The author says things that I've thought, and puts those thoughts into words, beautiful words. The details 'petty' or not, are fabulously told.
I only hope Camilla Gibb keeps writing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Hamburg on Aug. 21 2003
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The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life, by Camilla Gibb
If great writing ultimately exposes the true condition of human existence - no holds barred, then Camilla Gibb's stunning novel, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life, succeeds on a grand scale. One needn't search this book for those sought after kernels of truth - they are all abound...the good, the bad and the really funny.
The book is about the painful and lonely struggle of two essentially abandoned siblings, Emma and Blue Taylor, bound together on both a psychic and emotional level that is as inspiring as it is heartbreaking. But is shared pain enough to support them on their quests to emerge from the ruins of Dysfunction? Ms. Gibb's characters lead the reader on a hard-edged journey of the picaresque that explores the two rather disparate roads taken. Emma battles to succeed in the comfort of upper class life - the right man, the nice house and a promising academic career. Meanwhile, Blue, the tattoo artist, discovers meaning - at least for a while, but in a far less respectable venue. How does strip-joint sound?
But the haunting echoes of their past are never far away; Deranged Dad wastes away in the junkyard, pathetically clinging to delusions of grandeur and mom is an ex-hippie who personifies all of the failed ideals of the Peace and Love Generation. Everybody has skeletons in their closets, but what do you when yours are out on the loose? Welcome to a day in the life of the Taylor kids.
Gibb's writing is clear and crisp, with hilarious bits strewn throughout the novel. Let's face it - sometimes pathetic is just plain funny, it's also a nice break from the intensity of a novel that never lets down. Petty Details is the voice of the disaffected, the disenfranchised, the distressed...it is the voice of humanity.
David Hamburg
Montreal
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 14 2003
Format: Paperback
From their youth to their young adulthood the main characters, had to suffer through horrible family relationships and experiences, and yet they salvage from this and from each other, what they can in attempts to find comfort and love.
Their lives are told as a collection of details – little events and stories that shaped who they were and how they would cope.
The characters always seem to be on the verge of overcoming their history and regardless of the misfortune they experience, they strive to continue. Really that is what the sum of life is.
I thought it was wonderfully written and poetic. I grew to love the characters and I didn’t want it to end. I highly recommend this novel.
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