- Audio CD
- Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (Dec 1 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553712497
- ISBN-13: 978-0553712490
- Parcel Dimensions: 17.5 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
Looking Back Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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About the Author
BELVA PLAIN lives in northern New Jersey. She is the author of the bestselling novels EVERGREEN, RANDOM WINDS, EDEN BURNING, CRESCENT CITY, THE GOLDEN CUP, TAPESTRY, BLESSINGS, HARVEST, TREASURES, WHISPERS, DAYBREAK, THE CAROUSEL, PROMISES, SECRECY, HOMECOMING, LEGACY OF SILENCE, FORTUNE'S HAND, and AFTER THE FIRE.
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Unfortunately, Looking Back, was a rather dreary and almost predictable read which had me had me thinking same old, same old. And while I realize that themes are often repeated these days, this one wasn't well developed or the characters either memorable or even interesting. Like many of Plain's more recent books with present day themes of rape, incest, child abuse, sibling rivalry and embezzlement, Plains newest title further explores family life at its worst and fits right in with other titles such as The Carousel, After the Fire and Secrecy.
Looking Back begins on a college campus where three good friends are about to graduate and proceed with their lives. In time they will all marry, some for better, some for worse. But then jealousies arise between the three friends, two of whom who are sisters in law and one woman goes so far as to have an affair. The climax and end of the book, while fairly predictable is also rather ridiculous but by then I was looking forward to selecting my next read. I doubt it would have even bothered me if I hadn't bothered to finish this title.
I think I continue to read Belva Plain's books hoping for another one as good as Evergreen or other titles in that series. It hasn't happened recently except for Legacy of Silence published a few years ago. So I offer a bit of advice for those not familiar with Ms. Plain's books. Either get a copy of Evergreen, her first book and other titles in that series or her later book, Legacy of Silence, which I loved to see how good she once was at writing family sagas. And if you've already read these books, eithe reread them or join me in looking forward someday to a better read from this author.
The first half or so of the book is interesting, with a fairly good plot, but the characters are shallow, and not well-developed. Several are intent on destroying their lives, as well as those around them.
The ending is totally depressing with no redeeming value that I can think of; they all (main characters) end up screwing their lives in a miserable manner. This is an unusual twist for Belva Plain. Most of her stories have a good, if not happy ending. I was depressed at the end, and reluctant to pass my copy on to another of her fans.
All in all, it was a disappointment and I do not recommend purchasing it. If you are a die-hard fan, wait until the paperback version comes out or borrow it from your local library.
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