- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 29 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061340642
- ISBN-13: 978-0061340642
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Ann Patchett can be counted on to deliver novels rich in imaginative bravado and psychological nuance.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.
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It is a nice story, but Patchett never really develops any one single character more than the others, and so I did not grow attached to any of them. I felt like I was reading a long recap of a series of too-coincidental events, without really feeling that I could live the story and feel the emotions.
Bernard finds himself to raise the three boys alone. He is very protective and has plans for them, however between his politically-oriented job and raising the family by himself, as the kids grow up some strain starts to develop between them. Sullivan, much older than Tip & Teddy, moves out very quickly and resurfaces only every now & then.
One snowy night, a stranger passing by with her daughter saves Tip from an accident, but she ends up badly injured. The Doyle's lives shall change forever after the accident.
My first book by Ann Patchett but I shall read more. The prose flows beautifully, despite the intricate backs & forths from past to present, from character to character. This shifting however is uncomplicated and it adds an interesting touch to the narrative style.
I gave it 4 stars (instead of 5) only because, despite my liking it a lot, I found some situations a bit far-fetched, and some of the characters with a goody-goody quality that I found a bit unreal given the circumstances.
All in all however, I would say that this book is quite a page-turner and I would certainly recommend it.
The first chapter told an interesting history of a beautiful religious statue that had been in the family for generations. The rest of the book, however, was completely different in tone. Almost all of it is about the night of the Tip's brush with death, told in such excruciating detail that it was hard for me to stick with the book. There is very little action and most dialog is followed by one or more paragraphs in which the speaker mulls over his words ad nauseum. This writing style got old fast for me. I grew impatient for something to happen and tried to skim the book, only to find that important details were tucked into the most boring private reflections.
The basic plot is a good one and would have been very successful as a short story, but for me, the novel is way too draw-out and dull.
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It was a good plot and well written. it is a very moving story. Definitely worth the read.