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Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear: A Novel Paperback – July 5, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Harriet desperately wants to rescue Anne from what she perceives as a harmful relationship. Anne is uncertain as to her to own desires and motives. Victor, the forceful former-Auschwitz survivor, has his own agenda. This odd triangle reaches the point-of-no-return as the reader waits to see just what will happen.
The novel is written in three parts. Book One is a journal of sorts, in which Harriet records her concerns for Anne, along with her observations of Anne and Victor. She writes this journal in letters addressed to her boyfriend, Benedict, and uses it as a sounding board for her concerns and frustrations. This is by far the best part of the book. Harriet's observations are witty and scintillating, and at the same time piercing, as she tries to penetrate through Anne's "strange new mistress/person".
Books Two and Three are told in third person. Book Two fleshes out Harriet's personality by giving her family background and childhood stories, cumulating in a situation not dissimilar from the one she faces now. Book Three picks up where Harriet's journal leaves off and follows Anne and Victor and Harriet to the conclusion.
I was disappointed by Anne's character. Even knowing that her true personality was being overshadowed by Victor, I never caught so much as a glimpse of "her".Read more ›
I was captured immediately by the wonderful voice the author gave the narrator. My interest never flagged.
"'I will take the steak,' Victor said to the waiter--rather imperiously, I thought. Why did it bother me so? I will take the steak. I have no toes, so I will not merely have, as others do, but I will take. I survived Auschwitz, so I can cheat on my wife and I will take the steak."
The first part of Katharine Weber's Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear, then, is epistolary, the stories of Anne and Harriet told by the latter in a series of lengthy, nicely written letters. In the remaining two-thirds of the book, related in third-person prose, Harriet's back story is fleshed out--her privileged but profoundly sad childhood, with its parallels to her current situation. Finally, the story returned to the present day, Anne's relationship with the enigmatic Victor meets its greatest challenge.
Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear is a wonderful book, layered, poignant, and beautifully written, and it comes highly recommended.
Reviewed by Debra Hamel, author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
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I didn't quite understand when this was supposed to have taken place. For a woman in her 20's to be having an affair with a concentration camp survivor, he would have had to have... Read morePublished on February 2, 2010 by Monica
Just before I closed the book on Harriett and Benedict, simultaneously grieving and sunning on their serendipitous Italian holiday, I took one last look at the author of this book... Read morePublished on March 10, 2009 by F. Collings
I liked the beginning of the book; Harriet's observations about Geneva, the journal writing, fun to read. Read morePublished on August 20, 2005 by Beach Reader
It is a sign of the quiet brilliance of Ms. Weber's narrative skills that the people of of this book entered my heart through the reflections they created, passing through... Read morePublished on June 8, 2004 by Leora Skolkin-Smith
Katharine Weber's first novel set the stage for what is becoming a superb literary career. From Objects in the Mirror and The Music Lesson to her thoughtful and comprehensive book... Read morePublished on August 21, 2003
This, dear friends, is the most amazing book of the year 1995 ... and for probably another 95 years to come. Read morePublished on July 31, 2003
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A review should be based on reason indeed. So let's honestly discuss story, technique, and style of this rare treat of a total... Read more
I don't know what book Susan from NYC read, but it wasn't this one. Ms Weber weaves a wonderful story here, with characters that you can relate to and situations that are real. Read morePublished on June 29, 2003
The purpose of a book review is to discuss one's thoughts of story, technique, style. Katharine Weber exhibits tremendous talent for all of these. Read morePublished on June 28, 2003