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The Double Bind (Vintage Contemporaries)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am an avid fan of Bohjalian. However, I could not get through more than 158 pages of The Double Bind. Despite having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Great Gatsby, the constant allusions to the characters of this classic, combined with other myriad flashbacks, left me constantly wondering where the author was going and what details were "important." A friend who did finish the novel told me the ending. I'm glad I chose to stop when I did. I think I would have missed my lost evenings.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our book group may have to change its name to the Bohjalian Readers because we have read and discussed so many of his books.

This one doesn't fail to reward us with more great discussion fodder; and WOW, what a unexpected twist at the end.

Be prepared to stay up late reading this because it is hard to put down.

I went out and rented The Great Gatsby after reading this book and now I'm itching to reread Gatsby and this novel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. Yes, if you haven't read The Great Gatsby you will get confused in parts, but not enough to stump you.

Some of the stuff going on seems a bit over the top, but the ending helps tie everything together and clarifies some items.

The development of the characters is well done with just enough description without being too verbose.

This would make a great book club read! The discussions would be VERY interesting!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully written, layered novel that touches on a number of important social issues while examining the lives of its characters in a personal way.

The people who complain about the ending clearly don't understand it, nor do they appreciate how hard it was too pull it off.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
I finished this book five minutes ago, and headed online to find some answers. I knew from reviews that there was a huge shock at the end, so I was curious to find out. This book kept me intrigued throughout, reading long into the night. I was ignoring all the blatant "Great Gatsby" correlations, not really putting much weight into it. I'm going to Chris Bohjalian's website to seek more answers. This one makes you think. I'm stunned.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just recently finished The Double Bind and I can't explain how this book touched me. I was stunned when I finished it and as I got up to walk into the kitchen,I found I was weeping. As an aside: I was fortunate enough to have a ticket to see Chris Bohjalian when he was in Florida for a reading and he is not only a talented author, but so approachable and down-to-earth. I can hardly wait until May 6 to buy Skeletons at the Feast!
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on September 11, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
One of my favorite books! My 2nd time reading it! You will not expect the ending!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book had the makings of an interesting novel undermined by the unsatisfying use of The Great Gatsby as a partial vehicle and a "surprise" ending that, for me, was totally unconvincing and by no means clever. The surprise for me was that Bohjalian would stoop to such nonsense. As a retired clinician I found the ending out of touch with the reality the author had been creating. It could have been so much better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like other reviewers, I enjoyed the story and the way the author wove the Great Gatsby characters into the plot. Everything was building, working to a climax, all seeming believable and then the author gave up and essentially calls the whole thing "a dream". This ending left me frustrated, trying to figure out what part of the story was real. Maybe the author thought his ending was surprising and creative. Not.
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on January 9, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Another good book by Bohjalian. It had a very interesting premise and outcome.
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