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The Dive From Clausen's Pier
The Dive From Clausen's Pier
by Ann Packer
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing stays with you between readings, August 11, 2002
As a busy mom who usually only gets to read 30-40 pages of a book at a time, this book drew me in every time I sat down to read, and the characters and plot stayed with me during the day. The book starts off all too real and depressing and goes on, in parts, to have some loose and not entirely satisfying twists. But its a spectacular debut novel, and the writing style is excellent, neither getting in the way nor dumbing down. Some have complained that they can not like nor engage with the anti-heroine Carrie, but in doing so they miss the point that not all lead characters need be perfect and likeable, and the whole interest of the book, for me, is the fallibility of human nature, and the flawed characters. Duh, you don't have to like the characters to like the book!

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table
by Ruth Reichl
Edition: Paperback
249 used & new from $0.01

16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unabashed navel-watching, May 21, 2002
Even as memoirs by living people go, this book is borishly self-congratulatory and self-absorbed. As the narratively jolts and grinds along, Reichl throws recipes in at random parts of the quasi 'plot', as if to give us something in return for the money wasted on buying the book. It's not that she can't write, for she clearly can. It's more that I couldn't get interested in another person's not very interesting life, as told by Reichl, and I felt as if I were watching the food network blindfolded, with the sound turned off - except that it's just not as much fun. Tedious.

The Blue Afternoon
The Blue Afternoon
by William Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.79
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love story from a man's angle, with plot aplenty, January 23, 2002
This review is from: The Blue Afternoon (Paperback)
As a woman, if you're ever so slightly bored of modern women writers, this is for you. William Boyd's achingly beautiful writing weaves an engrossing plot involving, but not limited to, a love story told from the man's point of view. And it's refreshing to read of a man's utter devotion, told ungushingly but with such feeling and realism. In addition to the love, there is the story set mostly in the Far East, a little murder, infidelity, characters which jump out at you but allow you to fill in the gaps.... and a prologue that will have you desperate to drop the kids off at school and leave them there all week while you finish. This is a book for everyone, and the only criticism is that you won't want to read anything else once you're done!

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