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Now, seriously, this book is great fun...,
This review is from: One Day (Kindle Edition)
After I had been ploughing through two brick-like books that had 'Literature' (with capital L) writ large all over them, this variation on the evergreen topic of 'Harry and Sally' was a most welcome relief: genuinely funny, liberal doses of acid repartee and shrewd observations, great care given to telling details and lots of fine craftsmanship spent on the staging of embarrassing encounters, disastrous reunions and relationships derailing. (I particularly liked the parlour game gone horribly wrong at the home of one of the leading man's prospective girlfriends.)
And what is more, from the very beginning there is beneath the surface charm a strong undercurrent steering proceedings away from mere lightweight banter into the more troubled waters of a true ,human comedy`. In the last chapters the author even sets about sounding depths for which the reader arguably has not been sufficiently prepared; I still wonder if these late twists add an extra layer of complexity or simply strike a false note and ultimately are Nicholls' misguided bid for being shelved with the serious authors.
The concluding pages are heavily fragrant with bitter-sweetness, again something an author introduces at his own risk; but on the other hand there is no denying that the unexpected narrative device used in these pages conveys an adeqaute impression of things coming full circle and being brought to a close.
And yes, I was moved, so no more niggling and five stars out of five.
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Initial post: May 21, 2010 9:52:46 AM PDT
Roger Brunyate says:
I liked your review a lot. But I have no doubt whatsoever about those last few chapters which, to my mind, redeem a book that (though always full of wonderful observation) occasionally loses direction.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 5:30:00 PM PDT
Lorraine P. Vismara says:
I usually take forever to read but I finished this book in 2 days - I laughed out load and cried several times.....Needless to say, I loved this book. And yes, the last chapters did reedem the sometime crazy direction.
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