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Chilly Scenes of Winter Paperback – January 2, 1991
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This is one of those books that is tough to describe. I've read it several times now and find new things everytime. Beattie does an incredible job of creating these people who walk through their own little world, trying to deal with the hand that life has dealt them. They're just like us, selfish, unaware, worn out in places, but full of humanity. There are acts of kindness, warmth, vulnerability in these people the author has created. This is what makes this book, you follow these people along an episode of their lives and wonder where its going to go. I find that when I take a step back, I question where they end up, but while I'm in it, I don't.
At the heart of the matter is a love story, an awkward, imperfect love story about a man who is obsessed. It drives him through his days, drives him into doing dumb things, and gets his friends and family to roll their eyes.
An excellent read, the first or fourth time around.
-The prose style. The book seemed to create inside jokes with itself. It was funny. I liked it.
-The dialogue. Sometimes the characters seemed to talk at each other instead of to each other. It was funny. I liked it.
-Flashbacks/backstory. Always seemed 'well done,' 'transparent.' I liked it.
-The main character was hopelessly in love with someone who, for the most part, didn't love him in the same way back. I liked it.
-The main character was male, the author is female. This is a stupid comment, but I liked it.
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Probably the worst book I've ever read, and I've read thousands. The narration is dull. At first I though there must be a reason an author would choose to make every last... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert Watson
Oh boy I loved this book oh so much! I read it in less than a week and would always forget to get off my subway stop since i was so into it!Published 21 months ago by Remi Zagari
but this wasn't it. I can't really recommend it it since I'm not sure I really "get" it. Maybe I am just too far away from the time in which it is set...Published on May 17, 2014 by keep_learnin
Anyone who wants to know exactly how much our culture has changed in the last 30-odd years should read this. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Sylvia Binkley
themes like the concept and importance of marriage and how music is "the soundtrack of our lives" help make Chilly Scenes of Winter a wonderful, Catcher-in-the-Rye-esque... Read morePublished on November 5, 2000