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The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
I really don't think any of us has the slightest clue of how we would react to something as tragic and terrifying as that, and in my opinion, Jacquelyn Mitchard did an excellent job in describing what ONE MOTHER did, how she felt, and how all her world changed in 10 minutes.
I agree with some of the other reviewers... she's is not a highly likable character, but, under the circumstances, who would be?... She's not your picture perfect mother... but then again, no one is... still...the author makes you feel what she's feeling, even if you don't understand her... and her family.
The reason why I put 4 stars was that I felt the book was a bit incomplete, because we never find out so many things that in my opinion should have been explained... also... in the end, we really don't know what happened to the family, and after NINE years of KNOWING every single detail, it was a bit hard to let them go.
Over all, a good, entertaining, but extremelly frightening book. However, I would love to ask the author a few questions that remained unsolved...
While the book is well written and the storyline keeps the reader going, what I found to be the most intersting aspect of this book was the way the older brother was portrayed. I found the guilt and his response to it to be what kept me reading this book. I wanted to know that he would be okay. While I found myself not really caring about the mother, I DID care about the son. His feelings, as a confused child missing his favored younger brother, and as an older child, angry with the adults in his family, were captured well and he was a character I could care about.
I wouldn't say don't read this book at all, because I will read almost everything, but I wouldn't put this one at the top of my list. Sorry Oprah!
But what finally did it was the multitude of metaphors which kept clogging the narrative--metaphors which were occasionally brilliant but more often baffling. One particularly horrid one referred to an emotion leaving the mom? (I believe it was the mom as I don't have a copy and am working from memory). This emotion (relief?)was compared to "water rolling off a rising submarine" ? Brother! I really had to laugh over that one! Overall, I would not have wasted my time with this book except I had borrowed it from a very nice lady who said she had really enjoyed the book and I didn't wish to hurt her feelings by not finishing a book she had loved. As for me, I had to force myself (like a submarine trying to submerge in wading pool! ) to finish.
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