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The Gift Hardcover – October 26, 2010
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“An updated version of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol . . . with some surprising twists.” (Boston Globe)
“Charming . . . The Gift is like a warm sweater.” (Associated Press)
“A moving tale . . . The Gift weaves magical elements into modern-day setting, and will certainly appeal to readers looking for a touching supernatural tearjerker.” (Booklist)
“A winning tale of magic and redemption. . . . Ahern’s an accomplished storyteller, and her writing chops elevate this far above the normal holiday fare. There’s magic, but it’s not campy, and the sentiment is real.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Light holiday fare with a lesson . . . [that] encourages readers to appreciate the important things. . . . Ahern has a way with character.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“[A] holiday treat . . . This clever twist on the guardian angel story will appeal to Ahern’s fans and lovers of holiday fiction.” (Library Journal)
“THE GIFT is a tantalizing tale wrapped in a tale that I devoured in one sitting. It’s a perfect treat for the holidays.” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants)
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I also found the way Ahern has one character tell another the meaning of the story patronising, and if that isn't bad enough, she then tells us as another character all over again what the real meaning is. If it was a ground breaking, new message maybe - just maybe - that would be OK, but the message here is not to waste time on things that don't matter and to invest your time in the people you love, with a bit of "it's never too late to change for good measure" (excuse the cliché but it goes with the book!).
That the story is farfetched, I can go with, but it is predictable too, and I can't go with that! Another annoying thing was the way the author tries to pull your heart strings; by going for an unhappy, "happy" ending; it was heavy handed and moralistic.
The final annoying thing was the way the story was found out by a character and then re-told - rubbish, absolute rubbish and really, as reader, I did not need to know whether the story was "real" or how the narrator uncovered it, and if the "whys and hows" I'm being fed are rubbish, I can especially do without it!!
Save your $ and time.
One morning he stops and gives a cup of coffee to a homeless man he passes each day. He tells him, Gabe, that there is probably a job in the mail room if he wants it, and gives him some of his extra clothes, so that he'll look decent.
Gabe gets the job, and seems to have supernatural powers. He influences Lou by looking displeased when Lou puts his work first and breaks a promise to his family. He manages to get from the 14th, (really the 13th,) floor with his mail cart faster than Lou can with the elevator.
He gives Lou a pill which lets him clone himself, giving him the capability to be two places at once. Lou discovers how much his family means to him, and how precious life is.
All of Ahern's books have been different, and all very readable. I liked this book very much.
as I love christmas stories and can always allow for some magic in them.yet halfway through this book I wondered where it was headed and after I finished I"m wasn't sure where it went.
The introductory chapter and final chapter involving a turkey being thrown through the window just doesn't seem connected. Perhaps it was the use of the "f" word several times that made it lose some charm..or perhaps it's because it's still not clear where Gabe came from or what the pills really were. Can't recommend this book .
I felt like I spent most of this book trying to get into it. Usually I hate putting books down but had no problem putting this book down as I tried to get through it. I felt that the outside narration by the police officer really didn't add anything to the story and was not necessary.
Overall a disappointing story.
Gabe tries to convince Lou how important family is, but the corporate officer is uninterested in his two children who are young and boring and his wife Ruth as he has a mistress. Lou realizes that Gabe can be in two places at one time and begs the man to help him do so. Gabe gives Lou a magical pill to clone himself. One Lou will close the real estate deal; the other goes home to his family as Gabe prays his "client" will learn the importance of loved ones.
This is a fascinating version of A Christmas Carol as Lou thinks he is helping Gabe with an act of kindness, but Gabe is actually trying to help Lou place his priorities in order. The underlying message of this whimsical angelic story line is too simplified as Lou learns what matters between being "Ruthless" and being with Ruth and his other family members. Fans will enjoy that Lou learns what matters in a wonderful life is it is never too late because it's a wonderful world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't have anything good to say about this book. The only reason I finished it was that it was my book club book.Published 5 months ago by Constance Kaiser
It's just not my type of book. Maybe others would like it, but I couldn't get interested.Published 6 months ago by Rosalyn
For me, not a great read. Being dragged through a man's transformation- from a horrible human being to a humble, apologetic good guy- in a matter of days is unbelievable... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Martin
I love Cecelia Ahern's books. She is such a great writer!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very interesting book! I am amazed at how Cecelia Ahern was able to keep my interest. I loved this book!Published 11 months ago by DORIS BARNES