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Landing Paperback – Bargain Price, September 8, 2008
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Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue's fifth novel, Landing, is a story about how far people will step outside their comfort zones to be with the ones they love. Told through the eyes of Sile O'Shaughnessy, a cosmopolitan Irish flight attendant, and Jude Turner, a sheltered museum archivist from Ireland, Ontario, Landing is a touching, if not somewhat repetitive exploration of what we are, and are not, willing to give up for love.
From the moment Jude and Sile first meet aboard a transatlantic flight, the chemistry between them is undeniable. After a rushed coffee at Heathrow, each woman returns to her own life, yet they are unable to shake the butterflies of that initial encounter. What follows is a long-distance exchange of passionate e-mails, letters, phone calls, and visits, most of which leave Sile and Jude feeling both exhilarated and despondent after each goodbye. Surrounding each heroine is a circle of friends and family members whose romantic struggles and successes highlight the pleasure and pain that often come with falling in love.
Landing is a quick read, and it's easy to become absorbed in this engaging long-distance relationship. Donoghue is skilled at brining out the humanity in each woman, so the sacrifices they both must make to keep their relationship alive never seem forced. And while we may grow tired of the constant late night missives and teary-eyed goodbyes, we find ourselves rooting for this couple, and hoping they will go the distance. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
In her affecting fifth novel, Donoghue (Slammerkin) explores the idea that true love can conquer all. Jude Turner is a 25-year-old androgynous Luddite who's rooted to her small Canadian town of Ireland. She's also uneasy about flying, but forces herself to board a plane when she hears that her mother, visiting family in the U.K., may be ill. On the plane she meets the older, feminine, worldly Síle O'Shaughnessy, a flight attendant who lives in the other Ireland. After exchanging contact info, the duo part and find themselves thinking of one another and writing to each other as they lead their respective lives: Jude as the curator of a tiny museum who has the occasional dalliance with her former love, Rizla; Síle in bustling Dublin, entrenched in a complacent relationship with her longtime partner, Kathleen. Jude and Síle fall in love over the course of their correspondence and try to make their relationship work despite the distance between them, nay-saying friends, jealous exes and their own nagging doubts. That Jude and Síle are so vividly opposite is the slightest bit precious, but Donoghue mitigates the boilerplate aspects of this love story with an abiding compassion for her characters. There's a lot to like here, but nothing to really love. (May)
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I would recommend it, although the ebook version has some distracting typos, including some weird mixing of currency symbols and randomly spelling the character Síle's name as "Site" in some instances. Could really use some proofreading...
What threw me was the crack and the "occasional black face" which I don't get what that means exactly but I read on. I like how their sex life was not in detail but it would have been a winner. Hence, I love stories to be real in every aspect not only what's going on in the characters lives.
I've been reading many books that fall under the Lesbian tag and this one was the best other than all the weird happenings I mentioned above.
It was amazing how in character everyone stayed [Jael]. I found it interesting that Jude was more adult-like or mature than Sile at times.
A book you can count on and get the necessary fill that a book only like this can achieve.
However, I did have one problem with this book. I gave this story 4 stars because I was disappointed and put off by some of the anti-American comments from the characters. I didn't understand why these sentiments were there...none of the characters are American. None of the characters want to live in the United States, or have any ties or interests in the Unites States. I didn't know what purpose the anti-American comments served.
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I have read four previous books by Donoghue, impressed by depth and breadth, intelligence, and quality writing.Read more