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Love Warps the Mind a Little: A Novel Paperback – January 17, 2008
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This is a powerful novel with some lightness early on as Laf tries to figure out what to do with his life and whether or not he loves Judi or the wife he left (the only sure thing is his love for his dog Spot). Once Judi's cancer is diagnosed the novel moves quickly and despondently toward its conclusion. Judi's suffering through chemotherapy and desire to live are documented in such a way that the reader actually feels involved (albeit miserable) with the characters in this story (most of whom are fairly quirky). There's some talk of life after death, reincarnation (Judi believes she's led several lives), hope for an afterlife and salvation, but the narrator (Laf is apparently an agnostic) offers little encouragement for these ideas thus adding to the weight of dread ensconcing the reader as this book lunges toward its end.
Overall, this is more a well told story of a woman's bout with cancer and those who surround her than a story about love and its trials. It's not uplifting, but it is thought provoking and poignent. Recommended.
When my grandfather passed away, after the hours of tear stained pillowcases, this book was the first thing I reached for. It's a warm blanket on a cold evening. I can not praise Mr. Dufresne enough for his amazing talent. I have never been disappointed in anything of his I have read.
What a pleasant surprise! I fell in love almost instantly with the narrator and his faithful Irish setter, Spot. The description and details of chemotherapy are pretty graphic, but it addresses this topic--and death itself--without being morbid or melodramatic. It moves along with a wonderful cadence. It's funny and sad in equal measure--get ready to laugh while you're crying!
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Unlike most reviewers, I found only the last third of the book to be interesting though none of the book enjoyable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CleverPenName
Amazing amazing. Dufresne's writing conveys a love of the mystery of the world and every thing that happens in it. Reading this book has taught me so much as a writer. Read morePublished 12 months ago by joan wilder
The first half of the book did not set up the last half, and the last third was just plain awful.
Dufresne's way with words however---i hope ----- leads me to believe... Read more
This work stunned me, surprised me, delighted me, moved me to tears and cheers as well as laughter and compassion ... wow, what an achievement! The totality of it entranced me. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Jay
This is a story of a troubled writer, who starts an affair and leaves his wife. The writing adeptly characterizes the dispair that a person would experience through this sort of... Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by A. Sampson
The characters in this book were unforgettable.
John Dufresne has the ability to pack a lot of emotion into a few words. Read more
'Love Warps The Mind A Little' is my all time favorite book. I read about 50 books a year, and first read this one a few years ago, but haven't found one to match it yet. Read morePublished on April 17, 2003 by Aaron Lindsey