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- Print Length: 352 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330511742
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (August 7, 2002)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2002
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FA5TTW
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Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams," where "there were no teachers.... We never had to go inside except for art class.... The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue."
The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years like an episode of My So-Called Afterlife. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family, and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on Earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow." Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish, and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings. --Brad Thomas Parsons
Look Inside the Motion Picture The Lovely Bones (Paramount, 2010)
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Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon
Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon
Mark Wahlberg as Jack Salmon
Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon and Director Peter Jackson
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In this book the character who are affected directly by Susie's death all take on the different tiers of mourning. Her father, Jack, exhibits the personal reflection of failure to protect or to have been able to have foreseen the events in time to have changed the death event. Her mother, Abigail, is denying the event and she is running so fast that she cuts all ties. Her sister, Lindsey, is stepping into her sister's shoes until she realizes she has become herself and she can manage to move forward. Her brother, Buckley, is the anger stage; the refusal to acknowledge the finality of death and the changes it brings. Her first and only budding romance, Ray Singh, represents the 'if only' phase. Her Grandma Lynn is the accepting phase. While Ray Singh's mother, Ruana Singh is the revenge phase. And Ruth Connors, the girl who is haunted by Susie in the storyline, give voice to the underlying memories that those of us carry ever second of the day after the violent deed has changed our lives forever. She is the lasting and living proof that a violent act ripples through society endlessly even when we by standers are unaware of the act.
I was grateful that Ms. Sebold didn't set out to redeem the perpetrator's, George Harvey's motivations and actions, although at times I was fearful the story line was falling that way. Rather she simply told the story-history in glimpses and left George's motivations and actions unexplored.
I also applauded that every character was flawed and their redemption was held within their flaws. This book was well written, engaging, and memorable. I will be following this author's future progress.
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Susie Salmon is 14 years old when she is raped and murdered. From her heaven, she narrates this story. This is a 'coming of age' and 'young adult' genre, which is not usually my genre of choice. However, I very much enjoyed this book which was harrowing and thought provoking in equal measure. This isn't a 'whodunnit' or murder/mystery; we already know who the murderer is. This is more about the strain, changes and impact that Susie's murder has on her family and her friends. In particularly I liked the characters of Grandma Lynne and Ruth. Overall, this book makes for a well-rounded and compelling read.
This book is so well written I couldn't put it down. It sucks you into the story and you really care about the characters, desperate for some justice to be done. No spoilers here but if you haven't read this book yet then you really should.
The book tells the story of the young teenager Suzanne Salmon – or Suzy, as she is known. Within the first ten pages of the book, we discover that little miss Salmon has been murdered. Before the first chapter is over, we learn how she was murdered, when, why, and who|by whom. Which makes it a rubbish detective story, of course, but that isn’t the point.
Suzy is telling her own story in the book – the story of her death, and then of her story of her own Heaven. How she keeps tabs on her friends and family, and how she struggles with the unsettled business in her life. Her desires for her first love. Her love and care for her sister. Her observations of how her family all take different ways in tackling her death.
Not hindered by the limitations of regular narration, Sebold lets her main character move between the worlds, instantly seeing anything she wants to – for good and for bad. In a charmingly half-nonchalant half-whimsical way, the story is told in the words and ideas of a teenage girl: Badly structured, strangely paced, and overall unusual. I can say that – I’ve never been a teenage girl.
The Lovely Bones has its flaws, of course: the editor ought to be fired for letting Sebold draw the book to a conclusion, then add another several mock-endings that add nothing to the book. But one thing can be said for the novel – It is one of the very few books that has made me cry. It carries much of the same hope, poise and ambition as Philip Pullman’s work, but told in a very different way.
Expect drama, romance, realism all at once. I don't like fantasy and reject supernatural notions, but this is an exception and the concept is really interesting. A young, murdered schoolgirl Suzie observes the aftermath of her brutal death from her own heaven and sees the impact it has on her family. I will say no more, except pay the money for this one, it is worth every penny.
Every once in a while a story comes along and hooks you right from the first page. I'm one of those people that is constantly searching for that book. With The Lovely Bones, I thought I'd found it.
The greatest thing about this book is that, my God does it make you think. The opening chapters are gruesome, thought-provoking and frankly chilled me so much I started looking at fields in a completely different way searching for little booby traps and doors hidden in there! I'm not mad. Honestly. This will happen to you too.
I really enjoyed The Lovely Bones predominantly for "The Chase". For those of you unfamiliar with Sebold's Lovely Bones, we are dealing with Susie Salmon, a young girl murdered by her neighbour. We watch the murder. We watch the cover-ups. We watch her family and then we follow her family and her murderers journey desperately hoping that they will figure it all out. I loved the chase and was rooting for her dad especially to chop him into tiny little pieces!
What's a bit more unusual about this book is that it's actually told from Susie's perspective, and not just before and during the murder but also after it takes place from what we know as "Susie's Heaven". The portrayal of Heaven being unique to everyone was interesting. I'm not a religious person but I'd like to think that this might be pretty good if it were true. What was also particularly striking to me was the relationship between people's mental state whilst they're alive and their Heaven afterwards. To give you a small non-spoilery example, there's an old lady in the book who appears unstable and says a young girls name all the time. Sebold links this to her Heaven and how this name relates to a person in her Heaven when she will die. Honestly, it takes a while to get your head around and I think it's 50/50 as to whether you're going to like the concept.
I enjoyed reading about a murderer most of it. Not the graphic portrayal of the murder, although that was very well done, but moreover the inner workings of the murderer and how he thinks or what might have led him to do what he did.
The only issue I have with it has to be the ending. For such a serious book, the ending just seemed so silly to me and unrealistic in this kind of book. Perhaps it works for some people though.
This novel made me tick. I was thinking all the time, making links and imaginings all the way through. That's what I personally value in a good book. A gripping first few chapters too was just the cherry on the top. I recommend you give this a read. You might hate it, I can see it wouldn't be for everyone, but it's worth the risk!
I read this book in one sitting. It wraps you in its world, sharing with you the love, family, grief and renewal. It has a wonderful innocence about it and deep warmth.
It simply sees things through the eyes of murdered Susie Salmon as she adapts to her life after death and keeps watch over all brought about on earth by her death. It's a story you'd like to believe could be real, albeit without murder as the cause.
You feel as though Susie is talking confidentially to you; that you can hear her when no-one else can and that is but one thing makes it so special. Innocence lost and innocence lingering; hopes, dreams, beliefs and unfairness.
At time of reading, I have recently, suddenly, lost my mother and while at times The Lovely Bones made me cry quite deeply, what I have brought away from it is a hope of renewal and continuance. Ultimately, as I read, I found myself smiling.
I can hardly believe this is a debut novel and will definitely read more by Alice Sebold.
Susie watches from heaven as her family falls apart, trying to come to terms with her death as she has to do herself, as well as coming to terms with the fact she and the other victims, cannot do anything to bring her murderer to justice. She wills her father and sister, who early on realise who the perpetrator was, to find the clues which convict him. But in their ham-fisted grief coupled with the lack of interest from police means that he is allowed to slip away.
As the book moves the grief process, Susie and her family learn to move on and let go and finally find their own happiness, one though that will be forever tinged with pain.
And I am glad I did read it, it made me smile, laugh, cry and feel intense. I saw the film before I read the book and was glad I read it because the book has so much more in it.
The book is based of a 14 year girl called Suesy salmon (like the fish) ;) and she is murdered by an unlikely suspect in the book (in the characters eyes, you know who the murder is). Its all based on her life after death and how her family are coping and mainly on her sister as she watches over them.
Suesy meets people where she goes and finds more about her murderer and her dad is desperate to find out who did this.
Susie gives readers all the gruesome details of her terrible murder which as a mother and parent were hard to read . Unfortunately her family and friends have to live without this knowledge and must come to terms with her disappearance which gives the book depth as their grief is expressed in different ways. I didn't like the way Ray and Ruth's story developed and its conclusion pushed the believability of an already controversial idea to the limits. The ending was also very neatly dealt with, no loose ends, which strangely I thought lets the book down. For me this book dealt with an uncomfortable subject which i never really got past and therefore would not recommend for sensitive readers.
I wish the author had thoroughly checked her sentences though, here and there were some that just didn't make sense no matter how I tried.
I'd definitely suggest reading it though.