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The Pillow Friend Paperback – December 27, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
The first part was everything I hoped for. An interesting story of a little girl and her mysterious doll. I liked young Agnes a lot, but then...
Then the novel moves away from the theme of wishing and consequences as Agnes ages. The entire middle section of the novel, over a hundred pages, became incredibly boring. Soap Opera romance-on, romance-off, make-up-your-mind boring. I'm not an indecisive romance person.
Summation: the beginning of the book was fantasy, the middle romance (realistic romance too, that left me hating the characters for acting so stupid), and the end madness tinged horror.
After finishing the story, forcing the middle, I felt disappointed. No resolution at all. The book did explore the consquences of wanting something, but never bothered with the issue of 'is what I want, what I need?' If Agnes decided what she wanted was what she needed, the story would have been awesome. Instead, Agnes is afraid to examine the mechanisms behind what is happening to her, and the book ends with a feeling of 'this is what happened, the END.' As a reader, you are left to interpret the novel and what it means.
My interpretation was the author wanted to be cryptic, surreal, and fulfilling. She got two out of three. This is the type of book college professors call literature, and people like me think of as interrupted dreams. You never know how they end, and forget them later in the day.
It's very poetic. Very sweet. Very real-feeling. The "horror" element is slight. It's much more a novel about love, and close relationships than it is a fantasy.
As such many many of the scenes and emotions described are straight from real life. And Lisa Tuttle has a delightful way of expressing them so poetically yet so clearly that you find yourself saying "Oh my gosh, yes that's exactly how that situation feels! How suprising that not only have other people felt the exact same way as me... and that an author could explain it so much better than I ever could!"
The pick-up scenes, conversations between men and women about sex and relationships, relationships between parents and children, and very bright children and their beloved books. These are all written better in this novel than I have read them in years. This is a great novel of real life much more than a "horror" or a "fantasy" and you will not be able to put the book down until you've finished it!
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