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59 of 77 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As I Expected, March 6, 2012
This review is from: Carry the One: A Novel (Hardcover)
Carry The One by Carol Anshaw has been touted as a book about a group of young people leaving a wedding stoned and drunk who run into a young girl, hitting her with their automobile and killing her. Supposedly, they carry her with them as their lives progress and that is how the novel gets its title. I didn't find the story like that at all.

There are several supporting characters in this novel but it is primarily about a group of three siblings, Alice, Nick and Carmen. Alice is a burgeoning artist who finds fame and fortune in the art world. Nick is a brilliant astronomer who is an addict and can never get out of his personal hell despite rehab after rehab. Carmen is a social activist who advocates for several liberal causes and runs a women's shelter. All of them go on in their lives occasionally remembering the dead girl, Casey Redman, but they don't `carry ` her with them most of the time.

Alice does do a series of paintings of Casey growing up, still dressed in the same outfit she had on when she was hit with an automobile. Mostly though, Alice is consumed with her passion for Maude and her career. Carmen occasionally thinks of Casey, but rarely. Nick wants to avoid his feelings through alcohol and drugs and regularly visits Casey's mother and occasionally Casey's father. He is the one who carries Casey's memory though it is blotted out of his consciousness by his addictions.

The story is interesting but filled with clichés and the style is somewhat minimalist. I enjoy rich characters and language which I found lacking in this book. While it is a book I finished it is not one that I'd recommend to my friends. There is something lacking and that is the meaning of the title. Casey is not carried by these people through their lives. She comes to them once in a while but they proceed along very nicely (except for Nick) without her.
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Initial post: Mar 6, 2012 6:42:25 AM PST
Bonnie, I felt the exact same way. This book has gotten a lot of hype but somehow, I didn't connect. Good insights.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 3:00:12 PM PST
Same here. Not what I expected. Bland.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 5:03:28 PM PST
Lara, Thanks for taking the time to comment. I sure agree with you - bland. Bonnie

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 2:39:59 PM PST
Reader Jane says:
I was told that this was fast paced, well written and something I could not put down. Bland describes this book much better. I am half way through, and it will be put down for good.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 4:27:05 PM PST
Reader Jane, There was so much hype and P.R. about this book. All in all, it was quite a disappointment. Bonnie

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 4:29:11 AM PDT
Wow, this book got such a glowing review in today's New York Times. But I put more stock in the reviews of Amazon readers. Thank you all for saving me from wasting time, when I have so many other books on my have-to-read list!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 7:38:38 AM PDT
M.J. Thanks for taking the time to comment. The book is not that good. You have made a wise choice. Bonnie

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 8:23:21 AM PDT
Marijane says:
I just started listening to this and was completely underewhelmed. I had to get on here to see what other people thougt. I don't like the style of writing at all and it seems like they were already screwed up people to begin with and we are just following them along as they continue to screw up.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2012 8:47:22 AM PDT
Marijane, I agree with you. The accident has very little to do with the story or with the state of the people in it. I, too, was underwhelmed by the novel. Bonnie

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 4:01:43 AM PDT
This book seems to be missing the mark for me a bit also.Im about half way though and although I know I will finish it ,it not up to all the hype....Sereval times the author has had the chance to shine but fell short(example)when she tried to describe what it is like to be a drug addict,this is were she should have been able to really get to the core of things.It was a fairly good discription but in no way moved me and you could say that about the book so far..I know that I will not rush out to pay any more this her books......I think there was a desire to come across like the *Corrrections*......Sorry it didnt work
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