ELibro Maine Da J. Courtney Sullivan
Two stars means it was okay and that s all the enthusiam I can muster for this one The cover pulled me in a s all the enthusiam I can muster for this one The cover pulled me in a on a beach reen sky surrounding her It promised a fun literary beach read and unfortunately for me it didn t really deliverThree An Ethics of Interrogation generations of BostonIrish woman and another daughter in law meet at the family s beach cottage and two million dollar main house in Maine The narrative is told from the four women s points of view which was a lot to overcome since only one and a half of the women were interesting The third Maggie was stupid the fourth Kathleen a bitch The writing was fine but the two stars isn t about the writing The book is 85 percent backstory Literally And only matriarch Alice s backstory was interesting woven I felt like I read a different bookstory than the one the jacket made me believe I wasoing to Ancestral Voices: Religion and Nationalism in Ireland get I didn t like many of the characters AT ALL I don t even understand how these peopleot together every year at the cottage when they seemingly hated one another for so long I don t knowtoo much to Animal Ecology get into and I m a very lazy reviewer but while I don t feel like every character I come to know should be happy all the time I can t stand reading about the most miserable people on the planet and that s what most of these people felt like to me The matriarch was a hateful bitch and I didn t feel one ounce of sympathy toward her when her secret was revealed She was horrible from youth to adulthood why would I feel bad for her at all Iot the feeling that as readers we were supposed to feel bad for her but maybe I m wrong The secret she carried was from young adulthood so it s not like I could even feel like Ohhh now I see why she s so miserable poor thing since she revealed herself to be a pretty shitty person even as a childteenagerThe writing itself was not bad I just wish I could have cared about these people and their lives and outcomes That is to say at all I think Maggie was the only one I actually cared aboutedit I think it s Kathleen that I liked not Maggie I liked the black sheep that s all I remember now Reading the stock description of this book makes me think I meant to say Kathleen not Maggie in my review Maggie from what I recall was fairly spineless but it s been so long since Absolutely loved this book I thoroughly enjoyed Commencement and Sullivan did not disappoint with her latest novel Maine I truly loved the characters in this book and felt invested in them and enjoyed the story telling aspects that took us into the earlier part of the 20th century I read it on my Kindle where I have the opportunity to highlight passages or phrases that move me and found myself doing it freuently with this book mostly in relation to personal experiences I found myself nodding along with the characters at several points which usually leads me
"to label something a ood read I was also able to find myself in each character at least "label something a ood read I was also able to find myself in each character at least some small way which is a credit to Sullivan s immense writing talentI read this book in a day during the busiest time of year in my job because it was that John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 good and I couldn t put it down Now I will just have to wait until Sullivan writes another Families are the places we share the most happy times and the most miserable times thereatest joys and the most pain places where people lift us up to become our best selves and tear us down to our worst Maine is a book about familiesThere is wisdom about families in this book Here s a little about having a child No one had told Kathleen about the dark parts of motherhood You ave birth and people brought over the sweetest little shoes and pale pink swaddling blankets But then you were alone your body trying to h I had to stop about 30% into the book I m reading it on a Kindle and it doesn t show page numbers but Percentage Because Well It S Just Not because well it s just not ood writing The author makes such a crucial mistake in writing which is she fails to SHOW what s happening and instead TELLS you what s happening Therefore NOTHING HAS BEEN HAPPENING All I ve been Il cottage di pietra e legno si erge solitario su una spiaggia sabbiosa incuneata nella costiera rocciosa del Maine È iugno l'oceano scintilla sotto il sole e come ogni anno le donne della famiglia Kelleher si riuniscono a Cape Neddick per le vacanze Ora che la vita le ha divise uesto luogo un po' magico è l'unica cosa che le unisce Perché nessuna di loro ha voglia di vedere le altre Eppure non si può mancare Le Kelleher portano sulle spalle un bagaglio pesante fa. ,
J. Courtney Sullivan ✓ 8 DOWNLOADKe Oh well she s ot a will lawyer says there s nothing we can do BULLLLLLLLLLSHT lazy plot device what family wouldn t start tearing each other apart for a 2 million spread I uess the story could have become too interesting if the author went there And why was there a middle sister who lived in there a middle sister who lived in Why did she even exist other than to add to Alice s brood to justify her misery To throw another ay Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism grandchild in the mix Toet some muddied Catholicism shout out points So many extraneous characters that were useless So many And yet nothing really happens BLAH I had an odd reaction to this book I Have So Many Criticisms have so many criticisms yet I found it surprisingly engaging in spite of its flaws I wouldn t uite ive it three stars it was way too flawed for that but it s actually a high two as opposed to a low two This is one of those chick lit family dramas three enerations of women in one dysfunctional family multiple viewpoints blah blah blah I can t remember the last time I read a book like this and thought it was well done they re usually in the three star range for me at best So there s the matriarch crusty 80 year old Alice Kelleher a pretty unsympathetic character although her daughter Kathleen is worse what a nasty self righteous jerk Kathleen picks terribly on her sister in law Anne Marie who has spent decades being the perfect Stepford wife and is slowly unraveling And then there s Kathleen s daughter Maggie who is really too stupid to live Everyone has some kind of a time bomb brewing and of course the four women will eventually come together and discover each other s time bombs in one big family mess Alice s is that she has willed her summer home to the church not to her kids Anne Marie s is that she has a secret crush on her neighbor s husband even as she strives to maintain the facade of her perfect marriage and family I m not sure what Kathleen s is but in any case she comes into the picture because of Maggie s crisis Maggie s crisis is probably the most dramatic she is single and secretly pregnant having taken a chance because she was blindly in love with her boyfriend Said boyfriend s jerkiness is incredibly obvious to just about everyone but Maggie really J Courtney Sullivan should have Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson given him a few redeeming features other than Maggie s lust for him it would have made the story far believable not to mention interesting who is willing to risk the pregnancy because she s sure things will work out with thisuy SighAnyway the book is incredibly slow Very heavy on detailed backstory without a whole lot happening in the present for most of the book The characters as mentioned are unsympathetic and not very three dimensional for all of the author s attempts at fleshing them out by keeping the reader in backstory hell instead of moving the plot along Anne Marie was probably the most believable character but even she often felt like the author was trying too hard to depict her as a trope the increasingly resentful Stepford wife who needs to make everything look perfect in order to feel in control as opposed to making her a complicated person So why did I keep listening especially when for once I had other tempting audiobooks to choose from Well as my sister noted there was a weird voyeuristic appeal to feeling like I was eavesdropping on someone else s family dysfunction The Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture gossip theriping the secret and not so secret resentments the miscommunications etc most of the book wasn t particularly dramatic but it still resembled the experience of watching a soap opera in that sense where you Edge of Venomverse get caught up in other people s issues so you can briefly forget your own Also the audiobook reader was actually uiteood very expressive and authentic sounding in the voices of the various characters While I can t say I ll miss this book now that I ve finally finished it it did kind of keep me company on my commute and distract me from my own stuff I can t Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) give it an enthusiastic recommendation but it was okay which Iuess is what the two star rating is meant to indicat. Dita alla chiesa ma anche ai suoi Martini cocktail che sorseggia di fronte al mare mentre fuma troppe sigarette Ma uest'anno è diverso Alice lo sa Non può più aspettare Non può più ignorare una notte di tanti anni fa Una notte che non ha mai raccontato a nessuno un segreto che le tormenta l'anima e che potrebbe tramutare un vento troppo forte in tempesta distruggendo tutto forse anche l'istinto irrazionale che spinge le donne Kelleher a tornare ogni anno nel Maine. ,
Eading is the back story of the first two characters Alice and Kathleen Don t tell me Alice is a self conscious judgmental unsupportive mother Show me her carefully Back of the Yards: The Making of a Local Democracy getting ready in the morningoing for a walk weighing herself let me read a conversati See below I finished the book
There was no ood news The characters were all thin 1 dimensional angrybitter or victims with NO redeemingwas no ood news The characters were all thin 1 dimensional angrybitter or victims with NO redeeming and few redeeming actions which were performed rudgingly at best The male characters were simply parsley on the plate used ONLY to showcase the womenthe entire preimise of the book apparently was life s a bitch and then you die I am in the middle of this bookI have only otten this far becauseI continue to believe that bookI have only otten this far becauseI continue to believe that a barn full of sht there MUST be a pony in there SOMEWHERE and SOMEONE actually PUBLISHED this book I want to meet the author I want to ask her WHY she is so angry who hurt her this badly that ALL of her characters Alice her 2 daughters and her 1 daughter in law and then the randchildren all adults are SOOOOOOOOOO angry dysfunctional victims whiney neurotic and enerally completely unlikeable Even the healthiest of her daughters the one she hated the most has her own issues but she is the most palatableAlice the primary protagonist takes reat pleasure at the cruelties she inflicted onto her children Frighteningly I don t Island Girls (and Boys) get the impression that the author means for these to horrifyI am nearly 12 way through the book so far her son and the husbands of her daughters have been mentioned ONLY in the mildest of passing the author killed off Alice s husband Daniel who seemed to be aenuinely decent man and loving father early on This book MAY have some redeeming value somewhere along the way and maybe at the end so far I wouldn t have lunch with any of these characters except for Daniel who had the Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier good sense to die let alone befriend them Who knows maybe something mystical and magical will occur and they will allet redeeming personalities and lives This book is now overdue at the library I tried to renew it but there is a hold on it I laughed out loud Sadly the library s online system doesn t have a place to put patron waiting for this book doesn t know when she s well off Tell her to be Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within grateful I am a book hog and move on The cover of this book is misleading I think that s upsetting a lot of readers and that s probably fair While the book IS set mainly on a beach in Maine there s not too much that s lighthearted about this novel But then what are youoing to show 4 wom Note to Good Reads I hate that you don t have half stars Two stars seems a bit too critical but three stars feels too much to award this book It s finely written and I loved the construct of offering differing points of view from three Call the Next Witness generations of women in one family The author balances this juxtaposition well effortlessly switching from one character s voice to another And thereat success of the book for me is that the author illustrates so well how no one can really ever know another nor fully understand them Unfortunately I think she was a little too ood at it bc ultimately none of these characters really alter their views of each other in any meaningful way There s very little character Blah I know these ladies I m a Masshole with a big multi class Irish Catholic family that at least a week every summer up in Wells I m related to these charactersExcept for I m not because even the Alice in my life is infinitely complex than this So is the Ann Marie And they have hearts These characters are BLOODLESS it s infuriating They keep showing up for their 400 pages never straying from their caricature base never doing much of anything Digging deep I uess I could muster up some positive things to say about the presentation of the Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology generational differences between these women and their concepts of their motherhood but it s all drowned out by too much blah blah blah One thing that drove me particularly insane The aftermath of the house reveal and how the son was li. Tto di silenzi incomprensioni e invidie Tornare è solo un dovere per Kathleen la pecora nera della famiglia che più di tutti teme il confronto con la madre Alice il suo sguardoiudicante le sue accuse velate Per Maggie la figlia trentenne di Kathleen il cottage è invece solo una fuga temporanea per non dover ammettere forse nemmeno a sé stessa di essere incinta Ad aspettarle lì immutabile come sempre nonna Alice una donna dura fatta di opposti e contraddizioni de. .