On a midsummer's night Paula Hook lies awake; Mike, her husband of twenty-five years, asleep beside her; her teenage twins, Nick and Kate, sleeping in nearby rooms. The next day, she knows, will redefine all of their lives.
Recalling the years before and after her children were born, Paula begins a story that is both a glowing celebration of love possessed and a moving ack...more
1. The stupid author baited me, and then grossly disappointed. Its one thing to build up the reader's anticipation when there is a legitimate payoff, but to keep reminding us "There's something big coming..." "Something earth-shattering is going to be revealed any time now..." and keep on like that for three-quarters of the book, it darn well better be earth-shattering, or I'm going to be ticked. I was ticked.
2. I couldn't believe the auth...more
Problem is, i just kept wondering through most of the book, WHEN is this narrator going to get around to it... i just kept thinking : GET AROUND TO IT ALREADY!!! (most of the book she just "alludes" to the fact hey ahve somthing big to tell the kids tomorrow...)
maybe i just have no patience right about now, but even though it was an interesting idea, this book kindof dragged for...more
Maybe I responded the way teena...more
Well i say pfffffft to all that. I was so bored for so long that i finally gave up.
The story takes place in one evening in one woman’s head. She thinks about her life before her kids were conceived as she contemplates the big secret she and her husband are going to tell their t...more
"We all have more than one creature inside of us perhaps. And there are some moments in our lives that make us ripe for metamorphosis".
The book is narrated by the thoughts of a woman/wife/mother who is lying in bed thinking about a conversation that will happen in their family the next morning. The children are twins and the parents feel that the...more
Within the first twenty pages I was already feeling a relief on behalf of the kids that she wasn't the one telling them the awful secret. The archness of her manner of speaking (thinking) was overbearing. You know, that secret,...more
This was a disappointing novel from one of my favorite novelists. It was the literary equivalent to a once popular TV show, “I’ve Got A Secret.” The narrator is a woman of fifty. She is in bed with her husband, who is sound asleep. She engages in a monologue with her twin children, aged sixteen. She tells them than tomorrow will be the day that may end their lives as they know it. A secret will be revealed that will turn their world upside-down. During this war...more
The only problem is that the news does not live up to a book-full of fearsome thoughts (what could?) and the ending f...more
Bad books sometimes happen to good authors. Despite compelling themes-the unpredictability of life, the ways we mask emotional trauma to produce happiness-Tomorrow failed to muster praise from even the most generous of critics. After building up a doom-and-gloom scenario, Graham Swift led reviewers to expect a tragedy of monstrous proportions-perhaps the children are aliens or the parents serial killers. None of these scenarios panned out, leaving critics feeling deflated upon learning the truth...more
A few months ago I read reviews of this book and thought it sounded good, but when I went to the library I picked up another Graham Swift book and didn't get past the first couple of pages. So I wasn't quite sure whether I'd like this or not.
I did like it. It's the internal monologue of a mother recounting events of her life during the night before the morning when she is going to reveal something important to her sixteen year old twin children. It's not really about the revelation - don't read...more
However, like my summer this book proved to be slow, TOO slow. I couldn't finish it and it's definitely on my worst books list. Regardless, I'd still like to finish it one day when I'm ready to die of boredom.
i read now that the author has better books, wish i had read one of them instead. i work at a newspaper, not in features, but every year our newsroom sells all the proofs they get sent to them in hopes of reviews. they are sold for united way profits and everything is a couple bucks so i stock up big time. normally end up taking about two stacks home.
anyway... this story, would be a really good short story. it doesn't have enuf content...more
The entire book takes place on one night, in the mind of the female narrator, Paula. She reflects on her marriage, her children, her (and her husband's) life before they met, and herself, as an independent entity. Swift is a true writing talent and his ability to inhabit the female mind/voice, is superb.
My frustration with the novel is the story line. It has a strong opening. By mid book, I felt the author was straining and that Paula's anguish was "much ado about nothing." B...more
At about half-way through the CD, I am just feeling bored with this and I don't much ca...more
However, to be honest, I very much feel like this novel may aswell have been the phonebook. The subject matter was bizarre and seems to me to have been dealt with in an incredibly over-dramatic fashion, which is why I haven't given this book 5 stars.
Some of his works have been made into films, including Last Orders, which starred Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins and Waterland which starred Jeremy Irons. Last Orders was a...more