I Married You for Happiness
When I choose how many stars to give a book, I simply ask myself did I dislike it (1 star), was it OK (2 stars), did I like it (3 stars), did I really like it (4 stars) or did I find it absolutely, utterly amazing (5 stars). When I am determining the number of stars I will give a book, I do not analyze why, I just make myself honestly consider how I felt when reading the book. I am giving this book two stars. Then comes the hard part, to determine why I have reacted as I have. I do ...more
I Married You for Happiness
A Book Review
What is it with me lately? I'm so emotional.
Like a little girl.
How can a small book leave me with a tear in my eye?
I'm a grown man. Real men don't cry.
From the first sentence: His hand is growing cold; still she holds it.
I braced myself. Death in the first sentence! Look out, I thought.
To the last sentence: When he sees Nina at the bedroom window, he stops what he is doing and, straightening up tall, he waves to her.
No more tissues left in the ...more
Lily Tuck's exploration of a 40 year marriage from the point of view of the wife upon discovering her dead husband in bed is beautiful and concise. She uses her language sparingly, but is able to convey so much with just one sentence. She effortlessly weaves achronologically between the various stages of the marriage: first meeting, courtship, arguments, vacations, affairs, secrets, suspicions, and even mundane conver ...more
That's the plot, such as it is, to author Lily Tuck's "I Married You for Happiness."
Philip and Nina are worldly, educated, and well-traveled so that the stuff of their otherwise anonymous lives does not weigh the reader down in boring, quotidian minutiae.
She is a painter. He is a mathematician specializing in the field of probabilit ...more
When composing the book review of Lily Tuck’s I Married You For Happiness I found myself in a conundrum. The writing style is easy to read, good word choices, and the tone fulfilled the overall thrust of the book. I reread several parts of it, trying to determine why I felt a bit dissatisfied.
I was quite pleased with the unique setting of telling about a 30+ year relationship. There is a death. An unexpected and unexplained death. Philip comes home, says he’ll lie down a bit before dinner, and t...more
Tuck manages this material beautifully. I felt as though I were in the presence of ...more
Recently, I've read three memoirs about grieving a spouse after sudden death: Jo ...more
She flits from one memory to another before maybe going back to the same time of the previous memory before moving on again, in a sort of stream of consciousness way. For me this made it a rather fragmented book with the best bits being when a memory was expanded in full before she moved on to the next recollection. (This approach means th ...more
I MARRIED YOU FOR HAPPINESS is written in short, thoughtful bursts. While it reminded me a bit of VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, Lilly Tuck's novel alternates scenes from paragraph to paragraph or even sentence to sentence, has only one narrator, and is refreshingly breezy and engag ...more
There is no clear indication of how far back Tuck's characters are trave ...more
It starts off with Nina fixing dinner downstairs while her husband, Phillip, is upstairs resting. She calls him down to dinner multiple times but gets no response. Finding this strange, she goes upstairs to their room and finds him dead on their bed. Does she call 911 or anyone else to report the passing? Nope, she spends al ...more
It's a shame the characters were so unlikeable, at least to me, because that took away from the premise of the book, which attracted me when I read the description. A whole lifetime of memories in one night? Hmm....I'd like to see how she pulls that off, I thought. Not very well, I discovered. The transitions between past and ...more
Το βιβλίο αυτό λαμβάνει χώρα κατά τη διάρκεια μιας νύχτας.Της νύχτας του θάνατου του Φιλίπ . Η Νίνα είναι καλλιτέχνης ενώ ο Φίλιπ είναι μαθη ...more
Ετοιμάζοντας το βραδινό φαγητό, η σύζυγος φωνάζει τον σύζυγο - μαθηματικό να κατέβει από τον επάνω όροφο να φάει αλλά φευ! εκείνος έχει ήδη μετακομίσει στους ουράνιους λειμώνες!
Κάθεται λοιπόν αυτή δίπλα του ολόκληρη τη νύχτα και αναπολεί τα χρόνια που έζησαν μαζί, την πρώτη φορά που συναντήθηκαν αλλά ...more
An American citizen born in Paris, Tuck now divides ...more