Una casa llena de palabras
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Una casa llena de palabras

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  32,200 ratings  ·  5,049 reviews
Las hermanas Andreas crecieron rodeadas de libros. El lema de su familia podría perfectamente ser “no hay problema que no se pueda solucionar con un carné de biblioteca”. Ahora las tres han vuelto a casa, a la pequeña ciudad universitaria donde crecieron, en parte porque acaban de descubrir que su madre padece cáncer pero, también, en realidad, porque sus vidas se están de...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Roca (first published January 1st 2011)
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Is every book set in Ohio?

This is the second book in a row that I have read set here in Ohio. The first one,Knockemstiff, was most excellent; Weird Sisters I’m sorry to say was shit. This book was just, beyond words, sucky. Gack! I even finished it because I wasn’t going to let it beat me.

Here’s the clever premise. Three sisters by the names of Bianca, Cordelia , and Rose (short for Roselyn? I just don’t care) are born to a family who can’t stop reading…..ever. They are born to parents whose nam...more
May 26, 2012 Janet marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
I read about 50 pages of this. I found the unknown narrator irritating-at first I thought I might have missed who was doing the narrating and kept going back to see, but then I realized the book was supposed to be like that, that there was no one narrator; I may be old-fashioned but I like knowing who's doing the narrating in a book. I suppose this can be considered an antinovel since I haven't seen this kind of narration before. I just can't stand it. And, while Shakespeare was a brilliant writ...more
Absolutely pitch perfect. (I would give this ten out of five stars if I could.)

This is the first book I have read that uses a first-person-plural narrative style, and it was so completely appropriate; you get the sense that this book came together with these three sisters sitting around a Pensieve after the events of this book have transpired, looking at them playing out again, and dictating the story to the author, who has set up shop with a typewriter in the adjacent corner of the room.

I can't even finish this piece of crap book; it's so juvenile it's insulting. Clearly Eleanor Brown just took some extended writing class and thinks she's an author because she's using every cliche and plot technique to prolong a story that's just not interesting. Here are the reasons I know she's an amateur writer: 1) She includes insignificant details that are supposed to make her characters round but really have nothing at all to do with the characters - why is it important to talk about some...more
Jann Barber
I was struck by a few sentences spoken by the character of Father Aidan on page 305 of my copy of this book: "There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future."

I liked the book and the interactions between the sisters/the sisters and their parents/the sisters and non-family members. It did seem as if some of the character traits or sce...more
This book sucked. It's about 3 sisters who all end up moving back home to "help" their mother while she's battling breast cancer. But they all moved back home at the same time because (as they will readily admit) they are failures. How nice for their mother. The oldest, Rose, is an obnoxious know-it-all who's convinced no one can do anything without her. Everyone else is a total screw up and she (and she alone) will save the day. She's ruining her life in the process but she likes being a martyr...more
When their mother is diagnosed with cancer, Bianca and Cordelia find themselves returning home to join their third sister, Rose, who still lives in their hometown. Bean and Cordy aren't returning to support their mother as much as they are impelled by their own messy life situations: Bianca because she has been fired for stealing from her job, and Cordelia because after years of living irresponsibly on the road, she has discovered that she is pregnant. Stalwart Rose has finally glimpsed a chance...more
This book is nothing like the kind of thing I choose to read. It is the kind of thing found in the "New fiction" section at Barnes and Noble, or "Literature" in other places. I'm a genre fiction sort of girl, and so this isn't something I'd have ever read under normal conditions.

But, when the Vice President comes flying down the hall to give you her copy because she's sure you'd enjoy it...well.... And to be fair, we did talk about it when we were doing the Walk for the Cure in October, and our...more
This book started out great! I loved the quoting Shakespeare and the story itself told by all three sisters. After a while I found the writing annoying. It wasn't always easy to understand what Brown was trying to say. I persevered and by the middle I just wanted to know what happened. I was relieved when I finally finished! I felt that this was basically a very juvenile story and I most certainly would not recommend it to anyone. By the way, this is the first time I am taking the time to review...more
We were three sisters who wanted to write a story that was different from any other. Or even if it was a cliché, at least we could make it seem different by using the first-person plural narrative. And by adding a gimmick – a father who’s a professor of Shakespeare, so that Shakespearean quotations could be thrown in at convenient times to make the reader feel literary and make us seem different.

Rose, the oldest, insisted that she be the overfunctioning sister. “All sister duos in these books mu...more
A feel-good book, something that will burn your heart with affection to the characters, and at the end will warm your heart with its story.

The story is simple - three sisters who were reunited in their home town to aid their ailing mother. There's nothing fancy about the plot, except when you started to read it. What I love about the book is how expected each moment can be, yet there is a dash of twist in each way the story was told. Each sisters has their own story, which they tried to ran away...more
I would have abandoned this book if I hadn't been traveling this week. Much like The Cookbook Collector, it's the story of upper-middle-class sisters testing the boundaries and distinctions between one another, only here there is an additional veneer of literary vanity in the form of copious quotations from Shakespeare. In this book, you see, the sisters' father is a professor specializing in the Bard, so they all quote him as the occasion rises. It's supposed to be clever, but I came away with...more
My TBR pile has grown ridiculously huge of late (my house is hoarding half my public library's precious cargo). Despite this ever-increasing mountain of unread promises, my reading pace has proportionately slowed. At a time when I should be blazing through the pages of every book I pick up, I find myself smelling the proverbial roses. The faster I burn through a book, the more quickly I am to forget it anyway, even the real gems. Plus, life just gets in the way sometimes and it's been doing a da...more
Up front, I have to say that when I discovered this novel, I went into it with the truest of intentions. I mean, I come from a family with three sisters--I'm the youngest and I know a little bit about Shakespeare--happen to love Othello and The Taming of the Shrew.

But this story just seemed to go into places that I couldn't get into and didn't much care for.

Only real quick, this wouldn't be a 'classic' Novelwit2000 review, if I didn't bring up the thing with the names.

I thought it was a novel...more
Another unexpected read that I opened by chance and it hooked me, this tale of the three sisters from a reasonably normal small college town family who take quite different life paths only to reunite when thei mother's illness and some major happenings in their life (pregnancy, marriage but also messed up career and heartbreak) brings them back to their home.

A fast and engaging read with well drawn characters
Layla Strohl
Poor Eleanor Brown. I think from reading other reviews she unfairly gets a bad rap. Yes it's true this book is is not high class literature but it is an interesting take on birth order roles and interactions of siblings. It's also true that the characters often are self absorbed malcontents (as one good read reviewer put it) but their struggles, while they may seem superficial to some, feel genuine and their pain real.

Also I think the idea of three sibling coming home to care for their ailing m...more
Jan 17, 2012 Kat rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chicks, Goodwill, Bargain book bins.
Recommended to Kat by: A calendar
Oh book how I hated thee. Let me count the ways. One detail that bothered me greatly was that these girls were constantly reading, but never does the author tell us what they are reading. I like books about books about books. A book about books this was not.

Then there was the disappointing fact that these sisters were in no way weird. They WERE banal, cliche, boring, trite, annoying, and unrealistic. First we have Rose the stuffy, plain, type-A eldest sister who just needs to learn to give up h...more
Judith Hannan
When I was in my 20s, for every three "literary" works I read, I would read one mystery and one romance novel, the latter for pure escapsism. When I began The Weird Sisters, I was hopeful that it could an ideal combination of fine writing but a fun/easier read. Indeed, Eleanor Brown has beautiful phrases and expressions sprinkled generously througout this book. Unfortunately, it just isn't enough to make The Weird Sisters work for me. In talking about a character's pre-determined fate vs what c...more
Girls Gone Reading
I read that Eleanor Brown simply wanted to write a book about families. She claimed that this caused her to incorporate Shakespeare and use the plural narrator. When I read her post on The Debutante Ball, Eleanor Brown claimed that her writing comes “haphazardly”. I, for one, don’t buy it-or if that is true I want some of it!

Because the truth is, The Weird Sisters is one of the most unique and most real books I have read lately. Unique and real don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but Brown managed it...more
I really wanted to like this book, but when I found myself putting it down time after time I knew I was kidding myself. First, the sisters were not really weird. They were immature, self-centered, mean, shallow and undeserving. Having five sisters of my own, I really did not identify with any of the characters or relationships in the book. Eventually each sister just got on my nerves. I could see the ending from a mile away. The book was packed with gimmicks.

Relationships between sisters can be...more
Three women who have sort of failed at life show back up on their parents’ doorstep after finding out their mother has cancer. Eldest sister, Roselyn, is a control freak who uses her mother’s illness as an excuse to stay in her hometown while her fiance teaches in Oxford for a year. Middle sister, Bianca, ditched her small town to live the big city life in New York, embezzled lots of money from her company for designer clothing, skipped out on rent, and charged up her credit cards. Her return to...more
Predictable plot and predictable characters. Three sisters sterotyped by birth order - the bossy eldest sister, the slutty, attention seeking middle sister and the irresponsible youngest. All returning to live at home using the excuse to care for their mother who has breast cancer. But these three self centered 30 somethings are really just trying to avoid making adult decisions or facing the consequences of their poor decision making. The eldest is so terrifed of change that she is using her mo...more
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As the title implies this book is centered on three sisters, their relationships with one another and with their aging academic parents, their careers (or the lack there of) and what the heck to do with their futures. They’ve grown up in a small university town where their father is an emotionally disconnected Shakespeare devotee. He often answers questions by quoting the Bard as in fact the whole family does. As you might guess the girls are named after Shakespeare characters though each is fro...more
First off, I have a weakness for stories about sisters. This book is about a "dysfunctional" family - or is it? Aren't all families dysfunctional in some way or esp. when observed by an outsider. The book puts a lot of stock in birth order- just how important is it or is it just an excuse. Yes the characters are a little too stereotypical in their birth order qualities but that did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. Father Aiden says to the middle sister" Your story,Bean, is the story...more
Is it a good idea to read a novel about three sisters with issues right before you are going to be spending the holidays with your own sisters with issues? The novel is The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. I have five weird sisters myself so this seems like a perfect match. In the book the sisters are grown women trying to outrun themselves and the usual family baggage we all have. Well maybe not quite so usual. I'm going to go out on a limb here by saying that very few of us were raised by a Sha...more
Lolly LKH
I enjoyed the dash of endless Shakespeare quotes and the characters (the sisters Weird) were well rounded but it wasn't really much of a story for me. I also sometimes have a hard time when writer's pigeonhole characters. Oh this one is the oldest therefore she is the one always controlling and has the head on straight, oh and of course the youngest is full of wanderlust. It's just too damn simplified. It read a bit strange as well, in some ways I liked it and other times it annoyed me. Being a...more

This novel did pretty much nothing for me. It is a type: I would call it "women's fiction with a quirk." The three Andreas sisters, raised by a nice but distant mother and a Shakespeare professor who named them after Shakespearean women, grew up in a small college town. The family was wont to approach life via quotes from Shakespeare plays and sonnets. They were all great readers, mostly because there was nothing else to do in their small town.

As the novel opens, they are all adults, two have mo...more
Nov 02, 2011 Elizabeth rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people on their last gasp of hope, you'll be uplifted
Shelves: 2011
I was reading reviews of this book and read one that started out perfect... First, the sisters aren't really weird.

Thank you for that, it's exactly what I thought.

If you have grown up amongst only sisters, have a literary love for books and enjoy random Shakespearean quotes you might find some nuggets that resonate. Having said that,

A literary family grows up in a small collegiate town. Three sisters, Rose, Bianca and Cordelia, are now older, late 20s and early 30s, and kinda big life crises h...more
Recommended you brush up on your Shakespeare before attempting this read as it is endlessly quoted and even had me using Wikipedia to find out more about the Immortal Shakespeare's romantic comedies I was never really a fan of like--As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew and Midsummer's Night Dream but they are referred to constantly...Fortunately so are all my other favorites King Lear, Hamlet, and my favorite MacBeth and on and on..so the story follows a family of three sisters and their parents-...more
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“She remembered one of her boyfriends asking, offhandedly, how many books she read in a year. "A few hundred," she said.
"How do you have the time?" he asked, gobsmacked.
She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don't spend hours flipping through cable complaining there's nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-game talking heads? Because I do not spend every night drinking overpriced beer and engaging in dick-swinging contests with the other financirati? Because when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in reflective surfaces? I am reading!
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