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Daljina među nama

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Jednog hladnog februarskog popodneva, Stela ugleda čoveka koji joj ide u susret londonskom ulicom. Godinama nije videla njegovo lice, ali ga prepoznaje istog časa. Ili bar misli da ga je prepoznala.
Istovremeno, na drugoj strani sveta, u vreme proslave kineske Nove godine, Džejk shvata da gužva oko njega postaje opasna.
To je trenutak kada i Džejk i Stela, ne znajući da ono
Paperback, 293 pages
Published by Laguna (first published January 1st 2004)
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This is the third book by Maggie O'Farrell I have read. I find her writing absolutely captivating. Despite the fact that this story had a much more satisfying ending (i.e., less dark), I don't think it will leave a very lasting impression me. I sobbed when I read After You'd Gone, and I was positively disturbed after reading The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. These are both much stronger emotions that just feeling warm and satisfied. Yet as much as I try to categorize which of these three I like ...more
Yvann S
Summary: Stella runs away from her life in London to work at a Scottish hotel. Jake survives a crowd crush in Hong Kong, finds himself in the wrong life in England, and goes in search of his father in Scotland. Stella’s sister Nina has never coped well without Stella, and Stella’s Italian-Scottish family isn’t thrilled about her new life choices either…

I loved this. The bond between the sisters was so strong and real, and O’Farrell seems to have the knack of coming up with seemingly insignifican
Kirsty Darbyshire

It looks like I'm at a one all draw with Maggie O'Farrell. I enjoyed The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox after a slow start, but didn't get on at all well with My Lover's Lover. So it's taken me a while to pick up a third of her books.

This book is written in what I always think of as "jigsaw piece" style. Passages from the lives of the characters appear in what seems to be no particular order, time goes back and forth, places change, minor characters appear and it sometimes takes a while to figure

When I find an author I love, I try to read as many other titles by them as possible and typically, there is a point where the author has gone from amateur to professional. I have really enjoyed Maggie O'Farrell, and while I enjoyed this story, I feel that she was still an amateur when she wrote The Distance Between Us. It lacked the refinement and tightness of more recent titles. I don't mind a story that jumps around. In fact, I quite like the varying perspectives; the lack of chornological ti ...more
Lance Greenfield
I did enjoy the story of these two young people who have had more than their fair share of trajedy and family complicatons in their lives thus far. One could say that curcumstances are forced upon them, time and time again.

There were times when I became so frustrated, wanting to shout at the book, "For goodness sake, tell him (or her)," or "Don't do that!" Simple words or actions at the appropriate time would have save a whole mess of complications. I am sure that you have read similar books, or
I guess you could say I'm a Maggie O'Farrell fan but this book didn't have quite the same intensity as her other books I read. I was really enjoying the beginning - I like the way she zig zags between characters and time-frames. The sections can be quite small but they convey very poignant and intense scenes, with a great use of language and detail.
However, I found that as the book progressed and more and more characters were introduced, it became a bit too much. Too many stories and worlds and
This is a beautifully written piece: real, tragic, melancholy, eventful, lovely. The most wonderfully exciting and poignant story I have read in a long time. The pace Maggie sets means there is never a dull moment. The characters really come to life, provoking emotions and are likeable, which is so important to me as a reader. I loved Stella and Jake, and appreciated the way Maggie allowed me to see into both their families and the dynamics and history within them. The author has definitely mast ...more
I didn't love it. I'm sad to say that, while O'Farrell's other novels were gripping and fast-paced, this one was overly-complicated and confusing.

The story jumps from character to character, as is O'Farrell's usual style, but the cast of characters is so numerous that it becomes garbled & the plot is lost for a while. There are also no chapters or any other marker to notify the reader when a change of perspective has been made which exacerbates the confusion. There also seems to be several
I read and really enjoyed 'After You'd Gone' and 'The Vanishing Acts of Esme Lennox' but was really disappointed by 'My Lover's Lover', so had left this sitting on my shelf for ages before deciding to give it a go.

I'm so pleased that I did, as I think this is my favourite of O'Farrell's novels. The human relationships in this story are so intelligently written, her characters are wonderfully crafted and the story is both intense and very emotional.

The story of Jake and Stella goes back and forth
This is the third novel I have read by Maggie O’Farrell and I find her novels easy reading but nothing spectacular. I enjoyed this more than ‘My Lover’s Lover’ and about the same as ‘After You’d Gone.’ ‘The Distance Between Us’ is a love story full of complex relationships and lots of pain.

At the start of the novel the protagonists Stella Gilmore and Jake Kildoune do not even know of the existence of the other. Of course it is obvious to the reader that they will meet eventually. First we are to
Diane Will
I wasn't sure that I was enjoying this book but I kept with it. Initially I thought it was just going to be about two different people with no connection, but however it eventually came together. Stella and Jake not knowing of each others existence, one in London and the other in Hong Kong. Each have their own trauma and reasons for coming to Scotland and eventually their paths cross and so starts a turmoil of characters, will they won't they get together.

I did find it hard to keep up with the n
Stella lived in London, Jake in Hong Kong. Maggie O'Farrell wrote their stories, including their family with several generations, scrambled them up in time, and put them back together. This is not a book you can read in small bites. The writing changes time, generation and family at such a quick pace, sometimes a page at a time, that following where you are and who is who, can be very challenging for the first half of the book. Once I got all that down, it was ok, but a bit annoying at how quick ...more
Maybe if I didn't read "After you'd gone" first, I gave this one 5 stars, really deserves 3,5!
This is a love story, but at the same time it is a story about family ties, full of strange and complex relationships, full of pain and disappointments and escapes... The language is beautiful, the plot is interesting and I really enjoyed the twists between present and past(but I've already liked it even more that kind of fragmented structure in "After you'd gone"!). The beginning was promising
Meh. A love story or a story of two sisters - I was never quite sure. Perhaps the problem with this book was that it tried to be both and became clogged and cloying from the effort. Stella runs away constantly and inexplicably (even given the 'terrible secret' that has 'haunted her since childhood') and Nina is one of the most confusing and annoying characters I have encountered in fiction. Actually, scrap that, they are both annoying. Despite Stella's complete lack of personality (and vocabular ...more
Yasmin Ward
This story of two strangers, Stella living in London and Jake living in Hong Kong is woven together cleverly. The chapter-less structure of the story where you hop back and forth from one paragraph to the next between the parallel lives of the two love interests manages to gradually entwine Stella and Jake beautifully in the readers mind. The past is unravelled with evocative and viscerally described childhood and coming of age experiences that explain the relationship between the two sisters, S ...more
Caroline Taggart
Here’s a scary thought. The girl you have been going out with for a few months but know isn’t the long-term one for you is badly injured. The doctors say she won’t last the night and she says she doesn’t want to die without marrying you. So you go through with it –and then she doesn’t die. She’s a needy long-term invalid you don’t love.

That’s what happens to Jake, the male protagonist of this engrossing novel. What happens to the female one, Stella, is even odder and more haunting. What hope ha
Nice enough story line and well written but nothing too special. Easy reading, but would have benefitted from not jumping backward and forward in time quite so frequently.
Couldnt get interested in this book and gave up at page 46
Storyline and characters, too messy
I don't know how Maggie O'Farrell does it. She weaves such magic and heart onto the pages of her books that I am always emotionally invested within the first chapter. I finished this book in two days because I just couldn't put it down. It's not that O'Farrell's books are full of non-stop action or adventure. It's not that they are full of suspense or over-the-top romance scenes. They're just full of life. They're full of these characters that never feel like characters because the author knows ...more
For some reason or another I am horribly inept at reviewing books that I actually like and since this was my favourite book of the year so far, this review is probably going to very short and awkwardly written. Also, as always, there will also be a few SPOILERS!

I do not have a sister of my own. Perhaps it is for this reason that I am drawn to books, television shows and movies about the bond between sisters. It always seems like such a special thread that keeps sisters together and even though e
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Abridged audiobook.

I absolutely loved After You'd Gone, my first Maggie O'Farrell book, but when I followed that soon after, with My Lover's Lover, I was disappointed. Three years later, I decided to try another of the author's books and was pleasantly surprised with The Distance Between Us. There were some vague similarities with my first read, but I was quickly drawn into the story and enjoyed it. This review is actually from a re-read, as I later acquired an abridged audio copy of the book an
We have 2 different sets of characters, whose stories run simultaneously, and come together later on in the novel. Jake is from Hong Kong, but with white parentage. His mother met his father while backpacking around the world. Unbeknown to him she is pregnant when they part company. Now in his 20s, Jake and his girlfriend of a few months are involved in a New Year crush in town, where one of their party is killed, he is injured and his girlfriend is dying in hospital. She asks of him the unthink ...more
Too cheap to resist ;)

The perfect combination: a rainy weekend, tea and an addictive book! Ok, it hasn't really rained today, but the sky has been quite cloudy! ;)

This is about Jake who lives in Hong Kong and suddenly on Chinese New Year's celebrations sees his life change and about Stella a Scottish-Italian girl who suddenly flees from London to a tiny village in Scotland. As you keep on reading, you start learning about their past and how their paths will eventually meet. I've always had a wea
Dorothy Bruce
Having previously read some time ago, and thoroughly enjoyed Maggie O’Farrell’s The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, I decided a chunky paperback of two of her books — My Lover’s Lover and The Distance Between Us — was a good buy.

Maggie O’Farrell’s language tells a great story and her use of description paints memorable pictures, while her sparse dialogue moves the story along. Though appreciating the quality of writing in My Lover’s Lover, it is at the end of the day a romance, with the narrative
Another good read from this author. She really is one of my favourites. Having read all of her later books you can tell that this is written earlier in her career. As usual she has that unique ability to do multiple narratives and multiple time frames all on the one page - and it works. It staggers me that she can always pull that off so convincingly.

This story consists of two Scottish-Italian sisters and a British guy born and living in Hong Kong, plus an ensemble of familial characters. The s
This would be a 3 1/2, maybe a 4...I marked it down because it jumped around from place to place, time to time, people to people from paragraph to paragraph. I had a hard time remembering who everyone was and it is a bit tedious trying to remember everything that each character did when you don't know who they are, and then later you try putting them together and can't remember exactly who they were and who did what. Sometimes she would introduce a new character and I couldn't remember if that w ...more
I can't fairly rate this book.

I really enjoyed the Author's style of writing in the first half but I just lost interest. I didn't really care about the characters that much; so I wasn't invested in what happened to them or how their story turns out. Maybe says more about my patience than anything else. Perhaps I missed a real treat of an ending but I just didn't have it in me.

Struggling to find an enjoyable book at the moment. Meh.
I enjoyed this book, but in the beginning the constant swapping of stories between the two lead characters (who were at that point totally dissociated) in alternate paragraphs was wearing. As a night time read it meant I had to keep rereading to try and get a grip on what was happening (or had happened) to each person. I did enjoy it overall though, and the gradual unfolding of the characters back stories. Will look out for more of Maggie O'Farrell's books.
There is a fine line between dark and depressing. This book is just depressing. I also find it hard to feel sorry for characters when they are so overdramatic. For example, I might have felt bad for Bella when Edward dumped her in New Moon, but then she got onto the forest floor in the fetal position in the rain and proceeded to turn into a zombie for the next three months. Same with Stella in this book. I might have thought "oh my gosh, whoever that man is, he must have really traumatized her a ...more
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Maggie O'Farrell (born 1972, Coleraine Northern Ireland) is a British author of contemporary fiction, who features in Waterstones' 25 Authors for the Future. It is possible to identify several common themes in her novels - the relationship between sisters is one, another is loss and the psychological impact of those losses on the lives of her characters.
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