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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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I did find it hard to keep up with the n ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.