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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  3,404 ratings  ·  529 reviews
Ann Lord « ne verra pas jaunir les feuilles » cet automne. Mais qui, d'Ann Grant, la jeune fille, ou d'Ann Lord, la vieille femme, va mourir ? Quelle est l'identité, quelle est cette part d'elle-même vouée à l'oubli des autres, qui va soudain sombrer ? Se peut-il que l'amour fou, le premier, le grand amour, qu'elle n'a connu que quelques heures de sa vie de femme, d'épouse ...more
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Published February 3rd 2000 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Peter
For a long time, this feels like a romance novel: swooning and fawning women, silent and hunky men. Vomit, vomit, vomit. And then, just when the novel is about to end and you're so fed up with the number of times Ann Grant says that Harris Arden "affected her curiously", then, all of a sudden, right near the end, in the face of an awful tragedy, the characters become real, and then you wonder if it was worth suffering through everything else to see a tiny glimpse of the human condition.

The centr
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Amanda
"Evening" is the internal monologue of Ann Grant (or Katz,or Stackpole, or Lord depending on what part of her life she is reflecting upon), as she lies in bed, dying of cancer. Ann pours over her life, re-living it, telling herself the story of her most intimate and important moment(s). Her reflections are filled with deep pain, regret, and intensely burning passion.
Reading this book felt in some ways like finding out that there is no Santa Claus.
The idea of dying being a reflective process whe
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Sandy
Being a fan of some of Susan Minot's other work, I was kind of disappointed in this book. It started off really slowly, and I almost gave up on it entirely. I just could not get into it, I found parts of it seemed poorly written. I am not a fan of the pages of run on, mixed up thoughts that went on too long. The story of what happened years ago in Ann's life, while attending the wedding of her friend, is the only thing that kept the book going. The rest of it seemed thrown in at weird times, and ...more
Elizabeth
I've been re-reading old favorites lately.

One of the most beautiful things about language is the deep sense of emotions that can be brought about by words strung together in a logical context. Sometimes, you read a book because of the emotions it causes. Often, for me, I reread books that have moved me emotionally; that have made me feel. This is such a book. Rather than a wonderfully technical book, well-plotted and adept, this is a book that evokes emotion, namely melancholy.

It is the reflect
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Rebecca
Feb 04, 2010 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
What I learned from this book is that women have an incredible capacity for resilience and emotion. I know that men do too, of course. But I think this book clearly addresses death and lost love from a woman's perspective. The beauty of this book lies in its style. Often written in flowing sentences, with no periods or commas to distinguish where thoughts begin or end, it truly captures the subconscious mind. The only thing I didn't care for were the brief periods where it explored another chara ...more
Vonaire
Mar 15, 2010 Vonaire rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Vonaire by: I think I bought it at a yard sale
Hmmm..... I had so many problems with this book, I don't even know where to start.

First of all: the manner in which it was written. Her thoughts kept jumping from past, to present, and back again. It's not that I had a problem with that, it's the fact that she eschewed the basic rules of grammar that was beat into us back in elementary school...so there was no clear indicator of change in time period. Call me crazy, but I like quotation marks, and commas, and periods - you know, basic punctuatio
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Ashley
This is the best book I've read in awhile. I just finished last night, so I haven't had time to process all of it or to be able to say whether it'll be one of my favorites. It's pretty heavy - not a lot of pages, but a lot to think about. I can say now that it's been a really long time since I've read a novel that impacted me so deeply.

With her son and daughters gathered around, Ann Lord lies on her deathbed. The story itself takes place over the last few days of her life, but it spans her entir
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Taylor
I just re-read this book for the first time in years, and while it affects me in a much different way than it did when I was a teenager, damn, does it affect me. I see now that the writing, while beautiful, can be a little melodramatic, and that the central romance of the story is not really at all romantic--Harris is kind of a dick, and Ann is, in fact, a little cold, not to mention the fact that their brief affair is completely selfish. However, I also think that their flaws are the point. Ann ...more
Laura
This book could have been good, instead it left me hating all the characters except for Buddy Wittenborn who turned out to be more consequential to the story than he originally appeared. The author uses a LOT of stream of consciousness, which worked well in some places and was too jumbled to actually read and understand in others. In what I assume was an attempt to show the jumbled stream of thoughts in Ann's mind, she would write entire pages without using any punctuation whatsoever--no periods ...more
Rachel
Jul 15, 2008 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I only got about 65 pages into it. If I hadn't seen the movie I wouldn't have had any idea what was even going on and I wouldn't have read past the first 2 pages. I can't believe this was a best seller.
Anne
Stunning. I sat down and consumed this book in one evening. I know the movie has been dragged over the coals (and I have yet to see it), but I found the book beautiful and moving. The story for those who have escaped seeing the trailer is about a woman (Ann) at the end of her life, who looks back and remembers the events over the course of her friend's wedding weekend which lead her to meet her life's true love, Harris Arden. However, life is complicated and she and Harris are not to be, and so ...more
Karen
Somehow my review was lost, so here we go again. I liked this book but it wasn't as good as I thought it would be or that I felt it could have been. I really would have liked to see some parts of the storyline more developed and know more about what really happened, some parts were quite ambiguous. The main character, Ann, is lying in her upstairs bedroom dying of cancer and remembering her life as her children move around downstairs, occassionally going in to see her. It was written in a stream ...more
Melissa Jackson
Since I don't really sleep anymore, I spend my nights watching film after film and reading (unassigned *gasp*) books.

Last night I reread Susan Minot's Evening and was struck, once again, by a book that for several years was a favorite. I hadn't picked it up in almost five years and the effect was a replica of the first time. It is an aching work of how longing, loss, and the heart intersect to destroy and rebuild a woman on her deathbed as she recalls her first, true, love. My copy of the book i
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WillowAtSunset Bennehoff
I hated this book. It was too hard to follow. While I support writers breaking the rules of punctuation if it helps to draw the reader into the writer's mind, all Susan Minot did for me when she broke the rules was trip me up in my reading. Stumble. Stumble. Stumble. The book didn't flow for this reason. I don't know how I made it from beginning to end without giving up, but for some reason I did and finished the book. Of all the books I've ever read, this stands out as the most painful to finis ...more
Shelly
As others mentioned, I could not appreciate this writing style. I found it distracting, and as the story went on I found that at 100 pages in, I still didn't care at all about any of the characters that had been mentioned. At that point I decided to give up. I was disappointed, I'd been looking forward to reading this one, but it wasn't for me.
Lauren
I read Evening because I found the plot interesting and wanted to see it before the movie was released. I didn't quite beat the release date, but the book left me wanting more and didn't entirely meet my expectations. Just slightly more intellectual than a Harlequin romance, this book focuses on Ann Grant's unrequitted love and how it transformed her relationships moving forward in life. The reader encounters Ann on her death bed, and follows her she floats in between dream sequences, memories a ...more
Laurel-Rain
A woman lies dying in the upstairs bedroom of her Cambridge, Massachusetts home. Her grown children wander in and out, their own concerns evident as they try to understand the words she is saying to them. Names they don't recognize, thoughts that seemingly make no sense.

But Ann Lord was once Ann Grant and a bridesmaid at her best friend Lila's wedding on an island off the coast of Maine. Traveling backwards to that time feels like reclaiming who she once was. Memories flood through the pain-fill
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EAK
I'd read one of Susan Minot's short story collections a long time ago and liked her writing, so when I found this in the Half-Priced Books bargain bin, I thought I'd give it a try. I also realized that I had seen the movie version of this book, starring Claire Danes. I've seen a lot of mediocre movies, thanks to Claire Danes, but what can I say? I'll always love Angela Chase. Anyway, now that I finished the book, I need to re-rent the movie because I don't remember it, other than Claire Danes pl ...more
Lauren Davidson
This novel is simply about the tragic life of Ann Lord at the age of 65. Susan Minot takes the reader to a time when the protagonist was younger and happier—in the present time she is terminally ill, diagnosed with cancer. Through the eyes of Ann, you see her younger self fall in love with the man of her dreams, Harris, during a weekend wedding. Harris is betrothed to another woman, and marries her dutifully. Heartbroken, Ann goes through life alone. She compares her many husbands to the man she ...more
Keonaona
I've read Susan Minot in the past and while I find some aspects of her style irritating (no punctuation, run-on sentences, unclear narrator), I do find her compelling. I grew up in New England and while this is not the New England I could possibly ever have belonged to, I caught glimpses of it from time to time--afternoon drinks, sailing parties, and so on. When she relates the drive up to Maine I can in my mind's eye follow the way up Route 1; I know that summer heat in Cambridge; I've seen the ...more
Sara
continuing on my theme of love and loss, this book has haunted me for months. i started reading it surreptitiously in the library at wellington when they denied me a library card (as if they prophetically knew, i wouldn't be there that long) and at used book stores when i could stumble upon a copy while traveling through new zealand.

i'm nearly speechless to describe the impact it has made upon me... the simple story of a woman in the drugged and painful haze of terminal illness reflects upon her
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Lauren Good
I read this because the movie trailers looked intriguing. Unfortunately, either the movie is going to be awful or it will be a marked departure from the book.

Nothing happens. At all. For most of the book. You start the book knowing it won't have a happy ending and you pretty quickly learn there will be another tragedy, but it takes the entire book to learn how those two things come about. I'm used to reading classic English literature where nothing happens very slowly and lyrically, but I care a
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Stacey
One of my goodreads pals recently suggested that I should reign as Queen and Overlord of Bad Book Hell. This book would probably join me there. Or at least end up in purgatory.
To be fair, I listened to this on audiobook, and this is not written in a way that lends itself to being read aloud. I mean, there should be a law. It's all sort of a dying woman's thoughts, memories, and hallucinations. Not seeing it on the page, it was hard to tell what was what. I am not exactly certain that I understan
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Kelly
Jul 26, 2007 Kelly rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nadie
THIS IS HORRIBLE!!! in going through my shelves to add books i've read, i found this book; apparently i got it a thrift store a while ago and never read it! even bigger waste of $12!!!! ok, ok, just don't think about it, kelly.

i didn't even finish this book. now, i've not finished a lot of books, and i probably would have tried to slog through the end of this one, but i was traveling in italy and didn't feeling like schlepping one extra ounce for so little reward. so i left it in a hotel room. i
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Molly Ringle
I suspect I would have really admired this book when I was in my 20s and deeply into literary stream-of-consciousness fiction, and could also have been into the idea that the high point of your entire life was a weekend in, you know, your 20s, with someone you had just met and barely knew. (Never mind all those husbands and children you might have later, who occupied so much of your actual life.) Now it seems odd to me that such a shallow basis for a plot would merit such dense and haunting pros ...more
Bridget
I tried with this book, I really did. I remember when it was first published, reading rave reviews about it, and thinking that some day I wanted to get around to it. So when I spotted it on the library shelf, I figured it would all work out just fine.

Hmm, not so much. The premise sounded like it would work - a woman who is dying deals with her family "taking care" of her in the present, while remembering different people and events in her life. Other books I've read of this type are ones I have
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Miriam Fisher
One of my all time favorite books ever. It's inside the head of a woman at the end of her life. It's so realistic it blew me away.
Kati
I have to admit, I saw the movie first. I liked the movie because it pretty honestly said that sometimes what we think of romance in our heads is actually nothing but memory fluff. And, if it consumes you it can ruin you. The book implied the same thing - although left you with no hope in the end. At least in the movie you feel like her daughter had learned from her mothers' miserable life. She turns a new leaf and tries to make her life happy realizing that there IS no 'perfect man'. I was hopi ...more
Maia
Another self-indulgent, self-congratulatory novel from the lucky-me, privileged set. Another of those books that really makes you wonder about people! AND makes me question whether it makes any sense at al to continue with this specific bookclub, since at least 80 of its participants, as lovely as they otherwise are, make choices that puff up my reading nights with 'lit vomit'. I'd seen parts of the just as awful 'artsy' movie on cable ages ago, and couldn't stand it--now I can't stand the book. ...more
Jen
Ok, this isn't out of genre, BUT it employs stream of consciousness, which I can't really stand, especially when its from the POV of a person losing their grasp of reality, AND no quotation marks to be found. The lack of quotation marks isn't nearly as bad as it was in "Labor Day". Ms. Maynard, take note.

Most of this book seemed a jumbled mess, as it was all flashbacks from the POV of a dying woman and what she experienced her last days, with the author taking pity on her readers and giving a f
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Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist and short story writer whose books include Monkeys, Folly, Lust & Other Stories, and Evening, which was adapted into the feature film of the same name starring Meryl Streep. Minot was born in Boston and raised in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, attended Brown University, and received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She curren ...more
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