The Distance Between Us
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
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
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
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
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
While I thought this book was good, I think my expectations were maybe set a little high for it.
It's an interesting story of two lives - both complex and complicated in ways that don't fully come out immediately - and how they end up coming together.
I loved the way the story unfolded. It was told from alternating perspectives and from different points in times - but never...more
For a long time there are two very separate stories. The fact that they alternate every page or so is at first quite disconcerting. But the writing, a...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
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
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
Enjoyed the plot - I like things jumping around though at times I didn't know whether they were talking about Stella as a toddler, grown up or somewhere in...more
It was very bland and unemotional even at the places where emotion would be expected. I never connected to the characters, or cared overmuch about their story.
In a quick summarization the book is about two main people, a man and a woman, from very different places in the world, who are living a unfulfilled existence and go off in search of their own unique dreams and end up m...more