But what if we think about it differently? What if we think about it as Shriver's sixth novel, the one that came before KEVIN and POST-BIRTHDAY? What if we read it and look for those hints -- and they are certainly there, and in force -- of what it is to come from this writer? Read that way, DOUBLE...more
When bad editing can ruin a book for you
Sloppy editing can drive me slightly nuts. In this book, but became hut, unsurprising became unsurprinsing: one character Axel became Axe on Pg 423 then reverted to Axel at the end of Pg 425 (and no, it wasn't a nickname), commas appeared randomly. I found simply myself waiting for the next mistake.
The blurb says this novel uses tennis simply as a metaphor; well, it was a pretty big metaphor. I got a bit lost in the tenni...more
I found it hard to rate this book - on one hand it did have a compelling 'have-to-finish' quality , if a bit voyeuristic in nature, on the other, it has patches of purple prose, notably the love/sex scenes . Not many of those thank goodness, with their shattering orgasmic noises - though these are his , for a change. And some strange, incomprehensible sentences. These may have been Kindle errors of course .(The sentences that is, not the orgasmic noise) And of course ,as many revi...more
I've always advised young lawyers & law students NOT to marry...more
I picked this up at the library in preference to the "Kevin" book which falls into the category of books I think I might enjoy but have heard too much about from too many sources to bother with I'm talking slightly tongue in cheek but I've been disappointed by books with clouds of hype emanating from them before and so, well, I don't exactly steer clear of them or refuse to read them, but I tread carefully.
This proved to be an excellent read though. Well written on the whole. The odd sentence st...more
This is a book where you can take sides. Tennis playing girl meets...more
Although this novel was first published in the USA in 1997, it was only published in the UK in 2006 after the success of ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’. It has similarities in style but I do not think it should be unfavorably compared as it was written much earlier in the authors career before her writing style had fully developed.
Tennis is the dominate theme in this novel based on a relationship between two ambitious tennis players.
The female protagonist is Wilhelmina Novinsky a professional te...more
The opening pages were compelling and promised much - but somewhere in the middle my interest floundered and I could see the inevitable ending way ahead in the distance. Like a real relationship that needs putting out of...more
I enjoyed Lionel Shriver's previous book but found this one hard going. It might have been to do with the constant tennis references. I guess if you don't play tennis and don't understand it you will find that hard anyway.
Didn't like either of the characters either which didn't help. Liked Willy at t...more
This is not, even though, my favourite book. Maybe because of the topic. But it made me think a lot, it made me look in the mirror. I love Shrivers way of showing the mean, selfish sites of human beings as natural as they are.
This book shows, that Shriver...more
But even though Willy annoyed me, this was definitely a book that will stay with me, and one that makes you think, which I always enjoy. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I wasn't having such a terrible...more
Other than that, it has a pretty unremarkable romantic plot and is written fine. But if you want to read something good, just go read We Need to Talk About Kevin and leave this pile of garbage alone.