Recalling the years before and after her children were born, Paula begins a story that is both a glowing celebration of love possessed and a moving ack...more
Problem is, i just kept wondering through most of the book, WHEN is this narrator going to get around to it... i just kept thinking : GET AROUND TO IT ALREADY!!! (most of the book she just "alludes" to the fact hey ahve somthing big to tell the kids tomorrow...)
maybe i just have no patience right about now, but even though it was an interesting idea, this book kindof dragged for...more
Maybe I responded the way teena...more
1. The stupid author baited me, and then grossly disappointed. Its one thing to build up the reader's anticipation when there is a legitimate payoff, but to keep reminding us "There's something big coming..." "Something earth-shattering is going to be revealed any time now..." and keep on like that for three-quarters of the book, it darn well better be earth-shattering, or I'm going to be ticked. I was ticked.
2. I couldn't believe the auth...more
Well i say pfffffft to all that. I was so bored for so long that i finally gave up.
The story takes place in one evening in one woman’s head. She thinks about her life before her kids were conceived as she contemplates the big secret she and her husband are going to tell their t...more
"We all have more than one creature inside of us perhaps. And there are some moments in our lives that make us ripe for metamorphosis".
The book is narrated by the thoughts of a woman/wife/mother who is lying in bed thinking about a conversation that will happen in their family the next morning. The children are twins and the parents feel that the...more
Imagine a woman lying in bed next to her sleeping husband (this is not a spoiler). They have decided to tell the children some big family secret the next day. While she lays there, unable to sleep, she decides to tell them about their history together. It starts to seem that every other sentence is something like "after you know the secret"; "how you will feel after you know the secret"; "when we have told you the secret." The write...more
The only problem is that the news does not live up to a book-full of fearsome thoughts (what could?) and the ending f...more
The entire book takes place on one night, in the mind of the female narrator, Paula. She reflects on her marriage, her children, her (and her husband's) life before they met, and herself, as an independent entity. Swift is a true writing talent and his ability to inhabit the female mind/voice, is superb.
My frustration with the novel is the story line. It has a strong opening. By mid book, I felt the author was straining and that Paula's anguish was "much ado about nothing." B...more
Bad books sometimes happen to good authors. Despite compelling themes-the unpredictability of life, the ways we mask emotional trauma to produce happiness-Tomorrow failed to muster praise from even the most generous of critics. After building up a doom-and-gloom scenario, Graham Swift led reviewers to expect a tragedy of monstrous proportions-perhaps the children are aliens or the parents serial killers. None of these scenarios panned out, leaving critics feeling deflated upon learning the truth...more
At about half-way through the CD, I am just feeling bored with this and I don't much ca...more
Well written but at ti...more
Through a series of anecdotes the mother reveals her love for her husband and the children, her husband’s love of them and their love for each other. Underlying it all are her fears about the twins’ reaction to the secret th...more
Within the first twenty pages I was already feeling a relief on behalf of the kids that she wasn't the one telling them the awful secret. The archness of her manner of speaking (thinking) was overbearing. You know, that secret,...more
A few months ago I read reviews of this book and thought it sounded good, but when I went to the library I picked up another Graham Swift book and didn't get past the first couple of pages. So I wasn't quite sure whether I'd like this or not.
I did like it. It's the internal monologue of a mother recounting events of her life during the night before the morning when she is going to reveal something important to her sixteen year old twin children. It's not really about the revelation - don't read...more
To some readers her big reveal might not have seemed that big. But this is fiction, we have to suspend our own bias, and buy into the character and their world. If the author skilfully sets the scene, which I feel Swift did, then if she is concerned we have to accept that. There will be many people who do think her secret is a big deal, as well as many children who might hear such a thing.
I liked the way the entire novel was contained w...more
i read now that the author has better books, wish i had read one of them instead. i work at a newspaper, not in features, but every year our newsroom sells all the proofs they get sent to them in hopes of reviews. they are sold for united way profits and everything is a couple bucks so i stock up big time. normally end up taking about two stacks home.
anyway... this story, would be a really good short story. it doesn't have enuf content...more
Some of his works have been made into films, including Last Orders, which starred Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins and Waterland which starred Jeremy Irons. Last Orders was a...more