If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?
Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with h ...more
Her books are wonderful. They deal with serious issues and serious problems. Real-life, every day shit. She also throws in a little bit of magic and intrigue. Her books have this cre ...more
The Gift – Cecelia Ahern
Admittedly, I, like so many others before me, seem to associate Cecelia Ahern with lovely, girly books, especially with the gorgeous covers her books always have. This is far from the case. Her books are incredibly touching, the writing is clever and this book in particular is a fabulous example of how her books can be moralistic with a magical touch.
The Gift centres on the story of Lou Suffern, as told through the eyes of someone else. Lou is your stereotypical over-wo ...more
you are in the mood for a good old Christmas-ly cry
you feel introspective and open to reflect on the sense of life
you want to reconnect with family values
you want something that will remind you what are the important things in life
This book is NOT for you if:
you need something easy-breezy with no drama
you DO NOT want to cry
you're looking for more of a happily ever after novel
you are looking for a girl-meets-boy novel
I enjoyed this book, it reduced me into tears, I was o ...more
I was a little dubious about reading a Christmas novel in July but towards the end I really got into the festive spirit! An utterly fantastic book that gives out a fabulous message about the gift of time which really made me think as I turned each page. The descriptive writing ...more
The protagonist is fallible, something I always think makes a book interesting, and all the characters are somewhat believable, but it was very hard to find anything warm or likeable in them. The people and the settings made me feel uncomfortable somehow. Perhaps they was supposed to.
I suppose it's easy to be cynical about the characte ...more
By Cecelia Ahern
THIS book caught my eye with its silver wrapping-paper effect hardcover of shiny snowflakes and bright red ribbon tied in a bow to look like the perfect gift.
This touching novel focuses on a man who comes to realise that some parts of his life can only bring him to ruin.
Businessman Lou Suffern always has to be in two places at the same time. He catches the beginning of one meeting or function so that he can be there at the end of another.
His womanising and ...more
În ziua de Crăciun, sergentul Raphael O’Reilly şi Jessica Rabbit sunt de serviciu. La secţie este adus un adolescent, care aruncase un curcan îngheţat prin fereastra tatălui său, aproape rănind-o pe sora lui vitregă, pe motiv că tatăl său anulase cina cu e ...more
I loved the book because after I had read the previous few books, I fell in love with Cecelia's stories yet again.
It's a common story: a busy husband and father, with a big career, wants everything, yet bigger and better, and not getting his priorities right. His family and health are suffering. Lou at some stage lost the ability to live until he meets Gabriel, or Gabe, a man living on the streets. After this his life changes forever....
Cecilia Ahern always add ...more
In this book, Ahern is trying to tell a story about ...more
I can confidently say that Cecelia Ahern is a gifted writer. To be honest, I had ...more
In her main character Lou Suffern, Ahern creates a protagonist that is difficult to empathise with at the same time as he is very easy to understand. A driven, work is priority while his family su ...more
The story is a story within a story. The first story is about a kid who th ...more
You get Lou Suffern.
Lou's the main character in this Christmas-novel-with-a-timeless-message by Irish author Cecelia Ahern, whose books I tend to enjoy. (See my review of There's No Place Like Here.) I'm usually not a Christmas book reader, but I was in the mood for such a novel this past week. When I saw this on display at the library, I grabbed it because Ahern's novels tend to be light reads (guilty pleasures, ...more
The language was so... (pardon me if this offends you) American. It was the language that I hear teenage boys use on the streets, kids who have bad influences. I know that as an author you have to research locations and languages as well as settings but this was just... ugh. It made me sick to my stomach. I don't want to read about things like this. I don't want to hear...more
O Presente conta a história de Lou, o t ...more
Just like any of us, Lou wants his work to speak of his abilities and talent. He finds joy in his accomplishments at work, without sparing even a single thought as to how he has been as a son, a brother, a husband or a father. This until he meets a homeless man, Gabe (Gabriel?) who helps him in his ordeals by giving some special kind of pills (Miracle? Placebo?) ...more
I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover or whatever, but I really couldn't help it. The cover makes it seem like the story is largely based on Christmas or something, when it's only loosely based on it. Maybe ...more
The main character, Lou, was such a jerk! So self-centered and puffed up in himself that I should have hated him. Instead, I found myself cheering him on. Rooting for him. Talking to the pages of m ...more
Lou Suffern ist ein vielbeschäftigter Ehemann, der ehrgeizig die Karriereleiter erklimmt, dabei jedoch Freunde und Familie vernachlässigt. Zufällig lernt er den Obdachlosen Gabe kennen, fühlt sich mit ihm seltsam verbunden und vermittelt ihm einen Job. Doch Gabe vermag ...more
The theme behind The Gift is fairly simple. ...more