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Preview — The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
The first of several rants has to do with this book's unrealistic nature. I mean, I'm all for fiction, but this was just pushing it a little. My biggest complaint, with regards to its unrealistic tendency, is the whole business of Lou getting cloned on three separat...more
Lou Suffern is always ten steps ahead of himself. When he gets up in the morning, he's already thinking about his afternoon meetings. He works long hours, makes promises to his family that he has no intention of keeping and is, in general, a lousy human...more
The characters are ok, if a little skimmed over, y...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
It's a simple, magical tale, one with a message that's sure to hit anyone straight in the heart. The lesson's a sweet one, but also a tough one, and I guess there's only one way to deliver it - this is the way to do it.
The reason for me focusing so much on this message is that the usual stuff - characters, setting, or...more