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" T he Household Guide to Dying" is a moving, witty, and uplifting novel about Delia, who writes an acerbic and wild...more
I thought this book would be quite a good read, but sadly, not. I could not warm to the main protagonist. I understand that she has a terminal illness, and that gives her dibbs on choosing the music in the car or deciding where her family goes on the weekend, but does anyone really care about the "proper" way to make a cup of tea, or the fact that her mother taught her proper etiquette and ways of the world? I would personally be inter...more
Before she can complete her list, Delia needs to go back to the small country town in the Queensland where she followed her boyfriend as a pregnant teenager and fled from 8 years later after a tragic accident.
This story partly blends facts and fiction. Adelaide's own son suffered from Leukemia while she wr...more
The story is almost – sort of – but done better than most – a book within a book. It is about Delia, a popular snarky advice columnist that has published several Household Guides in book format, is facing the ultimate challenge in...more
It was a surprise to find it was Australian, considering I didn't recognise the author - it just jumped out at me in the library by the title. Because I've...more
Reading the story, we find out about her past and her present. The chapters alternate between the two times in her life, which, in the beginning, can be a bit confusing. But, after getting acquainted with the characters, it was very easy to follow.
She writes household gui...more
From the very momment I saw what we would be reading, I had issues with this book. Let me start by saying I'm a very emotional person, and I cry alot when reading a book. So when presented with a book titled The Household Guide to Dying I...more
I wanted to like this. I really did. It sounded so promising. But alas.
I went in knowing this would be sentimental chick-lit, but even still there were so many flaws, so many times when I rolled my eyes, and so many times when I wished the book would just be over already that I can't give it a wholly good review. There were these little bright, truthful, and funny moments throughout that gave me hope, but they weren't enough to save the entire manu...more
Delia, the writer of household guides, tells her editor her latest book is "a guide to dying not death… Death is a condition, but dying is an act. It’s a noun versus a verb… not just a matter of grammar. I can write about dying because I know about it, I’m doing it." She simultaneously deals with resolution of the long ago death of her first child, and her own process of dying of cancer. Delia's approach has been t...more
When I was reading the first couple of pages I thought "Oh no...it's another Martha Quest!" I only say that because of the chickens scratching in the dirt, and I thought in the beginning that Adelaide was going to be like Lessing, who was so wordy and gave so much detail that the joy of reading that is creating the setting and characters in your mind was squashed...more
When you spot an interesting looking book on the bargain tables at New Zealand's largest bargain retail store for the glorious sum of $5-00, in other words as much of a bargain as you can possibly get, you really must wonder why it is there. After all, books that find themselves on the bargain tables anywhere are generally there for one reason only. So, it was with some trepidation that I started reading this, and without doing any googling of it prior.
The subject matter also was the cause of s...more
The story could be trite: dying woman examines her life. However, the voice of the woman is human and believable. Her story, three losses to come to terms with, is involving. It is told in bits and pieces and I kept wanting to read ahead to see what happened. However, I also enjoyed the gradual unfolding. The use of language is good and the emotions around the losses seemed real.
Our main character, Delia, is marr...more
I didn't quite get what she had been sneaking all up for Mr. Lambert, be it the 'eternity' on the lawn or something else. The circus part was a bit off to me as with the chickens, but I overlooked it and saw that Debra Adelaide quite got it aligned in a messy sort. The ending was also, for lack of better judgment and choice of word -- quee...more
The beginning of this book started a little slow. But once I began reading, I didn't want to stop. Delia is a wife and a mother, who is dying from Breast Cancer. She is an advice columnist, and has written some reference books referred to as The Household Guides. As she is deciding what needs to be done in her personal life before she dies, she realizes others might also lik
(This interview is from my blog, Wild Colonial Girl, at: https://wildcolonialgirl.wordpress.co...)
When I first read The Household Guide to Dying it felt as if the writer, Debra Adelaide, had somehow stepped inside my head for a while and borrowed my voice. Even though at the time I had no daughters, and I certainly wasn’t dying of cancer, the words felt like they were mine: effortless, flowing, perfectly formed, and delivered with precision timing (at certain key p...more
This poignant look at Delia's last months was unexpectedly funny in parts- I found myself laug...more
She takes us back to a time 22 years before all this happens, to another life she lived but which was also connected to todays life, (you will see when you read the...more
Loved the emotions it took me through
"... I embraced everything my mother loathed.". Page 70
"Which was why I read so much. Easier to enter someone else's dilemmas or questions or nightmares than confront or solve my own". Page 83
"... I realized that what ate me up about having more than one child was that I hated each of them when they were attacking the other, because I loved each of them when they were being attacked. It was like being to...more
The main character finds out that her cancer treatment is not working, and that she has so long to live, just long enough that she can feel good about checking some final things off her list, not so long that you lose sight of what is going on. Also, she is not in a great deal of pain, whi...more
1. it deals with dying. (oh sht we gonna die?!)
2. the protagonist - who is dying - doesn't go out of her way to make you feel all fuzzy and warm inside. (which, in a way, is sort of refreshing. i dunno why you always have to be in love with the main character?)
anyway, that being said, i had a lot of time to read this last summer and this one stayed with me. its a book that made me genuinely chuckle...more
Although well-written, the great majority of the book is written from the narrator's viewpoint, with little dialogue between characters, and with very little depth. I finished the book feeling like I didn't know any of the many main characters, including the narrator herself. The sections where the narrator describes various domestic and household duties were probably the most detailed par...more
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debra_Ad...