We Are All Made Of Glue
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We Are All Made Of Glue

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Georgie Sinclair's life is coming unstuck. Her husband's left her. Her son's obsessed with the End of the World. And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related.


Or so the hospital informs her when Mrs Shapiro has an accident and names Georgie next of kin. This, however, is not a case of a quick ward visit: Mrs Shapiro has a large rickety house full o

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Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Fig Tree (first published 2009)
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okyrhoe
Too little of too many things, and not enough substance, nor worthwhile humor.
It’s a quick read, but there are just too many elements in the plot & theme for any one to be addressed at depth.

Glue is presented as the central metaphor in this story. Most of the chapter titles highlight this (Uses of superglue, Adhesives around the home, A gummy smile, The right glue for the materials, The adhesion consultant, and so on) but it’s not clear why glue in particular is thematically important, exc...more
F.R.
What a decidedly odd book.

How many novels, after all, attempt to cover the falling apart of a suburban marriage; youthful religious fundamentalism and the coming apocalypse; relations between Israelis and Palestinians; and the properties of various glues? Unfortunately none of these elements really work in of themselves, and certainly don’t combine together well as a whole.

Firstly, the marriage break-up. The book opens with the narrator and her husband separating. From then on she shapes her lif...more
Paul
I am still in two minds about this; I have heard and read good things about her previous work, but this was merely ordinary. An easy bed time read with a plot with enough holes in it to make it sieve like.
The main character Georgina has a marraige that is falling apart (after he left when G threw hot milk in his face becasue he refused to put up a toothbrush holder), a son drifting into religious extremism via the internet, an elderly woman round the corner who seems to have adpoted her and a j...more
Jayne Charles
A few chapters in I found myself wondering whether Marina Lewycka might have the ultimate perfect writing style – the way she gets in and out of a sentence with just the right number of words, never over-writes, ends her sections long before they have a chance to get boring, and adds just the right amount of humour to keep it bouncing along. The perfect balance!

In this novel we find the familiar Eastern European/elderly persons axis, as well as a kaleidoscope of additional themes ranging from Ar...more
Leon
I think Marina Lewycka has surpassed herself this time with We Are All Made of Glue. I’ve never enjoyed myself so much reading any novel, until this one. What I really mean is I’ve never laughed so much and at the same time flipped pages at the same time.

Georgie Sinclair has just broken up with her hunky husband Rip. He’s tall, heavily-built, with broad shoulders but a too big head, but still gorgeous to Georgie. In fact most of the men she meets throughout this book are of that ilk: the wickedl...more
Sherri Keller
Jan 23, 2012 Sherri Keller rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Sherri by: No one, luckily, because then I would have to kill them.
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Ria
A wonderful story blending history and modern life together, highlighting the "glue" that bonds both together.
Georgie is having marriage problems and while trying to work through her own issues meets the lovable Mrs. Shapiro rooting around in the skip she has ordered to throw out all her husband's things.
So starts a tempestuous and eccentric friendship between the two that teaches both values and an insight into the other's life.
When Mrs. Shapiro ends up in hospital its upto Georgie to keep thin...more
Gerund
If you've enjoyed either or both of Marina Lewycka's previous novels -- A Short History Of Tractors In Ukranian and Two Caravans -- the first several chapters of this one will have you thinking: She's lost it.

We Are All Made Of Glue, which like her previous books are set in contemporary England, is bogged down from the beginning in a series of cliches. The narrator, middle-aged Georgina "Georgie" Sinclair, sees the end of her marriage with her husband, Rip, following a minor domestic dispute. Sh...more
Amanda Patterson
Georgie Sinclair is in her 40’s. Her smug husband, Rip, has left her for his ‘progressive projects’. Her son, Ben, spends his life in cyberspace, obsessed with Armageddon. Her daughter is away at college. Other than writing for the adhesive publications, hence the title, Georgie doesn’t have much of a life. Until she meets Mrs Shapiro, her eccentric neighbour, when she throws all of Rip’s belongings into the skip. Naomi Shapiro seems to be a bag lady with a trolley, obsessively collecting other...more
Sonia Gomes
Relationships are like glue, some bonding forever, some at one time bonded; now disintegrating, some on the verge of bonding, some lost forever. We all have them.
Georgie Sinclair has a tiff with her husband Rip and throws his stuff out,that is how she meets Naomi Shapiro browsing through the old vinyl records. Naomi, old, crazy, living in a filthy house,in true Lewycka style strikes a friendship with Georgie which leads Georgie to Ali and Chaim as well as to the very unscrupulous Social worker G...more
Denise
I found this book very amusing and the characters well worth meeting. During a period of domestic crisis, Georgie really needs a friend and confidant. Instead she becomes the reluctant care provider for an older, eccentric German immigrant (Naomi Shapiro, or possibly Ella Wetzeler) who is quite a character, vacillating between being open and supportive to being jaded and selfish. Eventually, Mrs. Shapiro’s house, a tumbling down mansion in a great London location brings a number of other charact...more
Alex
Lewycka's third novel is something of a mess. If her second novel was more unpleasant and inconsistent than the generally delightful A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, then We Are All Made of Glue is a wildly overstuffed and messily organised collection of events loosely tied together by a thoroughly unsympathetic heroine. We Are All Made of Glue tries to be everything at once, including flighty chick-lit. Lewycka has gone from including me in her audience to severely reducing it to the g...more
yexxo
Eines steht fest: Marina Lewycka kann schreiben, durchweg amüsant, selbstironisch, mit einem Blick für's Detail (beispielsweise ihre Beschreibung der Dübel-Abteilung im Baumarkt: 'Die Dübel wirkten außerirdisch, gruselig, mit ihren knubbeligen Plastikpanzern, ihren komplizierten Farben und Nummern: Spreiz-Dübel, Kipp-Dübel, Hohlraum-Dübel, Holzdübel.'). Es macht Spass, Georgie Sinclairs chaotisch gewordenem Leben zu folgen, nachdem ihr Mann sie wegen eines nichtangebrachten Zahnbürstenhalters ve...more
Ali
This is exactly the sort of book I usually love. Certainly I really enjoyed Marina Lewycka's previous two novels. However, while I thought the writing was good and characterisation excellent, I was often irritated by it. I found the novel rather too long, and some parts of the story were quite irritating. However overall, this is a very readable novel, with some engaging characters and highly entertaining moments, I just didn't enjoy it quite as much as the previous two novels.

Georgie's husband...more
Ellen
Really a mixed bag. On one level, an entertaining story of a woman in England trying to get her life back together while helping an elderly woman keep her home together. I enjoyed that story, even though it wasn't the best writing ever (and not as enjoyable as Lewycka's Two Caravans). However, on a different level the book is about Israel and the Palestinians, with a dose of the Holocaust thrown in. These two parts didn't mesh well together. I also took exception to Lewycka's tone, which I found...more
Isla McKetta
I love Marina Lewycka's work. She has this way of enticing me with a raucously funny story and it's only as I read that I discover the book is built on thoughtful social and political foundations. I had a few spooky moments in this book where the themes we both write about and the way we write about them seemed to overlap with one another. But that only made me more curious to dive into the story.
Lavinia
Now, if anyone's interested in reading Marina Lewycka, a piece of unrequested advice: stick to A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and (probably) Two Caravans - I haven't read the latter but I listened to the author reading from + talking about it and it seems pretty interesting.
As for this one, the glue (holding together the way too many characters and subplots) is the thing this book needs most, despite the author's constant references to it.
Barbara
In her new book, Lewycka tackles the problems of the world - religion, the Holocaust, cultural identity, the concept of "home land", fanaticism, the challenges of parenting and ageing, sex, love and the dissolution of love - and I think she's bitten off more than anyone can possibly chew. The clunky title hints at what's in store. The author seems to be trying to make the point that, as human beings, we are all inter-connected. We should find a way to reconcile our cultural histories so that we...more
Annie
This was by far my favourite of her three books - a nice, funny read with the usual cast of endearing and eccentric characters but a serious theme underneath. Thought the "glue" theme was a tad superfluous really, but not to the detriment of the book. And the cast of cats was as wonderful as the people!
Helena
Tämä oli viihdyttävää ja hauskaa luettavaa, mutta jotenkin vaivaannuin siitä, että kirjaan oli mahdutettu niin paljon: kepeää rakkaushömppää, juutalaisuuden historiaa, erokriisiä, vanhemmuutta, ystävyyttä... Tyylilaji vaihteli huumorista faktapitoiseen palestiinalaisten ja israelilaisten suhteen kuvaukseen. Pidin molemmista päähenkilöistä, keski-ikäisestä Georgiesta ja vanhasta Naomista, ja heidän keskinäisen ystävyytensä kuvauksesta. Kerronta oli niin elävää, että pystyin lukiessani suorastaan...more
Frances Thompson
Compared to Lewycka's previous two novels this one did disappoint. It also rambled, scratched just the surface of more interesting issues and threw out improbable plot scenarios (I'm not talking about Mrs Sharpiro but rather the queue of hunky North London estate agents). In short, it didn't really do the author's reputation any justice. I'm not about to dig deeper to understand the reason why, and at any rate I kept reading because it was easy to do so... I just didn't feel guilty when I skippe...more
Katja Weinert
Fantastic read.
Humorous and serious by turns. The language is wonderful and makes the story and characters so easy to imagine.
My first Lewycka book, but definitely not my last.
Katie
I loved this book. At first it reminded me of Mad Men Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute but it ended up being so much more than that. As well as a cast of lovable, quirky characters there's also a fascinating exploration of historical events and their significance to the present day as well as life in general. Plus a little mystery thrown in.

The only negative point I could mention is that I felt the sex scene was almost a bit much, but it was story driven and not excessively long so...more
Jamie
Pour yourself a glass of wine, take the lid off that box of choccies and lay on the sofa with Marina Lewycka’s laugh out loud novel We’re All Made of Glue.

Georgina “Georgie” Sinclair, a freelance journalist, ponders the glue that holds us all together in Lewycka’s novel. When Rip Sinclair walks out on their marriage, Georgie finds life taking a surreal turn. She meets Mrs Shapiro, a 92-ish year old Jewish émigré who lives in Canaan House, a beautiful but unkempt mansion, finds herself involved...more
Karina
Absoluut geen slecht boek, leest gemakkelijk en brengt je soms aan het lachen. Er komen allerlei interessante thema's aan bod die jammer genoeg op een oppervlakkige manier behandeld worden: echtscheiding (of niet), tienerzoon die met religieuze end-of-the-world ideeën speelt, de soms niet zo kosher onroerendgoedmarkt in Londen, zelfs Israël en Palestina ... Leuk is dat het verhaal zich in Noord Londen, tussen Stoke Newington,Islington en Dalston, afspeelt!

Georgie ontmoet de excentrieke bejaarde...more
Rachel
Great book. The characters are a little stereotypical and the narrator's behaviour struck me as odd but the story kept me reading on. The story explores topics that interest me in reading material: old age, what old people were like before they were old and the secrets they keep, where old people fit in to our society, Middle East conflict, relationships. These may not be topics of interest to everyone. I would have liked the story to delve into past secrets a little more as this was the hook th...more
Fionnuala
Some serious issues lie behind this quirky comedy. I'm not sure how well it all works.
Hazel Leung
'We Are All Made of Glue' tells the story of Georgie. Her marriage is crumbling and her relationship with her children is fading away. She meets Mrs Shapiro, an old Jewish woman who befriends her. Mrs Shapiro is admitted into the hospital, and Georgie is named as a relative of hers. Georgie struggles to care for Mrs Shapiro's home and seven cats, while battling estate agents desperate to buy the property, and social workers wanting to put Mrs Shapiro into an elderly home.

The plot is very confusi...more
Luscinnia
Die Einsortierung in die Sparte "Frauen" der ortsansässigen Bibliothek ließ mich innerlich aufstöhnen und die Augen verdrehen. Eigentlich gar nicht mein Genre. Ich erwartete also eine Mischung aus Bridget Jones und Oberflächlichtkeit gewürzt mit billigen Klischees und einer Prise "Sex and the City".
Ich liebe es sehr, wenn ich mich irre.
Ein bißchen Klischee gabs auch hier, aber das lässt sich ja selten vermeiden.
Das Buch lässt sich unheimlich schnell und flüssig lesen. Mir gefiel die Darstellung...more
Colin
What a pleasant surprise.

This was the first book by Marina Lewycka I have read. It had been a random add to my "to read" list, and had been there for a while before I decided that I might as well get to it. I have to admit that I wasn't particularly in the mood for the book - since I really knew nothing about it or the author - and started reading with hesitancy. The opening didn't strike me as particularly compelling, but I know better than to give up on a book before at least a few chapters; s...more
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Marina Lewycka is a British novelist of Ukrainian origin, currently living in Sheffield, England.

Lewycka was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany after World War II. Her family then moved to England where she now lives. She was educated at Keele University and works as a lecturer in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

In addition to her fiction, Lewycka has written a number of books gi...more
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