We Are All Made Of Glue
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...more
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
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
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
In this novel we find the familiar Eastern European/elderly persons axis, as well as a kaleidoscope of additional themes ranging from Ar...more
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Georgie ontmoet de excentrieke bejaarde...more
The plot is very confusi...more
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
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
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