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
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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
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
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
In this novel we find the familiar Eastern European/elderly persons axis, as well as a kaleidoscope of additional themes ranging from Ar ...more
Now if you will excuse me, I need to pick up and read every other book written by this author!
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
Georgie's husband ...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.
Da ist der "Geschiedene Frau"-Roman, der "Kreis-schrulliger-Freunde"-Roman, der "renovierungsbedürftiges-Haus"-Roman. Gespickt mit Nahost-Konflikten, dem Holocaust, Endzeit-Theorien und dem Umgang mit Senioren... aber flüssig und spannend zu lese ...more
What Marina Lewycka can do like ...more
Wie mein Leben verlaufen könnte, wenn ich die drei freien Wünsche annehmen würde, zeigt mir das Buch "Das Leben der Wünsche" von Thomas Glavinic. Denn hier entscheidet sich der Protagonist Jonas dafür, die drei Wünsche anzunehmen. Dass er den Fremden trotzdem für verrückt erklärt, sei an dieser ...more
The novel has the qualities of Marina Lewycka's novels: a wide range of characters in terms of age, national origin, gender, social status. It is great that they almost all combine unsavory aspects, charm and redeeming moral actions.
On the negative: I wasn't engaged by any of the ordinary, non-bizarre, characters, such as the main character's husband and her daughter. Nor was I moved by any of the normal relationships. Per ...more
Georgie throws her husbands stuff into the skip after he has run off with another woman and Mrs Shapiro takes some of the vinyl out and carts it off in her pram. So starts a relationship between the two women which fills the void in Georgies life that has just been created. All Mrs Shaprio's woes (the cats, the big house, the estate agents and the social workers - not to mention the slip ...more
There are quite a few themes in here but nothing is allowed to take centre stage and provide focus for the novel.
So, Georgia is a 40-something woman who has recently separated from her husband who befriends an elderly neighbour who lives in a large yet rundown house.
The book focuses on evil estate agents and social services trying to con the old lady ou ...more
It's hard to review this book, as I enjoyed some parts, but also felt that it was trying to be too many things while failing to fully achieve any of them.
The main character is Georgie who has separated from her husband and is desperately searching for a man to replace him. Her choice of Mark Diabello could not have grated more, he was such a sleaze-bag and I cringed when she let him anywhere near her.
She befriends an elderly lady who lives i ...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