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The Outcast

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  6,795 Ratings  ·  694 Reviews
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"Two years is not a long time, but maybe longer from seventeen to nineteen than at other times of your life." It's a long time indeed for Lewis Aldridge; two years spent in prison, where he was sent for a reckless act of violence even he can't quite comprehend. Lewis's struggle with middle-class life on the outskirts of 1950s Lo
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2008)
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Victoria
Aug 15, 2008 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Every now and again you come across a book that really appeals to you. After reading the blurb on the back, looking at the cover (judge a book by its cover? Me? Erm… yes, quite often) and reading a few well-chosen reviews, I decided that The Outcast was definitely going to be a book I would enjoy. It ticked all the boxes: Lots of praise from literary sources? Yep. Setting some time in the British past? Uh-huh. Dysfunctional families? Hell, yeah. So why, upon finishing, did I award it only two st ...more
Katri
Jan 19, 2016 Katri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
4.5 tai 5 tähteä - pakko vielä miettiä!

Huh mikä kirja. Olen täynnä tunteita, mutta sanaton. Sadie Jonesin Ehkä rakkaus oli totta oli ihan hyvä, mutten sen perusteella olisi odottanut mitään tällaista. Täyslaidallista, koko pirun lukijan tunnemaailman myllertämistä. Kirja on niin karu, oksettava ja koskettava, että tekee melkein pahaa lukea sitä. Se on liian totta. Samaan aikaan kirjassa on kuitenkin taianomaisuutta, jota kaunokirjallisuudelta kaipaa.

Kirjassa on vain kaksi asiaa, miksi en ole va
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I came to read this book mostly due to a review on Goodreads, a negative review, that made the book sound atrocious. I liked the review, but as a couple of years went by I couldn't quite get it out of my head, and my curiosity - was it really as bad as all that? - prodded me to buy it when I saw it at my favourite second-hand bookshop. And the short answer is No, I don't think it's as bad as the other reviewer found it to be, and isn't that part of the joy and the complexity of reading? What's t ...more
M
May 31, 2009 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Will Byrnes
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Mai Laakso
Ensimmäinen osa oli tyyntä myrskyn edellä, tarinaa kerrottiin melkein kylmästi, toteavasti, sitten se myrsky vyöryi päälle ja melkein hukutti minut. Sydän hakkasi ja lukeminen ei meinannut edetä ollenkaan, sillä nenäliinat kastuivat ja kastuivat ja kastuivat... Tätä on vaikea selittää ja vaikea ymmärtää, mitä minä luin. Minä luin todella suuresta pahasta ja hippusellisesta onnea.
Rebecca McNutt
The Outcast is an unforgettable, nostalgic little novel, taking place in post-war England in a small town, telling the story of a young man recently out of jail and finding himself an outsider among his former friends and family. How is he supposed to change their attitudes?
Susan Burpee
I though The Outcast was a tremendous book. The writing style was lean and evocative at the same time. You'd never know it was a first novel. I found the characters believable and came to really care what happened to them even as they sometimes exasperated me. The plot dragged a tiny bit in the middle but persisting is worth the effort. I read the last few chapters while on the exercise bike and cried the whole time. Moving but definitely not sappy or sentimental.
Lewis, the main character is ki
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Djrmel
If Ian McEwen had ever been a sixteen year old girl, this is the book he would have written. A young boy loses his mother, and no one around him has the tools or the heart to help him recover. Instead, they all have their own levels of disfunction to travel through - all except one, who fanfic readers will recognize as a Mary Sue of the highest calibre. That's not to say this isn't a good read, if you enjoy a pretty good gothic mixed with a heavy dose of romantic idealism. My complaint is that ...more
Jeanne
Apr 07, 2008 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lewis Aldridge has been released after 2 years in prison. It is 1957, and he is coming home. But for some reason, nobody's really keen on seeing Lewis again. Why?

Rewind to 1945. His father has just returned from the war and somewhat dismayed to see that young Lewis has become quite attached to his mother. For his part, Lewis barely remembers his father. A few years later, in a tragic accident, Lewis's drunken mother drowns in the river, and nothing is ever the same again. For anyone.

For Lewis, l
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Ella
Aug 23, 2014 Ella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, plain and simple.
My heart just broke for Lewis in this story. I got so sad for him and angry about how he was treated in the community, over the injustice he was up against and how poorly he was treated as just a young, sad and broken boy. A boy that needed love and help and the person who should have been there for him just wasnt. I was even cursing out loud and telling people in the book off, out loud! (I am not sure of what my co-worker thinks of me now).
I absolutely felt
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Deb
Jul 10, 2008 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who exactly decides when a person is an outcast? Has society really changed that much since 1950? Don't people still only want to hang with the "right" people? This book brings up a lot of questions that could lead to great discussions in a reading club. And Dickie....I loathe Dickie in this book. When you read it, you'll understand why. You are not stuck with your history. At any time in life you can chose a new direction and create your own new beginning. Thank God for new beginnings.
Jessi
Really well written, the characters are flawed and amazing,it is heavy at times but found it a quick read.Like I did not want to put it down, and thus stayed up all night reading it, weeping a lot (the exhaustion I'm sure). Lewis' life is quite heartbreaking,you really sympathize and love him .Also Lewis is hot and the sexual tension is unreal,with um ...like everyone. I adored sweet Kit and her last scene was just...perfect, not corny, PERFECT.
Kiwiflora
Mar 15, 2010 Kiwiflora rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
THE OUTCAST by Sadie Jones

What a depressing, sad and sorry bag of bones this book is. I understand it was originally conceived as a screenplay, maybe that should have told everyone something that it didn't get further than that. But I also see that it is to become a movie directed by the guy who directed Shakespeare in Love. I really can't visualise how that will turn out, although movies have been made of much less. And that reminds me, even though the blurb on the back sounded a bit suspect, I
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Jen
Set in a small village outside of London in the 1950s, this is a story about everyday people trying to cope with and hide their brokenness from everyone else. Lewis, our protagonist, witnesses the accidental death of his mother at 10 years old, and it understandably affects him deeply. But his wounds are left to fester when none of the adults in his life take any responsibility for giving him the emotional care he needs after such a traumatic incident. As he gets older, he turns to increasingly ...more
Jackie Molloy
Repressed, abusive, middle class 1950’s England is the setting, transgression and redemption. Lewis is 7 when his mother drowns while they are picnicing by a river and the emotional turmoil that follows him and his father colour and effect all his growing years. With no help or understanding of what would now be called P.T.S.D, Lewis battles with self-harm and lack of self-esteem, his troubles land him in prison from the age of 17 -19 for setting fire to the local church.
Kit is my favourite char
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Fredsky
Oct 13, 2008 Fredsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rating this a 3.7. Why can't we rate decimally?

It's a good book. Depressing, most reviews say, and I disagree. Depressing would have been if Lewis STAYed home! Or if he'd worked for Dicky FOREVER! Sadie Jones is a fine writer. I'm sorry I can't reach for her next book tomorrow. Some scenes were a bit over-the-top for me, mostly Lewis going berserk at home. I think Ms. Jones depicted these family lives perfectly, as well as the village cruelty. She did avoid life in Brixton, however. As I sup
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Lukutoukka-Krista
Jan 19, 2016 Lukutoukka-Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vau! Kotiinpaluu ihastutti, varsinaista tarinankerronnan aatelia. Jonesin edellinen suomennos jäi jostain syystä kesken, mutta näköjään sitäkin kannattaa yrittää uudelleen.
Suketus
Jan 22, 2016 Suketus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erinomainen kirja! Vahva tarina, sykkivä vire, moniulotteiset henkilöt.
Elizabeth
At the heart of this novel is a young man, Lewis Aldridge, who we see first as a child. He has been living a quiet, calm and contented life with his mother whilst his father has been away at war (WW2). When his father returns and is back in their lives and assuming the role of head of the house it has an unsettling effect on them and events begin to unfold which have a life long effect on Lewis. (view spoiler) ...more
Diane
Jan 30, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story takes places in the 1950's in England, though much of the angst portrayed is just as common place today, no matter where you live.

We meet Lewis Aldridge at the beginning of the story, he is 19 years old and just out of prison for setting fire to a church. He is hoping for a new chance at life, a new beginning, but things are off to a rocky start with his father, right from the beginning.

The story then reverts back to Lewis' childhood. He is a happy though quiet child who enjoys his
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Alison
Jan 05, 2013 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Linda Lipko
Aug 20, 2012 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book packs a wallop and is definitely not for those who like soft, rosy stories.

It is a book that will haunt me for awhile...a long while.

As stated in the opening chapter, two people went into the woods for a picnic and only one returned!

When young Lewis witnesses the drowning of his mother, his life spins way out of control while his father and the upper crust social strata of 1940-1950's England encourages and foments denial.

When his father rapidly re marries and Lewis' feelings are pushe
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Melinda Seyler
Mar 12, 2013 Melinda Seyler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melinda by: newleaph@gmail.com
The Outcast by Sadie Jones
This is the story of Lewis who is introduced as a small boy just after WW2. Lewis and his mother have been alone while his father was in the war. When Lewis' father returns, life changes. Lewis is an interloper. His father resents any time Lewis spends with his mother, calling it spoiling. The father is cold and totally unloving. Unfortunately, Lewis' mother drowns in a nearby river when he and she are alone one day and people begin to treat Lewis as if he had something
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Laura
Jan 23, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No nyt on kyllä yksi vuoden suurimmista kirjapettymyksistä ehkä käsillä. En tiedä miten paljon tähän fiilikseen vaikutti se etukäteishehkutus ja "varaudu nenäliinoihin" -kommentointi, mutta tämän kirjan kanssa en kyllä todella saa kiinni suomennoksen aiheuttamasta suursuosiosta.

Kirja on kieltämättä hienosti kirjoitettu, sen lakoninen ja toteavakin tyyli sopii mainiosti itse tarinaan. Teos ei ole myöskään se kaikkein helpoin, mutta toisin kuin hieman vaativammat yleensä, se jättää tällä kertaa l
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Barbara Elsborg
Aug 22, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It just makes it to four stars for me. The reason for the hesitation is the unrelenting misery. It's a lot to slog through when your main character is so downtrodden, downbeat and desperately sad. BUT Jones made me feel for him. I kept thinking - no more can happen to the man-boy but it did. I think the picture of society at that time seemed accurate. It was an interesting look at the struggle by a young man to come to terms with his mother's death and his role in it, and with a father who loves ...more
Richard
Aug 13, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Outcast is very well written.

That said, my main problem was that the book has only one character who does not have a nasty side and who I wanted to do well.

Lewis is ten when his mum drowns. As it's the 1950's in England his father just 'forgets' his wife and remarries. The consequences of his mother's death and his father's indifference lead Lewis to self hate, self harm and eventually prison.

He is redeemed a little on his return home and appears attractive to both Carmichael daughters. One
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eb
Nov 26, 2007 eb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little purple, a touch melodramatic, and slightly repetitive, but who cares? I burst into tears *twice* during the final 40 pages. If you like Gothic novels and have a thing for Heathcliff types, don't miss this one.
Dolors
Mar 19, 2013 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unexpected gift.
I loved this novel, the story of a haunted boy who is forgotten by his own father. He abandons the fight to remain socially acceptable until one of his friends from his infancy comes to his rescue. And unknowingly, of her own.
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was born in London, England, the daughter of a poet and an actress. Her father, Evan Jones, was born in Portland, Jamaica in 1927. He grew up on a banana farm, eventually moving to the United States, and from there to England in the 1950s. His most widely acclaimed work is "The Song of the Banana Man". Sadie's mother, Joanna Jones, was featured as an extra in various television series, including ...more
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