Girl in the Woods
Dismantlement = Freedom
Henry, Tess, Winnie, and Suz banded together in college to form a group they called the Compassionate Dismantlers. Following...more
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i have been trying to write this review for almost an hour. in between i have eaten peanut-butter and jelly on english muffins (and now on space bar and several letters) and have drifted off-topic numerous times, and erased tons of irrelevant crap. much irrelevance remains, but the short version of this review is:
i enjoyed reading this book, but it is not good.
this is a perfect rebound book for proust - after a long relationship, you just want to have a silly fling with someone stupid - to jus...more
One of McMahon's strong points is going...more
if it sounds like i am making fun of this book, it's because i am! despite that, i actually did enjoy reading it. maybe that's because i've been devouring charlaine harris' southern vampire series, which is rife with extreme ridiculousnesses?...more
Dismantled is a superbly w...more
The above-statement is the maxim that drove the protagonists of this novel to form a group called the Compassionate Dismantlers, a sort hippy dippy "artistic" terrorist organization that the main characters founded ten years before the actual events of the book took place. (We get glimpses of the Compassionate Dismantlers, who they were and what they stood for, throughout the novel, through a collection of flashbacks, character...more
Dismantled is the story of the Compassionate Dismantlers, four art students: Tess, Henry, Winnie and the charismatic Suz. The Compassionate Dismantlers believe that “to understand the nature of a thing you have to take it apart.” What they really believe, it seems, is that you can ruin someone...more
And Jennifer McMahon doesn't even come close -- disappointing me doubly, since one of my favorite authors (Stewart O'Nan) wrote the blurb in question.
From page one till literally the very last one, Dismantled walks a fine line between suspense and ridiculousness. I have to admit that it didn't quite fall off the balance beam, but the fact that...more
The group is headed by Suz Pierce, a sexy but jealous, with a motive for revenge. When things get out of control, and Suz dies, the group disband...more
The theme - secrets and their power to destroy - is carried throughout the book in a myriad of ways. The title says it all - how new and old secrets can literally dismantle individual lives, families and relationships, and long-held beliefs.
When McMahon's protagonist, an unhappy and e...more
A suicide leading to an investigation that could destroy so many lives is just the beginning of the suspense thriller, Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon. Dismantled equals freedom, or so believed the group of friends, Spencer, Valerie (Winnie), Tess, Henry and Suz, ten years ago when the five college artists formed a group known as The Compassionate Dismantlers, led by Suz. What occurs after their college graduation at the cabin in Vermont remains a mystery that divided the group, ex...more
The story is about four college friends who spend the summer in a remote cabin together and form a group called the "compassionate dismantlers". They end up committing acts of vadalism and pull some other pranks. Suz is the head of this group but during one prank things go horribly wrong and Suz dies. The others go off with the intention to never sp...more
This was a fast, enjoyable read. With the repeated use of flashback and very short chapters, we learn what about what happened ten years earlier at the same ti...more
Extraordinarily reminiscent of Donna Tarrt's The Secret History, this sees a group of people ten years after they were a college clique called The Dismantlers, whose ethos was that "to understand the nature of a thing it must be taken apart". The end point of their destructive pranks was the semi-accidental murder of the instigator of The Dismantlers' exploits, Suz, the promiscuos star around which the others orbited, reflecting her light. At the time, the death was adroitly concealed from the w...more
The book is about a group of four art students who form a group called the Compassionate Dismantlers. Their fearless leader, Suze, encourages them to commit petty crimes and vandalize with their motto being, "To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart."
The book flash forwards to ten years later and Henry & Te...more
For the Compassionate Dismantlers, this is an absurd question as the two are one and the same. Suz, Tess, Henry and Winnie, all passionate art students, connect at a small college in Vermont, bonding over their mutual interests and talents. Dedicated to the messages behind their art more than the actual material itself, they begin a practical application of undoing the oppressions of institution and regulation. They consider themselves young radical...more
After reading this book, her third novel and technically her fourth book, I noticed that her endings are kind of... well, downers. I am not against that at all, and, in fact, I kind of like an author who is willing to make her main character(s) realize they have made horrible mistakes, or, they have m...more
This is the story of a group of art school kids; Henry, Tess, Val/Winnie, and Suz. Their l...more
Ten years in the past, Tess and Henry were part of a small group of college students calling itself the Compassionate Dismantlers. Led by a charismatic student named Suz, the Disman...more
instead of the jock, the princess, the brain, the beauty, the rebel, and the recluse, mcmahon gives us the bisexual nihilistic arsonist, the borderline-personalitied poet sniper, the philandering closeted obsessive-compulsive frigid-artist-housewife, the extremely fertile yet slightly homicidal alcoholic sculptor, and the possibly schizo...more
The book starts off with this sad claustrophobic family buried away in the woods in New England. The parents are fractured over a weird group they belonged to as college students led by a maniac named Suz. Suz has tragically met her demise and we onl...more
Dismantled is a book about four college friends who start a weird and controversial 'activist' group called the Compassionate Dismantlers, in which they take things apart in order to discover the way they work. These ideas are led by Suz, the group leader and the one that comes up with all these crazy ideas. One of the ideas goes to far, and during that time, Suz ends up dying and being thrown in the lake (no spoilers here! This much we know from the first few chapters). What we don't know is h...more
This was an excellent book. It started off slow, a character study of a family drifting apart. We know Tess and Henry were part of a tight knit group of artists that lived in a cabin in the woods after college, and that something terrible happened that scattered the members across the company.
Then their daughter and a...more
After thinking about it afterward, I lowered the rating to 4.5 stars. There were some details that didn't quite hold together for me on thinking back on the book. Still, my recollections were primarily positive, the book is beautifully written, and the roller coaster ride while reading it was fantastic.
I liked and disliked the characte...more