Last Night in Montreal
Last Night in Montreal is a story of love, amnesia, compulsive travel, the depths and the limits of family bonds, and the nature of obsession. In this extraordinary debut, Emily St. John Mandel casts a powerful spell that captures the reader in a gritty, youthful world — charged with an atmosphere of mystery, promise and foreboding — where small revelations continuously ch...more
Last Night in Montreal is a story that masterfully interweaves several complex elements. Lilia has been traveling for years, ever since her father abducted her from her home, when she was seven. For a long time, Lilia and her father were on the road. They kept moving from town to town. Lilia soon learned to read a map, ho...more
Continued on page 162, Eli waits on Michaela every night at the C...more
There is a word in the Dakota language, gender-specific and untranslatable, that expresses the specific loneliness of mothers whose children are absent. Eli told Lila the word once when they were lying in bed together, and it was hard not to think of her mother when she heard it.
Lilia's mother said once in an interview that she wished she could forget her daughter. (The interview aired on Unsolved...more
Let's start with the premise, a young man in New York wakes up with the woman he loves, and whom he thinks he knows quite well. Then, in a way that is normal and routine, she announces she's going to pick up a few items at the corner store. However, she does not return. No note, no phone call, nothing. Soon he discovers that she's traveled to Montreal, but there's no evidence she plans to come back, or even that she plans to stay in Montreal.
I have started to read aloud to the dogs in the mornings (don't judge - I am not crazy but reading aloud makes me slow down and listen to the language) and started them on...more
I absolutely adored this book. This is Emily St. John Ma...more
I finished this one a few days ago and I'm already struggling to remember what it was about which doesn't b...more
On the outset, this may seem like Lilia's story. Her father kidnapped her when she was 7 years old, and, most of her life, she was on the run, traveling by car from town to town. Sh...more
When Lilia was 7 years old, she was kidnapped by her father from her mother’s...more
My main critique of the book is that one of the story's main characters, or at the least the character we b...more
"She'd been disappearing for so long that she didn't know how to stay." (Page 9 of the uncorrected proof)
Lilia Albert is abducted by her father, and as they move arou...more
"Her voice was somnambulant" ....."her voice was a current through fitful dreams" ----[well, I'll tell ya....I had my own 'nightmare'---involving rushing waters-- after thinking about this section of the book]....NO KIDDING--- Then restless sleep ---(woke thinki...more
The story is about a girl named Lilia who is in her early twenties and has a habit of vanishing. She tells her boyfriend, Eli, that she will leave him one day and disappear. Despite this knowledge, Eli asks Lilia to move in with him, and five months later she leaves "to buy the newspaper" and never comes back.
Eli is deeply upset by Lilia's leaving and decides to try and find her. Which is strange to me, considering he doesn't love her and...more
St. John Mandel has a quirky, delicate voice. Although some elements in this story of a girl-gone-missing and the people who follow her strain credulity (is it really possible to live in a place for 20 years and not pick up the basics of the langu...more
I was fascinated by Lilia's childhood on the run, in seeing the effect on her as an adult, and puzzling the reasons behind what had happened to her.
I was hooked on this book when Eli explained his interest in dead and dying languages. Eli's character was lost-- not sure where he was going with his own life. When Lilia steps into his life, then back out again, he wants to help her, and to make sure she is OK. He pursues her...more
As the novel progressed, it was still enjoyable and I was very motivated to keep reading. However, while Mandel's writing was still skillful, it...more
The plot of the novel itself is at least partially responsible, as the revelation of the suspense that pushes the work relentlessly forward...more
Here is a part that i particularly liked:
How deep in our genes is the longing for flight embedded? We always were a species of nomads. Eli found it easy to imagin...more
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Her new novel, The Lola Quartet, was recently published by McArthur & Company (Canada) and Unbridled Books (US), and is the #1 Indie Next Pick for May 2012. Her two previous novels are Last Night In M...more