My review on 'The Lovely Bones': The book cleverly disguised as interetsing.
One thing I'll say is this; if you saw the movie preview and said 'Gee I...more My review on 'The Lovely Bones': The book cleverly disguised as interetsing.
One thing I'll say is this; if you saw the movie preview and said 'Gee I'd like to read that', then don't. What the movie makes it seem like is a border-line fantasy/mystery, sort of trippy and magical and sad, all about ghosts and solving an unsolvable case. These things are more like backdrops to the unfolding drama in Sebold's 'The Lovely Bones'. The book is about two things primarily: adolescent discovery-which includes alot of sex, if that floats your boat at all- and how a particular family lives with loss in their various ways, which also includes alot of sex. If the dirty little secrets of desperate people clammering to feel anything intrigues you, this might be up your alley. Just don't expect anything like the name or movie previews might suggest, the primary focus of this book is relationships: between the living, between the dead, and between the dead and the living. (By relationships I mean how various people choose to come together sexually). It actually started off somewhat descent, then tapered away from the interesting and off into the abyss of family drama and budding romances, and other every-day "life" stuff. Its more like family reunion gossip than a novel. (Which in the author's defense was probably the point: to show what that Susie in heaven felt, being so far away from "real" life and yet unable to let go of it, unable to stop watching.) So it told you what she saw and thought. In a way it triumphed, because showing that was I think what the book intended to do. Still, it never gave you the satisfaction of "cased closed", or even "case still relevant at all", because her DEATH didn't mean nearly as much to the story as the fact that she was dead. The book was about grief and handling it,not murder, justice, mystery, or even love; all of which, though clichee', would have appealed much more to me than watching people simultaneously lose their virginity.
As far as story goes, it opens with a fairly prolific rape scene between a grown man and a fouteen year old girl. It wraps itself up with another prolific sex scene between a grown man and the fourteen year old girl he had a crush on, inhabiting the body of an unconcious girl named Ruth. The latter sex scene is supposed to somehow make up for the first, and therefore put Susie Salmon at enough peace to enter the 'wide' heaven. If there's anything else to expect, don't expect it. That, in a nutshell, is whats to be had from this book.
This book is about a little girl, Germany during the reign of Hitler, but mainly the power of words. The power of words, and colors. The first thing...more This book is about a little girl, Germany during the reign of Hitler, but mainly the power of words. The power of words, and colors. The first thing I notice when I pick up a book is the author's writing style. Nothing else really matters, because I'll read just about any kind of subject matter. I enjoyed Mark Zusak's writing from the very first word. Don't look for long and detailed narrative, there's a clever sort of blatency to this book. A little bit different, which I think most readers should be able to appreciate.The sentences are meaty little chunks of words. The chapters short and packed tight. Efficient would be a good word to describe it, because it says so much in such little pieces. The narrator is Death, and there's a lot of dying in the story. As its a very human book, (the characters feel so real you'll be checking the leaves to see if its based on a true story, as it very well COULD have been but wasn't), it will probably make you sad. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author.(less)