ehhh I wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. I liked the way she wrote with descriptive sentences and interesting characters but she just didn...moreehhh I wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. I liked the way she wrote with descriptive sentences and interesting characters but she just didn't tie it all together in the end. It was a throwback to the 40's detective novella and I'm dying to try a Karma-Kola.
I did like the touch of the train racing through the bottom of each page as you get closer to the end. (less)
Fun Chick-Lit about self-absorbed lawyer who upon realizing that she made a 50 million pound mistake runs away to become a housekeeper. Still trying t...moreFun Chick-Lit about self-absorbed lawyer who upon realizing that she made a 50 million pound mistake runs away to become a housekeeper. Still trying to figure out how she paid her bills for two months while she stuck her head in the sand. Even with money you still have to I don't know, mail a check?
Taking out that little point fun sophie chick lit book. (less)
"I know what 'nothing' means, and keep on playing." Sums it up about right and where things tend to go in life. Life is easier when you are oblivious....more"I know what 'nothing' means, and keep on playing." Sums it up about right and where things tend to go in life. Life is easier when you are oblivious.
Maria is what Holly Golightly would have become 15 years later if we had a chance to know her more than that one summer. Now in her mid 30's, still going through the motions, still in a drug-induced haze but now unable to rely on her beauty to get by as she sinks deeper and deeper into herself.
I almost need to read the book again, you miss some details as Joan jumps around from scene to scene always landing in the middle of dialogue, a fly on the wall buzzing from room to room before everything starts to connect and you learn what happens to the two couples as they make their way thru Los Angeles, Vegas and the Desert. Always fun to see places that I walk by every week in books. Unable to sleep in her Beverly Hill home she rents a room on Fountain Avenue walking distance from Schwabs (which is now Cafe Was) on Hollywood & Vine. Speeding down familiar highways (doesn't sound like they had traffic back in those days).
"Why do you fight?" "To find out if you're alive" (less)
The life of girl over a period of 25 years, each new relationship brings on a new chapter in her life. There are some funny lines in the book but I ha...moreThe life of girl over a period of 25 years, each new relationship brings on a new chapter in her life. There are some funny lines in the book but I have a feeling I will forget everything about this book the moment I start a chapter in my next book, it was that forgettable.
She darted in and out of relationships, jobs and friends as if they were nothing more than a traffic cone on her way to a cliff. And there was no real ending, you have no idea if she fell over the cliff or stopped dead in her tracks.
Her never ending quest to find the perfect job and the perfect guy is impossible since she doesn't even know what would make either perfect for her. (less)
While I'm glad it didn't have the typical Hollywood ending, I hate being reminded of the greed of people and the extend they will go to take what from...moreWhile I'm glad it didn't have the typical Hollywood ending, I hate being reminded of the greed of people and the extend they will go to take what from others have less fortunate.(less)
**spoiler alert** First, this is the only time that I ever heard of a guy plotting so well to get what he wanted without everyone finding out his plan...more**spoiler alert** First, this is the only time that I ever heard of a guy plotting so well to get what he wanted without everyone finding out his plan. Gatsby planned everything - the house, the location, the money, the parties, the friends, everything just so Daisy would just happen upon him. Why didn't he just pick up the phone and call her or send her a letter instead of planning for five years? Usually it's a girl who will go thru all that trouble so that no one discovers what she is really up to.
Anyway, I enjoyed this story. I loved how it flowed, the era the characters. I plan on reading The Other Side Of Paradise soon (it's on my ever expanding list). There were two things that I wrote down while I was reading. The first was, on page 65 he spoke of that he traveled to San Francisco which he named the "mid west". Since when was San Francisco in the mid west? Maybe I read it wrong but the book is at home so I will have to check later.
The other thing, Fitzgerald never wrote about days, he wrote about events; the day Nick went to see Tom & Daisy, the day Nick met Tom's mistress, the day of the party, the day Nick invited Daisy over to see Gatsby and on... The reader never learned how much time passed between these events. Nick even mentioned in the book that the days just rolled into events but he didn't plan it that way.
Here's my take on the main characters.
Gatsby - Everything he did was for Daisy. Money was his first motivation for everything - leaving home and changing his name. When he met Daisy, she became his motivation. He wanted her to see how successful and rich he was. If Daisy really cared about those things, she didn't really love him unconditionally to begin with. Too bad he couldn't sit back and enjoy his money. Makes me think what he would be obsessing about once he had Daisy.
Nick - It seemed that he was just a spectator. His only place in this book was to tell the story as if he was the author writing Gatsby's memoirs. He also seemed to be the only one there with a conscience. He couldn't believe how everyone was nonchalant about the death of Myrtle, including Gatsby himself. And he couldn't believe all those people that filled Gatsby's house for the parties yet ran in the opposite direction when it was time to go to Gatsby's funeral. He finally left the city all together he was so disgusted.
Tom – He was a self-absorbed idiot who, with Daisy, created chaos and then turned the other way without thinking about their actions. Tom kept trying to act smart - taking ideas and opinions from books and passing them on as his own. Even his wife saw that and ignored him. He's a racist, quoting from the book "The Rise of the Colored Empire" and a sexist. He didn't even care that Nick was Daisy's cousin when he introduced his mistress to him. And we won't even talk about him hitting Myrtle. He didn't even want Daisy until someone else wanted her and then he freaked. Why was it okay for him to steal another man's wife but no one else could?
Daisy - Another idiot who chose money and power over love. She jumped from one thing to the next without thinking anything thru. She was disloyal to Gatsby three times. The first time by marrying Tom after promising to wait for Gatsby until he returned from the war. Then by allowing him to take the fall for her reckless driving, resulting in Myrtle's death. And then by not going to his funeral. Daisy didn't even care about her own daughter, bringing her out like a trained seal for guests and then when she was done showing her off, gave her back to the nanny after 10 minutes. Sure Tom came back to her but that was because the people they were cheating with died. Eventually Tom will find someone else to fool around with again and Daisy will be miserable.
And the one thing that will drive me crazy about this story, is what happened to the dog that Tom bought for Myrtle? Did someone go get it or did die of hunger and loneliness?
I was inspired on how we kept plundering on with no idea what he was doing; just putting himself out there and learning along the way to keep a promis...moreI was inspired on how we kept plundering on with no idea what he was doing; just putting himself out there and learning along the way to keep a promise and fulfill his dream to help build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The first thing he learned... "The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die."
More importantly is his message on how to fight terrorism - not with war but with education. A strong message especially since he was there on 9/11. Kind of like what might work here..... hmmmm.
There are rumors now about how the money was mishandled and that he lied about events he talked about in the book. Not sure what I believe but does it matter how he built the schools and why just as long as he built them?(less)
Sophie, I liked the comparison of Sophie's beaten biscuits and her life – I don't think you read too much in it – I think it was right on. And it was...moreSophie, I liked the comparison of Sophie's beaten biscuits and her life – I don't think you read too much in it – I think it was right on. And it was accurate with Burr gone she has become something sweet and better. I'm still a little shaky on what happened to their son it touched on it so lightly that I didn't know exactly what happened that led to his death. Sophie was one of my favorite characters. Especially after Burr died and she started living.
Henry - I think it was more than `mid-life crisis' that had Henry get up and leave his wife and marry Dee Dee. He wanted his cake and eat it too (another silly cliché that I never understood, just like Henry said, what else are you suppose to do with it, frame the cake and hang it on a wall?) He wanted a maid at home to take care of him and the house and a tart on the side to sleep with and make him feel like he was all that. There's no mid-life crisis about it. He was you typical old school male that thought they could do anything they wanted without repercussions. It probably would have been better (or worse depending on who you asked) if he actually married Dee Dee and watched what happened next – they would have made each other miserable – perfect revenge if you ask me.
But he didn't actually leave Vangie until after the daughter died. He kept trying to get her to come back before that. That indicated that it was depression that made him take off to Vegas. He wanted to replace what he lost as soon as possible and that was his opportunity. Eventually he would have been burned regardless if Dee Dee was really pregnant or not. Picture it 5 years later both him and Dee Dee would be cheating on one another. Now at least Billie has a chance to become decent.
Edith – I think she didn't want to move back to New York because there she would be just another artist no different than anyone else. At least in the South she got to be eccentric and stand out. People talked about her and excused her for what they thought were crazy ways. It sounded like she had what everyone hoped for when they started out – the perfect fairy tale romance. Maybe that would have changed if her husband lived longer ;)
Harriet – She was actually fun she reminded me of Harriet Olsen from Little House on the Prairie mean, gossipy and full of herself. Unfortunately she's too blind and dumb to actually realize that she's a miserable old coot so I don't think she will ever see the problems in herself. And she'll believe that she is always happy and perfect.
Dee Dee - She was a product of the time. If she was taught to provide for herself she wouldn't need to chase a man, married or not, to give her what she could have given herself. She was taught that, that was the only option, to find a man to take care of her. She blew it when she found a single man, Renny, so in her mind it would stand to reason that she would have better luck trying to get someone that she knew was a good husband – no matter if it was someone else's husband at least she could fix that. But what I don't understand is why did her aunt let them all stay – why didn't she throw them out instead of putting up with it?
Religion was a character in this book too. Actually it was a villain. Most of them used religion as an excuse. An excuse to snub people or gossip about them, an excuse to write notes instead of telling things to the victims face. An excuse to explain why someone was bad, `those nutty Baptists'. Kirby used it to get everything from food and shelter to sex. Methodists used it as an excuse to explain why they were better than the Baptists, the `Amen Baptists' used it to explain why they were better than the rest of the congregation. Harriet used it to justify all of her disgusting actions. This book is a definite explanation of why there are a lot of people out there that don't like organized religion.(less)
First, I had no idea that they made this book into a movie in 1997 (I know, I'm clueless). I thought that it would make a great movie with the four di...moreFirst, I had no idea that they made this book into a movie in 1997 (I know, I'm clueless). I thought that it would make a great movie with the four different perspectives each taking the story further down the road and narrated by each person. I hope that they didn't make a Hollywood ending out of it.
The first thing I liked about the book; each chapter took the story a little further but it was told from a different person and therefore a different point of view. You were in their heads seeing what they saw (or thought they saw) seeing their interpretations based on their life choices and their personalities. And it was completely one- sided. You never heard what the bus driver was doing after the accident up until the day of the fair unless she came into contact with the person who was telling their view. The same with the lawyer and Billy. But that left a lot of unanswered questions. How exactly did Billy go from the town hero to the town joke/embarrassment? Did people try to stop him?
The only thing that I didn't like about the book was when lawyer's crack-head daughter was introduced. I knew that she was there to show that the lawyer had a life outside of the accident but it never tied up that side-story. Did she lie and say she had aids to get money? If she did what did the lawyer do. I bet the movie doesn't even involve her.
In the end, not only did Nicole bring her family to the "sweet hereafter", she brought the whole town there based on a lie. I wanted to know how she felt when everyone was cheering the other cars to destroy Boomer. Did it bother her at all to know that she caused that hatred? And since it was the outsiders that helped Dolores down is she going to stay in Sam Dent or will she make herself an official outsider and leave? Of course knowing those answers would give it a Hollywood ending so I better off not knowing and deciding for myself.
I always like Marion Keyes books it's a nice break from most of the 'more serious' books I read. I especially like this one because it talks about wri...moreI always like Marion Keyes books it's a nice break from most of the 'more serious' books I read. I especially like this one because it talks about writers and getting published. In my opinion Marion Keyes is in the top 3 of Chick Lit writers and everyone who likes the genre should ad her books to the list. (less)