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One Day by David Nicholls
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Oct 05, 2010

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bookshelves: kindle, book-club-dm
Recommended to Sarah by: Sera
Read in December, 2010

I enjoyed the story although at times the writing was a little strange for me. It was heavy on British slang and references and even though I consider myself something of an Anglophile, there were times when I was completely lost. For example, one of the characters is described as having a tendency "to hold every conversation as if she’s addressing the Bank Holiday crowd on the sea-front at Weston-super-Mare." Huh? One thing I liked a lot was the way Emma always seemed to have her life together when Dexter's was falling apart, and vice versa. There's a nice little twist at the end that I didn't see coming (I thought I saw something coming, but not that).

I did love this line, though:

I have to admit I’m finding Howards End quite heavy-going. It’s like they’ve been drinking the same cup of tea for two hundred pages, and I keep waiting for someone to pull a knife or an alien invasion or something, but that’s not going to happen is it?

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Meghan Weston-super-Mare is a beach town. "The name Weston is made up of two Old English or Saxon words meaning the west tun or settlement. Because there are several places called Weston in Somerset descriptions were added to tell them apart. What is unusual about Weston-super-Mare is that the descriptive part of its name has remained in medieval Latin. Super (with small s) means on or above, and mare is Latin for sea."

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