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A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
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Jun 20, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, the-power-of-love, if-you-liked-the-movie, not-my-thing, country-mouse, lgbtqa
Read in October, 2006

I only sort of liked this, so I honestly don't have too much to say about it. It wasn't remarkable, but it wasn't awful.

It basically follows a set of three friends - one women, two men - and examines their relationships, both with each other, and with people from the outside world (mothers, fathers, girlfriends, boyfriends).

It reads almost a little blandly. I suppose you could say it's more of a character study and less about the plot. But then I couldn't say that it was very successful, because I didn't feel connected to any of the characters. They had their moments, but the things they felt and experienced weren't enough to move me emotionally - and I'm a pretty big sap. Even this was a little too sappy and unnecessarily dramatic for me. There's not a lot of joy in this book, so after awhile it feels like the characters are just holding on to each other out of history and obligation. They seem almost afraid to meet new people. Or maybe just lazy.

If you're determined to read it, borrow it. Or buy it used. But if you want a better examination of the dynamic between two men and one woman, read The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

Also, has anyone read any of Cunningham's other works? I kind of want to read The Hours, but this makes me a little wary.
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Sharon This is exactly how I feel about this book. Your review is from a while ago -- hopefully you took the plunge with The Hours which is amazing and well worth the read.

Taylor I haven't, yet, Sharon, but thanks for the input! Glad to know The Hours is worth it.

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Alec Clayton I enjoyed it a lot more than you did but I liked some of his other books much more, especially The Hours and Flesh and Blood.

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