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The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
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Aug 18, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: someone with time and a willingness to overlook very obvious character flaws
Read in August, 2008

liked the plot and the idea of the book better than actually reading it...she probably could have gotten the point across in 150 fewer pages.

that said, though, i think the book aptly illustrates that there's no point worrying yourself about what could have been, and that the-grass-is-always-greener-on-the-other-side people will waste half their life resenting their own choices. The heroine was one of those people, and more than the trite passion vs. stability theme that seems obvious, outlining how she hindered her life with constant regret in both respects was what turned out to be most poignant aspect of this novel.
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Debbie I am obviously not one of those people who is willing to overlook character flaws, hahaha

Seriously though, good review!

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