Elaine's Reviews > Ordinary Love and Good Will: Two Novellas

Ordinary Love and Good Will by Jane Smiley
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Mar 03, 2009

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Smiley is an excellent writer and a compassionate observer of all of us humans, especially those with quirks, flaws, a tendencies to stumble. I read these novellas on a long plane flight and found them completely absorbing and unpredictable -- yet sometimes I felt as if there were no there there.

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message 1: by Alan (new)

Alan she is also a compassionate and quirky observer of horses as well as humans - I have no interest in horses at all, but I really liked and was moved by Horse Heaven, in whihc the horses are main characters.

Elaine Alan -- since this is the only way we seem to be communicating, you must, must, must read The Book Thief. (or have you already read it?). EE

message 3: by Alan (new)

Alan No. but its for young adults- I am an old adult.

Elaine It is so miscategorized! When printed in Europe they never said anything about young. It's like saying Tess D'Urbervilles is for young adults because the heroine starts out at 14. Just read 50 pages and then tell me what you think.

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