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I diari dell'angelo custode

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,098 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Margot ha quarant’anni e la sua vita è stata tutta un errore. Cresciuta senza genitori, oggi è una donna incapace di ricambiare un grande amore, una madre incapace di salvare il proprio figlio da un destino di infelicità. Il giorno in cui muore in circostanze misteriose, Margot è sola. Ma la sua vita non si conclude. Ciò che sembrava la fine è in realtà una trasformazione: ...more
Hardcover, La Gaja scienza, 368 pages
Published January 10th 2011 by Longanesi (first published 2010)
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I am a complete sucker for an angel story and this one sent me straight to heaven. The idea behind this story is so original it blew my mind. I felt like I had stepped into a quantam physics experiment, where I could bend time backwards and forwards like an eraser.

Margot dies at the age of forty and is sent back to Earth to be her OWN GUARDIAN ANGEL! I kid you not. Doesn't that just defy mentality? Margot is renamed Beth and forced to accompany herself as she relives every minor detail of her p
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ILoveBooks
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monday, April 25, 2011The Guardian Angel's Journal: Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Admittedly, when I picked this book up I was afraid it was going to be about calling people to believe in angels...and not much else content. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The main character, Margot, has just died. Her life was not particularly well-spent; one may even consider her life "bad". She has a chance to redeem herself; she can become a guardian angel. This is where the novel gets interesting. She becomes a g
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Travelcrazyone
I'm captivated, I haven't been able to put this one down this weekend! P.S. will write more once my book club has discussed it, don't want to give it all up yet!

The author's description of the angel's wings was so vivid, I could clearly see in my mind how beautiful they must have been and felt. Unfortunately, she was almost too good in her descriptive narrative that in the darker parts of the books, made the events feel too real, or close to home. As a parent, these parts were really
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Carol Peace
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book it makes you rethink your own life and how your decisions change the direction.
The beginning of the book gives us Margot who is sent back to earth as Ruth who is her own guardian angel. I loved that she didn't really know how to react and we were stumbling along with her as she realised the rules and regulations of Angeldom. It hold your attention right till the end as thats when you get to know who killed her. Ruth thought she was changing the direction of 'Margots' life
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Sandy
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nb-reviews
I cannot believe how bad this book is on every level: plot, style, theme, characters. I admit I do not like the theme - Lovely Bones did not thrill me but at least I could appreciate the writing and intention - but I did not understand what The Guradian Angel's Journal was tring to achieve. I stuck with it thinking all the time that something would be revealed and everything would fall into place ..... but it didn't!
Gordon
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in April/May I was recommended to read The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke. So I did, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I ended up writing about it in my English exam since it fit one of the questions...

I knew back then that Jess-Cooke's first book was The Guardian Angel's Journal and after enjoying The Boy Who Could See Demons so much, I decided that I would read it.

Before I go into my thoughts let me give you a taster of the story. Margot
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Nicola
You can read my full review at: http://nicolasbookshelf.blogspot.com/

Ruth is sent back to earth to become her own guardian angel after her untimely death. It seems like the perfect opportunity to right all the wrongs of her life, but it quickly becomes clear that nothing is that simple, even for angels...

"The Guardian Angel's Journal" is incredibly well-written. Carolyn Jess-Cooke's imagery is just beautiful - the idea of water flowing down an angel's back, the metaphors she uses - the language is incredibly po
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Lisa  Carlson
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Lisa by: found it unexpectedly
Shelves: fiction
One of the best thrills for me is finding an unexpected great book at the library. This story is a fresh spin on the subject of guardian angels. A subject I tend to find more plausible, comforting and safe than astrology or tarot card reading. This is the story of a young woman who dies and comes back as a guardian angel. The writing is effervescent, haunting and thought-provoking. Contrary to other reviews the ending doesn't feel rushed and follows in the thread of all the other unexpected mome ...more
Sherrie
The book grabs your attention right away. Starting with Ruth's wakening to being an angel. The rules are explained to Ruth, which is her new name instead of Margot. I am wary of Christian lit. I don't like having a particular message shoved down my throat. But this book isn't like that. It's very well written with all the characters having their own personalities. Reading about Margot(Ruth) learning what God has intended for her is sometimes funny and sometimes very heart warming. If your into r ...more
Shan
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine that when your life ends you are sent back to Earth as a guardian angel. And not for just anyone but a guardian angel for yourself. Imagine you had the opportunity to observe and alter the life you have already lived.

This is what happens to Margot Delacroix when her tragic life comes to an end at the age of forty. Renamed Ruth, she is sent back to Earth to encourage Margot to make the right decisions, in the hopes of making her life a little easier. Not only does Ruth now hav
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Melissa
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic and original story. Four stars because of the problems, which were that the last two chapters were rushed and tedious, not living up to the promise the rest of the book held for it's conclusion. I absolutely love the way the character dies, the randomness of it. I was ready for something akin to the tragedies and injustices of the earlier part of the book. The writing was good, straight-forward, emotionally powerful and direct, with poetic gems peppered in in just the right amount.
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Beadyjan
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a book I'd probably have chosen for myself - but when my bookgroup presented us with this one I thought it had promise - on the cover it says the new Audrey Niffeneger and as I liked both her books I was looking forward to this, however it failed to meet my expectations.

We meet Margot a middle aged Irish woman who has just died, she is sent back to earth as a guardian angel - to look over - Margot herself and re-live the choices and mistakes she made in life - I found it disjoint
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Sarah
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most original stories I've read in over a decade. Jess-Cooke's style is both poetic and accessible, with a unique protagonist, whose dilemma is a a three-way conflict with her mortal self, her spiritual self, and with a god that she has to trust in, though she can't see him. I've never encountered a guardian angel who is so human in her efforts to literally save herself from herself. Heartwrenching though the mortal struggles are, the lessons learned --mostly the hard way --by the cha ...more
Tracy Barrall
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This got me thinking several times about are there angels looking over our shoulders trying to guide us in our daily lives. All those thoughts in our heads are they really us or words from our angel. Can the wrong choices we make be the demons talking trying to help us make the wrong choices. Margot dies and is sent to be a guardian angel to herself, she will now see the whole picture of an event not just her side and she is tempted to change things, but can she and should she! Margot could not ...more
Lejla
When I bought this book, and when I first started to read it I didn't expect that I will like it this much. It is quite difficult to imagine yourself in this position. Watching yourself doing your biggest mistakes in life, and not being able to change them without any consequences. This novel is tense, interesting and far different than anything else I have ever read. I would recommend it even to those who don't prefer this kind of novels. It is relatively connected to religion, often mentioning ...more
Victoria
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely gripped as soon as I read the first page..I was taking my Kindle everywhere, even to the gym! Such a beautiful and heartbreaking story, an innocent child thrown to the clutches of abusers, I truly hope I have a guardian angel as wonderful and protective as Margot had. A sad story that left me with a lump in my throat. Excellent book - worthy comparison as "The new Audrey Niffenger" Company Magazine
Deborah Dicks
Confusing - how can you be a guardian angel to yourself? Does this mean there are two of you in existence? Or parallel worlds? I found pondering this distracted me from the unfolding of the story.

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Maria Carmo
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
The book is totally unexpected in a refreshing way.
The writing is vivid and sometimes even crude, but somehow there is always a hint of Light, of Hope, of deep Love capable of witnessing all the suffering and transmuting it.

I loved this book.

Definitely a Good read!

Maria Carmo

12th October, Lisbon.
Melissa
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The concept was so original, and the plot kept me thinking about it even when I had to (reluctantly) put it down. I finished it in two days. When I closed the book and put it on my nightstand, I had that stunned feeling you get when you leave beloved characters behind. I even cried a little at the end. Beautiful, painful, thought-provoking.
Jenni Ogden
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you think poaranormal is not for you, but you like bookclub fiction, try this!
Shelves: fiction
I don't usually read paranormal fiction but this story was certainly different (for me at least). It was well written, cleverly structured, and amusing . It reminded me a little of "The Time Traveller's Wife", which is one of my favourite books. Perhaps I should read more like this!
Janet
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed. The book started off interesting, but about mid way through, it became predictable and a little boring. There was really no climax to it and the ending was predictable. I personally wouldn't recommend this book.
Twistyrob
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally loved the original concept of this novel. It has a lingering affect after finishing it. I didnt like the final wrap up of the story but the journey of this story is really worth the ride!

Lauren
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly emotional. I'm still crying.
Susan Niziurski
Sep 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a favorite! From a religious point of view (this being not my religion) had a very hard time with the plot and the context of the book. Couldn't really find any meaning spiritually either.
Anne
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic-realism
Really liked it. Read it in 24 hours - compelling. Only reason I didnt give it 5 was because of the ending. Still, definitely worth a read.
Jill
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5. I thought this was a great book. Good plot and moves quickly. Great first novel.
Aaron
An exciting but frustrating read.

The author has a tremendous gift for language, and exudes tremendous writing skill, but the book's plotting of the supernatural is agonizingly insufficient, and the greater structure of the story is muddled by recurring bouts of the anticlimactic.

THE GUARDIAN ANGEL'S JOURNAL focuses on a fidgety and unreliable narrator, Ruth, whose reckless selflessness is in every single way a reflection of the doped up, barbiturate-driven lifestyle she clung to as a human
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Lissa
This book didn't lead me where I thought it was leading me. In hindsight, I think that's a good thing. I kept expecting one thing, and getting another. Every turn was a surprise because I was expecting more, and it was really quite simple: Ruth can't change Margot's life. I was totally expecting her to, but she didn't.
I had so many questions throughout the whole book that all seemed to get resolved. At first, I wasn't sure why it was written in first person when the guardian angel (Ruth) c
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Sarah
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Margot dies at the age of 40 she is sent back to earth as her own guardian angel. Now known as Ruth, it is her job to witness and record the biggest events in Margot's life, she must try to protect Margot from outside forces and she must learn to love herself. As she watches over herself and her family she comes to realise that she is responsible for the trouble that her son now finds herself in but she has been told she must change nothing. But is there a way that she can make things bette ...more
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I'm the author of the award-winning poetry collection INROADS (Seren, 2010) and THE GUARDIAN ANGEL'S JOURNAL, published by Little, Brown in the UK and Guideposts Books in the US, as well as 22 other languages. My second novel, THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS, was released in May 2012. I have also written/co-edited four academic books in the fields of Shakespeare and film. The US version of THE BOY WH ...more
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