Der größte Spaß, den wir je hatten
Wie hält man das Glück der eigenen Eltern aus?
Vierzig glückliche Ehejahre: Für die vier erwachsenen Sorenson-Schwestern sind ihre Eltern ein nahezu unerreichbares Vorbild – und eine ständige Provokation! Wendy, früh verwitwet, tröstet sich mit Alkohol und jungen Männern. Violet mutiert von der Prozessanwältin zur Vollzeitmutter. Liza, eine der jüngsten Professorinnen des Land/>Vierzig ...more
Funny, recently, I suggested the book to my sister, we usually have similar taste in books. She stopped reading it after the first few chapters. But, she is single with no children. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed and could relate? (less)
The Sorenson family was m ...more
I’ll get it out upfront. At over 500 pages, this novel is just way too long. Granted, it’s a family saga covering decades with multiple narratives of a husband and wife, their four grown daughters and a fifteen year old grandson who comes into the mix. It felt like a made for TV series. I was reminded so much of dysfunctional TV families like the one in “Brothers and Sisters”, where the characters are always in each other’s faces, in each other’s business all of the t ...more
I hope you have the ability to clear your schedule. The Sorenson's will instantly grab you and won't let go until the very last page. I love character driven family saga/dramas and this one has plenty of everything. A peek into a seemingly perfect marriage between the parents and the rollercoaster ride that is the lives of their FOUR daughters.
I think what I found so refreshing and relatable about this was h ...more
Here's a very extensive list of some of the things about Lombardo's writing that i/> ...more
Synced with reading the ebook.
....The messy, funny, sincere & pathetic, flawed & textured characters....were not particularly sympathetic characters, yet they are somewhat realistic.
....Impressive ambitious debut...but at times I thought the dialogue was exhausting and tedious. Other times I thought it was brilliantly fascinating.
....a little too wordy
and definitely too long...
....the writing was wi ...more
Many thanks to Doubleday for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
Just a couple of young women looking into their future, back in that nice soft space where they fit seamlessly together, before the world had grown so much larger than their grasp.
For a book over five hundred pages long, this severely disappointed me. Books that are this length are either a Stephen King novel or a book with a really good story. Usually, a book this long means the author was made to choose between splitting threview ...more
So let’s start here: I liked the Sorenson family. I liked its messiness, quirkiness, heartaches and triumphs. And I didn’t regret one single hour that I was immersed ...more
Lombardo's debut novel is truly a work of art. It follows the Sorenson family, consisting of Marilyn and David (the parents), and their four daughters, Wendy, Violet, Liza, and Grace. Each character has their own personality, truly dis ...more
This book is over 500 pages. If you are going to write a book this big it needs to keep the reader in ...more
Marilyn Connolly, an outgoing English major and David Sorenson, a shy premed student, fell in love and married in the 1970s, By 2016, their four adult daughters are each in turmoil and struggling with finding their way in the world. Wendy the oldest and a recent widow, had a troubled youth, but has a huge personality and is typically full of both sarcasm and alcohol. Violet, is the per ...more
But my feelings for this dysfunctional family drama weren't quite so clear. Early on, I was intrigued by the complex dynamics in the Sorenson family and felt that Lombardi understood the messy, loving, frustrating and complicated dynamics between sisters. Oh m'word, so complicated. Within this hefty tome, there's lots of ...more
And then I started reading, and was instantly furious with numerous characters. And I thought about quitting. Multiple times. But you guys. Trying to quit this book is like me trying ...more
Seriously, how does this--yes, obviously very talented--young novelist write with such clarity and truth about stuff she (likely) hasn't experienced herself? My favorite literary novels are the ones that are super intelligent (emotionally and otherwise) and yet are a pleasure to read; this novel is exactly that.
I could go into a summary, but you got that at the top, didn't you, and all you really need to know is that this novel is a ...more
I certainly didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it enough to see it through 540-odd pages. The characters themselves are interesting, but their interactions often feel hackneyed. Furthermore, there are sex scenes every few pages (at least in beginning of the novel) that do nothing to further the story and sometimes include characters that don't seem central to the novel. There are also frequently shifti ...more
It is a matter of astonishment to me how a writer springs fully formed into a debut novelist of such accomplishment. The Most Fun We Ever Had is a portrait of an Illinois family’s dynamics from a unique perspective: one where the parents of four daughters love them – but most particularly love each other – perhaps a little *too* much. Sounds simple? Yes, but as past events are deftly – indeed, seamlessly – interwoven with current time, Claire Lombardo ac ...more