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Oh my darling, Clementine

2.83  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Clark e Charlotte, giovani sposi, si sono trasferiti da poco a Clementine nei sobborghi di Boston, in una casa gialla e accogliente. Clark è segnato dal suicidio della madre, una donna infelice e depressa alla quale lui era morbosamente legato, e cerca consolazione illudendosi di avere una vita straordinaria; Charlotte è in cerca di piccole gioie, da coltivare nell'affetto ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 19th 2022 by NN Editore (first published May 17th 2005)
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Jun 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
“Era triste, pensò, che esistessero tutti quei momenti perduti. Quanti momenti si dimenticano, e la vita diventa un mosaico di buchi. E l’amore la migliore delle ipotesi. Ma quei momenti perduti forse si ricordano di noi. Forse restano incastrati nelle grondaie e negli angoli e nelle fughe delle case perdute.”

E forse questa è una storia di fantasmi. Soprattutto quelli che albergano negli scantinati polverosi dell’inconscio, quelli che abbiamo dimenticato laggiù da tempo, quelli di cui non sappia
Angela Wade
The writing was beautiful. I'm just not sure what the point of the story was? ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum and Adam Haslett- from the cover blurb- got "bristling with humor" out of this book because there is no real humor to be had, nor any "scalpel-sharp sentences". What you will get is a vague story about a yuppie couple with no personality moving into a town full of equally yuppie old people and kids with no personality, and a father who is both gruff and old-fashioned and yet spouts of silly things better suited to an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond".

Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, the writing is gorgeous in this book. The central characters are a young married couple who have bought their first house. But things seems to go awry as soon as they move in. The house seems to have a life and presence of its own, made up from the previous lives lived there. The couple are in their late twenties but actually seem to be more like fifteen year olds playing house. Despite their incredible immaturity, naivety and sometimes down right stupidity, you hope for the best f ...more
Octavia Cade
A marginally haunted house nearly breaks up a marriage. The effects are somewhat horrifying, but I don't really class this as horror because it's all so muted, and really if the house acts as a catalyst, it's perfectly plausible that the two main characters could screw it up all by themselves. Clark, especially, is imaginatively tiresome in all sorts of petty ways, and I imagine he would be very hard to live with.

Wel aardig voor een debuut, sommige hoofdstukken zijn een stuk sterker dan andere.

De introductie van de vader van Clark aan het einde van het verhaal voegt weinig toe. Het 'inzicht' dat Clark op het einde krijgt, had misschien ook zonder Wallace gekund. Het personage van Charlotte had beter kunnen worden uitgewerkt in het begin, zodat de parallel en de tegenstelling duidelijker en aangrijpender zou worden.
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It reads almost like a long poetic meditation or a very long short story. Some of the images and sentences are glowing. The plot wasn't the strongest I've read, but it didn't matter that much because I wanted to keep reading and I appreciated that it was in no way formulaic. The writing is lovely.
Jun 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slightly strange story (not a lot actually happens) but Gaige can certainly write.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelezen-in-2017
Geen idee wat de schrijfster met dit boek wil. Diagonaal gelezen omdat het volkomen oninteressant is.
Carrie Gulledge
Oct 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
That was probably the most well-written piece of junk I've ever read. Gorgeous prose, plenty of imagination... And all jumbled together into one big, hot mess. ...more
Aug 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant novel. The following quote sums it up. " Tell me at heart you don’t live for the sound of your wife…. clearing her throat in the next room. Tell me that’s not true. Because you know there is nothing but that…. To tell the children in school when they ask you…. But what holds life together ? And you can only think 'love.' Love no matter....what. Having someone with whom… you double your chances. Someone to accompany you through this difficult…. world." ...more
Marta Milani
Jun 20, 2022 rated it it was ok
Scrittura bellissima, manca tutto il resto.
Elizabeth Garcia
The book was about this two newly wedded cuplel, that has resontly movie to a town where they live in a "yellow dream house". Clark, is a tall and skinny man,curly heair, with blue eyes. Charlotte is a young women, long blond hair,and blue eyes. They are both starinng out there new life married. in the second Chapter explanes Clark's family. then it gose in to a flash back of the day his mother died. Clark mother was a very crazy women. she would tell him story about the way things where; for ex ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ieder huis zijn kruis. Het is een keukenwijsheid die jonggehuwden Clark en Charlotte Adair aan den lijve mogen ondervinden in Amity Gaiges Alledaagse Wanen, de vertaling van de roman waarmee de auteur van het veelgeprezen Schroder in 2005 debuteerde.

We ontmoeten Clark en Charlotte wanneer ze net hun intrek hebben genomen in hun eerste huis samen, het geelste hoopje bakstenen in het idyllische Clementine. De locatie mag dan met honing overgoten lijken, zeemzoeterigheid is een smaak die Gaige – de
Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wat een worsteling om dit boek uit te lezen. Naar mijn mening: afschuwelijk boek. Ik had enorme verwachtingen bij het lezen van de achterflap en de omschrijving van 'lyrische' proza.
Het begon al enorm saai, je wordt midden in een verhaal/leven gesmeten en eigenlijk krijg je heel weinig achtergrondinformatie (of toch achtergrondinformatie die belangrijk is). Dan plots is zijn heroïsche daad door een jongen van de verdrinkingsdood te redden en dan denk je - YES, eindelijk een beetje schwung in het
This was a unique read. I agree with the other reviews here that it read more like a short story. It was beautiful and ethereal. I enjoyed the gossamer feel of it as I went along. It is true that character development and plot was lacking. I found Clark’s immaturity and fixation on his mother (and their mutual love of tall tales) absolutely maddening. I enjoyed his father’s character. This was my first Amity Gaige read. Often when I read, I try not to have expectations. I also don’t require ever ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I enjoyed this more than I normally would have coming off the back of reading a real stinker but I completely loved this book. I loved it's ambiguity and the depth of the characterisation. I totally believed in every person in the story and their relationships, some of the passages were just beautifully written. The possible 'supernatural' element, the unclear ending, the central married couple, everything just felt really nicely put together and real. Some achievement for a debut novel. ...more
Maria Paiz
The thing with Amity Gaige is that she writes so wonderfully, so brilliantly, that we can forgive her for a book that doesn't really cut the mustard. This novel is about a couple, and we see how they interact, how they think, how they carry the weight of their pasts. But... the story itself is pretty much plotless and pointless. Still, her writing is too beautiful to merit harsh judgment. Looking forward to her next. ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a charming little story. I don't know if I understand how the dad fits into it - the lesson he wanted Clark to learn, i don't quite get - but I loved the melody of the writing and the interactions between Clark and Charlotte.

I wish there'd been more of a linear telling - less little events - but it worked for this kind of novel.

Ief Stuyvaert
Mooie zinnen vormen kleine hoofdstukjes in het alledaagse (jawel) leven van een jong stel. De emoties zijn vaak herkenbaar, maar de zeer Amerikaanse kleinstedelijke omgeving misschien net iets te ver van mijn (ons) bed. En wat erger is: het kan je op het einde niet echt veel meer schelen hoe het met Charlotte en Clark afloopt. Neen, dan liever 'Schroder', want schrijven kan Gaige. ...more
Paul Degrande
Claustrofobisch inkijkje van een idylle tussen jonggehuwden dat de eerste scheurtjes begint te vertonen. Algauw verworden hun neurotische trekjes tot heuse wanen die vanuit de pas ingetrokken woning lijken te komen. - En zo zijn ze voor elk van hen met zijn drieën, voor de lezer met zijn vieren.
Benieuwd hoe de woning er uitziet?
Chrystal Hays
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good novel that deals beautifully with human relationships and at the same time has a creepy, supernatural feel. I enjoyed it very much. It does not tie up all the loose ends at the in life we don't get pat answers, either. VERY well-written. ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange little book. It is by no means a thriller or suspenseful. It did not knock my socks off but it did hold my attention. The characters were not terribly likable but there was something about it that was unique and a little haunting.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, confused
A sweet romance novel. Though I'm not really sure what the shadows they saw were, I loved reading about Charlotte and Clark throughout this book. ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I'm not even sure what I just read. This was a kindle deal recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy, and while the writing was beautiful, the story was an absolute hot mess. 1.5 🌟 ...more
By a college roommate of mine! I didn't love it overall -- not enough plot and the characters were just too unsympathetic for me. But I did appreciate much of the imagery and phrasing. ...more
Courtney Milford
Oct 31, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Boring and confusing but not scary.
Quirky Shauna
Nice use of language, originally descriptive. A fast read. Not much depth.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a lack of follow through. You could have stopped reading mid novel and it would have been just as good as the ending.
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AMITY GAIGE is the author of three previous novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, which was short-listed for the Folio Prize in 2014. Published in eighteen countries, Schroder was named one of best books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review,The Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Women's National Book Association, Cosmopolitan, Denver ...more

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