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message 1: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Nicholls does such a great job wrapping each bitter pill in a cocoon of humor.

I believe love has to evolve or it withers. Youthful attraction has to become something deeper as couples stay together for decade after decade. If not, eventually their connections to one another become brittle and easily shattered. It becomes easier to just start over with someone new. It is impossible not to analyze ones own relationships after reading this book. I like that you ask a lot of good questions. Excellent review!


message 2: by Dolors (new)

Dolors What a wise and somehow imposing review Seemita, because as Jeffrey so cunningly pointed out, it's impossible not to turn the mirror of Nicholl's treatise on the evolution of love and ask ourselves some discomfiting questions. I have met Nicholls previously in By David Nicholls: One Day and Starter for Ten and I recognize his crisp tone, which doesn't sacrifice depth, through the prism of your first rate prose. I like to think that love is like energy, never static, always changing shape but never completely destroyed... just like talent! And so I can't help but wonder, without meaning to pry, where did you spread the gospel of your words before writing reviews on GR, Seemita? :)


message 3: by Jibran (new)

Jibran 'There's a saying, cited in popular song, that if you love someone you must set them free. Well, that's just nonsense. If you love someone, you bind them to you with heavy metal chains.'

This quote and your pointed questions at the end betray our constant struggle in finding satisfying answers to the enigma that is love and its concomitant worries. We find the answers, incomplete and truncated, and must live with them. Setting your beloved free or binding them to heavy chains - it would be great if we could ascertain which works....but neither does, yet either may.
Splendid review as always.


message 4: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Funny how a book can be titled, "Us," and lets the reader see exactly that through the characters and story. You gave us stunning introspection interspersed with meaningful questions, Seemita. Lovely review!


message 5: by Deea (last edited May 05, 2015 02:43PM) (new)

Deea Only a person who has truly loved can write such deep thoughts on love. Love gets you entranced indeed, it makes you feel that there is a profusion of positivity everywhere around you (as what is reality if not the reflection of our inner happenings?) and I could go on and on about the exaltation it brings... As you well pinted out, if you love someone, is it possible to set that person free easily other than in theory? "If you love someone, you bind them to you with heavy metal chains." I loved your review Seemita. The way you express your opinions about the books you read is always wonderful, but this reviw in particular is one of your masterpieces.


message 6: by Himanshu (new)

Himanshu I wonder what would you do if you find answers to all those questions. I think they vary with each individual experience and circumstances always butts in to take control. What an astounding opening you gave to this marvelous review, Seemita. I think I'm going to hold off reading this for some time but shall surely read it nonetheless.


message 7: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Jeffrey wrote: "Nicholls does such a great job wrapping each bitter pill in a cocoon of humor.

I believe love has to evolve or it withers. Youthful attraction has to become something deeper as couples stay toget..."


You are spot-on: Nicholls has this endearing quality of wrapping the bitterness and disdains in cocoons of humor. He does that effortlessly, which sometimes, I view, as a metaphor for life - we mostly smile at our failures since there are no options but to shove them away and move on.

Rediscovering love with the same person, over and over again, is an onerous task and that's why couples who "stay" in love draw more awe and respect than those who "fall" in love. Thanks for your thoughts, Jeffrey; they resonate with me loud and strong.


message 8: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Dolors wrote: "..because as Jeffrey so cunningly pointed out, it's impossible not to turn the mirror of Nicholl's treatise on the evolution of love and ask ourselves some discomfiting questions."

Absolutely! He stealthily constructs the story amid such routine, regular dilemmas of life that we never realize as to when we have swapped placed with the fictional characters and Nicholls is now talking feverishly about us too! And since he talks about love, it makes just more sense to read him as I can never put in words that what lies between those four letters. Saying its an energy is a good way of describing it, Dolors - your thoughts always so different and fresh!

Dolors wrote: "And so I can't help but wonder, without meaning to pry, where did you spread the gospel of your words before writing reviews on GR, Seemita? :)"

Haha... I was letting them run within the walls of heart since I wasn't sure they were worthy stepping outside :)


message 9: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Jibran wrote: "We find the answers, incomplete and truncated, and must live with them. Setting your beloved free or binding them to heavy chains - it would be great if we could ascertain which works....but neither does, yet either may."

Indeed. We have to live with incomplete and truncated answers but sometimes, even that is enough. The emotion is so vast and consuming that if we can truly appreciate even a fraction of its ramification, we might have achieved a milestone in life. Ha! Insane stuff, a whirlwind that never remains quiet.

Thanks for reading and leaving your perceptive comment, Jibran.


message 10: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Cheryl wrote: "Funny how a book can be titled, "Us," and lets the reader see exactly that through the characters and story. You gave us stunning introspection interspersed with meaningful questions, Seemita. Love..."

Bingo! It is, very well, a 400-layered mirror that compels us to peer in and check our own ties for their strength and loose ends at various bends in life.

I was left with a thousand questions and I promptly launched some into the review. Thanks for the patient reading and generous appreciating, Cheryl :)


message 11: by Seemita (last edited May 06, 2015 01:20AM) (new)

Seemita Deea wrote: "Only a person who has truly loved can write such deep thoughts on love. Love gets you entranced indeed, it makes you feel that there is a profusion of positivity everywhere around you (as what is ..."

I do value this emotion way too strongly, Deea. I believe that a relationship, with love's true color at its heart, can successfully wage wars of time and emerge victorious, if only occasionally wounded. Those wounds heal gradually and become signs of our courage and longevity.

Whether I think we can bind the person we love? Yes, only through love though; no other weapon works. Sometimes, love too, loses its way in the storms of misunderstandings.

Like you, I too, can go on and on about this and never know where I am heading! So, I will shut up here.

For being such a stupendous support with your presence and thoughts, I am grateful Deea! :)


message 12: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Himanshu wrote: "I wonder what would you do if you find answers to all those questions. I think they vary with each individual experience and circumstances always butts in to take control. What an astounding openin..."

Hmmm.. I think, no, I'm sure, that the answers to these questions will set another world of questions in motion! There is no end and in a way, it keeps us on our toes! :)

I am glad you added this novel to your TBR, Himanshu. I am sure you can showcase many intriguing reflections from this lovely work. For being here with your wonderful words, thank you.


message 13: by Kalliope (last edited May 06, 2015 01:31AM) (new)

Kalliope I love to love your review, Seemita... That is another kind of love.

You have also made me look at Nicholls's biography and convinced me that there are elements there that make me want to read his works. I was only aware of By David Nicholls: One Day.... and since I understand the effervescence of Madrid...


message 14: by Garima (last edited May 06, 2015 02:12AM) (new)

Garima I agree with Kall. Truly beautiful review and I found your writing a lot more lovely and insightful in comparison to the quotes you included from the book so I definitely need to check how Nicholls's writing would work for me.


message 15: by Rakhi (new)

Rakhi Dalal Lovely review,Seemita :)

And the questions you ask at the end...so appropriate...what can ever be said of the way the mind/thoughts work, of the way people turn out even after such years of togetherness...

Thanks for provoking thoughts on a lazy afternoon.


message 16: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Kalliope wrote: "I love to love your review, Seemita... That is another kind of love.

You have also made me look at Nicholls's biography and convinced me that there are elements there that make me want to read his..."


Ah you are a sweetheart, Kall! Thanks for all the love :) I am glad you looked up Nicholls and ticked his works for further exploration. 'One Day' remains one of my favorite romance novels and its humorous, sensitive and relevant core resonates with my perceptions well. I think you might just like "Us".


message 17: by Seemita (last edited May 06, 2015 01:15PM) (new)

Seemita Garima wrote: "I agree with Kall. Truly beautiful review and I found your writing a lot more lovely and insightful in comparison to the quotes you included from the book so I definitely need to check how Nicholls..."

Thank you for the kind words, Garima. When I finished writing this review, I became aware that I have not done justice to Nicholls' writing skills since the quotes I included weren't reflective of his natural humor and eased flair. But I urge you not to decide against his style, falling on my petite inclusions, and give his works a try.


message 18: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Rakhi wrote: "Lovely review,Seemita :)

And the questions you ask at the end...so appropriate...what can ever be said of the way the mind/thoughts work, of the way people turn out even after such years of togeth..."


Its crazy, isn't it? Years of knowing comes undone in a matter of few moments!

Thank you for reading and leaving your comment, Rakhi! And hope the afternoon fielded well your ponderings after all :)


message 19: by Lynne (new)

Lynne King Seemita,

Your view is lovely! Purely by reading that I would have purchased the book!

I somehow found that I only had one star on mine (how could that happen?) and so I rectified that immediately!


message 20: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Lynne wrote: "Seemita,

Your view is lovely! Purely by reading that I would have purchased the book!

I somehow found that I only had one star on mine (how could that happen?) and so I rectified that immediately!"


Oh its very sweet of you to say that, Lynne! Thanks a bunch :) I did read your opening line, correcting the rating but all that I retained were the five stars and your fabulous review!


message 21: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Beautiful, Seemita, truly beautiful! I strongly suspect your review being better than the book itself.


message 22: by Seemita (new)

Seemita Matthias wrote: "Beautiful, Seemita, truly beautiful! I strongly suspect your review being better than the book itself."

Oh thanks for that warm shout, Matthias! It lifts my spirits at the end of a long, tired day :) And this book? Ah! Love stories are peculiar, isn't it? One renounces it in a day and the other keeps it alive for a life-time. I hardly ever recommend a love-story for its plot. But if you ever read this one, read it for its sincere emotions at heart; those that do not leap from rhythmic arrangements but rather drown into serene wholeness.


message 23: by Seemita (last edited Dec 22, 2015 11:06AM) (new)

Seemita Sabah wrote: "Stunning review, Seemita. As always you voice the questions so many of us hesitate to do, apart from in the quiet recesses of our minds. Even then we shy from the answers, lest they be to difficult..."

Thank you so much, Sabah! Yes, the questions; such rambling bunch of high-speed electrons banging the head without pause! And when they belong to the clan of love, we know we have been hard hit. I enjoyed this novel a lot. I have come to like Nicholls' style which is a generous bittersweet potion, offered at the right amount at right intervals. I hope you like it when you get to it. And may I also recommend 'One Day' which introduced me to Nicholls' work? You should enjoy that one too :)


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