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message 1: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Hey RA--
This sounds good, how are you liking it? Have you ever read anything by this author before? I'll have to keep my eyes open for it to add to the pile teetering and tottering by my chair.

message 2: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony Hey Leslie! I'm about halfway through this book, and so far so good...some beautiful passages, although the narrative doesn't hold together as a whole as much as it might, I guess. Kim the Goodreader reveiwed the book so I picked up a copy from the library...it's my first Coupland...

message 3: by Leslie (new)

Leslie I've never read anything by him either. It sounds good.

message 4: by RandomAnthony (last edited May 05, 2009 06:00PM) (new)

RandomAnthony The book has a lot about solitude and loneliness. We goodreaders can relate:)

message 5: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Exactly, although I value solitude, I don't want to be lonely. It's a difficult balance. I live alone half the time--the half when my daughter is with her dad. I really enjoy it--I don't know how it will feel when it's all the time, after she moves out. I think a lot of us book lovers gravitated towards books out of loneliness and feeling like oddballs and weirdos. I know I did. If I didn't have anyone to relate to, I always had my current book. I might not have had a current boyfriend, but I always had a current book. :)
Did you love to read when you were a kid? My mom says my first word was book--so I guess I'll have to say I did love to read when I was little!
I have this fantasy of going away to a retreat for a few months--alone. Probably won't ever do it. A writer's retreat or an artist's colony or just alone in a place with me and my solitude and and my journals, just giving me a chance to actually hear what's inside me, know what I mean? Do you ever feel like doing that?

message 6: by Ben (new)

Ben Coupland is damn creative, but I basically felt the same way -- like some of it seemed forced. I can also understand how someone could really dig this book. For example, the son (forgot his name) managed to be extremely different and interesting, yet realistic. And if one could have felt for Liz more than I had, and had a less incredulous view of the quick plot turns, then hell, it coulda' been 4 stars or so. Kim's review is a great example of how one can appreciate it.

message 7: by Kim (new)

Kim Okay, guys... I can appreciate your opinion... and I can see what you mean... there are over the top parts that made me want to groan too... I think that is part of what Coupland is. Have you guys read Life After God? These are short stories and they might have less of the unnecessary, you know? It's been at least a decade since I read it so... maybe not.

I still think it's the whole female perspective thing too... like why men like Winesburg, Ohio more than women (not all.. I'm not generalizing...geesh) but I guess I can relate more with this.

I want to read The Gum Thief too...

Thanks for picking it up and giving it a shot, Anthony... you're good like that and I appreciate it. Sassenach. ;)

message 8: by Kim (new)

Kim Kim the Goodreader...heh.

message 9: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony Thanks, Ben and Kim. I haven't read Life After God, Kim...Michelle says the The Gum Thief is great, and I think that's waiting at the library for me, so I'll probably read that next.

Yes, Kim, I liked your review, too. Ben's right. I agree, Coupland's got a great ability to turn a phrase, and I can see why you dig it. You're good like that too, Bella:)

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