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The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll
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Jun 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008
Recommended to Amanda by: Stolen from J's shelves. She gave it a great review and 5 stars
Recommended for: Oh, I don't know... My mom might like it. And people who like love stories.

The good guys win. Don't act surprised--it's billed as a love story after all.

At first, I loved this book because it was so lovely and loving and in love. It was almost silly-cute and completely unrealistic. Like some kind of literary ballet, complete with twinkling and tremulos. But I was only half-way through the book--hell, it couldn't have gone on like that forever! I KNEW something bad was bound to happen. And then it did. Something bad. Something really really bad. Something...REALISTIC!

What the fuck???????????

YOU RUINED MY BALLET! How dare some Mr. Right Now come in off the street and ruin the perfect courtship? How dare sex replace love? How dare Agathe get scared and how dare she have doubts and how dare she make wrong decisions? How dare real life come in, stomping around and putting dirty footprints all over my clean white pages of this work of FICTION??? And this was fresh-laid marley, too. I'm mad at you, Truth! Look what you did to Agathe! And poor Tibo Krovic!!! Only Anna Karenina might know what it is to suffer like you've suffered, ol' Tibo.


I'm glad the bits of magic brought me back to a willing suspension of disbelief. And the bits that stroked my hair and snuggled me and reassured me and snuck a tutu or two out from the wings--those bits were good. I think my heart stopped beating once or twice out of pure sadness, but somebody came and massaged it back to life. I'm pretty sure it was deus ex machina.

I still haven't fully recovered.
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Reading Progress

June 25, 2008 – Shelved
October 30, 2008 –
page 206
Started Reading
November 2, 2008 –
page 300
November 2, 2008 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Have you read "Feast of Love" by Charles Baxter? I think you'll like it based on this review.

Amanda I have not read "Feast of Love"--it's short stories? Hmmm... Yes, after reading a few reviews, I think I would like it. THANKS!

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

It's not short stories. It's a novel, but it's a lot of people's love stories within one novel.

Amanda Oh, good. I think I'd like that better, in fact...

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

You've inspired me to go read. G'night, GR!

message 6: by Lori (new)

Lori Loved Feast of Love!

message 7: by Arlene (new)

Arlene Allen I love the way you wrote this review!! You have a way with words.

Anne Beautifully written Amanda - sums up all my thoughts while I read... !

message 9: by Ioanna (new) - added it

Ioanna I loved your review and i am gonna added it to be -to read shelf:)

message 10: by Leo (new) - rated it 5 stars

Leo Ovidiu Very beautiful review. Try reading the book again. You might be surprised!

Amanda I'll bite. My worldview is so different than 2008 me...

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