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By Rebecca on 09-15-06
good but sad
Beautifully written, this book explores how, whilst we have only one life, everyone will have different versions of what we are like, and who we are. Our inner worlds and our public worlds can be miles apart, as can our presentation of ourselves to different audiences. If you want a gentle listen, this is a good book to download, however this is a very sad book, so if youre in need of a bit of uplifting this isnt perhaps the best choice.
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By Paul on 10-22-05
Subtle and entertaining
Lively's story, and the characters in it, revolve around a deceased woman who remains something of a mystery as the characters reveal more and more of themselves as the story moves forward. The discovery of a rather unfortunate photo starts a chain reaction in the lives of the deceased's family and friends. Each chapter is from the perspective of a different character, which is reminiscent of Billiards at Half Past Nine by Heinrich Boll, and the same events are described by different characters in a manner reminiscent of Rashomon. Note too that Lively's characters have professional callings that evoke their roles in the story. For example, the widower who discovers the photo is a landscape archaeologist, and in this story he's got to dig through a surface life he took for granted to discover what happened years before. Masterful, highly recommended.
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