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Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California; a father he loathes in Brooklyn; and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway. He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with 20 years ago, and this discovery will send him off course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?
This Must Be the Place crosses continents and time zones, giving voice to a diverse and complex cast of characters. At its heart it is an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together, and the pressures that drive it apart. Maggie O'Farrell's seventh novel is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.
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By White rose on 03-24-17
A good story spoiled
What made the experience of listening to This Must Be the Place the most enjoyable?
Maggie Farrell's skilful building of a story and its changes of time and place.
What was one of the most memorable moments of This Must Be the Place?
Bitter-sweet moments when the protagonists were stopped in their tracks by a memory.
What didn’t you like about Graham Rowat and Saskia Maarleveld ’s performance?
I find it intensely irritating when narrators can't pronounce quite simple foreign words properly. SK is clearly neither British nor American and I think one of either of those nationalities would have been better. 'Maman' and so many other instances of mispoken words.This really spoiled my enjoyment of a good story, my attention often being taken by irritating narration.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me sad for all the chararcters who seemed so lost most of the time.
Any additional comments?
I wish that Maggie Farrell would lose her maddening habit of making long lists of words, sometimes describing the same thing. Perhaps this is her signature?
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
By jl on 10-13-16
I truly enjoyed this - and loved the female narrator. Something about the male narrator's reading voice very much annoyed me, though, which is why I can only award three stars for performance.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful