Dependent Origination

The Whole World Over

Posted on: January 14, 2009


这本小说我很喜欢. 感恩节假期的某一天从早上五点看到晚上五点. 通常这样看法的时候, 最后一部分都是迅速翻过去的. 但是这本居然最精彩的部分在最后, 一个词都没有少读, 非常之少见.

从写作手法上来看, 缺点十分突出. 比方说情节转折非常突兀, plot device的运用很成问题. 然后人物多了一点. 两条加在一起, 就是看着看着就换了一个故事, 要努力才能想起来这个人物的back story究竟是什么.

但 是我觉得这本书最成功的一点是i can fully identify with all the characters. It is a book about domestic choices. It is about human choices at times of both crisis and everyday situations. It is about marriage and relationship both at its peak and bottom, either when loneliness strikes or when boredom envelopes. It is about compromises and reconcilliation.

In short, it is a fully grown up world with no spared details. Therefore i care about everyone in the book and i want them to end up with at least peace. That is the main driving force for me to finish the book. Considering my unusally high standard of everything recently, the author achieves no small wonder 🙂

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2 Responses to "The Whole World Over"

[…] 这个和The Whole World Over是一个作者。我还挺喜欢那本小说的,觉得把long time relationship里面的各种各样的问题写得很明白。看amazon的review时候发现很多人不喜欢The Whole World Over但是都很喜欢她的第一本小说Three Junes。所以决定看。 […]

[…] 小说是某个晚上开始看的。开始几个章节觉得非常plain,都有点想放下不看了。但是坚持了一下之后,就完全停不下来了,I have to finish it。半夜,凌晨,萧瑟的寒风,回想自己上次这么疯狂的看书,一次是读grad school在qualify之前,缩在捡来的小单人沙发里面,在dickinson(?)二楼的防火楼梯边,读了两天一夜,看完了the memoirs of geisha, 那是2000年春夏之交。还有一次是2000年寒假,刚刚flu好,网上买的小说到家,indulge自己在butler的大床上面,两天一夜?,看完了angela’s ashes,中间还因为看到痛处大哭几场。再有一次,是2008年感恩节?,一个人过整个假期,其中一天用来看完了the whole world over。这一次还好书比较短,没有看到头晕眼花就已经看完了,还睡了个小觉,第二天照常上班,hoho。 Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

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