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Here on Earth (Oprah's Book Club) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 1998

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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Berkley (1. März 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0425167313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425167311
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,1 x 22,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.623.765 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1998: Here on Earth is set in motion when March Murray and her teenage daughter travel from their California home to New England. Their stay is to be brief. Judith Dale, her childhood housekeeper-cum-foster mother, has died, and March must set things to right and get out of gloomy Jenkintown as quickly as possible. "Five days tops," she reassures her scientist husband. Instead, she is pulled back into the arms of Hollis, her first love--an avaricious, Heathcliff-like individual who radiates sulfur and cruelty. "She left and didn't come back, not even when he called her, and yet here she is, on this dark night; here and no place else." In this deep fable of loss and control, love and fear, Alice Hoffman allows us into her characters' cores and makes us wish their fortunes were happier. Here on Earth is filled with wisdom, what-ifs, and animals who seem, if not to know more than human beings, at least to know how to shy from danger.

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"There is something irresistible about the novels of Alice Hoffman. Her themes of love, marriage, family and friendship are reassuringly familiar and her style agreeably evocative...Her stories have a quality of mystery and even darkness that puts a fresh spin on the commonplace, and at its very best can make the reader look at life from a fresh angle. If I could see things through Hoffman's eyes, I'm convinced life would be richer and more interesting... Here On Earth is a wonderful piece of storytelling" (Literary Review)

"Hoffman is shrewd and witty about the networks of gossip and affection in town, and she evokes place superbly... spellbinding" (Sunday Times)

"Imagine Wuthering Heights set in a small New England town during the last 30 years. The characters escape not to wild moors but marshes haunted by foxes and souls of drowned men-compelling" (Independent)

"Wuthering Heights meets The Horse Whisperer... riveting and memorable" (Mail on Sunday)

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "judithb" am 20. Juli 2000
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Accompanied by her adolescent daughter, March returns to the small, rural town she grew up in to attend the funeral of a long time family retainer. In this cold, bleak New England environment, she reforms a relationship with her childhood sweetheart, who originally entered her life when March's father brought him, a disturbed and underprivileged teenager, into their family home. Their hot and heavy teenage affair, interrupted when Hollis went off to make his fortune and was unheard of for several years, had ended 20 years or so ago, when March stopped waiting for him, married another local fellow, moved to California and had a child.
Before she realised what was going on, March had been manipulated by a seriously disturbed, violent predator into a situation where she could no longer think straight (but I doubt she ever could), and had given up almost every bit of power she might have had. Along the way her daughter, Gwen, had to learn a whole new set of skills just to survive.
This story of jealousy, control and obsession, though written well enough to keep me reading to the end, irritated me immensely. The characters were poorly developed, cardboard stereotypes. March was such a wimp, she could hardly be described as a character and, except for the twirling moustaches, Hollis could have stepped straight out of a melodrama. The only interesting central character was Gwen who, with no help from her mother, made the difficult transition from a self-absorbed child into a young woman, doing what she had to so that she and those she'd grown to love could survive (in fact, if the story had have been written with her as the central character, I think it would have worked much better).
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 4. Juli 2000
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Alice Hoffman is a fine and talented writer but she does not do this novel justice. It was quite gutsy of her to reivent Emily Bronte classic, but she does it poorly. First of all, there is a lack of character development or rather depth. The only fully realized character in this novel is that of the daughter. Secondly, she fails to tie the loose ends in the novel i.e. Belinda. Why bring up issues if your not going to address it later in the novel? If you are looking for a dark romantic book please pick up Wuthering Heights.
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Von Ein Kunde am 14. Juli 1999
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My 12-year-old daughter bought it and I think I remember being enjoying Turtle Moon (although after this book I wonder if that's a bad memory), so I read it (I enjoy sharing books with my children).
The characters and the main thesis were so unrealistic that continuing to read to the end was painful. None of the 4 main characters could be believed - they were comic book characters. The secondary characters were almost as shallow.
March is an affront to motherhood and Richard is unbelievable as a father. Mom could not care less, Dad leaves without making sure he talks to her first. And his superficial "appraisal" of Gwen when he arrives! Has he never seen her before? Gwen might get more love and care as an orphan!
March's worship at the altar of sex is offensive and should offend every man or woman - Hollis decides where she should go, what she should think, and pretty soon would tell her what to dream? Taking care of her own bathing, eating, and thinking is beyond her capability? Exerting control over heat and transportation is beyond her? Caring & being honest with her daughter and friends is irrelevant?
And yet March is educated, well-loved, creative, self-directed, and was one of the real "winners" in her home town growing up. She has a nice home and family.
If you like the fantasy of a woman finding all-consuming sex and losing ALL control of her life, do you think it should get 5 stars when the heroine is being physically abused, mentally abused, isolated (or "jailed"), and her daughter is getting the same? When the heroine ignores her family, friends, and incest? This reaches unacceptable, immoral, and certainly illegal.
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Von Ein Kunde am 7. Juli 1998
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Wow, is my first comment. I have not watched Oprah's book review of the novel, nor any other review of the book before I read it. It was the first novel of Alice Hoffman's that I have read. Alice, whether you know it or not, you wrote about a very sad chapter in my life that thankfully ended up with a happy ending. I finished this book in tears, because I was once "March" and I was involved with a "Hollis". This book touches on a subject that is very threatening to most people; and that is the fact that domestic violence is not always defined by physical abuse. More often than not, it is emotional abuse through the deprivation of loved ones, familiar surroundings, and the passivity of our society in dealing with matters such as this, that is more damaging than physical scars. More important still, this kind of abuse comes from what many people see as "possessive love". Even more threatening to the well-educated is the fact that it can happen to anyone. We know everyday that there are people in this world who are unfaithful, people who stay in "bad" marriages, and people who are abused, or abuse their children. Sometimes they are our friends, neighbors, relatives, or even ourselves. I think you did an excellent job writing about a fundamental part of our humanity-we are all complex creatures that are capable of compassion, love, fear, hate, jealousy, and rage. My real complaint about this book has nothing to do with the writing, but the way in which the book is portrayed by the reviewers. At first glance, one has the opinion that it is a steamy love story (in which case it is on the surface.) However, there is no mention in clear voice of the real guts of the novel. By the way, would you please tell the Washington Post Book World that there is nothing "fictional" about this situation? (In reference to their quote on the backside of the paperback book). Thank you for such an incredible novel.
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