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  • Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Berkley; Auflage: Berkley Trade P. (1. Mai 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0425174344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425174340
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,7 x 20,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (34 Kundenrezensionen)
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More than a collection of short stories, yet not quite a novel, Local Girls occupies an undefined territory between these two forms. The local girls in question are Gretel Samuelson, her best friend, Jill, her mother, Franny, and Franny's cousin Margot--four characters who weave in and out of each of the 15 related stories that chronicle the rocky years of Gretel's adolescence. That hers will be a tough row to hoe is immediately apparent in the first story, "Dear Diary", in which Alice Hoffman introduces the Samuelson family just as they are being swallowed up by the fissures that have cracked them apart. "Long before the plane touched down in Miami we could hear our parents arguing," Gretel tells us of a family vacation to Florida; "and at the hotel room they locked themselves in their room. If you ask me, working so hard at being married can backfire." It is the end of the marriage that has lasting ramifications, however, as we discover in later stories: Gretel's brilliant older brother, Jason, becomes a drug addict; their mother must battle cancer alone; and Gretel becomes involved in a destructive relationship with a drug dealer. All pretty depressing plot points, to be sure, yet Hoffman's luminous prose combined with Gretel's tart and funny perspective keeps the reader eagerly turning the pages until the very end.

In fact, Gretel and her family and friends are so compelling, so endearing, that the reader wishes Hoffman had chosen to give the Samuelsons a novel instead of this series of stories. In reading about Jason's descent from A student with an acceptance letter from Harvard to working in the produce section at the local supermarket and shooting heroin, for example, one can't help but feel that a lot of his motivations happen between stories; and Gretel's difficult relationship (or lack thereof) with her father and new stepmother functions mainly as a plot device, leaving the reader wanting so much more. And yet, if one is to judge the success of a book by the reader's reluctance to be done with it, then Local Girls is successful, for Hoffman has created a world so enticing that one is willing to overlook the minor flaws. At the end of the title story, as the now-grown Gretel and Jill discuss two teenage girls in the neighbourhood who recently committed suicide, Jill remarks: "They should have just waited. That's all they had to do. They would have grown up and everything would have been all right." The same might be said of reading Local Girls. -- Alix Wilber -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Funny and touching, sharp and tender, a dazzling series of connected stories which read like a novel, and together tell the story of a young girl coming of age in a family which is falling apart at the seams. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Von Emily am 30. Juni 2000
Format: Taschenbuch
I would like to preface my comments by explaining that the three stars are only because I hold Ms. Hoffman to such high standards, but I did find this book truly wonderful. Local girls is a collection of stories that travel through Gretel Samuelson's adolescence involving her beautiful, best friend, Jill, her self-destructive yet intelligent brother, Jason, her vibrant aunt, Margot, and her cancer-ridden, abandoned mother, Frances. What I love about Hoffman is that she doesn't feel the need to glorify her characters, instead she allows their imperfections to crawl through us and realize the beauty that exists anyway. Her language is breathtaking as usual, and she continues to incorporate the wonders and hardships of desire that we experience every day. The stories are either told to us by Gretel, or narrated by Hoffman. It is a lovely book and yet there is not enough of it. I would have preffered a novel rather than a collection. I needed more substance to illustrate the development that took place between stories, because there appeared to be significant chunks of the characters that I never got to see. I was very unsatisfied with Jason's character in particular. The book reflected the strength of women, but Jason was a significant part of the story line, and so much was left unsaid. I do recommend this book though, as well as other Hoffmans' namely: Practical Magic (don't see the movie), Here On Earth, Second Nature, and Seventh Heaven. She is a magical, sexy, illuminating writer.
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Alice Hoffman proves (yet again) what a wonderful storyteller she is. Her novels are so full of power, plot, setting, movement and all the truly wonderful things that make a great book. "Local Girls" is a selection of closely woven short stories about four main characters. The stories are told threw the eyes of young Gretel who you just dearly love. You almost feel cheated that this is a full force novel. The characters that Hoffman created certainly have the power to have carried it. I found myself wanting more and more from each of them. I wanted to see the full arch of the story. But, it certainly didn't distract from how much I enjoyed this selection of stories. I found the struggle of older brother's rise and fall from success especially heartbreaking and readable.
With each book Alice Hoffman shows her talent for any subject matter. I find her very talented and very entertaining. I love her stuff.
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This book did not knock my socks off. The short story format within the novel was interesting, and at least progressed in a linear fashion, and Ms. Hoffman definitely writes beautiful, lyric prose. However, the characters just were amazingly depressing, especially because you could see how impaired they were but no one did anything to reach out and help. It's really hard to care about the characters who do nothing to help themselves, or each other... How can a young man accepted at Harvard turn into a grocery clerk cum drug addict in this day and age without anyone at least attempting some type of intervention? Why is it okay for Jill's husband to passionately kiss our heroine while we are reading that the marriage is working pretty well? This book is about wasted lives, and their is little redemption for anyone. Is that the point? I don't get it.
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Von Ein Kunde am 20. Juni 2000
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Hoffman writes so well, so wonderfully, you can't help but read page after page, being swept along by her marvelous craft, by her magical realism. In that sense I wasn't disappointed in this slim novel that actually reads as a collection of short stories revolving around the central characters.
But much of this is ground that Hoffman has covered elsewhere. I've already read about the amazing flowers in Practical Magic. I've read about the dangerously seductive boyfriends. And I had trouble with the age of the main character. It seemed awfully fluid from chapter to chapter.
Despite all that, this is still a good Hoffman read. It might not have moved me as much as her previous books nor necessarily covered new territory but it was entertaining and highly readable all the same.
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A series of episodic short stories tell of the teenage years of Gretchen Samuelson, whose mother has been left by her father for a younger woman. Gretchen is surrounded by a host of fascinating characters - Margot, her mother's cousin who has similarly been dumped by her husband, her brother Jason, her best friend Jill. Against the tableau of suburban Long Island, Gretchen learns about the pain of love. These linked short stories shift between Gretchen at 12, at 14, at 17 and between the first person voice and the third person voice. (The first person seems to work best for me and makes me feel closest to the characters.) But as always Hoffman creates magic with her words and can make me cry or laugh, often at the same time.
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Von Ein Kunde am 30. November 1999
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This book of interconnected short stories is a wonderful look at how sensuous and graceful a story can be. Instead of cramming everything she can into each of the short stories that make up this book, Alice Hoffman lets the tales unfold on their own time. It might take three stories to understand the motivation of one character, but it's worth the time it takes to get there.
I don't think this book was intended to read as a novel, so I am mystified at comments of supposed missing depth. Hoffman's book is a connected series of stories in which the reader is free to fill in the gaps. I give her credit for experimenting with this form.
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