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Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Riverhead Books; Auflage: 1 (2. April 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1573229334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573229333
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,9 x 20,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.712.522 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Gardner spins a strong, atmospheric story...Her rendition of Gemma and Esther's friendship will reverberate with many young female readers who might appreciate a more relationship-centered spin on the backpackers-gone-astray trope of Alex Garland's The Beach. A tragic thriller about curdled friendships and the dangerous thrills of the unknown..."—Kirkus Reviews

"Gardner's stark settingnot the exotic tourists' India but its dank, grimy backwatersheightens the characters' senses and builds uneasy suspense page by page until the surprise conclusion starkly underscoring the theme of betrayal."—Publishers Weekly

"Gardner's first book is a page-turner with substance, a thought-provoking read that is evocative and alluring...Fast-paced, this tale grips like a vice, carrying you along until the unexpected twist hits you square between the eyes."—Irish News

"A rip-roaring, page-turning psychological drama...the female version of The Beach. Both are about the implosion of friendships, the stripping away of Western niceties to reveal something much more sinister. And both are about backpackers who choose to explore so much more when they put their world in a bag and head off. Which is why both have been translated into dozens of languages, and will inspire ex-hippies everywhere to dig out their ragged diaries hoping to find the seeds of a world-class bestseller."—Sunday Express

"This is not a country of spices and exotic romance depicted in so much fiction, but a chaotic and frightening place, convincingly seen through young Western eyes. The narrative centres upon the rituals of travelling itselfin rickshaws, trains and planesbut this is mainly a spiritual journey, about growing up as much as backpacking....Scorching stuff, indeed."—The London Times

"Like these two girls, you, too, will be sucked into the confusion...When the horrifying thing finally happens, it's not what you think; Gardner has planted her clues with expertise."—The London Daily Telegraph

"A menacing study of friendship and self-knowledge."—Sunday Mirror

"Gardner manages to make the themes of journeys and transformations all her own by weaving them into a cracking traveller's tale...It is an impressive debut which will enthrall gap year travellers and terrify their parents, proving that it's not always nice to go travelling, or to come home. Still, with books as good as this to read along the way, the journey will always be worthwhile." —The Herald

"A promising debut...This well-plotted first novel moves quickly and maintains suspense. The characters are rich and well-developed, revealing secrets that betray the reader's initial impressions." —Booklist

Synopsis

Six years ago Esther and Gemma went travelling in search of adventure, but only Esther returned. Now she has gone back to India, determined to find out what happened to her best friend and to put the dreadful ghosts of their time there to rest. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von G. Solas am 2. November 2002
Format: Taschenbuch
I had to read this book without hardly any break- I was racing through the pages because of the absorbing drawn plot-lines.
When I finished this book I was almost emotionally spent and there were no proper fingernailes left...!
It's a long time ago that a book fascinated me so much that I had a sleeples night,even "The Beach" from A. Garland (which is always compared with "Losing Gemma")did not give me this intense experiance.
The plot is thrilling and the author describes the selfrighteous "Indian- traveller-scene" with it's dreams and fears and also India itself very good and athmospheric- especially for those who visited India already it is almost a deja-vu-experiance.
"Losing Gemma" is a touching and fascinating drama about friendship,dependency,self-knowledge and self-deception packed in an intense,stark and gripping story with exciting twists and turns.
A great book for long sleepless nights in wintertime- you almost smell the scent of India.
Hopefully Katy Gardner will write another book soon- I am waiting for it!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Charlotte Rose am 3. April 2003
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Was für ein Debüt! Katy Gardner, von Beruf eigentlich Dozentin für Soziologie, ist definitiv eine begnadete Schriftstellerin.
Esther und Gemma, Freundinnen seit den frühen Kindertagen, begeben sich auf eine Rucksacktour nach Indien. Attraktiv und erfolgsverwöhnt die eine, unauffällig und ambitionslos die andere. Esther, die Ich-Erzählerin, betrachtet die Reise als ihr persönliches Projekt und übernimmt wie selbstverständlich die Führung. Gemma scheint sich zu fügen - zunächst. Der Trip entwickelt sich jedoch nicht so, wie Esther dies geplant hat. Relativ bald entgleiten ihr die Handlungsfäden, und mit ihnen auch Gemma.
Katy Gardner gelingt es auf beeindruckende Weise, den Leser an der Gefühlswelt der Protagonistin teilhaben zu lassen. Die zu Beginn des Buches naive, oberflächliche, selbstgefällige Abenteurerin durchläuft einen Entwicklungs- und Reifeprozess, der gleichermaßen nachvollziehbar und spannend ist. Witzig sind dabei ihre Seitenhiebe auf die Traveller- und Backpacker-Kultur und deren ständiges Bestreben nach "Authentizität".
Ebenso überzeugend ist die atmosphärische Darstellung. Es gibt nicht viele Autoren, die ihre Leser derart hautnah ins Geschehen versetzen. Das Buch spricht sämtliche Sinne an, ohne sich dabei in weitschweifende Schilderungen zu ergehen.
Leider liegt gerade da auch das Problem des Buches. Die Atmosphäre ist über längere Phasen der Geschichte hinweg derart beklemmend und die (berechtigten) Selbstvorwürfe der Erzählerin sind derart bedrückend, dass es praktisch unmöglich ist, sich dem zu entziehen.
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Format: Taschenbuch
I had to read this book without hardly any break- I was racing through the pages because of the absorbing drawn plot-lines.
When I finished this book I was almost emotionally spent and there were no proper fingernailes left...!
It's a long time ago that a book fascinated me so much that I had a sleeples night,even "The Beach" from A. Garland (which is always compared with "Losing Gemma")did not give me this intense experiance.
The plot is thrilling and the author describes the selfrighteous "Indian- traveller-scene" with it's dreams and fears and also India itself very good and athmospheric- especially for those who visited India already it is almost a deja-vu-experiance.
"Losing Gemma" is a touching and fascinating drama about friendship,dependency,self-knowledge and self-deception packed in an intense,stark and gripping story with exciting twists and turns.
A great book for long sleepless nights in wintertime- you almost smell the scent of India.
Hopefully Katy Gardner will write another book soon- I am waiting for it!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Von Auletta am 30. Dezember 2008
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Es wird häufig wird der Vergleich zu The Beach gezogen. Thematisch haben die beiden Romane tatsächlich etwas Ähnlichkeit. Für meinen Geschmack sind sie ansonsten aber nicht zu vergleichen. In der Geschichte um die mysteriösen Vorfälle auf der Indienreise zweier Feundinnen ist alles ein bisschen zu dick aufgetragen und etwas zu angestrengt um Spannung bemüht. Losing Gemma ist ganz unterhaltsam, mehr aber auch nicht.
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
strong character study 6. April 2002
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Twenty something Englishwomen Esther Waring and Gemma Harding have been friends for about two decades though they are quite the opposite in attitude. Esther is confident to the point of arrogance that she can do anything while Gemma is reticent to the point of insecurity believing that she can do nothing. Though Esther's haughtiness includes stealing the guy Gemma wants, to renew their sliding friendship the duo travels to India together on a backpacking trip.

Rather than the adventure they expected, the trip proves to be more of a series of bickering spats and complaints as Esther expects to gain her way ever time regardless of Gemma's desires while Gemma argues and whines, but acquiesces. Soon veteran backpacker Coral joins the duet. While Esther detests the know-it-all newcomer who steals her thunder, Gemma warms to her. The threesome trek through the jungle together until they reach a shrine where an ecstatic Coral begins a self-immolation journey that ends in Esther LOSING GEMMA.

Starting with the opening statement and the stark locale (no Taj Mahal), LOSING GEMMA grips the audience from beginning to end as readers observe the downside of friendship. The story line engages the audience and though the ending is anticipated, it takes little away from one of the year's strongest character studies that focuses clearly on all three female protagonists, but hones deep inside Esther and Gemma. Katy Gardner provides fans with a powerful relationship drama filled with real people that stress friends that care could lead to friends that betray.

Harriet Klausner
4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
I left my heart in Calcutta... 21. Mai 2002
Von booksrmylife - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
There are so many reasons why I can recommend this book. For me personally, it struck a chord as I was a woman in my 20's in the 80's and I also did some traveling, albeit not to India.
The writing is especially descriptive of India--sights, sounds, smells--I can picture some of the places in my mind even never having set foot in India. The story is good, the pace is fast, and the characters likeable.
Having said that, what I most liked about this book was its search, the author's, the character's, and the reader's, for the truth. The truth about ourselves as we know it within our hearts and our spirits, and how we are often the roadblock standing between our own happiness and fulfillment as a person. Some may find it, some may keep searching for it and never find it, and some may never look; but when Esther lost Gemma, and herself, she also found herself. My words may be trite, but "Losing Gemma" is not. I found it to be a deeply moving and exciting book.
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a fantastically enthralling read! 20. Mai 2002
Von tregatt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
What I liked most of all about "Losing Gemma" was that it was not so much a mystery novel about the incomprehensible and tragic death of Gemma Harding (though this was a prominent motif), as it was an incisive and telling look at friendship. Esther (the narrator) and Gemma have been best friends and confidants since primary school. And, in Esther's mind anyway, their friendship, characters, the roles each play -- Esther, the beautiful and clever one, and Gemma, the awkward, naive one that needs looking after and guidance -- seems set in stone. So that when Esther and Gemma set off for their holiday trip to India, Esther little expects the experience to have such a telling impact on their lives (her's especially). We're allowed to know from the very first page some of what happens: somehow, tragically Gemma dies during their holiday, and Esther carries with her the guilt that she had somehow allowed this to happen by not taking proper care of Gemma. The entire tragedy colours Esther's life completely, and she is never really able to let go of her guilt. So much so that years later, Esther again makes the trip to India to find the answers she is looking for: why Gemma died, and if indeed she (Esther) played a crucial role in Gemma's death.
"Losing Gemma" is a truly rich and engrossing read. As I noted it is not so much a mystery novel, as it is a book about friendship. And Katy Gardner's light handed and accessible prose style makes this novel easy reading as well. I almost finished the book in one go, and really begrudged the hours I had to spend doing other things instead of finishing this intriguing novel. This is a book that makes you think. From the very beginning, Gardner sets us up to accept certain 'truths' about Esther and Gemma's characters. She then quietly and subtly deconstructs all our preconceptions by interspersing Esther's narrative here and there with Gemma's own thoughts and feelings. This allows us to see that while Esther is almost an omniscient narrator, she is not all knowing. And she certainly was not at all privy to Gemma's inner most thoughts and desires. This juxtaposition of what Esther perceives is occurring and what Gemma believes is going on adds texture and depth to the novel. And the backdrop to all this, India, with all it's exotic and alien othernes that Esther believes she has a handle on, but who actually hasn't, added nuances to the mystery of what happens to both Esther and Gemma, and the events that lead up to Gemma's death. (Another thing I rather liked was the manner in which Gardner ended the novel. Without giving anything away, I'll only say that I think that the manner in which things were left added a certain reality to the novel.)
"Losing Gemma" is a 'gem' of a novel. It is also a novel that will make you wonder about the close friendships in your own life as well -- if you have an inkling as to what you friends really think and feel about you. So, sit back and be prepared to read a truly enthralling novel.
3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
let down 30. September 2003
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This story was a disappointment for me. Besides seeing the ending coming from a mile away--I mean, how many hints do we need??--the narrater has a tendency to say the same things a hundred different times. "I felt so guilty about Gemma," or "I was nervous about Gemma", and that kind of thing get repeated and repeated till you almost find yourself skimming. Her reemphasizing her emotions at every moment was a serious case of telling, not showing. In short, this book was no "The Beach". But I will say that it had a good premise, and the author never pretends to have any writing style. She is very matter of fact in her story telling skills, with little pretension. Still, I think I could have used a lot more complexity and mystery in the way this story was told. Bottom line: potentially excellent plot, poorly executed.
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Excellent read 6. Mai 2003
Von cindyramone - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I never expected to enjoy this book as much as I did--from start to finish when Esther tells the story of how she lost her friend, Gemma in India. It is a gripping mystery, though the ending is not quite a surprise, it does not take away from the story, the characters, and the sharply written prose. Two girls go to India, meet up with a third, and one of the original two does not come back. With India as background, the anxiety of travel without tourism, the coming of age, the secrets, mystery, and guilt, this is a fabulous book. You can read this book in a day, simply because you will not want to put it down.
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