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Open House: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 23. August 2000


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Random House (23. August 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0375506039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375506031
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,3 x 16,2 x 2,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (17 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.091.977 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, August 2000: The narrator of Elizabeth Berg's Open House calls divorce "a series of internal earthquakes ... one after the other." She ought to know. Samantha is abandoned by her husband in the opening pages of this three-handkerchief special, and the resultant tremors keep her off-balance for most of the novel. There are practical problems aplenty, of course, including a shortage of money and an 11-year-old son to raise. But Sam's sense of emotional bereavement is far worse, despite the fact that her husband had been giving her the conjugal cold shoulder for years:
I miss David so much, yes I do, I miss the presence of another person in my bed at night, even if he doesn't touch me; the reliability of someone else being there in the morning, even if they only shave and stare straight ahead into the mirror while you lean against the bathroom doorjamb with your cup of coffee, chatting hopefully.
The loneliness in her "as constant and as irrefutable" as circulating blood, Sam begins to rebuild her life. She finds herself a job and takes in a couple of boarders to help meet her mortgage payments. (One of them, a depressed student named Lavender Blue, informs her that "life was nothing but one major disappointment after the other"--the sort of homily that Sam is understandably reluctant to hear these days.) She also starts dating, with disastrous results. Yet this comically kvetching heroine does manage to find love in the ruins, and by the time Open House winds down, it's hard not to believe that she's much better off. Throughout, Berg alternates her snappy and sappy registers like a real pro. And the conclusion, which most readers will be able to spot a mile off, seems just right--the light at the end of the post-matrimonial tunnel. --Anita Urquhart

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—Joan Gould

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"It is wise and witty, thoughtful and exhilarating. It leaves the reader observing life with greater hope and satisfaction."
—Jill McCorkle

Praise for What We Keep
"Berg knows the hearts of her characters intimately, showing them with compassion, humor, and an illuminating generosity."
—The Seattle Times

Praise for Range of Motion
"Berg's brilliant insights about the human condition, plus her capacity for turning the ordinary into richly detailed prose, make this book the love story of the year."
—Detroit Free Press

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Nancy R. Katz am 29. Juli 2000
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
In my opinion, summertime is the best time for reading. And what could be better to read than a new book by Elizabeth Berg? Perhaps two new books from this gifted author since I gulped down Open House, Berg's latest book, in only one day.
How is it possible that an author can make you feel like a young girl in love for the first time as Berg did in Joy School? Or how can an author make you feel like a woman on the brink of 50, filled with regrets and coinfusion? And now, in her latest book, how can Berg make her readers feel like a woman whose husband has recently moved out, when they've never been divorced? Perhaps because this is Bergs greatest ability, her uncanny knack which makes us feel as though she's writing about us or at the very least that she's writing about dear friends. And while many of us have read books with similar themes, Berg presents this subject matter as if it is a brand new by writing the most witty and poignant passages.
Samantha is 42, the mother of an 11 year old boy, whose husband has recently left her. As she contemplates adjusting to her new status, she must deal not only with her emotions but also care for her son as well as listen to her rather eccentric mothers philosophy on love and life. Then as a means of providing herself with extra money, Sam rents a couple of rooms to boarders. And as Sam opens up her house, it is as if she opens up her heart as well. And for us as readers we get to meet some of Berg's most memorable characters.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Pamela am 19. September 2000
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This was my 1st Oprah read, mainly because I work in a bookstore and get so tired of people coming in for the latest "ophrah book" and asking me if I've read it. Reading some of the reviews here I can't believe some people didn't get IT! This book wasn't about a pathetic woman getting divorced by her husband after 12 years & a son. This book was about a woman needing to find herself & what SHE likes, wants, and desires. We have to look beyond the marriage, the kid, job, etc and remember our SELVES. Her husband tried to say she was too simple for him, but look who changed his mind later. Please, ladies, let's not forget that after all the money, material things, and the man are gone, what do we have left? I wish you all tranquility.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 19. September 2000
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Since reading most of the Oprah Picks and having been impressed with the writing and theme of them, I was anxious to grab and begin this one immediately. However, I was most surprised to find this shallow and immature story! The same theme can be found in a more mature and moving story in Anne Rivers Siddons book Up Island. Open House had depressing and shallow characters--I thought Sam was pathetic!! Her husband, even more, and King has some kind of a huge problem--not the answer to life's mysteries!! This was my first experience with Elizabeth Berg --in all fairness, I should try one of her earlier books. This certainly was not worthy of any kind of recognition!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "2legit" am 1. August 2000
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I absolutely love Elizabeth Berg's work! As a librarian, I'm able to read lots of books and, oftentimes, an author will write one really good piece of work and then fizzle. Not this lady! I've read everything by her and she is just too good. She obviously pays attention to human nature because she consistently captures it like no other author I've ever read. All of the characters in this book were well developed and I couldn't wait to see how everyone ended up, especially the annoying husband. I was able to read this book quickly and enthusiastically pass it along to friends who also enjoyed it.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Writer Gal am 29. Juli 2000
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I, too, am an avid Elizabeth Berg fan, but I agree with scm326 in her review, that this book seems to be written by an entirely different person! It didn't make me care about Sam or her life. The characters never got a chance to develop. Just when things were looking interesting...it was cut off. Like her older "roommate" goes off and gets married? Her husband finally wants to come back, but it's too late, and it's over in one sentence....! I was really disappointed and am already hoping for a new book that I can "gobble up", like Durable Goods and Joy School!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Suzan am 30. Juli 2000
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I've read all of Elizabeth Berg's books, and this may be the best! I love her style -- the way you can identify with and become friends with the characters. This book made me laugh -- just the way she thinks! -- and it made me cry, both with sadness and joy. I finished it in two days, and I didn't want to put it down, nor did I want it to end! My best friend turned me on to Berg's books. We can relate to how she portrays friends -- we often say we could have written the particular book we're reading at the time. That we both love Berg's books is yet another of our bonds.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von KJ am 26. Juli 2000
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Every time I read a book by Elizabeth Berg, I think two things: First, "Boy, does she know women!", and second, "It's over already? " The pages fly by, and I find myself laughing and crying with recognition again and again, even when my own life circumstances are completely different from her characters. Her compassion, her honesty, her humor and her wisdom make her one of the most talented writers I've ever come across. Read this book -- you won't be disappointed!
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