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The Leftovers [Kindle Edition]

Tom Perrotta
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'There are few writers more entertaining or adept than Tom perrotta at explaining the frustrations, ennui and creeping darkness at the heart of American suburbia' Vogue Magazine 'This is amazingly observant, funny and moving' The Times


"The Leftovers is, simply put, the best Twilight Zone episode you never saw."--Stephen King, New York Times Book Review
"[Perrotta's] most mature, absorbing novel, one that confirms his development from a funnyman to a daring chronicler of our most profound anxieties and human desires...Leavened with humor and tinged with creepiness, this insightful novel draws us into some very dark corners of the human psyche."--Washington Post

"[Perrotta's] most ambitious book to date....The premise is as simple as it is startling (certainly for the characters involved). The novel is filled with those who have changed their lives radically or discovered something crucial about themselves, as radical upheaval generates a variety of coping mechanisms. Though the tone is more comic than tragic, it is mainly empathic, never drawing a distinction between "good" and "bad" characters, but recognizing all as merely human—ordinary people dealing with an extraordinary situation." — Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Ever since Little Children, Tom Perrotta has been a master chronicler of suburban ennui, but he takes things to a new level with his wry, insightful, unputdownable novel The Leftovers...Profoundly entertaining...The Leftovers brims with joy, hilarity, tenderness and hope."--Marie Claire
"An engrossing read."--People
The Leftovers is sort of an “Our Town” for End Times. Tom Perrotta, our Balzac of the burbs, has come up with a wild premise for his engaging, entertaining new novel. Suddenly, a huge number of people vanish from this earth. The only explanation is that The Rapture has occurred…He narrows his affectionate and gently satiric focus to the middle-American village of Mapleton and shows us a bunch of folks trying to get on with their lives…The novel intertwines these stories at a graceful pace in prose so affable that the pages keep turning without hesitation. With Perrotta at the controls, you buy the set-up and sit back as he takes off.”--Chicago Sun Times

“Perrotta combines absurd circumstance and authentic characters to wondrous effect, turning his story into a vivid exploration of what we believe, what matters most, and how, if untethered, we move on…Perrotta treats his characters with sympathy and invites the reader to do the same.”--Seattle Times

“In his provocative new novel Tom Perrotta dives straight into our unease…it’s a gentle, Perrotta-esque go at sci-fi, without any mangled bodies or bombed-out buildings; it’s a realistic novel built on a supernatural foundation.”--Boston Globe

“Perrotta’s gift is his ability to infuse satire with warmth, to find significance in the absurd. It’s easy to mock extreme forms of religious expression. It’s harder to find their meaning and application. Perrotta does both in this rich and oddly reassuring read.”--More Magazine

"The best book about the Rapture since the New Testament."--"The Bullseye" in Entertainment Weekly
"Start with what the author calls a Rapture-like phenomenon, mix in some suburban angst, and poof: All other apocalyptic fiction gets blown away."--O, The Oprah Magazine (selected as one of the Best Fiction titles of 2011)


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1354 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 366 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fourth Estate (5. Januar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005ODY1K8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It's all about perspective 29. April 2015
Von Kaempfer
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Well told and convincing version of the biblical «rapture» (not to be confused with the end of the world!) seen from the perspective of the leftovers.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Departures. 27. Juli 2011
Von Nicole Del Sesto - Veröffentlicht auf
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EDIT: For those liking the TV show and interested in reading this book, I can tell you that they are pretty different. The show is more in your face, the book more subtle. That doesn't mean you shouldn't read the book too, but please know they are quite different including different characters. Also, if you are looking for the Christian Rapture in this book, you will be disappointed.

My only experience with Perrotta prior to this was two movies - Little Children, which I liked, and Election which I didn't. (EDIT: Re-watched Election, liked it much better the 2nd time.) His books definitely seem like something up my alley, but I'd never been compelled to pick one up.

This one sounded ideal for me. I love the different portrayals authors make of those "left behind" or in this case, "Leftover."

The prologue, for me, was genius. Absolutely hilarious. I thought it was setting the stage for what was going to be an uproarious social satire. It was not. Though there were moments of humor beyond the start, they were few and far between. What I found most about this book was that it was subtle.

For a long while it felt to me like "The Stepford Wives: The Rapture Years". I'm not a plot point type of reviewer, so this is nothing that you can't read on the jacket copy. There was an event, and a lot people disappeared from the planet. But this isn't some kind of 12 Monkey's type world. It's about normal people, with cell phones and jobs, coming to terms with what happened, and moving on with their lives. The aftermath of the aftermath if you will.

I was feeling really critical of the book because for a long time it felt so emotionless. Some people lost entire families, yet there was no grief. I didn't feel connected to anybody, and the back of the book said "a colorful cast of characters" and I just wasn't getting it, at all (with one minor exception.)

And then it sort of transcended and all came together. And what felt subtle and emotionless as I was going through it, left me feeling ultimately as though I'd been on an emotional journey the whole time.

Being unfamiliar with Perrotta's work, I'm not sure if this is par for his course. But I think that this book has potential to feel disappointing at points through the course of reading it. If it feels like that, I'd encourage you to stick with it. The book rarely veers from its subtlety, and I'm not promising a great ending ... But the way in which it evolved was quite masterful.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A great concept, dumped in the trash 25. Juli 2012
Von socaler - Veröffentlicht auf
I was so excited by the prospect of reading this book after hearing an interview with the author. The concept sounded amazingly original, fresh, loaded with possibilities for exploring religious, societal and personal themes. I've never been more disappointed by a book. It's actually painful what he did with the execution.

After creating this extraordinary setting of a Rapture-like event, but one that also contradicted the expected features of the Rapture, Perrotta then sort of drops the whole business. Oh, there's plenty of grief over lost relatives and friends--which Perrotta, with his unpretentious, easy-to-read but slightly flat writing style, can't make the reader quite feel--but this could just as well have been a story about the aftermath of an epidemic of cholera sweeping the nation. It''s a story about a few people from a town trying to cope when they've lost loved ones. That's all. The whole idea of the mystery of what happens when millions of people simply vanish (apparently, wearing their clothes; interesting, huh?) and its ties with certain religious beliefs, that's pretty much ignored. What's the point? Some people join cults, though only in one case does it sound remotely reasonable that this might actually attract people. Teenagers get messed up. blahblahblah. There is one truly touching moment, when one character gives another a simple gift inscribed with words like "Don't forget me." If Perrotta had grabbed that kind of moment and made many more of them, he might have really had something here.

Whether the characters are religious or not, something supernatural has happened here. You'd expect people to be a little more engaged in trying to figure out what it might mean. Aliens? God? Alien gods? And why isn't anyone remotely fearful about whether there might be a recurrence and that they might lose more people--or vanish themselves? It's a horrifying, scary thought yet also one to open up the mind and soul--for once it has been proven to the entire world that supposedly impossible things do happen. Nope. Nobody gives any of this a thought.

Unlike other readers, I'm not bothered by the lack of a tidy ending. It would rob the book of mystery and power to explain the whole thing away--that is, if it had any mystery or power to start with. I was more bothered by the cute little coincidences. She was JUST about to join the cult when along came....She was JUST about to leave town when along came....

I'd love to see this book undergo a Rapture-like event, and I don't mean that to be cruel. If it simply disappeared, the slate might be wiped clean for Perrotta to take a stab at doing it right.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Read in anticipation of the HBO series. . .show won't have to try very hard to be better 30. Juni 2014
Von B. McCarthy - Veröffentlicht auf
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I had never read any of Perrotta's work before The Leftovers. I downloaded this after learning of the HBO series of the same name, expecting great characters, an entertaining satire, or least an interesting post-apocalyptic tale. Unfortunately, despite a promising beginning, The Leftovers ends up becoming a colossally boring trek through post-rapture suburbia that not only fails to deliver any payoff, but doesn't offer any reason to keep reading.

In theory, this book should work, even without explaining the exact nature of or reasons behind the rapture-like event at its center, but it doesn't. To summarize, a considerable portion of the population simply up and vanished one day without any warning. Some are quick to label this the rapture, while others refuse to believe it. Rather than devolve into anarchy or war, the world instead just keeps plugging along, although several cults and cult-like groups rise up in response to that day's events. The "story" (such as it is) focuses on the suburban community of Mapleton, and is told from the points of view of five characters, with one receiving slightly more focus than the others.

The problem isn't that the book doesn't explain the mysteries behind the mass disappearances; if Perrotta had crafted complex, sympathetic characters and/or given them an intriguing setting and interesting things to do, that would have been, at the least, mildly interesting. Instead, the problem is that the characters are simply boring, and the events that happen all end up being either incredibly dull or disappointingly anticlimactic. Some of the plotlines--one in particular that essentially starts out as a sort of quest--seem like they'll be interesting early on, but then...nothing happens. Other characters--particularly the one I mentioned above whom is arguably the 'main' character--literally do nothing for the entire book. One character's pivotal moment--I'm not kidding--is getting their hair done. This character's point of view chapters could have been cut out of the book entirely, and I would not have cared.

I don't want to go into too much detail, but the book is so frustrating because it could have been so much more, and with a little more work the setting could have truly been captivating--the few cults and groups introduced really intrigued me and were probably the best aspect of the book. Yet it seems as if Perrotta was intent on refusing to allow any resolution or any climatic event or development occur, for anyone. If this was meant as some sort of ironic or satirical commentary on modern American suburbia, or an examination of the nature of grief and the difficulty in moving on from it (and there's a lot of times where Perrotta clearly intends to convey some sort of message on these themes to the point of beating you over the head with it), it doesn't work. It just makes for a wasted setting, underdeveloped characters, and a boring read. Again, its not the lack of explanation that's the problem. It's the lack of development and resolution that makes this a tough one to muster the interest to finish. I would have cared more about the message if I cared about the messengers--i.e., the characters. By the end, there was only one main character whom I had come to somewhat care about, but then the book just abruptly ends.

If there's bright side to all this, its that after watching the pilot tonight it seems that the show's creator, Damon Lindelof of Lost fame, is taking care to put much more effort into developing the story and the characters than the author did. It's already clear that while a lot of the basic ideas of the book are in the show, there are also a lot of changes to the story and character that seem poised to make The Leftovers an interesting show to watch. Hopefully the show continues to take liberties from the book and attain its wasted potential.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not a complete book 10. September 2011
Von jtalbott - Veröffentlicht auf
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I was really excited to read this book.. and so disappointed when I actually did. The best way to sum it up is that it felt like it was missing chapters. It starts in the middle of the story, and doesn't really end. I'm one of those people that likes to know EVERYTHING. I want answers, and I want a beginning, middle and an end, and this book didn't have it. The characters had no real depth, and by the end, I really didn't care anymore what happened to any of them. I've never written a bad review of a book before, so the fact that I chose to write one about this makes me realize how little I liked it.
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One day, millions of people vanish. One minute, they're there. The next, they're not -without warning or explanation.

Can it be the Rapture? But it isn't only saints and True Believers who Depart. ("The Sudden Departure" is how the moment is referred to three years later, when the events of this novel take place.) And what of those who did believe, and had spent their lives readying themselves for God's embrace, and now are left behind? There are global effects -economic disruption, confusion and chaos--but Perotta's intriguing novel focuses instead on what happens three years after the fact in the bucolic, utterly ordinary small city of Mapleton.

Everyone has been affected. They still are three years after it all happened. The humdrum daily activities and contacts that used to fill people's lives now seem hollow. Their lives miss some vital spark, overshadowed by the memory of the Departed. Signs of the Departed are present all over -in plaques on walls, monuments erected to the missing. People wear T-shirts with pictures of the Departed on them and an ominous sect of called The Guilty Remnant, whose members dress in white and do not speak in public -ever--and wander around the town daring the denizens of Mapleton to try to move on with their lives. The minister of a Pentecostal church is so offended that he wasn't taken that he leaves the church to publish a scurrilous rag whose sole purpose is to expose dirty truths about those who've Departed. He wants to show that they didn't deserve it.

The Leftovers traces the fortunes of two families: the Garveys (husband Kevin and wife Laurie, daughter Jill and son Tom) haven't lost a family member but their daughter Jill had been watching television with her best friend Jennifer when Jennifer was taken, and now the foundations of the Garvey family are steadily crumbling. Nora Durst lost all her family -husband and two small children--and now she spends her days taking marathon bike rides (73 miles one time) and sitting at home watching reruns of SpongeBob, which had been her young son's favorite show.

No one seems able to begin anew. And that is one of the things that this intriguing, off-key novel is about: how isolated we are when the props have been knocked out of our world, how much we need our settled safety net to progress through the world with confidence and brio.

This novel is a departure for Perrotta, who has written several pitch-perfect satiric comedies about the inadequacies of suburban life. His other books have all been sweet in part -often bitter-sweet-- which has made his message easier to accept Leftovers is much darker -it's comic but not funny--and the ending is jarring, offering the possibility of redemption for a few but not the many, for whom life will continue to be just a vast empty hole.

I liked and admired the novel. Like everything Perrotta has published, the dialogue is on the mark and his take on people's behavior spot on. But this book will not be everyone's cup of tea, principally because its take on the world and on human psyches is so black.
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