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The Vacationers (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Emma Straub
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I loved Emma Straub's The Vacationers; funny, poignant and beautifully observed. -- Jojo Moyes, author of ME BEFORE YOU I would read anything Emma Straub writes. She's a natural talent and a gorgeous and witty storyteller. The characters will linger with me long into the future. -- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE Charming and absorbing, this is a novel that demands to be read in long, satisfying gulps. -- Maggie Shipstead, author of SEATING ARRANGEMENTS Witty, big-hearted, and packed with wisdom, The Vacationers is a breezy read that sneaks in its emotional wallops and leaves you smiling for days. -- Maria Semple, author of Orange Prize-shortlisted WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? Now this is what I call good holiday reading. Straub writes beautifully and amusingly ... hard to beat for sheer charm and gentle wit. Daily Mail Straub's novel is cast from the same mould as the likes of Liza Klaussmann's Tigers in Red Weather and Maggie Shipstead's Seating Arrangements ... The Vacationers is a holiday read in every way with a gently witty narrative that slips down as easily as a beachside cocktail. Independent For those unable to jet off to a Spanish island this summer, reading The Vacationers may be the next-best thing. Straub's gorgeously written novel follows the Post family ... the island is brought to life irresistibly ... the novel's joy and humor are infectious. Straub may be an heir to Laurie Colwin, crafting characters that are smart, addictively charming, delightfully misanthropic and fun. Franny waxes on the pleasures of "being alone in the kitchen," and her passion for her children, for her friend Charles, for food, love and travel, illuminates the narrative. "Being in a foreign country made even the smallest differences seem like art," Straub observes. When I turned the last page, I felt as I often do when a vacation is over: grateful for the trip and mourning its end. New York Times A novel that is both a lot of fun to read and has plenty of insight into the marital bond and the human condition. Kirkus (starred review) Straub is telling in her observation, superb in her perception and awesome in her control of plot. She writes with a bleak, spare wit ... of her wonderfully drawn characters ... Brilliant Daily Mail A fun read - a delightful story with an even more delightful end. The Lady A gem of a smart beach read. Good Housekeeping

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Two weeks in a remote island villa with America's most dysfunctional family - what could possibly go wrong?

It was set to be the family vacation of a lifetime.

From Manhattan to Majorca, two weeks in a remote island villa, with the sort of relaxation, culture and cuisine that only Europe can offer. At least, that was Franny's plan. She wasn't counting on the extra baggage . . .

Warm, wry and glowing with life, The Vacationers is a glorious novel of marriage, friendship, secrets, lies - and love.


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 381 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 305 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1594631573
  • Verlag: Picador (5. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00IXLVXK4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #64.123 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining, but... 18. November 2014
Von Susan
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Story too thin, too easily resolved, The beginning was promising but it petered out pretty quickly. Nothing new here. Meh.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My first beach read of 2014 8. März 2014
Von Nitty's Mom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It is hard to distinguish yourself as an author in the dysfunctional family arena. Authors have already taken me to a shiva, summer houses, weddings and funerals. This time a two week vacation in Mallorca, Spain becomes the backdrop, as we follow the ups and downs of the Post family and friends.

From the beginning, no one is particularly thrilled about this sojourn. Initially booked as a 35th wedding anniversary present, the Post marriage is now in flux. 60 year old Jim has recently been forced to resign as the editor of a New York Magazine for his dalliance with a 23 year old intern. His wife Fanny is a writer "going around the world and writing about what she ate" is deciding what her next course of action might be. Sylvia, their 18 year old daughter, is ready to begin Brown University in the fall and wants to lose her virginity. She is disheartened to see the fighting among her parents and has recently gone through her own angst due to her girl /boyfriend's duplicitous actions. 28 year old Bobby is a realtor and lives in Florida. He is a casualty of the real-estate bubble. He has been living with his girlfriend Carmen, who is 10 years older, for seven years without making a commitment. Carmen is an instructor at the Total Body Power and feels like an outsider, everything she does in order to please her boyfriend's family "never seemed to be right". Charles is Fanny's best friend and he and husband Lawrence have been trying to adopt a baby to complete their family.

Author Emma Straub appears to make all the right decisions. Instead of using alternating chapters with a lot of back-story, she jumps from character to character, as the book starts on Day One of the vacation and ends on Day Fourteen. This keeps the pace flowing as you are never bogged down with a story-line that is wearisome. Mallorca, in all its beauty, lends to the atmosphere that cries out "beach read".

This is a book filled with knowable characters whose relationships authentically capture the discord that is sometimes part of family life. While it must be challenging to come up with a new spin on dysfunctional families, these characters were well drawn and likeable and some of the observations in the book were spot on. Many of the characters do grow and learn from their mistakes and while the ending may be predictable, there is nothing wrong with a feel good conclusion. It you indulge in this genre of book, it is recommended.

"Friendships were tricky things, especially friendships as old as theirs was. Nudity was nothing more than a collection of hard-earned scars and marks. Love was a given, uncomplicated by sex or vows, but honesty was always waiting there, ready to capsize the steady boat".

4-1/2 stars rounded to 5.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "The Posts were masters of self-delusion, all of them." 26. April 2014
Von Bonnie Brody - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Meet the Post family and their entourage as they all descend on Mallorca for a two week vacation. They have rented a house that they think is 'large enough' to hold their secrets and dysfunctions. However, nothing remains secret for very long.

The Post family is at time of transition. Franny and Jim have been married for thirty-five years and it is quite possible that they will get divorced. Jim has had an affair with a very young woman at his work-place, someone only a few years older than his daughter. Not only has he lost his job as the editor of Gallant magazine because of his indiscretion, but he might also lose his wife who he still loves very much. He is floundering and not ready for this imposed early retirement at sixty years old. Franny, who writes about food for a living, finds it almost impossible to be around Jim since his affair. Forgiving him seems to be out of the question.

Sylvia Post is eighteen years old and headed to Brown University in the fall. She wants to reinvent herself in college and is sick of everyone who has known her in school since she was a child. One of her pressing goals is to lose her virginity. This is a big task for a young woman who has been kissed only six times since she was twelve. She is worried about her parents' relationship as she has overheard their arguments at home.

Bobby Post is twenty-eight and living in Miami with Carmen, a woman more than a decade older than him who his family does not like. Bobby's job selling real estate went under because of the crash in the Florida real estate market. He works as an assistant trainer at the health club where he met Carmen, also a trainer. Bobby invested all his money in an Amway-like distribution scheme to sell whey products to work-out fanatics. He is now in huge debt and Carmen wants him to ask his parents to bail him out. Carmen is not sure where she stands with Bobby and their relationship feels like it is at a standstill.

Charles is Franny's best friend. He and his husband, Lawrence, accompany the Posts on this vacation. Charles is an artist and Lawrence works for the film industry as an accountant. They may be adopting a baby but are holding this information close to their chests. They have been trying to adopt for a long time and just before the vacation, the social worker at the adoption center told them that they were being seriously considered as parents for the new-born 'Alphonse'.

Into this mixture of people comes Joan (pronounced Johann), a gorgeous looking Mallorcan who is hired to be Sylvia's Spanish tutor for the two weeks that they will be on vacation. Sylvia has her sights set on seducing Joan but does not know the first thing about being a seductress.

The novel is told from different characters' vantage points. The person who stood out the most for me was Sylvia. She seemed very much alive and real. Some of the other characters felt a bit flat and not fleshed out. I think this is a good book to bring on an airplane or to the beach. It is a page-turner and an easy read.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Do not read if you do not want to bore yourself to death. 18. Juli 2014
Von Kerrie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Boring boring boring. This book has no substance. I'm not even finished with this book, and I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone that I like. I'm about 3/4 ways through, and nothing substantial or interesting has happened. The characters have no personalities. Man, I wish I didn't spend 15 dollars on this crap.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect Beach Read 3. Juli 2014
Von Whatsername - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Just finished this book and logged on to write a short review while it was fresh in my mind. I was shocked to see so many negative one and two star ratings. I will admit that The Vacationers is not great literature or in danger of winning a Pulitzer, but it's a perfectly good little novel and quite entertaining. I thought the characters were well defined and of varied enough interests to keep me guessing where it would go next. This was a group situation of family/friends spending two weeks together, albeit in paradise, still in a confined setting. We all know the little nuances, annoyances, and petty upsets that can arise in such circumstances, and I thought the author did a good job of conveying the emotions that each character experienced. I definitely came away with a feeling of the love/hate relationship which exists in all families, and in the end felt I knew the Post clan pretty well. The ultimate outcome was more or less what I expected but not what I would call predictable. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it for anyone who wants a light, easy read, a little literary getaway so to speak. If you're taking a holiday to the beach this summer, this is the perfect book to pack.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Predictable but worthy of the summer beach bag 26. Mai 2014
Von D. Sorel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This summer I told myself that I would try to read as many books that took place on a body of water (i.e. a lake or ocean). For some reason, these kinds of setting always remind me of my summer vacations as a child. So I made a pact with myself that no matter where I can physically located this summer, I will mentally be at the beach. "The Vacationers" is one in my long list of books with such a setting (it takes place on a Spanish island). While it's not at the top of the list, "We Are Liars" has that spot, it certainly is not at the bottom.

The Posts are part of Manhattan society, but that doesn't mean that they're spared when it comes to familial issues. The Posts are certainly not lacking in that department, and this vacation means something different to each of them. Jim, the father, is trying to escape the fact that he has been fired due to a scandal of his own making at the magazine in which he was employed. Franny, the mother, is trying to get some distance from her husband and hopefully decide the next step she should take in her marriage. Sylvia, the daughter, has just graduated high school and wants to get away so she can take the first steps in re-inventing herself for college. Bobby, the son, is flying in from Miami where he lives with his personal trainer girlfriend (who no one likes). Along for the ride are husbands Charles and Lawrence, who are desperate to adopt a baby. When they all come together, it feels as if the island isn't big enough to contain the drama that unfolds.

For all of the baggage that these travelers brought, there wasn't as much of an explosion as I thought. Everyone meets on an island off the coast of Spain where they take up residence in a lovely cottage for two weeks. Emotions fly and people's loyalties are tested as the truth slowly unfolds. The ending was extremely predictable and therefore not as satisfying as I had hoped. Still, this was an enjoyable read and one that would work well in any beach bag this summer!
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