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5.0 von 5 Sternen poignant
lamott has once again translated potential tragedy into a spiritual experoence that defies the mere flesh. there is so much to love about this book; my favorite line is where someone is criticizing the teenage lamott for being thin and her father says, "yes. like a gazelle." it's hard not to connect with a book that magically transforms cancer into an...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen For me, this book was well-written but quite distasteful.
Having come upon and enjoyed thoroughly, BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott, I was anxious to read another book by this author. My research started with and probably will end with HARD LAUGHTER. Judging by the other Amazon reviews of this book I am one of five who not only didn't like it but would have stopped reading it after the first chapter if I was not dedicated to...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen poignant, 25. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
lamott has once again translated potential tragedy into a spiritual experoence that defies the mere flesh. there is so much to love about this book; my favorite line is where someone is criticizing the teenage lamott for being thin and her father says, "yes. like a gazelle." it's hard not to connect with a book that magically transforms cancer into an abundance of wry love and growth, wihtout exploiting the maudlin aspects of disease into a kind of psychobabble pulp-- no, she adroitly and honestly represents familial love and reality during crisis in a way that touches all who have watched a loved one, or parent, suffer the cruel and senseless blows of a degenerative disease. As always I find her styling and characters superb in their authenticity; she once again demonstrates an unerring voice for dialogue and transmits emotion into a funny, moving account. this is a wonderful book and a great gift to her father. it's difficult to believe this was her first novel, and the rave reviews she received for this brave effort are well deserved....if you liked any of her previous books, I guarantee this will not be a disappointment, but rather a joyous discovery......
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2.0 von 5 Sternen For me, this book was well-written but quite distasteful., 9. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
Having come upon and enjoyed thoroughly, BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott, I was anxious to read another book by this author. My research started with and probably will end with HARD LAUGHTER. Judging by the other Amazon reviews of this book I am one of five who not only didn't like it but would have stopped reading it after the first chapter if I was not dedicated to finishing any book I begin. First of all, in my opinion, to support a novel without a story line, a book has to have exceptional prose and great characters.This book had neither. I thought if these people opened another beer, I'll scream. Moreover, Jennifer's relationships in addition to being pathetic were sophomoric, and the descriptions of sex, dreams, food, sex, family members told me more than I ever wanted to know about any of them. I suppose they were a loving family with deep alcoholic ties but unfortunately if there was humor, it was lost on me. What I missed most, in this book was the charm I found in in BIRD BY BIRD. For me, the laughter was indeed hard to come by. I'm writing this not to be cruel, but because I think if someone looks up the comments as I did, it might be good to read a dissenting opinion.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hard Laughter - A Moving and Funny Novel about Family Pain, 1. Juni 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
I stumbled onto Anne Lamott while grocery shopping. Marginally coping with a new baby and a three year old I picked up "Operating Instructions-A Journal of My Son's First Year" and threw it into my cart. It quickly became my book of "daily affirmations" for the less than perfect parent. With hopeful anticipation I searched for more of her writing and found "Hard Laughter". I wasn't disappointed. The characters came alive and I realized the author was writing about her own family. These were the same voices I had grown to like so much in her journal. Once again her imperfect, humorous, messy, love-filled life lifted my spirits. I laughed even as I read of her father's diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. The only disappointment was that it ended too soon and I had to leave the characters I felt I knew so well. I can't wait for more Lamott
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointed, 21. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
I chose this Anne Lamott novel based on the fact it had the most favorable customer reviews here at Amazon of her novels. I am a big fan of "Bird by Bird" and had very high expectations. I was very annoyed by this book and wish I had not ignored the one unfavorable review. The characters all sounded like Lamott herself and many of the witticisms came off as just sounding as if she was trying to be clever. Pointless reading unless you just happen to be from a perfectly functional family that is dealing with cancer! I can deal with the lack of plot but a total lack of conflict, or one single compelling character is just plain boring.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Honest, funny and on the mark, 18. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
This book handles some difficult territory as only Anne Lamott could. She can be brutally honest and hilarious all at the same time. That she could bring that quality to the nightmarish experience of watching a loved one battle cancer -- something all too many of us know about firsthand -- sets this book apart. One of the previous reviewers found this book "distasteful." Well, there is nothing tasteful about cancer and the way it shatters one's way of life. I know of no other book that touches on the confusion and the anguish and the humanity of that experience like this one does. This is very worthwhile reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen hard gift, 27. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
How anyone could find this book distasteful is a mystery; it's a poignant elegy for the author's father, so I suppose there are some who would object to that. of course they would also object to rescuing a bag of kittens from a lake, probably. I for one adored HARD LAUGHTER, its deft handling of the subject of cancer, written at a time when cancer was not discussed in such terms, was still the boogy man under the hospital bed. so many interesting moments, so many warm passages of love and devotion. this book made me feel. this is all I ask.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Reading The Family, 10. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
I came to this book after reading Lamott's wonderful non-fiction book Bird by Bird. "Hard Laughter" is one of the best books I've read in the last twelve months. Full of warm honesty, wisdom and humour, Lamott's portrayal of family made me laugh, but more importantly, it made me remember what it was like growing up. Lamott's characters breath - I loved discovering them and by the novels end, I wanted to meet them in the real world. I look forward to reading Lamott for the rest of my life.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This is AnnieLamott in training--a preview of what's to come, 24. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
The book is a hoot and a hollar. It's good reading, better writing. Her characters, from Megan to Kathleen, Randy to Wallace to Michael, literally rise from the page. Some lines are definite winners: "you can shave my head, but leave the bunny alone," and her comments on friendships and families never miss the mark. My only other observation is that her mind musings tend to grow wordy and a bit tedious, as if this were more of an experimental book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Truthful and Honest thoughts throughout., 8. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hard Laughter (Taschenbuch)
I am a FAN of Anne LeMott-- so I guess that makes me a little biased about her work; but she is one of the best writers that I have ever read! This book was about her and her family dealing with her father's brain tumor. She skillfully delivers the thoughts, feelings, and reactions from each of her family members.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A terrific introduction to the fiction of my favorite writer, 29. Juni 1998
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This book is heart-breaking and hilarious at the same time. I gave copies to all of my friends, and underlined whole paragraphs at a time. I remain convinced that no other writer can capture the lunacies of our lives the way Anne Lamott can. She says all the things I mean to say, but can't articulate.
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