- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reprint (1. Februar 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0375705198
- ISBN-13: 978-0375705199
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,7 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 113 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 393.445 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Amy and Isabelle: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Februar 2000
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"It was terribly hot the summer Mr. Robertson left town." For Amy Goodrow and her mother, Isabelle, the heat of that summer is the least of their problems. Other citizens in the New England mill town of Shirley Falls are bothered by the heat and by "other things too: Further up the river crops weren't right--pole beans were small, shriveled on the vine, carrots stopped growing when they were no bigger than the fingers of a child; and two UFOs had apparently been sighted in the north of the state." But Amy and Isabelle have a more private misery: a seemingly unbridgeable chasm has opened between this once-close mother and daughter and nothing will ever be the same again. For Amy has fallen in love with her high-school math teacher, Mr. Robertson, who has gone way beyond the bounds of propriety by encouraging the crush. When Isabelle finds out, she is horrified to realize that her anger at him is dwarfed by her rage at her own daughter for "enjoying the sexual pleasures of a man while she herself had not."
Mother-daughter novels can, by virtue of their subject matter, often seem claustrophobic, a little overwrought; Elizabeth Strout masterfully avoids this problem by placing Amy and Isabelle in the larger context of the community they inhabit. Though her main focus is on the Goodrow women, Strout often detours into the lives and thoughts of her many secondary characters: Isabelle's coworkers Dottie Brown and Fat Bev; Amy's best friend, Stacy Burrows; Stacy's ex-boyfriend, Paul Bellows; and women from Isabelle's church such as Peg Dunlap and Barbara Rawley. She also introduces a chilling frisson of menace with the unsolved abduction of a 12-year-old girl and a mysterious obscene phone-caller. Like the best of Alice Hoffman, Amy and Isabelle offers up a moving yet resolutely unsentimental portrait of people coming to terms with their lives, finding unsuspected nobility in themselves and unexpected kindness in others along the way. Elizabeth Strout has written a gem of a novel. --Alix Wilber -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
"One of those rare, invigorating books that take an apparently familiar world and peer into it with ruthless intimacy, revealing a strange and startling place." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Strout's insights into the complex psychology bewteen [mother and daughter] result in a poignant tale about two coming of age." --Time
"Impressive....Strout writes with abundant warmth." --People
"Poignant...sensitively imagined...[Amy and Isabelle] recalls the elgegiac charm of Our Town." --The Christian Science Monitor
"Stunning....Every once in a while, a novel comes along that plunges deep into your psyche, leaving you breathless....This year that novel is Amy and Isabelle." --San Francisco Chronicle
"A novel of shining integrity and humor, about the bravery and hard choices of what is called ordinary life." --Alice Munro
"Excellent....Strout's collective portrait...remains unflaggingly engaging....[W]hat a pleasure to gain entry into the world of this book." --The New Yorker
"Lovely, powerful...a kind if modern 'Rapunzel.'" --Newsweek
"Amy and Isabelle is an impressive debut....with an expansiveness and inventiveness that is the mark of a true storyteller." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Was I the only one who thought, at first, that the dead teenager had been killed by Mr. Robertson? That would have been a more sensationalistic ending, of course, and perhaps the book was better this way. But it seemed to me that it could have been an interesting concept - that Robertson was a killer, so perhaps he really did like Amy just a little bit because he didn't kill her. And - by the way - do other people think that Robertson was the one who made the obscene phone call? Robertson was an incredibly vile character.
The Robertson character, at first, reminded me a little bit of the older seducer in Anita Shreve's latest book, Fortune's Rocks (which I also enjoyed, by the way), although the character in Shreve's novel had a lot more redeeming qualities than Robertson.
The scene with the hair cutting was terrific. It actually made me say "oh my god" out loud in the fast food restaurant where I was eating my chicken sandwich. People must have thought I was a bit strange. After so much description of how beautiful her hair was you wanted to reach a hand out and grab Isabelle - say no, no, don't do it.
One more thing - don't you think Evelyn Cunningham was just a little bit too nice to Isabelle?
Great book, highly recommended.
Eine einfühlsame Erzählung über eine Mutter-Tochter-Beziehung, das letztliche Alleinsein mit unseren tiefsten Gefühlen und die Möglichkeit, doch so etwas wie Nähe und Freundschaft aufzubauen, beschrieben in der für Strout wohl typischen Art scheinbar distanzierter Zurückhaltung, die gleichzeitig sehr zu berühren vermag.
What makes this novel so special is the incredible evocative powers Strout has. She is able to, with very few words, bring you to a time and a place, and you are there. That is not to say that the writing is in anyway "spare". Quite the contrary, this is a rich novel, but without any excess weight. Amy and Isabelle, as characters are completely real, completely believable.
Although I do give this novel 5 stars, it does have a few, minor flaws. Amy never wonders about her father, which I found a little hard to accept. Additionally, sometimes, Strout's involvement of the minor characters seemed a little forced. As a whole, however, this is an outstanding first novel and I look forward to her future works. I also think this would make a great book club book as in it there are many topics for discussion--mother/daughter relationships, parenting, youth, to name a few.
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Amy and Isabelle Elizabeth Strout Random House 1999 ISBN 0375501347 H.C.
A mother daughter story that was once good but now is troubled. This is real life stuff. Lesen Sie weiter...
This has got to be one of the worst books I've read in recent years. I was encouraged to read this book by the good reviews it got and the idea for the story, but I was quickly... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2000 von RSO Kent
I read the book on a recommendation from a friend. While the mother daughter relationship was very interesting, I found myself much more interested in the lives of the peripheral... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2000 von A. Fee
This was the 10th book for the CORBEL Book Club. We thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's hard to believe this was the authors' 1st book - it was very well written and kept our... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2000 von CORBEL Book Club
I could not put this book down. In fact, I read it for four hours straight traveling from San Franscisco to Chicago and at one point was warned I would hurt my eyes if I continued... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2000 von Shannon C. Capone
I had read glowing reviews of this novel here and in the Times and decided to give it a go. It was billed as a quirky, quiet story which focused on the most difficult time of a... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2000 von S. Kirk
Amy and Isabelle are unforgettable characters. I found Amy to be a realistically drawn teenage girl. Isabelle, however, was a hard character to accept and enjoy. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Juni 2000 von Stephanie
I wanted to enjoy this book as it had been recommended to me. It was so slow in getting going that I often put it down and would force myself to start it again. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2000 von Bernadette A. Moyer