- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Berkley (1. März 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0425167313
- ISBN-13: 978-0425167311
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15 x 2,1 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 359 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.748.560 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Here on Earth (Oprah's Book Club) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 1998
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1998: Here on Earth is set in motion when March Murray and her teenage daughter travel from their California home to New England. Their stay is to be brief. Judith Dale, her childhood housekeeper-cum-foster mother, has died, and March must set things to right and get out of gloomy Jenkintown as quickly as possible. "Five days tops," she reassures her scientist husband. Instead, she is pulled back into the arms of Hollis, her first love--an avaricious, Heathcliff-like individual who radiates sulfur and cruelty. "She left and didn't come back, not even when he called her, and yet here she is, on this dark night; here and no place else." In this deep fable of loss and control, love and fear, Alice Hoffman allows us into her characters' cores and makes us wish their fortunes were happier. Here on Earth is filled with wisdom, what-ifs, and animals who seem, if not to know more than human beings, at least to know how to shy from danger.
"There is something irresistible about the novels of Alice Hoffman. Her themes of love, marriage, family and friendship are reassuringly familiar and her style agreeably evocative...Her stories have a quality of mystery and even darkness that puts a fresh spin on the commonplace, and at its very best can make the reader look at life from a fresh angle. If I could see things through Hoffman's eyes, I'm convinced life would be richer and more interesting... Here On Earth is a wonderful piece of storytelling" (Literary Review)
"Hoffman is shrewd and witty about the networks of gossip and affection in town, and she evokes place superbly... spellbinding" (Sunday Times)
"Imagine Wuthering Heights set in a small New England town during the last 30 years. The characters escape not to wild moors but marshes haunted by foxes and souls of drowned men-compelling" (Independent)
"Wuthering Heights meets The Horse Whisperer... riveting and memorable" (Mail on Sunday)
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Before she realised what was going on, March had been manipulated by a seriously disturbed, violent predator into a situation where she could no longer think straight (but I doubt she ever could), and had given up almost every bit of power she might have had. Along the way her daughter, Gwen, had to learn a whole new set of skills just to survive.
This story of jealousy, control and obsession, though written well enough to keep me reading to the end, irritated me immensely. The characters were poorly developed, cardboard stereotypes. March was such a wimp, she could hardly be described as a character and, except for the twirling moustaches, Hollis could have stepped straight out of a melodrama. The only interesting central character was Gwen who, with no help from her mother, made the difficult transition from a self-absorbed child into a young woman, doing what she had to so that she and those she'd grown to love could survive (in fact, if the story had have been written with her as the central character, I think it would have worked much better). In a town full of people protecting secrets, the secondary characters were much more fascinating. But what annoyed me most was how this whole story was wrapped up, with a whole lot of bedraggled loose ends, within about five pages of a scene of life and death madness. Did Ms Hoffman just get tired of writing it, or did she somehow know I would be completely sick of reading it by then? After all that, I still don't know what happened to Gwen, Hank, Tarot, Belinda, Louise, etc. I don't care what happened to March.
Having now read what has been touted everywhere as an up-to-date retelling of "Wuthering Heights", I have resolved to leave that book off the list of classics I must read. And though I don't like to judge an author on the basis of one book, I doubt if I'll worry too much about seeking out any of Ms Hoffman's other efforts.
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