Grabs you like an empty picture hook,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Widow for One Year: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) (Taschenbuch)
This book has been so much reviewed here that it seems silly to add my piece, but I just finished reading it and feel moved to comment. I love Irving's way of extracting the horror of everyday life -- those losses that happen randomly and always, cross our fingers, to someone else. The main character's dead older brothers were as real as my own children, making their mother's lifelong grief seem utterly plausible and wrenching. I also love Irving's masterful "children's" stories that are integrated throughout the early part of the book. They may even be more layered and haunting than the adult book itself.
One problem, at least, that irritated me all the way through: he keeps telling us what we will be finding out later. Way too much foreshadowing in a way that seemed awfully clumsy and annoying to me. Also reminding us of what we've already been told, over and over, as though he doesn't trust the reader to remember. And maybe we could have had a little less focus on bodies and how they look compared to their ages. Seemed a bit obsessive.
Yet I kept turning the pages right up to the surprisingly wish-fulfilling ending. Nothing wrong with that, for a change.
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