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Old 09-08-2006, 12:41 PM
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The Lovely Bones

Has anyone read this? I just finished reading it for school. I liked it but I couldn't read a lot at once, the content was pretty intense. I'm curious about anyone's thoughts on the book
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:11 PM
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I read it awhile ago. Isnt it about a little girl who gets brutally murdered and its from her POV in heaven? I don't remember the details that well but I do remember that it depressed/disturbed me. But I am the kind of person who gets easily upset about stuff. I am always mentally/emotionally placing myself into other people's situations and then I dwell on it. Its hard for me to watch the news!
I dont know if anybody remembers the woman who drowned all her kids in the bathtub a couple of years ago - but I was talking about that case with my husband while we were out to dinner and I actually started to cry in the restaurant!!
And I can't discuss 9/11, Katrina, the tsunami, etc without tearing up. I just can't stand the thought of people suffering and then dealing with loss.
Anyway, sorry I veered off topic!
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:14 PM
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No I know what you mean, I get upset easily too, that's why I could only read a few pages at a time. It was really hard to read that the family was still so affected 6 or 7 years after the girl was killed.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:21 PM
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I read that book after I lost a family member and it was a little theraputic at the time. I do agree that it was very intense but it was a good book at the same time.
I also read Lucky by her (Alice Sebold) which is a true story that deals with her rape when she was young. The book goes through the highs and lows of what she dealt with to get through it and be able to move on with her life.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:34 PM
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I've read the book, and I really liked it, the girl had some real emotion, and the undelying moral of letting go of the past and moving on is a realy good point to be making, and it came across without being obvious.

This book is so well written, and very very honest, I think that anyone dealing with loss or regret should definitely give it a read, it actually helped me through the tme after the adoption.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:42 PM
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I've read the book, and I really liked it, the girl had some real emotion, and the undelying moral of letting go of the past and moving on is a realy good point to be making, and it came across without being obvious.

This book is so well written, and very very honest, I think that anyone dealing with loss or regret should definitely give it a read, it actually helped me through the tme after the adoption.
I liked how in the beginning the language and thoughts were more simple and then it got more complex and emotional as you read on. I agree with you, Keri
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Old 09-08-2006, 02:49 PM
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Excellent book.
I am on the other side of the spectrum though............I am not immune to death/emotion, I have empathy...........because i am fairly comfortable with death. But it does not effect me like others. This is my future field...and I want to be one of those that lets the dead tell there story( no not a psychic)lol, a medical examiner
I liked the book, because it was her on the other side of understanding.
It brings light to what we want to know after the fact.....excellent for coping.

Good book to bring up shop
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Old 09-08-2006, 03:25 PM
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Thanks Hera! I believe all incoming students to the school I'm transferring to are required to read it.
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I read the book it was very sad and a little out there. I did enjoy the begining of the book but towards the end where she is able to have an intimate moment with this guy was a little creepy for me...
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It's one of my favorite books. Very touching.

I'd like to read 'Lucky' as well, but I haven't gotten around to it. I think she writes beautifully.
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Old 09-10-2006, 08:00 PM
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It's an awesome book. I am not immune to emotion at all, I cried through the first two or so chapters. I loved how it was a new perspective, not somebody on earth dealing with somebody else's death, but somebody in their creation of heaven dealing with their own death. It was an insane good book. It was sad, disturbing, but emotionally charged and a great book IMO.
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This is one my my fave books - very fresh and different. I am one of those emotional women who cry at the drop of a hat so I basically bawled through the whole book. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one night - its very intense but the language is simple, very easy to grasp and intimate.
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This is one my my fave books - very fresh and different. I am one of those emotional women who cry at the drop of a hat so I basically bawled through the whole book. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one night - its very intense but the language is simple, very easy to grasp and intimate.
I agree with what you said about the language. This book is disturbing and comforting at the same time; beautifully written, and it resolves in a very satisfactory fashion, though not predictably. I want to read more of her works.
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This was a really good book. It is very well written, and the style is very 'readable', in that it's difficult to put down once you've started it.

All that being said, I hated it. It made me feel ugly and dirty. :-(

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[QUOTE=rocklymber;450262]This was a really good book. It is very well written, and the style is very 'readable', in that it's difficult to put down once you've started it.

All that being said, I hated it. It made me feel ugly and dirty. :-(

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Interesting response...why did it make you feel that way? I know Susie was raped, but it seems to me that what happened after she died empowered her and the people who loved and remembered her. I read it years ago, then read it again last summer, about six months after my mother died. It really helped me with the grieving process.
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I'm not sure what made me feel that way. I mean, I've done a great deal of research in forensic psychology; I can read about real serial killers/rapists and not have a problem with it. It's very clinical. Maybe it was the very personal (i.e. first person) style of the book that touched me in a way that made me really uncomfortable. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I didn't like the way the author portrayed 'the afterlife'.

There is a book called Black Water, by Joyce Carol Oates, which is also written from the pov of the victim. For some reason, this one didn't affect me the same way as lovely bones did.

I can truly see how this book is a great one. It just hit a chord with me, personally, that I didn't like.

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I love, LOVE that book, made me !
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I'm not sure what made me feel that way. I mean, I've done a great deal of research in forensic psychology; I can read about real serial killers/rapists and not have a problem with it. It's very clinical. Maybe it was the very personal (i.e. first person) style of the book that touched me in a way that made me really uncomfortable. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I didn't like the way the author portrayed 'the afterlife'.

There is a book called Black Water, by Joyce Carol Oates, which is also written from the pov of the victim. For some reason, this one didn't affect me the same way as lovely bones did.

I can truly see how this book is a great one. It just hit a chord with me, personally, that I didn't like.

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I can see why it made you uncomfortable; the author is just so uncannily into the 'head' of all of her characters...the killer included. Looks like you might want to avoid Alice Sebold's next book, which also features a death within the first paragraph! I don't remember what it's called, but there's a review in the new Time magazine (the one with Mother Teresa on the cover). Thanks for the tip on the Joyce Carol Oates novel. I need to read it.

Incidentally, I kind of liked her depiction of the afterlife...it made sense to me and I got a good laugh out of the grandmother (who I loved) having cocktails with the Rat Pack. Sounds like my kind of heaven.
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I read this book awhile ago, but it was very good.
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This is an old thread, but I read this book also. It was very good, but so sad.
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i read this book straight thru one night, i couldn't put it down.
totally sobbing by the end. a hard, but good, read.
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i read this book straight thru one night, i couldn't put it down.
totally sobbing by the end. a hard, but good, read.
I hear you.
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