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The Interestings

The Interestings [Kindle Edition]

Meg Wolitzer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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"This is a wonderful book. Intelligent and subtle, it is exquisitely written with enormous warmth and depth of emotion. But what makes The Interestings exceptional is the precision and elegance of Wolitzer's writing. This should be the novel to make Wolitzer a household name here too" (Kate Mosse The Times)

"Wolitzer is a writer of prodigious energy and detail, with the knack for comic-satirical perceptions of character and culture" (Rachel Cusk Guardian)

"A complex, cleverly interwoven analysis of the moment when the lives of six friends begin to unravel'" (Viv Groskop Observer)

"Wolitzer has a knack for homing in on the kind of pretension-puncturing details that can sum up a minor character in a single sentence" (Hepzibah Anderson Daily Mail)

"Meg Wolitzer writes fluently about the American Dream and whether you should surrender your goals to reality in this wonderful novel" (Stylist)

"A breakout book" (Allison Pearson)

"If you enjoy the introspective aspects of Virginia Woolf or the American modernity of Jennifer Egan, you'll love this sweeping, tragicomic novel of ideas" (Psychologies)

"One of those generation-defining America novels that tackles big historical issues" (Marie Claire)

"Full of wit" (Emerald Street)

"The wit, intelligence and deep feeling of Wolitzer's writing are extraordinary and The Interestings brings her achievement, already so steadfast and remarkable, to an even higher level" (Jeffrey Eugenides)

"Meg Wolitzer's latest offering promises to be the epic novel of the summer" (Stella, Sunday Telegraph)

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A heartbreaking, panoramic tragicomedy and a big American novel from bestseller Meg Wolitzer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (8 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQ1DC2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but ultimately worthwhile 20 Jan 2014
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I found this book infuriating in places - it's too long, the opening isn't particularly engaging and certain sections are predictable. But when it's good, it's very, very good, and the characters are rounded and complex enough to sustain your interest for (the majority of) the novel. It raises interesting questions, and is fundamentally about such universal things that you can't help but question your life choices after you've read it. This book isn't as good as reviews make out but, equally, it isn't a waste of 400-odd pages; you will get something from it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying read, wonderful characters 3 Sep 2013
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Read the review of this book in The Times, never heard about it before. Such a good read especially if you "came of age" in the 70s, this book and the stories of the different characters in it will find a reflection in your own life, I am sure. So pleased I tried a new author for a change.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meg Wolitzer – The Interestings | Review 3 Jun 2014
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

Wow, what can I say? I’m a convert. I wasn’t sure what to think when I first picked up this book, considering it started off set in an American summer camp, the kind of place that a British boy like me has no experience of whatsoever. Luckily, that plays a relatively minor role in the narrative, although it sure as hell leaves its mark on the protagonists.

And I can safely say, hand on heart, that this is one of the most interesting (geddit?) and well-written modern novels that I’ve read in a long time, a credit to both Wolitzer and to the Waterstones book club, which is the reason why I read it in the first place. I’m glad I did – I don’t often give a book a ten out of ten when I review it, I reserve that honour for a book that left me changed when I reached the ending. That definitely happened here.

Particularly worthy of credit is Wolitzer’s ability to write about characters of both sexes convincingly – too many novelists can only write about their own gender, but Wolitzer’s characters are well-rounded and believable whether they’re male or female, even if you don’t necessarily like them.

There’s even a rape involved, an event that’s covered with ambiguity and extremely well-handled – despite being unnecessarily hailed as a ‘feminist writer’ (this annoys me as much as Graham Greene being a ‘Catholic writer‘, rather than just a ‘writer’), Wolitzer lends equal gravitas to both sides of the argument. You’re never quite sure who’s telling the truth, and in the end you feel kind of sorry for both parties, although I’m sure everyone has their own idea of what really happened by the end of the novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower! 24 Feb 2014
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I struggled to care about the characters at first but I persevered and finally became enthralled in their lives. I would recommend it if you enjoy coming of age style novels but the older characters were ultimately the most engaging.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Bedrooms and Kitchens 9 April 2013
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"The Interestings" is the latest novel from American author Meg Wolitzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Ten-Year Nap. She has previously published eight novels; also among the better known, The Wife, and The Uncoupling. She is, as you might expect, the daughter of the well-known American writer Hilma Wolitzer, who has said," I mostly write about domestic situations. I truly believe that what happens in bedrooms and kitchens matters as much as what happens in boardrooms and statehouses." Meg could say much the same: this novel, at least, concerns itself with the domestic; families, gender politics: you'd have to call it chick lit, though with a literary touch. (Full disclosure: I've previously read and reviewed, in these pages, An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer.)

It is the early 1970s, the summer that Nixon resigned, and six teenagers at Spirit in the Woods, an artsy summer camp, come together. Jules Jacobson, born Julie, lower middle-class, in a forgettable suburb on New York's Long Island, but instantaneously renamed by her new friends; she will be our protagonist. Goodman and Ash Wolf, handsome/beautiful brother and sister born to a powerful and wealthy New York City family; funny-looking Ethan Figman, blazingly talented, born to a quarrelsome and poor family, by virtue of the fact that his father is a Legal Aid lawyer. Cathy Kiplinger, who'd like to think she was born to dance: except she's become much too buxom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 23 Jun 2014
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Enjoyed this book very much. Found the characters believable and felt as if I got to know them throughout their lives. Moving, best book I have read for a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it and am looking for all of her others 20 Jun 2014
By Bronwyn
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I really enjoyed 'growing up' with these characters and liked and loathed them in equal measure, but most importantly recognised all of them. That's what makes a book good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! 23 April 2014
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I became absorbed by the characters, and cared enough to keep reading to the end. It was frustrating that some story lines remained peripheral, when they promised more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
reminding us all that we are all t tortured in some ways and others probably suffer more that you do
Published 1 month ago by Nanette
5.0 out of 5 stars more than interesting ...
Tight well written journey through three decades - the times they are a changin' in this well observed novel of East Coast teenagers who grow up to be New Yorkers after meeting at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ro constantin
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
Really can't believe the reviews this has got! So bad it is laughable and nothing happens for pages and pages!!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Robert A Smillie
3.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas, but...
This is about being stuck in a moment that you can't get out of. Well realised, but the subject matter means it is repetitive and sometimes feels very adolescent in its outlook,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fiona
4.0 out of 5 stars Was sad to finish it
Destined for great things..or not? Loved this saga of friends who meet at summer camp in 1970s. We follow through their lives and what happens to their relationships with each... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Blue Moon
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing!
This book was recommended to me by an online book club on a blog. This story was full of twists and turns, and I really enjoyed it, it definitely keeps you interested all the way... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maya
4.0 out of 5 stars An ironic title?
While I enjoyed this book and thought it well written I found the saga of a group of friends growing up against the backdrop of the late 20C not that interesting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by meg keir
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