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On her way home from school on a snowy December day, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured into a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case.
As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams", where "there were no teachers... We never had to go inside except for art class... The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue".
The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow".
Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings. --Brad Thomas Parsons, Amazon.com --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.
...a keenly observed portrait of familial love... a deeply affecting meditation on the ways in which terrible pain... can be redeemed... -- New York Time, 18 June 02
...amazing. Careful and courageous, original and profound, The Lovely Bones spins the most painful subject imaginable into pure gold... -- Karen Joy Fowler, author of Sister Noon and Sarah Canary
...makes manifest, in a beautifully written and complex story full of love and hope, the utter banality of evil. -- Lynn Freed, author of House of Women and The Mirror
Painfully funny, bracingly tough, terribly sad, it is a feat of imagination and a tribute to the healing power of grief... -- Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay
Sebold has given us a fantasy-fable of great authority, charm and daring. She's a one-of-a-kind-writer. -- Jonathan Frantzen, author of The Corrections --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.
I thought the book was very good and would like to read another by the same authorPublished 6 days ago by Thomas J Cuffe
I have honestly never disliked a book as much as I did this one. It was very badly written and I only bought it for my AS exams. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Megan Atkins
I clicked the 'write your own review' button and really had no settled idea what I was going to say about this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adrian Maxwell
I'd seen the film and I've been wanting to read the book for a while. Throughly impressed, extremely powerful book and I absolutely loved it!!Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Abbott
A captivating read. Hooked from the very first page. Would recommend this book to those who believe in the aferlifePublished 1 month ago by osberta