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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 10 July 2008
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This review is from: The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life (Paperback)
The title says it all. This book is literally the best read of my life, it works on so many levels and is full of thoses sentences that make you stop and think - wow. Heart renderingly beautiful, never has a book full of such odd characters captured hearts and imaginations so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars easy read, easy book, good read, 20 Nov 2007
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Ms. E. Blankson "emma_vampire" (london) - See all my reviews
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The book is essentially about a brother and sister with strong bond caused by their family situation battling through at first their childhood and then their adult hood, It concentrates on how their bond changes and how the past comes back to haunt their futures.

As the book shifts from brother to sister narrator you find yourself siding with each sibling in his/her quest for knowledge and happiness and fight to break away from their past.

For a story which bases itself through the span of two lives it's a quick moving story which really captures life and the stronghold that your parents have in your future even when they are not there.

The easy language and quick visual imagery that the book sets makes this an easy and good read, I read it in less than a day. It's a book I would recommend to most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, if uncomfortable at times, 8 Aug 2009
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Petty Details of So-and-so's Life

Oliver and Elaine Taylor and their children Emma and Llewellyn (Blue) seem to be a pretty dysfunctional family.

Oliver thinks of himself as an inventor, with a head full of largely unrealistic ideas for amazing inventions. He opts out of family life to live in the garage, then moving on to be a squatter in a disused building. He only keeps in touch with Blue, which is a source of pain for Emma.

Elaine takes to drink.

Emma leaves home as quickly as she can to live with the first boyfriend who she considers may be in a position to further her future, and then goes away to university.

When Oliver finally disappears without trace Blue tries to find him.

All four are damaged in some way. All can be self-destructive, only some can be healed.

Fascinating, if uncomfortable at times.
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