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So Much for That
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on 16 December 2014
Excellent read, as usual, Lionel shriver at her best.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2011
I heard parts of this book on Womans Hour on the BBC, but missed chunks of the story. Got the book and absolutely loved it! Very thought provoking,It made me realize that I would never beggar my family to live a few more months. In the end it was an uplifting story with the put-upon Shep and Carol finally getting a life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2010
You would expect this subject matter to be quite dark but some how it is not. Instead the reader encounters some thought provoking events that challenge your perspective on life, health, wealth and death. The ultimate question is what is a life worth.

Certainly worth a read...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2011
A great insight into the american healthcare system and the moral dilemmas it imposes. Beautifully written as usual, and an exciting pleasure to read - though the content is no fun at all. I loved We Need to Talk About Kevin and love this one too.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2011
Another tour de force.
Shriver tackles taboo subjects with such skill and honesty.
Here are characters you feel for and care about.
An absolute must read. I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2010
Lionel Shriver at her best, a glorious attack on the greed of the US Medical Insurance practices and how one man copes with all that life throws at him.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2014
Self serving diatribe. If you want to know about the failings of the USA health service (or lack of) then read or watch "sicko" by Michael Moore. If Lionel Shriver were made of chocolate she would eat herself
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2012
Is it possible to hate all the characters of a novel and still end up loving the book itself?

This is exactly what happened to me with Lionel Shriver's So Much for That. I was reading and shaking my head in disbelief. I was reading and cursing aloud, but still reading on. I thought all the characters were total idiots and hated them with passion. I could not stop reading though. At times I was laughing out aloud and I may have shed a tear or two somewhere in the process too.

It is a controversial book, just like We Need to Talk about Kevin (which I adore) was, but it is also a very entertaining book. It is beautifully written, thoughtful, sad and funny at the same time. It certainly made me appreciate my background and situation in life, as well as my current health insurance!

Lionel Shriver is a major talent and I cannot wait for her next novel.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2011
If you've read We Need To Talk About Kevin, you'll know how powerful the images that Lionel Shriver creates are. If you or anyone you know has had cancer, you'll know how powerful the topic can be. Put together, the two are hugely moving and will resonate with you long after you've finished reading
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on 22 June 2013
I read about a quarter of this before deciding it was just too boring to bother going on with -- and I rarely fail to finish a book I've started. The only other book by her that I've read is 'We need to talk about Kevin' which I found spellbinding, so I guess she got a lot better as time went on.
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