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4.0 out of 5 stars Home is a place to escape from... and to return to., 18 July 2010
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At first it took me a few pages to get into this book, possibly because the first person narrator moves from a character to another, creating a slight initial disorientation. Then, bit by bit, I just got completely absorbed, to the point that I devoured the book. Cunningham has a very gentle touch, his narrative is always very poetic and completely enjoyable. Moving through the lives of Bobby and Jonathan, friends since high school, the novel deals with what, after all, is one of everybody's major concern: finding a "place", a proper and definitive one, in this world. Despite being a not very original theme, Cunningham approaches it in a very singular way, and from a multiple point of view, giving it depth and complexity. The result is a novel I truly enjoyed and strongly recommend.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2011 13:27:50 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
Hi Alessandra - just a word about using "literally" to emphasise feeling and concentration - you shouldn't do it. Saying you literally devoured the book, means you actually ate the book. I hope you don't mind me pointing this out, its a very common mistake amongst even English speakers. I am very much enjoying your site and reading your reviews is giving me some ideas for my own future reading.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 13:56:27 GMT
Hi Eileen, I've just realized you wrote me this comment, so I'm sorry if I didn't get back at you before. I certainly don't mind you pointing this out, I thought I could use "literally" in a metaphorical (and hyperbolical) meaning, as I do in my own language (Italian). Anyway, thanks for showing appreciation for my site!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 11:21:54 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
Thanks for your reply Alessandra - the change to the review is effective - "devoured" describes your appetite wonderfully!
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