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A beguiling and magical tale,
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This review is from: One Day (Hardcover)
I've never been moved to write a review of any book before but this was simply wonderful. David Nicholls has managed to conjure characters so full of depth that in finishing the book I felt almost bereft at their parting. Unlike a paint-by-numbers romcom brimming with contrivances to keep the characters apart, the tale moves with grace and humour through subtle and unexpected turns. The characters aren't always "made for each other", they're not always perfectly perky with adorable quirks; occasionally, like us all, they can be unpleasant, foolish, embarrassing and cowardly.
It is perhaps because of, rather than in spite of, the characters' genuine flaws that this books pulls so strongly at your heart, ringing so true as we explore the effects of our action and inaction in life. With effortlessly beautiful dialogue, and the ability to pick out the tiny subtleties of life, the story will carry you through on a wave of emotion, nostalgia, regret and hope so strong as to feel like a personal memory.
The "same day each year" idea sounds like high concept but its effect in the book is almost transparent to the reader. In fact, closer inspection shows that it actually works wonderfully to drive the story through a clever mix of drama and the everyday - just like life. On the years when the day itself is unremarkable the discovery of what has happened in between provides the reader with rich rewards whilst, all the while, Nicholls draws warmth and humour from the minutiae of life.
As the book draws to a conclusion, the story has an elegant and wondrous subtlety that prompts the involuntarily butterflies-in-stomach feelings of hope, excitement, fear and optimism that one only gets from falling in love.
I read this on a night flight and was thankful that the overhead light illuminated only the pages in front of me for I know that my eyes would have betrayed my feelings as the story closed. A profound tale woven from ordinary truths about love, life and feelings that will leave you genuinely moved and desperate to lend this to someone else.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2010 13:17:24 BDT
Kevin Southam says:
Thanks for spoiling the ending yeah.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2010 15:07:49 BDT
P. Whelerton says:
Apologies if you feel I have spoiled the ending. I've re-read the review and can't see that I have done so - especially since the "ending" of the book is actually told out of sequence with the rest of the story. As one of the other reviews put it - "don't bother reading the last few pages to find out how it ends, they won't tell you anything".
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 09:35:45 BDT
Ms K. Hardy says:
This is an excellent review of One Day and having just read the book I can't see how it gives away the ending either.
Posted on 6 Sep 2010 15:24:16 BDT
Sarah Jarvis says:
Your review is excellent - well done! I've just finished reading the book, rarely in recent years have I felt so compelled to keep the pages turning. It's often said... but I couldn't put this down. The characters are warm, funny, flawed and downright unsympathetic sometimes: I particularly love David Nicholls' language and prose, in truth he has written the book I would love to have written!
Posted on 23 Sep 2010 20:06:24 BDT
j j says:
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2011 21:48:38 BDT
The ending isn't spoiled. It's a great review. You're the pillock.
Posted on 26 Apr 2011 21:20:48 BDT
T. Stewart says:
Posted on 28 Apr 2011 16:59:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2011 16:59:53 BDT
Ms. H. Webster says:
Seriously, how on earth has the ending been spoiled? I'm reading it now, am hooked and don't have a clue what happens in the end, only that this (very good) reviewer was moved by it.
Good review - don't listen to the haters, people will always try to find something to whinge about in everything.
Posted on 16 Jun 2011 12:24:40 BDT
I too read it on a plane and thoroughyl enjoyed the book
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 12:37:19 BDT
Mary Malone says: