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If you like life, you'll like this,
This review is from: One Day (Hardcover)
From being a celebrity in the 90's to having a boss with a large beard, nothing is shied away from in this big pot of life. This book follows every 15th July from 1988 (end of their studentship) to near present day in the lives of two characters; Emma and Dexter, and their relationship with each other and others. Don't be put off by the length (430 odd pages) of this book - it is so ridiculously easy to read it makes the act of putting on a DVD seem like overexertion. That's not to say that the writing isn't thickly layered - it's stuffed with literary calories. Emma and Dexter jump out of the book and start living with you, eat your food and argue over the top of your head about the worthlessness of Scrabble. So much of the sharp-razor sharp dialogue sticks a grin on your face, people are unlikely to sit next to you on the train (read in extra comfort).
So there's Emma: warm, funny and cataclysmically directionless. Dexter: confident, arrogant, and transparent. The book then bends these attributes into the three dimensional. Their relationship treads its own path - there's no inevitability in what the next year will bring - their interactions with others the same. Every supporting character, whether they're on one page or a hundred is given their own space to be believable and interesting, and most likely make quite a bit of a mess of things.
The book finished - I'm missing them both. Time for them to come and bother you.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2009 13:20:31 BDT
Mrs. Fiona Wilton says:
"..stuffed with literary calories.." - excellent turn of phrase!
Posted on 2 Aug 2009 11:34:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Aug 2009 11:35:27 BDT
Mrs. G. Bromley says:
What a lovely book.I could not put it down. The characters live on in your head long after the last page has been turned. Read and enjoy.
Posted on 14 Aug 2009 15:03:30 BDT
haha a lovely book revierw for this lovely bookI cant wait to live with the two beautiful people :P
Posted on 17 Aug 2009 20:38:40 BDT
Floyd O'Doyle says:
Absolutely loved this book. I bought it because it had been reviewed in the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, read it in a matter of days and then gave it to my mum to read. She loved it too.
Posted on 10 Feb 2010 17:16:01 GMT
Mrs. R. J. Chinner says:
I will recommend this to the book club on the strength of the above.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2010 09:59:23 GMT
Jaime Steele says:
Nice review Matthew. You should write a book!
Posted on 20 Apr 2010 11:56:32 BDT
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Posted on 27 May 2010 01:08:23 BDT
S. Begum says:
my thoughts exactly: write a review Matthew. Just went on a whim and bought the book today, can't wait to read it. :)
Posted on 15 Jul 2010 11:20:51 BDT
R. Moncaster says:
Excellent review and my thoughts exactly. I yearn for Em and Dex!
Posted on 28 Sep 2010 14:09:21 BDT
D Clarke says:
Really Loved this book! It actually made me shed a tear. (not easy for a cynic like me) So well written, the characters had been brought to life to such an extent it was is if they were loved friends.