Brother & Sister Paperback – 29 Jan 2005
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"Pacy, absorbing and compassionate" (Daily Mail)
"Brilliantly perceptive" (Daily Telegraph)
"An important novel" (Evening Standard)
"Her prodigious flair for illuminating emotional situations guarantees the appeal of Trollope's work... immediate and engrossing" (The Good Book Guide)
"Deliciously readable" (The Times)
'Pacy, absorbing and compassionate.' (The Daily Mail)
'Brilliantly perceptive.' (The Daily Telegraph)
'An important novel.' (Evening Standard)
'Her prodigious flair for illuminating emotional situations guarantees the appeal of Trollope's work ... immediate and engrossing.' (The Good Book Guide) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The rippling effects of the decision to search for birth mothers dominate this carefully constructed novel. Nathalie's adoptive mother, not surprisingly, is devastated that both of "her" children need to find "other" mothers. The birth mothers, by turn, have created new lives of their own, each dealing with her "lost" child in her own way. Nathalie's husband, David's wife, and their children are also affected, not least by the fact that Nathalie and David choose to share their feelings with each other, rather than with their spouses. As the ripple effects continue, other characters, even including employees, are drawn into the emotional vortex, and unexpected complications send the action in surprising directions with new twists and turns.
Trollope reveals the inner lives of her characters through beautifully realized dialogue, and she pays particular attention to the details of personality and domestic relationships.Read more ›
Admittedly I was pulled into the story from the first page and stuck with the book until the end but I thought that this subject matter has been done too many times and Joanne Trollope doesn't seem to be able to find anything new in it. She seems to be trying to be edgy by using a difficult subject but, in doing that, she moves away to far from the aga sagas that she is good at writing without managing to tackle the adoption issue.
There was some very sloppy parts to the book, for example when the 2 mothers are introduced within a couple of pages of each other - they are complete extremes of people with completely extreme reasons for having their adoptions - hhmm!!
The ending of the book was also too dramatic and seemed to destroy any sensitivity it had achieved in the first half.
It is not an awful book but I would recommend a new reader to Joanna Trollope starts with her earlier books - let's hope the next one is better!
One of the children has a medical problem which facilitates her mother's search for her blood mother. It is hinted that the child's father has a similar problem but other than two rather clunky references this is not pursued in any way at all, so it reads like a very much planned plot point which, once its duty is done, can be discarded.
The two birth mothers themselves were so opposite that they seemed like caracatures instead of people. There was effort made to paint them as real but I think because the author made them so very extreme, they couldn't help but come across as unrealistic also.
I thought the ending, especially David's, to be totally bizarre. I can see that now he and his sister have faced up to their past that they might not be as needful of each other as they once were, but again I think the failing is that the characters were so poorly drawn that their actions can't make sense because we just don't know who they are.
This is not a book for anyone new to Trollope. It was an okay read, but my mind wasn't on it, and I have no particular feelings one way or another.
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I did enjoy this book, but lost some interest at one point, then picked up again.Published 6 months ago by Anne Griffiths
Not read this book yet ,I am sure it will be great like all Joanna Trollaps book ,Published 8 months ago by Hilda Bateson
Story line is good and gives insight into adoption and the challenges facing adoptees. However I felt it lacked pace.Published 8 months ago by Helen Scanlon
Did not expect to like it but really enjoyed it. Well written and intriguing relationships revealediPublished 11 months ago by Mrs D Gilham
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the last 35... Read more
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