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Drowning Ruth Audio Download – Unabridged

3.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 55 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Sept. 2000
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQ45N2
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Format: Paperback
I think it was Oscar Wilde who said nobody is rich enough to be able to buy his/her past. This is a haunting tale of past secrets coming back. A beautifully written, often heartbreaking, book that evolves into a real page-turner. One could say that it speaks of the unbearable decisions people have to make under extraordinary circumstances. I first heard of it when (if I'm not mistaken)it was selected for Oprah's book of the month in the US and it is especially suited to female readers. Christina Schwartz is an author to keep in mind.
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With its vivid depiction of its post-World War I setting in Wisconsin, its nightmarish complexities as a family saga, its carefully developed suspense, and its simplicity of theme, Drowning Ruth has "blockbuster movie" written all over it.
These statements are not negatives, however. Drowning Ruth is a very good read!
The author is precise and careful about building her suspense with excruciating slowness. She has created intriguing characters--at heart, not all that different from you and me--characters who are confronted with difficult problems to solve, some of which are not of their own making and some of which are the unexpected results of desperate decisions made in the long ago past. Her alternations of point of view help to give breadth and depth to the conflicts within the main characters, while the fragmentary memories which Ruth contributes add to both the mystery and the sense of dread.
Although Schwarz ably illustrates the restricted roles into which women had to adapt themselves during the period, the mores which applied to "good girls," and the limited choices open to them, the lack of liberation is so natural a part of her story that her novel and its complications are by no means part of a liberation manifesto. Drowning Ruth is a simple story presented clearly and suspensefully by an author who, like Amanda, is careful to keep her grasp completely within her reach. Mary Whipple
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By Sonia on 15 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
Drowning Ruth is a great book in concept. The story revolves around the mysterious drowning of Mathilda Neuman in a lake in Wisconsin. From the onset it is clear that her sister Amanda, with whom she was living at the time knows more about the drowning. It is even suggested here and there that she is to blame for her sister's death. Whether this is the case I leave to the potential readers to read for themselves and find out.
As the story moves forward from that point on, the chain events leading up to Mathilda's tragic death are little by little revealed. Meanwhile, Ruth, Mathilda's daughter is growing up, her father Carl returns from the war and Amanda, tries to be a good mother to her niece.

Some very interesting issues are at the centre of this novel: sibling rivalry that seems inseparable from sisterly love; traditional family values and what is viewed as proper behaviour for women that may lead to desperate measures, are only a few examples.
Some of the characters were also enticing, especially Amanda, whose over-protectiveness of her mother, sister and niece is not easily classified. Is it selfish or selfless?

However, I believe this work has some flaws and it makes the author come across as promising but inexperienced. For one, all male characters are flat. Whether this was intentional or not, it takes a toll on the credibility of the story. Secondly, there are some loose ends that the author didn't tie up. For example, in order to conceal her secrets Amanda allows Carl to believe things about his dead wife that may be detrimental to his memory of her. Thirdly, when the truth finally comes out, Ruth's reaction is a bit simplified, making it an anticlimax to this story.

But all in all I enjoyed reading this book most of the time.
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This brief story of how one secret changes the lives of a family is a tense and inticate unwinding. Many times you will try to guess what happened on that fateful night and then one more clue changes everything. A weave of character, atmosphere and regret I would recommend you dip your toe into the waters that are "Drowning Ruth".
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Drowning Ruth is an okay book but nothing spectacular. I was expecting it to be pretty decent because it was chosen by Oprah. Oprah chose one of my favourite books, We Were The Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates. Nothing about Drowning Youth excited me. I also think I read this book years ago. The title is familiar. If I did read it the book obviously didn’t impress me at the time. The characters were unimpressive. They bored me a lot of the time. I couldn’t care less what happened to them. The whole book is built around the premise of wondering what really happened the night Mattie died. The characters are so insipid I didn’t care what happened to them. They could all have died with Mattie and I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. The author failed to engage me on every level. The plot should have been packed with suspense and intrigue but the big ‘twists’ could be seen from miles away. The characters did nothing for me. I didn’t care what happened to them. Drowning Ruth is tedious and lacklustre on every level. The book is short and it took forever to finish.
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