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Help Me, Jacques Cousteau Paperback – 17 Jan 2011
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A funny, haunting portrait of an offbeat family in this episodic novel by the mutiple-awardwinning author of The OutlanderSee all Product description
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Told in the first person, Hazel (and therefore the author) clearly sees the world in a different way to the way I do and I enjoyed her perspective and turns of phrase. Not a big book - 197 pages including some chapter dividers it's definitely possible to tackle in one go (although I didn't - but I read it whenever I could).
I'll definitely check out The Outlander based on this. It reminded me in some ways of The Earth Hums in B Flat, which I also really enjoyed, and that is definitely no bad thing.
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didn't fit with the educational background of her father which made it unbelievable. I couldn't "get into it."
This coming of age story about a girl named Hazel, to whom everything happens, but at the same time nothing really happens, is so well-written, the narrative flowing so smoothly and beautifully, that the pages almost turn themselves. And while it is a work of fiction, Hazel's family could be anybody's crazy, off-beat family, even mine. Nothing they do makes a hill of beans of difference that anyone can tell, and yet everything is different because of them.
I fell in love with the characters, especially the grandfather and his dead dog Rufus. My heart broke for Hazel's younger brother, Andrew, who decides to quit talking, and my Scottish blood (the bit that I have) pumped in unison with that of Hazel's mother. I had a hard time putting this book down and began bargaining with myself to get up and do something productive at the end of each chapter so I could justify throwing myself back into these characters' lives again.
It is hard to believe that it took 10 years for this novel to make a ripple in the world of literature. It's a unique story told with a confident voice, and who among us can't relate to it?
I absolutely love this book and I love when impulse buys turn out this way.
Lucy Adams, author of If Mama Don't Laugh, It Ain't Funny
By the end of the first chapter I felt like part of the family, and after finishing the book I wished the best for everyone: Hazel, a lonely yet adventurous underachiever; her brother Andrew who invents things and exists in an otherworldly state; their mom, an enigmatic free spirit trying to reconcile her conflicted feelings about marriage and motherhood; their dad, a fun-loving and aimlessly brilliant schoolteacher; and all manner of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family members' love for one another is palpable, although none of them is ever sentimental about it.
There are plenty of books about weird families, but one of the many things that makes this one unique is its form. You won't find the typical arc of a novel. Nor does any chapter have the arc of a short story. It is instead a collection of vignettes, each one deepening the reader's understanding and compassion for the characters. Amazingly, Hazel's voice is consistent and believable whether she's the three-year-old narrator or the twenty-year-old narrator. She never over-analyzes a complicated situation; she just reports it thoroughly and with unselfconscious wit. The effect is a reading experience that is somehow both breezy and substantial.