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Testimony by [Shreve, Anita]
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A perfectly pitched account of human fallibility and the snares of temptation. --The Daily Mail

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'Anita Shreve is a phenomenon. As ever - and even though the novel is written from different points of view - the power of Shreve's writing lies in it relentless passivity. The prose is undemonstrative, yet insidiously accomplished. For some, it may be reassuring that an author who can command a readership as large as Shreve's should choose to write a novel of this sort. On the surface, it is a brave, uncompromising choice for someone occasionally criticised as being a "woman's writer". Yet I think that Testimony goes further than this. It is so unforgiving of a panoply of human frailty as to be misanthropic'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349119023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349119021
  • ASIN: B002XA6IYM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is the first of Anita Shreve's books that I have read and after this one I will definitely give some of her others a try. I happened across this one in a bookshop. The first page had me hooked and I bought it right away. I found myself picking it up at every available moment - even wishing at one point I could stay off work to finish it.

This book really excels in its telling of the tale from a number of different angles, a concept Shreve employs well. On the whole, the voices of the characters Shreve creates really do ring true - quite a feat when you realise the range of ages, professions and view points she is portraying. I really enjoyed reading the various characters' reactions to what happened that night and the fall-out from it. If I were to say anything negative, it would be that the attitudes expressed by Silas and Noelle seemed to be those of much older (and mature) couple and it made me doubt their relationship a little. I also felt that a few of the testimonies in the middle of the novel could have been edited out as they didn't really reveal any extra dimensions to the character or the plot.

All things considered though, Shreve's tale of responsibility and the consequences following dubious actions is well worth reading!
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This is an engaging story told from many viewpoints - it builds an engrossing tale of hopes and dreams held and broken on the sides of the young people, their teachers and their parents. The characters are so real and believable, they jump off the page. I think it would be a well appreciated book on a teenager's list as much as an adult read. Anita Shreve has her finger on the pulse of life today in America and she deserves her place amongst the most well loved and enjoyed authors. Any new book by her is desirable and this one particularly so. Quite a quick read.
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This is a very good book and proves that Shreve is back on form with her latest novel. The last few have been a disappointment but here she weaves together the 'testimonies' of a number of particpants in a school scandal in a thoughtful and provoking fashion. A beautifully written book that stays with you long after reading the final page.
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I was quite taken aback to see that there were people who could not stand this book (but then, one man's meat... etc). I absolutely loved it. What's not to like? I love the multi-faceted angles and narrative style that Anita Shreve employed in telling this story. She uses first, second and third person narrative in the book and for me it worked very well. Undoubtedly, some characters come of stronger than others, but that is to be expected. And for me, the book did not lag in anyway. I ended up devouring it in record time. Through the characters, the story reinforces strongly that actions do have consequences (some of which could be catastrophic) and we ought to be prepared to face those consequences whenever we make decisions or act (no matter how impromptu these may be or how trivial they may initially seem).

Having read roughly a hundred books in the first six months of this year, I would go out on a limb and say that this is probably the best book I have read so far this year.
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the first novel by Shreve that I have read. Perhaps because I came to it with no expectations in regard to her writing style, I enjoyed it more than the previous reviewer to me. However, I can also see their point.

TESTIMONY is the story of a sex tape scandal at a boarding school in a relatively small community in Vermont. The novel tells of how this tape and the contents on it has repercussions, not just for those who featured in it, but also for others. Shreve splits the narrative between a few different characters who became involved in the event and its aftermath, offering the reader different viewpionts on the same event. And in some ways, this works well. But there are a few letdowns. As the other reviewer stated, Shreve tends to repeat various views again and again, rather than developing them further. However, I think the fact that you are never really given a 'proper' reason for the tape, actually adds something to what is behind this novel - that one stupid moment in a person's life can change the path they are to take and have consequences which they would never have imagined.

TESTIMONY is not the sort of book which grips you from the first page and keeps you in its thrall - I must admit that I had to persevere with it as it is not a page turner in the sense that you are on the edge of your seat, desperately wanting to know what will happen next. This book, although quite good, is more subtle than that.
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My opinion relates only to the first half of this book because I'm not reading any more. It's like a punishment someone set out for me before bed each day. If the second half of this book is going to suddenly become consequential, insightful and cleverly written, don't tell me about it because I simply can't bear to pick it up again.

First of all, I am underwhelmed by the alleged enormity of the central act in this book: Teenagers having videotaped sex. I understand that Shreve is in her sixties now but we can't use her age as an excuse for her outraged sensibility because she grew up in the 1960's and is writing in the 21st century. How can she justify these exaggerated postures of shock and horror over an act which at worst shows poor judgement on the part of teenagers? Like that's never happened before.

Secondly,the narrative mode irritates on many levels. Shreve chooses to tell us the story from the points of view of about twenty different characters(I've read ten but I'm sure she's not going to stop there). Problem is, that each of these narrative voices are all essentially the same. The differences are superficial and patronising;if it's a young narrator, they speak in short, jerky sentences and use "like" to punctuate sentences. Characters from the older generation are allowed longer, less idiomatic sentences. Everyone has the same voice, which is Anita Shreve's reflective, regretful,it's-not-my-fault voice. If it wasn't for the character's name heading the chapter you'd have no idea who was talking,only which generation they belonged to.

That's, like, all I'm saying.
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