This is All (The Dance Sequence) Paperback – 4 Jan 2007
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"explores the heart and soul of a teenage girl with a rawness that is both incredible and borderline alarming (alarming because the author is a middle aged man and he writes about being a teenage girl better than people who have actually experienced being one). Think a longer, more structurally unique Catcher In The Rye if Holden was a girl." (Huffington Post)
"A warm, poignant and sometimes funny novel . . . beautifully written and cleverly crafted . . . A very readable book whose ease belies its length and complexity" (Kate Agnew Guardian)
"Remarkable" (Boyd Tonkin Independent)
"Serious and self-absorbed, Cordelia is the antidote to the ditzy heroines of a thousand pink covers but it is an addictive read, even at 800 pages. Anyone who questions the validity of specialist "teen" fiction should read it" (Dinah Hall Sunday Telegraph)
"Captures in story form the confusion, the ordinariness, the excitement and the shape of everyday lives . . . Chambers has delivered another provocative, informed, stimulating and controversial book" (Inis)
Subtitled The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn, this is a self portrait of a passionate girl who needs to write - in this case the story of her teenage years. It is the last novel in the loosely connected sequence of novels which began with Breaktime in 1978.See all Product Description
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This is a fairly weighty, challenging book. It's written as a collection of notes and diaries without any firm chronological order, which takes a bit of getting used to but also makes it feel much more personal. There are quite a few moments of shock and horror and you will cry at least once along the way. It's aimed at a slightly older age group than the earlier books - probably 15+.
Highly recommended for old Chambers fans and newbies!
The story is separated into books and two of these books are arranged in an (a) and (b) page format with alternate pages being a and the remaining pages being b. All of the a pages are chronological and tell one part of the story while the b pages tell another. This format has not transferred well onto kindle and is very difficult to read. I recommend buying the print book.
In a nutshell it is the story of Cordelia Kenn, in her own words, in which she tells about her life from the age of 15 to the age of 20, and her first love in particular. It sounds simple, it isn't. The book is rich, complex and full of detail. The story is interwoven with excerpts from Cordelia's own pillow book, a kind of diary in which she records impressions, ideas, philosophies and beliefs, and which give the narrative depth, colour and real emotion.
The book is massive, at over 800 pages, split into sections which correspond to key times in Cordelia's life. It is an enormous undertaking.
I thought it was a great book, but at times too complex (i.e. where the pillow book and the narrative events are split down page by page and in which you have to keep changing threads to make sense of the story). I also found Cordelia less than sympathetic at times, although all credit to Chambers as a writer for coming up with such a psychologically believeable and rounded character, not someone just good or bad, but someone who is sometimes compelling and fascinating and other times dammned annoying.
The book has some fantastic twists and turns, particularly towards the end, and I finished it feeling satisfied that it had told me everything I needed to know in a way that seemed real to me. An excellent book for children in their mid to late teens. I would not recommend it to younger children because the sexual content is quite explicit and there are some descriptions of violence in the later sections of the book which I would not be entirely comfortable with a child of say, less than 14 reading.
The book delves into the life and thoughts of Cordelia Kenn, our main charecter and the book is written by this fictional charecter. Cordelia discusses a wide range of everyday things about life, her relationships with her friends, lovers, parents and her thoughts about random subjects in a frank,honest and sometimes funny manner. This is one of the only books I have read where you really connect with and understand the author (in this case the ficticious Cordelia). The book touches on something everyone can relate to or has experienced - whether its first love, betrayal, poetry, music - EVERYTHING!!!
It's definately worth reading - when the book goes onto random thought sand not her life story, the plot does drag and the size of the book is a little daunting, however it is worth tackling the book and reading it. You won't be dissapointed.
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Purchased on the kindle. First book waaaaaaaaaaay too long. Stopped reading early in book 2.Published 18 months ago by Poetic Justice
I don't hate this book because it is badly written. I hate it because it is so beautifully written, or at least the first art is... Read more
Absolutely incredible book, not just in the original style of the writing or the incredible story told; but in the fact that everyone can learn something from reading it. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2010 by Matt Smith
The sheer size of this book may be daunting but every word and every page is worth it.I settled down with this book with the intention of just passing time and ended up spending... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2010 by Arbee
This was such a good book. Arrived really quickly and in such good condition! I love it!Published on 8 May 2009 by Katrina Donaghy
I picked this book up on impulse at Downtown Disney back in 2006 - Virgin have these great stands with books just sitting there looking inviting and asking to be bought. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2008 by Clare Swindlehurst
If I just wrote a plot-line here, almost no one would buy this book. Beacuse, frankly, it's not the plot that's important. Cordelia Kenn is a 16 year old, living in England. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2007 by Siavahda
Don't be fooled by the many pages of this book. Its a suprisingly easy to get sucked in and carry on reading for hours. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2006 by RockinRooster