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Even better than One Day. (The Times)
I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon. (Mail on Sunday)
I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After. (Jojo Moyes)
A literary and anthropological tour de force . . . astute and packed with brilliant observations, about life, art, culture and the infinite possibilities for human disappointment. I honestly can't imagine loving a novel much more. (Christina Patterson The Sunday Times)
The kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive. (Good Housekeeping)
US is a perfect book. (Independent)
The Man Booker Prize-longlisted follow-up to the multimillion-copy bestselling ONE DAY.See all Product description
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What David is incredibly good at doing, is capturing the essence of relationships. He did it in One Day and repeated it so poetically in Us.
The 3 main characters are Douglas, his wife Connie and their son Albie, the story being written from the POV of Douglas
Douglas should not be a likeable man. He is exact and precise and many would say boring. He is risk averse and worries constantly about his son and his wife. However because you are being told the story from his perspective you kind of understand his faults and although you don't like them, you forgive him for them.
Connie his wife is much more of a free spirit and the dynamics between Douglas and Connie made me swing between disliking Connie and feeling sorry for her. I mean, could I really put up with a man like that, even if he did adore me?
And finally there was Albie- beautifully portrayed in all his teenage angst and glory. Any parent with a child between the ages of 13 and 18 will relate to the issues between Douglas and Albie. And in fact the issues that Albie has with himself.
This book is to all intents and purposes a road trip, mixed together with a coming of age story. I did find that some of the switching between the here and now and the past a little repetitive. However it was superbly written, constantly tinged with sadness and at times even despair.
If you are on the edge of a relationship breakdown or have been through one recently this may well be a 5 star read. It's very poignant and there is a section towards the end when Douglas refers to his marriage to Connie as being in parentheses which I found extremely moving.
I think I only gave a 4 star rating because I compared Us directly to the wonderful One Day which will remain on my bookshelf long after everything else has been given away.
Nothing goes according to plan. Dull, dependable Douglas is too critical of Albie and his musician girlfriend, too quick to apologise for his son when no apology is needed. Albie runs off and continues his travels alone and soon after Connie gives up and goes home. Can Douglas find his son, apologise and win back his affection and in the process win back his wife? Or is he just killing time to avoid having to go back to work and explain why he's returned early>
I've read some very poor 'bloke-lit' in recent months and 'Us' is of an entirely better quality than that. I have read two other Nicholls' novels and didn't like either as much as I liked 'Us' but even so I was quite surprised to learn it was long-listed for the Man Booker. It seems altogether too readable for that.
Douglas is a self-deprecating, flawed human being who loves too deeply and expresses that love too badly. He's a very understandable, believable character, someone most of us probably know; the man with the wife who seems to be out of his league, the man with the dull but challenging job and a massive communication problem with those he loves. Whilst it's Albie who's supposed to be having the 'coming of age' travel experience, is it possible that Douglas will learn more about himself and what matters to him than his son will? Yes, of course.
Author of 'Cycles of Udaipur'