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Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by [Moore, Lorrie]
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"Touches and dazzles and entertains.... An enchanting novel." "---"The New York Times
"Exquisite . . . exhilarating. . . . Balanced adroitly on the fine line between laughter and tears." --"Chicago Tribune
"The extraordinarily talented Lorrie Moore presents the lives of Sils and Berie and the atmosphere of the upstate town they live in with a subtle, moving, and often outright brilliance." "--Los Angeles Times
"This novel is like a hand-painted Russian Easter egg, a Chinese sleeve piece done in blind stitch; painstaking, breathtaking beauty in miniature. [Moore] creates a gorgeous, terrifying picture." --"Washington Post Book World
"This is more than a girls' coming-of-age story. . . . Ms. Moore was always able to make readers laugh out loud. This is the first of her works that can bring them to tears as well." --"The New York Times Book Review


"Touches and dazzles and entertains. An enchanting novel." --The New York Times
"Exquisite...exhilarting.... Balanced adriotly on the fine line between laughter and tears." --Chicago Tribune
"The extraordinarily talented Lorrie Moore presents the lives of Sils and Berie and the atmosphere of the upstate town they live in with a subtle, moving, and often outright brilliance." "--Los Angeles Times
"This novel is like a hand-painted Russian Easter egg, a Chinese sleeve piece done in blind stitch; painstaking, breathtaking beauty in miniature. [Moore] creates a gorgeous, terrifying picture." --Washington Post Book World
"This is more than a girls' coming-of-age story. . . . Ms. Moore was always able to make readers laugh out loud. This is the first of her works that can bring them to tears as well." --The New York Times Book Review"

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Lorrie Moore's Who Will Run the Frog Hospital is the brilliantly funny and sharply observant novel from one of the most acclaimed American writers of her generation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GJXEMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ed on 26 April 2017
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Good service and book exactly as described.
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By Four Violets TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 April 2010
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This is one of the "realest" books I've read for a long time. Much has been written about how our sense of expectancy and potential as teenagers so often fizzles out into mediocrity, and how friendships made at that time are more intense than any in later life. But Lorrie Moore has described it brilliantly well, in her story of the close friendship between two teenage girls Berie and Sils. Of Sils: "She could never become boring. If she lived where I lived then, at the moment, that was enough."

The frog hospital was a sad attempt to heal creatures wilfully hurt by boys; and the males in the book are generally ineffectual, damaging or absent. At best perhaps, irrelevant. The book is very funny, but at the same time it's sharp. In fact it cuts like a knife.
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As Moore is such a truly superb short story writer I thought I'd try her novels. This one is not a patch on her short stories - feels weak in comparison and just didn't grip me in the same way. I hurried through it, not sorry to get to the end.

I hate when writers give their characters bizarre stupid names - where on earth did she drum up Sils and Benoite-Mari? Also, although I love much of Moore's writing and images, I have noticed a rather unpleasant occupation with descriptions of sadistic treatment of animals which is a bit of a turn-off for me. In general, her writing's preoccupation with details of illness and death, whilst beautiful and moving, are quite harrowing to read - at least these are minimal in this novel, unlike the short stories.
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I read this book as the monthly choice in my book group otherwise I would probably have abandoned it half way through.
All I can say is, ignore the gushing reviews on the cover about it's comedic qualities. I don't think I managed more than a smile.
I found it, on the whole although well written with interesting characters,a deeply depressing and gloomy book, full of failed ambition and mini tragedy.
Several hours of my life I won't get back, though it's major redeeming feature is that it's mercifully brief
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Had this novella been longer than a hundred and fifty pages, I doubt if I would have persevered to the end.
My misgivings about it are
i it was a short story expanded into a novella. It carried excess baggage. There are two sections set in Paris. Why? They added nothing. Much of the book I thought just overwritten, as if Ms Moore was trying to get as many ideas into a sentence as she could. Few byways were left unexplored. Overload. Overload. I found myself skimming pages. In a story of 150 pages!
ii OK, so I'm male, not American, and my teenage years are way behind me, so I may be way outside the book's target audience, but this just did not convince as a coming-of-age story.
iii I was indifferent as to the fate of the narrator, in fact of all the characters except, just a little of Sil's. Ms Moore didn't make them live for me.
iv the narrative lacked tension, nothing developed, there were no climaxes.
Near the end, there were several pages of beautiful, uncluttered prose. Too little, too late.
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I didn't really *get* this book, I'm afraid. From what I can decipher, this was based primarily on two teenage girls' friendship in the early 70's. Somehow the past reminiscing jumped to the present day in Paris with her husband - this link was lost on me.

I guess I enjoyed parts of this but for the most part it was too "arty" and "wordy". I certainly didn't find the author to be "one of the funniest writers of all time" as described on the front cover. There was no humour here and certainly no definitive plot either.
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Absolutely fabulous, beautifully written and an absolute delight to read. I came across it in a charity shop and bought it on a whim and I couldn't be more pleased I did. One of my all-time favourites and I will read it again and again. I can honestly say I didn't want it to end.
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This book is beautifully written and truly evocative. A woman looks back on her teenage years, perfectly capturing the mood of long summers, close friendships and fraught passions. Poignant and moving.
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