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Case Histories [Anglais] [Broché]

Kate Atkinson
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  • Broché
  • Editeur : Black Swan; Édition : 1st Paperback Printing (2006)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0552772437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552772433
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,8 x 12,6 x 3 cm
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm fan... 27 février 2010
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I'm definitely a fan of Kate Atkinson and particularly of this kind of "trilogy" -
"case histories", "a good turn" and "when will there be good news" and
I read them in the reverse order and it was even better.
Humour and emotion, easy to read, good characters !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A portrayal of the best and worst of human nature 3 novembre 2013
Par Parks
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Kate Atkinson writes beautifully!
Through the use of her prose she has turned a dark, sordid subject matter into a thing of beauty!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une révélation 7 septembre 2013
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On commence ce bouquin en se demandant où on va, puis on continue à marcher encore pas mal de temps, captivé par le récit, et tout se met en place dans les toutes dernières pages.
Mélange de polar, d'étude de moeurs, de réflexion sur la vie, on termine ce livre en voulant le faire connaître autour de soi.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Jackson Brodie 1 3 mars 2013
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Excellent policier! Découvert d'abord la série, ce qui est dommage car je sais déjà la fin du livre... Anglais facile à lire. Ai adoré les caractères surtout Brodie.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Thoroughly enjoyable. 29 octobre 2004
Par Maggie Smith - Publié sur
This is my first venture at Atkinson, and I have to say she's a delightful writer to read. She really knows how to hook you.

The story opens with the accounts of three crimes from the perspectives of those who were there at the time. Then, in the present, we meet private investigator Jackson Brodie (a former police inspector) who is dealing with his painful divorce, serious dental problems, and his ever-maturing eight-year-old daughter. Jackson's perspective guides the rest of the narrative through new leads in the three cases, and it isn't long before all three cases are entwined via their connection with Jackson.

While this sounds like a stock mystery novel or something straight off a British crime drama, Atkinson's style offers a little more than the standard mystery fare. She leaps one perspective to another with admirable grace, always managing to keep the many characters and their intertwining narratives totally distinct and completely engrossing.

My only qualms with the story had to do with the plot itself: it's pretty easy to pick up the clues Atkinson drops, and thus, figure out the conclusion well before the ending; and as for the ending--it wasn't as satisfying as it could have been. But her writing is so fluid, by turns funny and poingant, that I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightful novel, filled with irony and mordant wit. 12 décembre 2004
Par Mary Whipple - Publié sur
Jackson Brodie, a private detective, is investigating three old cases, which soon begin to converge and overlap. Three-year-old Olivia Land disappeared without a trace thirty-five years ago while sleeping outside with one of her sisters, two of whom have hired Jackson to find out what happened. Theo Wyre has hired him to investigate the death of his daughter Laura Wyre, who was killed by a maniac ten years before while working in her father's office. Shirley Morrison, Jackson's third client, is trying to locate her sister and her niece. Her sister Michelle, living with her husband and young daughter on an isolated farm, has vanished from Shirley's life, and after twenty-five years, Shirley wants to find her.

Atkinson's suspenseful and dramatic cases pique the reader's interest in the characters and their lives, especially the female characters. Most have faced traumatic events and suffered through less than ideal childhoods, which unfold inexorably as the cases become more complex. Not a linear narrative, the novel focuses on different characters in successive chapters, moving back and forth in time to provide background and to set up the overlaps which eventually occur. The characters are sometimes bizarre, baffling, and even unsympathetic, but they are always memorable for their behavior and their justifications for it.

Filled with ironies and noir humor, the novel also reveals Atkinson's astute observation of social interactions, as she skewers some aspects of her characters' lives while also creating sympathy for them. While the first two case histories-that of the missing Olivia and the murdered Laura-are genuinely sad and regarded overall as tragedies, the story of Michelle Fletcher, and peripherally, her sister Shirley, is much darker. Neither Michelle nor Shirley elicits much empathy after the opening chapter, but the occasional interjection of their story line stirs up the action, changes the pace, and keeps the novel from being overly melodramatic. Atkinson's eventual revelations about Michelle's life provide Atkinson with some of her best opportunities for social satire and wit.

Readers will delight in Atkinson's characterizations, and the ironies are priceless, with the biggest noir twists saved for last. Though the cases are, in fact, all "solved" by Jackson, they are not really resolved. At least five important "loose ends" regarding the perpetrators of these murders and disappearances remain, showing that even murder cases are not as "cut and dried" as one might expect. (4.5 stars) Mary Whipple
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but not Great 24 juillet 2006
Par A. Ross - Publié sur
This is the first book I've read of Atkinson's, and while it's fairly entertaining, I'm not quite sure what all the hype is about. The story revolves around 30something ex-cop Jackson Brodie, who plies his private investigative skills in present-day Cambridge, England. He is called upon to look into three cases from the past, which are introduced in the three opening chapters. The first involves the disappearance of a small girl in 1970, the second involves the apparently random murder of teenage girl in 1994, and the third involves the whereabouts of a woman who killed her husband in 1979. As Jackson looks into these different blasts from the past, we also see him struggling with his personal life. Like so many fictional police and detective protagonists he's divorced and estranged from his ex-wife, and barely able to connect with his 8-year-old daughter. He also has a family secret in his past which is alluded to several times before being revealed at the end.

The cases are all quite dark, and Atkinson does a very good job of conveying the sense of sorrow and loss that surrounds each. Jackson pursues them without a lot of hope but with due diligence and as in so many procedurals, discovers threads to each that went unexplored. It's diverting enough, but many of the characters are somewhat superficial, which keeps the book from being as good as it might have been. In the first case, the father is the archetype distracted, brusque professor, each of the four sisters is a "type" (the golden child, the outgoing dramatic one, the repressed lost middle one, the weird religious one), and there's a crone who lives next door with a gazillion cats. In the third story, the murderess is a typical teenage mother with postpartum depression, and the victim is a typical dashing young man who settles down into a somewhat less dashing adulthood. Theo, the father of the victim in the second story is better developed, and a genuinely sympathetic character who still mourns the loss of his daughter. Perhaps most egregiously, we never really get to know Jackson all that well.

The chapters hopscotch between the different storylines, and the plot unravels in the manner of a good airplane or beach read. The writing is all very fluid and professional, although there's no sense of style to mark it. There's some nice bits of humor, some nice bits of human insight, a decent irony here and there. However, there are other elements that are rather clumsily handled, such as the true reason which is unveiled for the missing little girl from the first case, as well as the adult development of one of the two sisters, which is ridiculously forced. Similarly, the dark secret about Jackson's past is totally over-the-top and unnecessary, serving no real purpose in relation to his character. There's also a homeless girl who appears throughout the book whose identity should be pretty obvious very early on, and although Atkinson leaves it unspoken, it's kind of a groaner. To her credit, it's nice that she doesn't quite spell everything out and tie up every loose end in a neat bow. On the whole, it's fairly enjoyable, and I would read another set of Jackson Brodie investigations, but there's nothing particularly groundbreaking here. For a more interesting recent take on the modern British detective story, try Patrick Neate's "City of Tiny Lights."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Enjoyable, Well-Written Character Studies in Mystery Format 31 décembre 2005
Par Miami Reader - Publié sur
The Washington Post review has it right. You will like this novel if:
--You enjoy strikingly crafted, humorous phrases that make you applaud the writer's insights regarding the human condition.
--You like stories written in non-linear fashion, where points of view and major characters change from one chapter to the next, incidents are not always revealed in the order in which they occur, new characters suddenly enter the story for no apparent reason, and you get to use your smarts to deduce what is happening. (Fear not; all is eventually and clearly explained.)
--Several engrossing mysterious threads keep you on edge to find out what the explanations are going to be.
--"Howtodealwithit"--conflicted, troubled people trying to straighten out their lives--is as interesting to you as whodunit.

You will not like this novel if:
--You want a slam-bang action thriller with little or no introspection by the characters.
--You're turned off by major changes in story line and characters from one chapter to the next.
--You'd rather not read about incest, (occasional) casual sex, and dysfunctional families with parents who seem incapable of giving love.
--You strongly object to unlikely coincidences that tie plot elements together.

Stephen King rated this as the best novel of the year in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. I couldn't put it down. This was my first Kate Atkinson novel, and I'm going to read all of her others.

Addendum to review: Sorry to report that I did not enjoy Atkinson's earlier novels; found them tedious, difficult, slow, hard to relate to. Think twice before buying any of them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Vanilla or cotton or Pottery Barn.... 15 juillet 2006
Par Alyssa Donati - Publié sur
This book is not: Dan Brown, Danielle Steel, or Jackie Collins. It's not vanilla or cotton or Pottery Barn. You won't find weary formula here or something previously manufactured and twisted inside out in hopes you won't recognize it. This is talent -- talent that slaps you across the face and awakens you. I imagine Kate Atkinson at age four, barely able to wield a pencil, with all this talent coursing through her. Just Waiting for her.

Case Histories abandons rules and entagles genres. It's a fantastic smorgasbord of eccentric characters and fused lives. It often feels amorphous. It runs amok like a Jackson Pollack but then you get up close and you're suddenly aware of the foresight -- the fastidious structure and precision. It was meant to be sly and sweet here, raw and grusome there and just when you weren't expecting it, sparkling and whimsical.

This novel doesn't just sit there on paper. It pulses and breathes and comes alive in your hands. Even now, after I've finished it, it doesn't want to die. That's a good trick and Atkinson is one hell of a magician.
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