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Leaving Time [Anglais] [Broché]

Jodi Picoult

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Praise for Jodi Picoult
“Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.”—Stephen King
“It’s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.”Financial Times
“Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.”The Boston Globe
“Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.”—Associated Press --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition CD .

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Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing.

Over ten years have passed, and still Jenna reads and rereads her mother's journals, hoping to find some clue hidden there, in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants.

Desperate for answers, Jenna uses all her savings to recruit the aid of a private detective - and a psychic.

Jenna knows her mother loved her. She knows she would not leave her. And she will not rest until she finds out what happened that night.In her most gripping mystery since House Rules, Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl's determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Msali 17 septembre 2014
Par prisrob - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a fan of Jodi Picoult, I was looking forward to reading her new novel. By the time I finished reading this novel, I was left with a feeling of astonishment. It is at once a storyline of such depth on the research of grieving elephants, and so rich in the storylines of those involved.

Jenna Metcalf's mother, Alice, disappeared after a caregiver was trampled by an elephant. Jenna's father has been in a psychiatric institution since that time, and Jenna lives with her grandmother. Jenna has not been able to forget her mother, or come to terms that her mother would leave her. Jenna does everything she can to find her mother, looking online and reads all of Alice's old journals.

Alice was a research scientist studying elephant grief. Alice spent most of her time with the elephants that she loved. While in Africa, Alice met Thomas who ran an elephant refuge in New Hampshire. They went back to New Hampshire, married and had Jenna. All the while the love of elephants based their existence. As time goes by, Jenna is unable to find anything to support her queries about her mother. Jenna finds two people to help her, Serenity a doubted psychic, and Virgil Stanhope an older private detective. Jenna, Serenity, Thomas and Alice tell the story in alternating chapters.

Jodi Picoult does a great deal of research for her books, and with this one, she went to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee,and met with Professor Abigail Baird. She also went to Vassar with Abigail Baird, who taught her all about the brain and how memory works. Then, they went to Botswana to work with Jeanetta Selier, a Ph.D. researcher who studies herds in the Tuli block. Jodi Picoult goes on to tell us about the fascinating aspects of elephants and what she learned.

"What you may NOT know about elephants is that they have an incredibly complex brain, capable of communicating, learning, remembering, and experiencing fear, pain and loss. In Kenya, there are two tribes that interact with the elephants frequently. The Masaai use spears to hunt them, and wear red. The Kamba are farmers who don't hunt elephant. Scientists have proven that elephants can distinguish between the two groups by smell and sight. Herds showed greater fear when showed red garments - which suggests cognitive capacity and long term memory. Even elephants who had no direct experience with Masaai reacted this way, suggesting social learning and communication."

We all know how poaching has decreased the elephant herds, looking for and selling of ivory has become a world wide industry. While reading this book, I was left with such great empathy for these massive creatures, we usually only see in a zoo or at the circus. This is a marvelous book, one of my favorites, full of surprises.

Recommended. prisrob 09-17-14
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Many layers to this story, each one enchanting 18 septembre 2014
Par W.Keith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a fan of Jodi Picoult's novels, and this latest one did not disappoint. The style is typical of Picoult's books, where you actually feel like you are learning something as you are being intrigued and entertained. The book is told in first person narrative, alternating between the perspectives of the main characters, and is easy to understand and follow. The emotional lives of elephants is not a subject I ever thought I'd be interested in, but Picoult's does such a fantastic job of weaving her research, you are drawn in and invested. This book resonates on an emotional level long after you put it down. I actually feel like I have a greater understanding of the psychiatry behind grief & loss, and I'm a little changed by it. For all it's deepness, the novel is also lighthearted, melodious, and funny at times, providing truly unpredictable twists and turns. It's thoroughly entertaining right to the last page. You think about this book and its characters even after you've finished it, which is high praise for the author's story-telling. Highly recommend.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A missing mother, a teenage detective, and a lot of science about elephant behavior 17 septembre 2014
Par B. Case - Publié sur Amazon.com
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“Leaving Time,” by Jodi Picoult, is quite an unusual mystery novel—one that entertains and delights on many levels. First, it’s a book about a teen searching for her missing mother but it is also very much a book about the science underpinning the emotional lives of elephants. It’s a book that’s often serious, researched-based, and intellectually exhilarating. At the same time, it’s light, humorous, and zany. It’s chilling when it ventures into the dark corners of the human mind and thrilling when one of its main characters is put in harm’s way. The writing is smart, compelling, and full of emotional detail. Finally, it’s a story with an ending that takes one completely by surprise.

The story is about a plucky 13-year-old girl named Jenna who is determined to find out what happened to her mother. Alice, the mother, disappeared when Jenna was three years old. The disappearance happened less than a day after an elephant trampled to death an employee of the New England Elephant Sanctuary, owned and operated by her parents. Unfortunately, her father, Thomas, suffered a complete mental breakdown after these events and never recovered. He’s been confined to a mental institution ever since. And Jenna? She’s been an orphan, of sorts, cared for by her grandmother.

When the book opens, Jenna’s thirteen and she’s determined to find her mother. She’s confident she has the wherewithal to accomplish the task, but she realizes she still needs adult help. Eventually, Jenna connects with two delightfully quirky characters who agree to assist her: Virgil, a washed-up former cop working as a private investigator, and Serenity, a cotton-candy-pink-haired psychic.

In standard Picoult style, the novel is narrated from the first-person perspectives of multiple characters, in this case: Alice, Jenna, Virgil, and Serenity. Each character tells his or her story directly to the reader in chronological order…but there are two timelines. The chronology of Alice’s story begins a whole decade and a half before her disappearance. The chronology of Jenna’s, Virgil’s, and Serenity’s story starts when Jenna is 13 and the three band together to try and locate Alice. The chapters alternate between characters. So with Jenna’s, Virgil’s and Serenity’s chapters, we follow the present-day plot chronologically forward in time, while Alice’s chapters always take us backwards in time to fill in essential bits of history necessary to support both the plot and the theme.

There is much about this book that is formulaic, mind-bending, and manipulative, but so are a lot of good novels that end up entertaining us in a big way. Picoult is a first-rate storyteller and this book is full of many layers of mesmerizing stories (especially those about elephants) in addition to the core mystery story about Alice’s disappearance.

When I think back on this book, it was not the plot that lingers, but the theme.

This is a book about loss, grief, empathy, and the extraordinary lifelong emotional bonds between mother and child. This theme is repeatedly played out not only with the book’s human characters, but also with the elephant characters. The book is full of incredible elephant stories based on real-life science—stories that the author culled from personal interviews with elephant experts and extensive research and study into elephant empathy, grief, and loss.

For me, it was a really fun book and I was pleased that the story opened the opportunity for readers to learn so much about elephants and their emotional lives. If this book brings pleasure to readers and helps them understand more about elephants, then this author has accomplished a worthwhile and socially responsible goal. I can’t help but applaud this novel and recommend it highly. [My recommendation comes with two caveats: first, if you are not interested in elephants or the science behind their emotional lives, this book is probably not for you; second, if you love scientific subjects so much that you can’t feel comfortable with the idea of a fictional psychic, then again, this book is probably not for you.]
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