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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Weak First Person Narrator and Unbelievable Characters 19 octobre 2014
Par Eric Selby - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I wanted so much to like this. And probably I've been spoiled by "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" that is set also in these unique British islands that are closer to the coast of France than England. One of the issues is simply this: the first person narrator is unbelievable--Jude who has gone for the summer to the smallest of these islands to be a tutor to a 16-year-old named Pip (I guess the author was trying to channel some Dickens!). The island, Sark, is essentially just out of feudalism, or so we are led to believe. At this place where the father, Eddy, finds himself conveniently having to leave the island while his very unbelievable alcoholic French wife simply stays in an upstairs room except for her weekly Sunday walks around the island three young people--there's a cook who is also a teenager (that too is hard to believe)--are essentially left to their own devices. So let me confess that maybe after page 100 the novel actually improved although the writing certainly wouldn't and I missed the best because I simply don't read beyond page 100 of any book that just isn't interesting and believable. This is neither. So I have decided that a re-reading of "Guernsey Literary..." is what I will set forth in doing. I think this author needs to find a good writing program somewhere. And soon.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Delicate and Haunting 24 avril 2014
Par Louis N. Gruber - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Jude, a naive girl of twenty-one, is hired by a rich family one summer to act as a tutor for their son, Pip. There she meets Sofi, a young Polish girl who is acting as the cook that summer. The locale is the island called Sark--not exactly a part of England or even of the European Union, it's a sort of otherworldly place for an other-worldly summer. The three of them interact awkwardly, forming an odd but powerful friendship, a friendship that will change them forever. That's the first half of the novel: in the second half we follow the threesome as they trace their separate paths through life, love, and change.

There's not much to say about the plot. It's a delicate and haunting evocation of mood, memory, and the flowering of feelings. The characters are striking, a little odd, young people who never quite fit in anywhere, never know really what to make of their unlikely relationship. That's all I can tell you. You just have to read it.

Author Rosa Rankin-Gee writes delicate, luminous prose that evokes the complexity of feelings, without ever saying too much. She tells us just enough about Sark to make us want to know more, and just enough about her characters to make us wish them well. If you're looking for a snappy ending and all the loose ends tied up, you won't find that here. It's more impressionistic than that. Still, I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 i look for the good in every book 5 juillet 2016
Par kre8iv1 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
i am an avid reader, and have been since very young.

i look for the good in every book.

this book i had hoped for an intriguing tale, but came up with disappointment.

the characters are just not believable. period.
i know there are not a lot of interesting names for characters, but using Dickens character names is lame.

the first thing i thought of while reading this was that the author has read some good books and wanted to try to do the same.

i'm really sorry to say, but it has fallen short.

if you are a coffee drinker, let me put it to you this way:
it's watered down and bland, but the marketing hyped you up into thinking it was the best you could ever hope to drink.

my suggestion would be to take a vacation and drink a lot to blot out your brain.
once you return home, then you can look at this book from a fresh perspective and fix it.

it "could" be good.
but copying and manipulating classic books and the characters is not the way to accomplish it.

let me quote Shakira:
"I messed up tonight, I lost another fight
I still mess up but I'll just start again
I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground
I always get up now to see what's next

Birds don't just fly, they fall down and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won't give up, no I won't give in
'Til I reach the end and then I'll start again
No I won't leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail"

try again.

i look forward to reading the revised version.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 an idyllic summer on the isle of Sark and the end of youth 12 août 2016
Par Robert D. Harmon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
The reader could call it "summer reading," in a way, both as an escapist novel -- and as a romance in a romantic setting, a wealthy family's vacation home on the remote, scenic and somewhat exotic isle of Sark. The story focuses on two quirky young women: Sofi, 19, who cooks for the family, is of Polish ancestry but insists she's really from Ealing; and Jude, 21, who is there to tutor the family's only child, the teenaged Pip. There's also the father, Eddy, who is absent on business a lot, and the mother, Esmé, who is also absent, closeted upstairs. It's mainly about an idle, idyllic and somewhat boozy summer spent together by Sofi, Jude and Pip, three people on the cusp of adulthood, told at a pace that is concise and fast-reading, albeit because they are sketched, rather than detailed.

That's the first half of the book. The second half is more like an extended epilogue, and in place of the linear narrative of the first half the reader experiences a series of episodes, vignettes, mostly in various parts of France. It's a bit jarring, and a bit darker, and winds up with a separate finale that resolves things but seems pasted-on. The reason this still works is because Sofi, Pip and Jude are compelling, if somewhat reticent, characters that readers may care about, and their subsequent stories are intriguing enough. The book seems a little disordered but maybe this story and these lives are disorderly enough, and it's worthwhile.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with? 12 novembre 2013
Par Keris Nine - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Rosa Rankin-Gee's debut takes a curious approach to structure and content that makes it feel like something less than a conventional novel, but something more than a series of connected short stories. This however is less in the spirit of experimentation with the format as much as meeting and matching the rhythms of the lives of the three young people who meet on summer in Sark and fall in love. Three people is an odd number for any love affair, and yes, inevitably, it leads to deep complications for all concerned.

The novel is divided into two distinct sections. The first half is novella-like, related from the perspective of Jude, a young 21-year old girl who is engaged for the summer as a tutor for Pip on the island of Sark. Her time there seems fairly uneventful and even commonplace, Jude seemingly never fitting in or feeling entirely comfortable with Pip or sharing a room with Sofi, a young Polish girl from Ealing who is engaged there as a cook. They go for walks, cycle, go swimming and meet some Czech boys staying on the island, but nothing apparently out of the ordinary. There's little sense even of a narrative direction, just a series of impressions that somehow manage to get it across that Jude is nonetheless experiencing a summer of love that is going to have an important impact on her life.

There's little that is made explicit about these feelings until close to the end of this section, but in the playfulness of the dialogue and the imaginative and original use of language (particularly from Sofi), you sense the deeper undercurrents at work. The second half of the book feels less satisfactory, revisiting Pip, Jude and Sofi at different times in the subsequent ten years or so through a series of fragmentary short-stories where you have to gradually work out from the dialogue who we are dealing with, what the time period is and in what circumstances the characters are living ...or, well, maybe coping is a better word. It feels like the author is playing with you, withholding information until the last moment, but on the other hand, this sense of being lost in the middle of something unknown does create exactly the right kind of sense of dissatisfaction that is vital here.

This then, more than anything, is what the novel best achieves, communicating those feelings to the viewer outside of a conventional narrative plot. "A tugging at the base of your stomach" is one phrase that is used in the book to describe the sensation of being in love with the wrong person, of love being unrequited, of opportunities being missed, of regretful longing for the past, and it's a feeling that will be painfully recognisable to most readers. Rosa Rankin-Gee manages to hit the reader right in that delicate place through her writing across the whole of The Last Kings of Sark, and gut reaction is really what counts in this lovely little novel.
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