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This Beautiful Life: A Novel (Anglais) Relié – 2 août 2011

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“Riveting. . . . As much as this book fiercely inhabits our shared online reality, it operates most powerfully on a deeper level, posing an enduring question about American values.” (Maria Russo, New York Times Book Review)

“This Beautiful Life is as much a bracing novel as a timely cautionary tale…. Schulman has managed to capture this bizarre of-the-moment tragedy in a novel that remains deeply humane and sensitive…. This Beautiful Life is a powerful story of a good family in crisis.” (Mary McGarry Morris, Washington Post)

“Schulman’s topical, unsettling new novel [is] set in Manhattan’s world of private-school privilege but chillingly relatable for parents anywhere…. Raising tough questions about child rearing, morality and the way the Internet both frees and imprisons, Schulman’s story resonates.” (People (3 ½ out of 4 stars))

“A rich, engrossing, and surprisingly nuanced novel exploring timeless questions of guilt and responsiblity.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

This Beautiful Life isn’t just an intimate look at family breaking down under intense pressure; it’s also a sharp and unsparing indictment of a culture in search of scapegoats. In this timely and provocative novel, Helen Schulman maps out the contours of a contemporary American nightmare.” (Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers and Little Children)

“A gripping, potent, and blisteringly well-written story of family, dilemma, and consequence. While the setting is thoroughly modern, the drama feels as ancient and inevitable as a Greek myth. I read this book with white-knuckled urgency, and finished it in tears. Helen Schulman is an absolutely brilliant novelist.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Committed and Eat, Pray, Love)

“In the hands of a lesser writer, this might have been simply a book about a scandal; Helen Schulman, though, has a long enough view, and a large enough heart, to have found in that scandal’s outlines a mournful and affecting portrait of our brave new social world.” (Jonathan Dee, Author of The Privileges)

“Helen Schulman’s trenchant social observations and precise, lucid writing are brought to bear on the timely story of a crisis in the life of the Bergamot family…. Schulman takes on a controversial topic with depth, evenhandedness, and warmth. Spare and focused, This Beautiful Life packs a wallop.” (Kate Christensen, author of The Epicure's Lament and The Great Man)

“In another writer’s hands, it might come out as a cautionary tale, but Schulman is careful not to paint anyone as villain or victim.” (Hannah Gerson, New York Observer)

“A harrowing and moving account of just how much twenty-first-century technology has magnified the scope of the kind of imbecilities in which teenagers excel. It’s poignant about the fragility of even those homes that are seemingly invulnerably insulated by privilege and caring and vigilant parents.” (Jim Shepard, author of Like You'd Understand, Anyway)

“With psychological acuity and cinematic pacing, Helen Schulman takes a hypercontemporary nightmare…and parlays it into a wildly compelling novel about parenting, privilege, and the fragility of happiness…. This Beautiful Life is moving, disturbing, and grandly incisive.” (Jonathan Miles, author of Dear American Airlines)

“Helen Schulman is one of the most gifted writers of her generation.” (Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Good Squad)

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"ThisBeautiful Life is a gripping, potent and blisteringly well-written story offamily, dilemma, and consequence. . . . I read this book with white-knuckledurgency, and I finished it in tears. Helen Schulman is an absolutely brilliantnovelist." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Theevents of a single night shatter one family’s sense of security and identity inthis provocative and deeply affecting domestic drama from Helen Schulman, theacclaimed author of A Day at the Beach and Out of Time. In thetradition of Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, and Laura Moriarty, Schulman crafts abrilliantly observed portrait of parenting and modern life, cunningly exploringour most deeply-held convictions and revealing the enduring strengths thatemerge in the face of crisis.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Duped by the description 30 août 2013
Par Tim P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The review I read from my book calendar indicated that a salacious internet video forwarded on YouTube or the like "ruined" a family. I was further duped when I read Meredith's Maran's review that it is a "...funny morality tale about and 'ordinary' family." I have yet to find anything funny or "ordinary" about this wealthy, Manhattan family with high-end problems. The gist is a teenager forwards a self-made porn video from a 13-year-old (Daisy) to his buddies. From there, the teenager (Jake) and his family are blacklisted from their community. I find this connection difficult in itself because Daisy (the porn-maker) should be the guilty party. Also, I found little to no connection to any of the characters. Jake had glimmers of a real teenager - especially when he interacted with Audrey (a talking head) outside of the school. Definitely no connection to the dichotomy called Richard (the father). I have really no idea what Coco's point in the story is either other than perhaps comic relief or the residue of a failed marriage. I think I understand what the author was trying to do - make a story about the real-time consequences of the internet and today's digital age. I think taking it from Daisy' perspective would have made more sense to me. I would recommend this book to urban dwellers who live on the East Coast or have lived there. Also, it may be good to recommend to 16-18-year-olds. I did appreciate the writing and dialogue.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating Plot, Great Point of View, But... 27 août 2011
Par Eric Selby - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The plot is really well executed in this novel, set in New York City, where a family of four have recently relocated because the father--the bread winner--has secured a better position than the one he had a Cornell University. Their 15-year-old son, Jake, is enrolled in a top-notch school and appears to be doing fine. Their adopted 6-year-old daughter, Coco, is also enrolled in one of those my-child-has-to-go-there-because-we-are-important-people schools and can be disruptive.
The father, Richard, appears to be a very good father, one who supports his family finacially, while Liz, his wife, does the tasks expected of her: pays the bills, keeps the apartment going, deals with school issues...
Then Jake attends a party, an unsupervised one. And there he meets 11-year-old Daisy. And something happens. No, he does not have sex with her. Something else. And it relates to that ubiquitiousness of the Internet.
And the family falls badly.
The author has a great talent for point of view writing. The reader sees the points of view of the two adults and the son.
But the novel gets to be very tedious. And I don't know how Helen Schulman might have rewritten this to take out that tediousness. But I found myself relegating this to my 30 minutes of cardio time at the gym because otherwise I wouldn't have spent more than fifteen minutes at one sitting with the novel. And I am a person who can sit for hours and hours with "a good book."
So for point of view and plot and character development, this is a five-star novel.
But it is a boring one to read. Or at least for me. One-star. Hence the three-stars.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heart Rending 31 juillet 2013
Par Michael Kleeberg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Schulman does so much with canny ability in this book. The transition in voice from when things are going well to when things begin to fall apart is accomplished with surpassing skill. The omniscient speaker moves from breezy, fully expectant confidence to shaken, panicked uncertainty in a way that is utterly convincing. The family in the story is one I'd cheerfully emulate: Successful, influential, prosperous, loving to one another; they have done so much well and correctly. The son in the story does not act with malice, but the consequences are swift, damning and not necessarily just. What hurts the most is the way the individuals in the family respond. Outwardly, they appear to stand together, but inwardly, they quiver with wide-eyed panic, and an inability to understand what has befallen them. They begin to point fingers anywhere but at themsevles, and eventually devolve into pointing them at each other. I thought the ending was weak, and left a huge gap in the experience of what ultimately befalls the family. But getting to the ending is very much worth the candle. This book left me rattled. For the most part, superb storytelling.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Smug writer, un engaging plot, terrible style 30 décembre 2011
Par Paula de la Cruz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Since this is not the first review I'll skip the plot summary. Helen Schulman's prose is heavy handed and overly descriptive. Clever tidbits that help a writer make a point with wit become the point. And thus taking the reader through pages after page of superficial witisisms. The characters are written from Liz's sarcastic perspective turning them cartoonish and unbelievable. The issue of stripping naked for a boy and make a video of it doesn't compare to the seriousness of cyber bulling that has lead in some cases to suicide. The issue is taken to a level that is hard to believe. And naming the destructive character daisy, and then quoting a passage of the great gatsby about daisy and Tom smashing things up is just too much.

Overall the book doesn't work because the writer has no respect for her characters and seems to have put little care into actually writing the story. On a minor note, she doesn't get the name of the Cuban restaurant in Harlem correctly, and her descriptions of Chelsea are terribly outdated.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not impressed 18 mai 2017
Par Tammy Hutcherson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Unsatisfying ending. Resolution for Daisy, apparently she moved on in her life. But all the character development for Coco and Richard and Liz and Jake and we're left with what? For such a serious and timely topic, a deeper finale is warranted. Title overdrammatized too, considering the story covered less than a decade.
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