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the lovely bones. by alice sebold.

i first came across 'the lovely bones' in the bookshop at my university. a place far more enticing than the library i have to say - perhaps it's the temptation of knowing i shouldn't be buying books for pleasure due to the three thousand textbooks that need to be bought - or simply it's the new book smell.

anyway i was somewhat reluctant to buy it considering the hype surrounding it. i hate to be one to jump on any kind of bandwagon. i am proud to say i first read harry potter before the hype so i feel less dirty when i see the complete works on my shelf. so far i have not yet succumbed to twilight.

at present i am half way through reading 'the lovely bones'. i am never quite sure whether it's a blessing or a curse that i have terribly slow reading habits. it is a curse as such that i love books and i want to devour every book i see immediately. but it is a blessing as i love the familiar company of one book. i will carry it with me everywhere and get very connected to it. as such you could ask me about any event in my life and i could tell you the very book i was reading at that time.

what interests me about 'the lovely bones' is the concept of susie's heaven. i'm wondering whether there will be some kind of twist further on as her heaven doesn't altogether seem very heavenly. she frequently seems to be lonely and yearns for her life on earth. perhaps this is some kind of feel-good moral on behalf of the author - something along the lines of 'it's a wonderful life'. not taking for granted the life you live every day. when it's gone you'd give anything to have that back. living is heaven. that kind of thing.

i love the words alice sebold uses. a lot of her phrases and ways of wording things are so simply said yet said with a real beauty.
"had my brother really seen me somehow, or was he merely a little boy telling beautiful lies?"

i am anxious to read the second half but felt i would post to hear other people's views on this book if they have read it? over-hyped? too commercialised now to be a classic do you think?
Tags: genre: fiction, xxx author last name: r-z
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