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Kevin experienced the usual mixed feelings seeing them together: a vague sadness for his daughter, who was so clearly the sidekick in this duo, but also a kind of relief rooted in the thought--or at least the hope — —that her unprepossessing appearance might function as a form of protective camouflage out in the world". Martin Luther King Jr. View all 15 comments.
Nov 06, Fabian rated it liked it. This is about the cult of cults, a very fascinating topic. Its something that baffles me, and thinking about joining a collective of weirdos which is the reason I naturally avoid malls and Wal-Mart gives me the willies. Anyway, the thing about Perrotta is that his work, as terrific or as pedestrian as it is, is insanely readable and "getting into it" is easy and fun. His books are given the usual three stars by me, but it really means something that some of his novels have made terrific films This is about the cult of cults, a very fascinating topic.
His books are given the usual three stars by me, but it really means something that some of his novels have made terrific films "Election," "Little Children". I only need time to read everything of his, minus "L. Another genuine Perrottatism is the ambiguous "sloppy" or "moralizing"?
I need to KNOW!! It is askew, ambitious. But then, it kinda does have a hard time being about national themes of global catastrophe such as The Rapture, The Apocalypse and the personal minutiae in which they are somehow played out. Perrotta's scale is incredibly, claustrophobically small.
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But then again: this is why he was named by a critic as a "Steinbeck of suburbia. No, there is something rather paint-it-by-numbers here. But still, I must reiterate that I must read everything else. At least the guy sure knows how to entertain! View all 8 comments. Mar 21, Alias Pending rated it it was ok Shelves: last-word-book-club. No, that's too kind. It starts off fun, but soon the smooth, featureless texture is burning your skin and all you can see is the cold, rocky ground waiting for you at the end.
And then you hit the rocky ground and it is worse than you imagined. Speaking of bad comparisons, The Rapture, the author claims, is a metaphor for dealing with grief and loss. Yet, no one in this book deals with grief or loss in any positive fashion. If this was meant to be a strictly humorous book, the multiple negative endings might have wrapped up as punch lines to their various character arcs. However, as the book runs out of irony somewhere at the half way point, the conclusion to the novel is about as downbeat as they come.
The real irony is that this well told tale of mediocrity in the face of extraordinary change never becomes more than a mediocre reflection of itself.
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View all 10 comments. Jun 24, Jill rated it liked it. This is quite the literary year for ordinary families becoming enmeshed in extraordinary, indeed, catastrophic, situations. And now Tom Perrotta one-ups him by introducing the Garveys…a suburban family who was left behind in the aftermath of a Rapture-like event. To his credit, Tom Perrotta drinks no Kool-aid.
Before the event occurs, one character says this about the R This is quite the literary year for ordinary families becoming enmeshed in extraordinary, indeed, catastrophic, situations. There seems to rhyme or reason as to who disappears. What has happened?
He wisely leaves it to the imagination of the reader. They try to move forward while grieving the departed and getting by in a world where consumerism, politics, conventional religion, and mindless entertainment have lost their meaning. Time moved on, seasons changed, individuals withdrew into their private lives, turned their faces toward the sun. On balance, it was a good thing. Perhaps a little too ambitious. The grandness of the apocalyptic event is always lurking in the background, making the players who strut and fret their last hours on stage seem rather ordinary.
It seemed to me that the random mystery of a devastating event would have created a universal clamor to find out why; otherwise, how to go on?
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View all 12 comments. Aug 18, Peter Derk rated it it was ok. Have you ever read one of those books where it feels like the middle part of a trilogy, like all the action happened just before the first page and then kicks into gear right on the last page? I guess it doesn't matter if you've read one like that or not.
That little description makes sense enough, right?
Okay, how about this: When I get a pizza, the first slice is awesome. Because I was so hungry and anticipating it. And then you get into a cycle of diminishing Have you ever read one of those books where it feels like the middle part of a trilogy, like all the action happened just before the first page and then kicks into gear right on the last page?
And then you get into a cycle of diminishing returns about three slices in.
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Then it just becomes another food, what you're eating for that meal and nothing more. The bookends of pizza are awesome, but the middle is kind of lame. Nothing really happens, and it's just an unnecessary way of getting you from the beginning of the pizza to the end.
A smarter man would eat a few slices on day one, and then a second set the next day, after which the pizza could go out. A smarter man would have also read the setup in this book, then skipped to the end to see what all happened without slogging through a lot of I don't know what. What's so weird about this book is that other than the setup, a large portion of the population mysteriously disappearing all at the same time, there's almost nothing really remarkable about what happens. It's all kind of mundane.
Which I get. It's realistic. Well, except for the rising up of a cult of people who don't talk except when they do and smoke all the time except when they don't and are pretty much harmless except when they aren't. Plus, nobody mentions the benefits. Anyway, if you're considering this book, I'd say reconsider. It's fine overall, but you can find what you're looking for somewhere else that'll be preferable, whether it's suburban drama, attempting to put a shape to loss, or a miracle baby.
View all 6 comments. Aug 11, Stacia the club rated it it was ok Shelves: hybrid-multiple-genre , paranormal-other , adult , magical-realism , multiple-pov , male-pov , frustrating , mystery , realistic-general-or-lit-fiction.
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Up until the last few pages, I was somewhat enjoying the book, happy sunshine oh wow, I accidentally typed happy sunshit and had to correct that. I might have just coined a new term. Okay, so there wasn't actually a whole lot of happy or sunshine going on, but compared to the show, this book was Leftovers. Okay, so there wasn't actually a whole lot of happy or sunshine going on, but compared to the show, this book was very light on the drama.
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Why I picked up The Leftovers : I was on a "need to know" basis regarding all of the information that the show is leaving out for now. Season 1 is almost over and I was still struggling to figure out what the entire purpose of the Guilty Remnant cult was about. Why the show felt the need to have to withold info that the book gave away up front, I don't know.
AT ALL. Okay, so there was one scene toward the end which was a bit of a trip, but that's the only crumb we got. Book vs. Show : Even with all of the frustration and lack of info, the show wins because the show actually seems to have a backbone. Laurie on the show is kind of a bitch.