During the course of reading this novel, I didn't really feel intrigued to want to know what's going to happen next in the novel until James Lee stomped out of his home near the last of 1/6 of the novel (p.244). I would be heart-broken if James and Marilyn didn't get back together ! I told myself that I'd never read this author's book again if she makes them go their separate ways at the end.
I like Yishu's novels that they typically quickly drag me into the story and make me want to follow the journeys of the protagonists. For most of this novel, I didn't enjoy the narrative and even sometimes felt impatient. The novel started with Lydia being dead and then the stories sometimes went back to the time when Lydia was alive and sometimes happened after Lydia's death. The author didn't disclose why Lydia die until the last twenty pages or so. It seems that Lydia was over-confident about her swimming skill and somehow doing what she wanted has caused her death. It's too irony and too much a tragedy !
I think, the overall sadness in this novel has made it harder for me to enjoy reading it. Kind of stupid but that's how I honestly feel. I somehow didn't feel too curious to know why Lydia died and there was a lack of a strong appealing factor for me to keep reading. The nature of James' lack of confidence has made me dislike him a bit. I don't feel that there is really a depth of the interracial marriage in this novel. It's a bit of the usual cliché really. The difficulty and issues for a interracial family described in this novel is nothing new. It's probably very realistic but it didn't made an ethnic Chinese from Hong Kong enjoy reading it. Lee, as a Chinese last name is probably for somebody originally from Hong Kong/Macau and Taiwan as people in Mainland China would use the spelling "Li". But this novel doesn't mention this bit at all.
p.155 (lines 10-11): in the sentence "... making damp slodges on the side wall ...", "slodges" should probably be "splodges" ?!...Continua
Un libro complesso, doloroso, che fa riflettere molto sul ruolo di genitori e figli. Mi ha lasciato un senso di ansia nel leggerlo, pensando a come sia facile amare troppo o non amare abbastanza o comunque comportarsi coi figli come noi avremmo voluto i nostri genitori si comportassero con noi, ma che in realta' non e' quello che vogliono/di cui hanno bisogno i nostri figli. Inoltre la questione dell'integrazione razziale negli anni '70 negli USA e' interessante, un matrimonio misto, una difficolta' (solo percepita o reale?) di essere uno nella mischia. Da leggere....Continua
Un libro sulle aspettative, nostre e degli altri, bellissimo, ben scritto, ritmo coinvolgente, da non perdere. Leggetelo, soprattutto se avete figli
Everything I Never Told You, the debut novel by Celeste Ng, is the beautifully and gently told story of the Lee family living in Ohio in the 1970s. The themes of not belonging and not communicating recur with every character throughout the book. The adult characters, James and Marilyn, make choices that are not likable; yet, you want to understand them. The book leaves you sad and wishing that you could undo some of the choices and mend what is broken.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/01/everything-i-never-told-you.html...Continua