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Blessings

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful, poignant book!

This book will be one that you will reach for even after it's over. The story is beautiful and the characters are flawed in an endearing way. I read this in snatches (small children at home) but it was wonderful and SO easy to "get back into.":-) At one point it made...
This book will be one that you will reach for even after it's over. The story is beautiful and the characters are flawed in an endearing way. I read this in snatches (small children at home) but it was wonderful and SO easy to "get back into.":-) At one point it made me cry and my 4 year old couldn't understand how a book can make you cry - keep the tissues handy. It is a story you will be glad you read! The book makes you feel like you are there - beautifully written and incredible descriptions of a home past it's prime.:-) Enjoy and pass it on - well worth the read!

posted by idahoc on April 17, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fails to deliver

I bought the book on a whim, and I was greatly disappointed. I finished it, but it was tough. The idea is riveting, but the author fails to deliver the twists with a dramatic flare. Therefore, the portions where readers should be shocked, fall with an anticlimatic ba...
I bought the book on a whim, and I was greatly disappointed. I finished it, but it was tough. The idea is riveting, but the author fails to deliver the twists with a dramatic flare. Therefore, the portions where readers should be shocked, fall with an anticlimatic bang. Another problem was the description in the book. She described the scenes to the point of obsurdity. At times I found myself reading on and on about chairs.

posted by Anonymous on June 10, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    OK

    Ultimately, Anna Quindlen has proven she is a better observer of life than as a novelist. I think Blessings is the epitome of this truth. Blessings was not a bad novel, as it was overwrought with sometimes seemingly unimportant past recollections with characters, especially with Lydia Blessings. Skip Cuddy was the most fascinating of the characters, exceeding my expectations. As with what Quindlen often discusses is the relationships with our family and how that inevitably interacts with the quintessential question 'Who am I?' An irritating aspect of this novel was that Quindlen wrote in highly stream of conciousness mode of skipping from the present tense into the past tense. Disappointing, but I will still read Quindlen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2003

    'Mixed' Blessings

    The lessons of love and living are nicely and neatly portrayed, and the way in which older people relive and relate to the past is done with great understanding. It is in the action that this book has its weakness. The response of Mrs. Blessing to the scene of the crime in her home does not ring true, and the wrap-up of the story just rushes forward from there without the careful attention to detail and description that made reading up to that point enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    I usually LOVE her books......

    I have enjoyed Anna Quindlen's books in the past. 'Black and Blue' was a great book that kept you reading on. 'One True Thing' was a story I could relate to personal experience and was touching. But I did not feel the same about 'Blessings.' I thought this book sort of dragged along and was sort of dry. I was definitely expecting a little more excitement in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    Not very impressed.....

    I was personally not very impressed with this book. It seems like too much detail with very little happening. I have to say that I was really interested until about half way through then had to power through the rest just to be done with the book.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    I was drawn to her next book.

    I am an Anna Quindlen fan, so of course I was drawn to her next book. The plot developed slowly and I struggled to care about the characters. The Anna Quindlen fan who takes the time, might be glad that they did, but I found this book a disappointment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    hard to read

    I felt that this book was not as good as her other books, I had trouble getting into this book it jumped around and felt that it was boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    Blessings somewhat disappointing

    I was drawn to this book based on Quindlan's past work and an interview with her on an early morning television interview. Its a quick read at only 225 or so pages. I found it difficult to get into because it seemed to jump from the present to the past and back again. Sadly, just as the characters were coming 'alive' for me, the story ended. Lydia's story was more involving.

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    Posted June 14, 2009

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