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Country Life: A Novel

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    Austen Meets Bronte--Delightful, Hilarious Story

    To me, this novel represents a 21st-century-British novel in the Bristish tradistion of fine writing, subtle humor, and intriguing exploration of character in relationships. Rachel Cusk writes well. Her work would not suit the reader who wants a "quick fix" of adventure or romance or comedy; rather, this novel is one to be enjoyed at leisure and kept for a second, third, or even fourth reading. I laughed aloud at some of the predicaments Stella put herself in. The humor comes as much from Stella's self-conscious reflections as from situations. Cusk understands and presents characters well, especially the main character, Stella, and her "charge," Martin. The ending perfectly suits Cusk's characters and their development throughout the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    Enough complexities and suspense within narrow boundaries

    Much like the heroine, stella, I got more than I bargained for in this unexpectedly enjoyable book. Granted, the writing style is complicated, but honestly, it's worth untangling the sentences. The naming of the book is especially appropriate, because the story is a sort of reflection on country life---namely,that there can be enough complexities and suspense within the narrow boundaries and behind the placid exterior of the country. Cusk grips the audience with small problems, which somehow seems calamitous enough to keep one turning the pages. The characters are, for the most part, believable ( though Stella herself sometimes strains the borders of credence), and Stella's observations shrewd. My only objection is that Cusk has strewn her country side with too many misshapen and oddball characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    Great Book!

    I loved this book! First of all it is extremely well written. Yes at times I had to reread some sentences to understand what she was saying but that is my problem not the fault of the author. She is extremely witty and funny. I actually sympathised with Stella. My book club panned the book but I loved it and wish I had another group to discuss it with because I didn't quite get the ending. I heard her other book Saving Agnes is no good however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    An Alternative to Sleeping Pills

    This was quite possibly one of the worst books I have ever read. Not that you have to like the characters in all books but Stella was too much - weak, whinning, etc. The literary style was cumbersome and overblown as if the author was trying too hard to make a dramatice statement. I couldn't care less what happended to the characters. If you have to try this book only read it in bed if you are having trouble getting to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    A Disappointment

    It was interesting to watch the relationship between Stella and Martin develop. . .Martin seemed the more mature of the two. There are many hints at the personalities and relationships of the other characters, but none is fully developed. The ending is a disappointment; almost as though Ms. Cusk got tired of writing, or is she paving the way for a sequel?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2000

    Great book!!

    I was very touched by this book and felt sorry when it's ended. Rachel Cusk writes in such a beutiful way specially when she discribes complex emotions of the main character. I'm looking forward for Ms. Cusk next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000


    I have two gripes about this book. The first is the author's writing style. There are too many run-on sentences and sentence splices for my taste. Rereading sentences a few times to understand the author's thought is too much labor for a fiction book. Secondly, I have a difficult time relating to the main character. I think Stella could use some assertion counseling. The more I read the less I like her, which makes for difficult reading.

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