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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    Disobedience does not live up to its title or opening sentence.

    Pick a loaded word like "disobedience" for your title and write "Reading somone else's e-mail is a quiet, clean enterprise," and you have something to write about. Jane Hamilton, however, has brought me to disobey to original call to read this book by page 51. There is no focus. No theme that starts to warm the pages. No tension in the boy's mind who has invaded his mother's e-mail and imagines her to be having an affair. No reason to have the history teacher father and the on-beyond-tomboy daughter because they exist outside the boy, the mother, and the e-mail, without being woven together. Hamilton's main character might be original, but he is smothered by his imaginings of his mother. Best to go back to the classics before writing a classic theme into modern technology. Or, if what you're after is a young protagonist who is supposedly not contributing to the events at hand, try Lovely Bones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Didn't even finish it

    I couldn't even finish it! I read 'Book of Ruth' by this author and LOVED it, and also read 'Map of the World' which was just 'ok' so I thought I'd give this one a try. UGH! It was a struggle to just read half of it and finally I just gave up, and it's the first book I couldn't finish. Enough with the sister and her civil war obsession. Yawn Yawn Yawn!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2001


    the subject i thought would be very interesting -- how a boy and family deal with a mother's betrayal. however, i could not even get half way through the book...i felt as if i was reading the same chapter over and over. the way the plot was written made it cheesy to me (the whole cyber-love thing.

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