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The Effect of Living Backwards

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    Interesting concept

    Julavits is at her best with dialogue. I found it to be the best part of this novel. I wanted to know more about the main character, Alice...really liked her. But I was disappointed with the story or lack of of direction. I think it's tricky to tell a story that has a a plane hijacking as the backdrop especially in this sensitive post 9/11 era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2005

    strange . . . but engaging

    I continued to plow my way through this book even though I felt no emotional connection to any of the characters or a real understanding of what was really happening - which, of course, was the point. I prefer my reading to be a little less like taking mind altering drugs. However, I did think that the premise was interesting and liked the idea of the story connecting in a less logical order. In the end, for me, the puzzle just didn't come together and didn't leave me with any of the pleasant hum of feeling that you get after reading a really well drawn character - of 'missing' the characters after closing the back cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    3.5 stars

    at first, the book seemed pretentious simply because of the way the narrator used language but it became more engaging as time went on. the author has created a protangonist who is honestly insightful. the best parts - almost outstanding - are the shame stories that alternate between chapters. i found the ending disappointing...almost a bit silly. however, i think this author could write some fiercely entertaining short stories.

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