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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    Definitely Disappointing

    I thought it was going to be a good book since it won New York Times book of the year and a motion picture was made based on the book. Too many characters, made it too confusing. It was also depressing. Would not recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    Evening should be put to rest

    I did not care for this book for a couple of reasons. The stream of consciousness style of some of the passages was so annoying and lacking in depth that I simply skimmed them. The main story of the weekend that changed the main character's life was told in a very fine fashion, but those passages didn't make up for the overall choppiness and confusion that left the reader going 'huh?' I understand that the writer wanted the reader to be as confused as the dying cancer patient would be on her death bed, and while the intent is fine the delivery makes the book stylistically unpalatable. The portions of the book about the patient's present day family are irritating and left me wondering why they even bothered to show up at her deathbed. Overall, a dissapointment after all of the hype. I would not read this author again if a new book includes the stream of consciousness technique that here flopped so badly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2007

    I wasted several hours of my life on this book.....

    This story could have been told in a few pages. Unfortunately, the story was stretched out and told in three different ways, it seems. First, the main plot or focus of the book, the weekend Ann meets and spends a mere three days with Harris. Second, the constant flashbacks to her inadequate life after said weekend. Third, the weird, morphine-induced delusions of a dying Ann. The worst parts were the page-long, run-on sentences without punctuation. Add to that her thoughts or memories interjected in to the middle of sentences, e.g. 'So much of life was bracing oneself MAKE IT GO AWAY she was not as she once was I CAN'T BEGIN TO EXPLAIN the old way was not working...' The only good thing I found about this book was that, mercifully, it was a short read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    very disappointing

    This book was very disappointing. A 'love' based on one weekend fling isn't love. It's scratching an itch. This could have been so much better. Also, the author's style of writing was entirely too kitschy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Cliché, cliché, cliché , and downright pathetic

    At the end of her life, Ann Lord thinks back on how her life might have been different if she had spent it with her 'true love.' Right. A 'true love' with whom she spent moments in one whirlwind weekend, and with whom the extent of their relationship was based solely on physical attraction and on nothing approaching substance. The characters are generally not developed enough, with the exception of Ann Lord, who is intended to be this sweet heroine who has had a lifelong run of bad luck and bad choices, but who is really nothing more than a selfish and shallow child. Further crippling the hope of enjoying this novel, is the author's lack of punctuation. There are some passages where this works to convey the experience of a dying woman, and the way that the mind spins into so many different directions. But overall, it is distracting, and leads to having to reread parts of the book in order to figure out who is talking and what they are talking about. The one redeeming quality of Evening is Minot's use of descriptive language. She does manage to create some truly beautiful settings that keep this book from being a complete waste of time.

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