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Posted October 17, 2010
An enjoyable read!
I enjoyed the story. Being a huge dog-lover and having a dachshund that is thoroughly spoiled and attached to me, I could relate with the emotions and actions of the characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2009
Jill Ciment manages to take a simple tale of an elderly couple and their beloved dog, pit it against a sensational news story of a terrorist hiding out in Manhattan, and somehow the reader cares as much (if not more) about the dachshund than the potential terrorist attack. With subtle statements about everything from the media to fidelity, this small novel reads like a thriller but stays in the mind like the Chekhov stories one of the protagonists reads each night before bed. Beautifully written, witty, scathing- I couldn't put Heroic Measures down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2009
What a compelling little story of a family... an elderly husband, wife, and their little "wiener dog", Dorothy. I loved the angle at which it was written, from all of their points of view, including Dorothy! It is full of love, naturally, as Dorothy has to be rushed to the hospital, in the midst of a gasoline tanker left in the Midtown Tunnel. Another terrorist attack? It holds the city in its grip, while Alex and Ruth are worried about not only the sale of thier apartment, but getting to Dorothy, battling the gridlock. Moving!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I absolutely loved this book! The story was so well done and beautifully written. I could feel the pain of Ruth and Alex as they coped with the illness of their beloved dog and with the stress of relocating their lives in their senior years. The underlying plot of possible terrorism added to the relevance of our modern day. This is a book I have already recommended as a GREAT READ!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2009
Jill Ciment has written a great "domestic" thriller.
For forty-five years retired teacher Ruth and artist Alex Cohen have lived in their East Village co-op, but now the elderly couple finds the five flights unbearable and their cherished Dorothy the Dachshund can no longer move her back feet making it that much more difficult for them. Thus they plan to sell the apartment hoping for a million dollars and find a more convenient abode somewhere closer to the ocean perhaps as far south as the Carolinas.
As they wait to host an open house, Alex has been adding illustrations to "ancient history FBI files of Ruth. However, the police begin an evacuation when a driver Abdul Pamir loses control of a gas tanker blocking the Midtown tunnel. Residents begin panicking that another 9/11 is happening and the media adds to the fears with the "Danger in the Tunnel" reporting that imply terrorists since the driver is named Abdul. While all this is going down (should say "up"-town) Dorothy becomes ill and needs to see a veterinarian and their realtor says terrorists like Abdul who became frightened of mobs, police, and reporters assaulting him takes hostages, which makes the Cohen pad worth a lot less.
HEROIC MEASURES is a super look at an edgy America in which the media and the politicians play up the 9/11 card at any time, which leads to more nervousness as if the country has turned into a collective neurotic perhaps even psychotic mess. The story line reads like a Manhattan thriller in which any moment the Midtown Tunnel will explode and Abdul will kill his hostages yet does so with a profound focus on the three subplots of New York real estate, an aging couple struggling with an ailing canine, and the media-politician marriage of convenience to hyperbolize the truth. Jill Ciment has written a great "domestic" thriller.
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Posted September 24, 2009
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