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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Gorgeous!

This is a classic, if something can be a classicc that has only just been published. The whole book is just shimmery and creepy fairytale. But I recommend it mostly to those who like their books on the strange side...

posted by 2240658 on November 19, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Story is a disppointing read

I enjoyed the start of the book and like the characters. However as the story went on, it began to fall short. With a flu epidemic going on, there should have more to write about. With Jiselle's husband gone in Germany, there should have been more than phone calls th...
I enjoyed the start of the book and like the characters. However as the story went on, it began to fall short. With a flu epidemic going on, there should have more to write about. With Jiselle's husband gone in Germany, there should have been more than phone calls that stopped happening. What happened to him? Did he fall to the flu too or do we guess he ran away and married another woman? Does he care nothing of his kids? How do the kids accept his being gone without any mention of missing him? And then it appears that there may be a romance brewing with the friend who helps her out with home projects. Only he just walks away after his son dies, and we are left with nothing. The author could have done so much more with this story as the events and characters were there waiting for her to do so. The ending was terrible. To end with the title, that it is an to a perfect world, I am not sure if the author forgot that the life they were living was in no means perfect, and prior to the last sentence it appears that there may have been hope of a better future. I felt this author just gave up on this book and tried to find a way to finish it. However, it was left unfinished and disappointing. I will not read another book by this author, nor recommend her.

posted by RBDM on May 22, 2010

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Title not appropriate.

    The story moved slowly. I skipped a lot of the details. The characters, even when being difficult, were like-able, but I wanted to nudge them into action.
    I would reccomend this to friends, with reservation.

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  • Posted December 3, 2009

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    This is not a feel-good book. It's a bit dark, and often times depressing, yet there is beauty between its pages and I found its simplicity oddly comforting.

    The first third of this book is spent setting up the characters. Jiselle starts off as sort of one-dimensional. She falls in love with Mark Dorn and eventually quits her job to care for his three children. As a pilot, he is rarely home and as an ex-flight attendant, Jiselle is well aware of how such a career works. However, she becomes frustrated by his long absences and spend a lot of her time remembering how it used to be. In the mean time, the Phoenix Flu has hit. Celebrities are dropping like flies and panic has set in. To top it all off, Mark is detained and unable to return home so Jiselle is suddenly a single-parent.

    The end of the world as we know it, is a scary thing to ponder. If you've ever experienced a natural disaster first-hand, you can sort of appreciate, on a smaller scale, the kind of chaos that is possible. For example, when I was in the big Northridge Quake.it did not occur to me that gasoline would be scarce. I mean, there are pumps everywhere, right? True, but when there is no electricity those pumps don't work. Nor do ATMs or credit card machines, so if you're without cash when the big one hits, then you're up the creek without a paddle.

    This book is sort of like that. Kasischke reminds you that food is scarce, that gasoline is at a premium and that medication is a luxury. As you follow along, you realize just how precious that torn scrap of paper is, or that empty plastic bag. As the characters are slowly stripped of their possessions, what remains is a simplicity.a quietness that is somehow comforting. A simple meal, a game of charades, conversation by candlelight.these are things we typically do not appreciate in the fast-paced world we live in today.

    What I found particularly shocking was the author's use of actual celebrities within the storyline. This put a 2009 "stamp" on it and made it all the more real. Additionally, the pandemic storyline strikes a little too close to home. In the book, the Phoenix flu loosely resembles the Avian flu but with H1N1 raging all around us, its hard not consider the similarities.

    Reading about the end of the world is not pleasant and Kasischke does not paint a pretty picture but the novel is very thought-provoking and there are moments of quiet beauty. I found it to be very visual in the telling. A book club would have a lot to discuss.

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