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Posted November 11, 2009
Is there ever such a thing as a "Simple Wedding"?
My older daughter and I have been devoted followers of FBOFW since it began over 30 years ago. We like the way the children grow up and begin to have their own lives. Although this book didn't deal with it, Lynn Johnston has also dealt with the death of a parent, the homosexuality of a friend's son and the illness of the remaining grandparent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When you read this book, which is a collection of her cartoons as they appeared in daily and Sunday newspapers, you feel as though she had been looking through your living room window.
Posted June 11, 2009
Posted June 8, 2009
Posted May 12, 2009
A fond farewell for a longtime favorite comic strip
I have been following FBOFW for a very long time, and was disappointed that a favorite was coming to an end. And I wondered how Lynn Johnston would let the story play out. Neither too sentimental nor not emotional enough, this collection is a great ending to a well-told, multifacetd story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As always, the drawing is superb, and Lynn Johnston's take on every day family life is as insightful and witty as ever. Over the years Johnston has woven the story of the Pattersons into a rich tale, full of life's ups and downs, with humor, compassion, and a sense of reality that makes FBOFW read more like a well-written novel than a comic strip. The characters are complex - they have good qualities, failings, worries, good days and bad days. And the story lines are realistic - Johnston deals with raising children, aging, friendship, love, work, caring for elderly parents, loss of loved ones, personal setbacks, and so much more. It can't be easy to fit the lives of her characters into 4 panels six days a week, and only slightly more on Sundays, but Lynn Johnston does it, and she does it better than most. And her story line is always easy to follow, even when she moves from character to character, story line to story line.
It would have been easy to end FBOFW with a fairy-tale happy ending, especially when the main theme is the wedding of Liz and Anthony, but Lynn Johnston ends on a better note - life goes on, with all the good and the bad that comes with it. It is Lynn Johnston at her best.
"Just a Simple Wedding" is a great read, and a "must-have" for any Lynn Johnston/FBOFW fan.
Posted May 10, 2009
Posted May 2, 2009
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A Fitting End to the For Better or For Worse saga.
Lynn Johnston wraps up all loose ends in this last collection of For Better or For Worse. Elizabeth and Anthony finally tie the knot in this heartwarming book, while Francie, Anthony's daughter, finally accepts Elizabeth into her life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Of course, Elly and John, Mike and Deanna and their children, and April all have their stories as well. I have enjoyed following the Patterson family through the years, even though I don't agree with some of Lynn's storylines. I also thought that Mike's friend, Gordon, gave the sweetest answer to Anthony's question: "Gord, would you get married a second time?"
Gordon, "Yes and no. Yes, because I've had the best marriage a guy could hope for. And no, because I've had the best marriage a guy could hope for."
This collection belongs in anyone's personal library who's a For Better of For Worse fan.
Posted June 29, 2009
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Posted June 16, 2009
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