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The Mermaid Chair

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Soul Satisfying Book

In The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd does for fiction what the Flemish masters did for painting. She imbues each scene with so much reality it unfolds in your mind like a memory.

You can taste the salty sea air and smell the murky island scents of Egret Island. You fe...
In The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd does for fiction what the Flemish masters did for painting. She imbues each scene with so much reality it unfolds in your mind like a memory.

You can taste the salty sea air and smell the murky island scents of Egret Island. You feel every horrific and blessed thing that Jessie experiences.

I have never fallen so completely in love with a book before. Her writing is beyond beautiful. It¿s startling and humbling. I found myself nodding and rereading lines, thinking YES that is exactly how it feels but how did she capture it so perfectly?

The book is brimming with brilliance. Some of my favorite lines are:

¿The mind is so good at revising reality to suit its needs.¿

¿There¿s release in knowing the truth no matter how anguishing it is.¿

¿Sometimes the heart wanted what the soul demanded.¿

The story felt like a mid-life crisis crossed with a finding oneself journey.

Sue Monk Kidd¿s website describes the story as ¿the transendent tale explores the lush, unknown region of the feminine soul where the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic exists. Here is an unforgettable love story, between a woman and a monk, a woman and her family, and ultimately a woman and her own soul.¿

I think of it as a spiritual journey that leaves Jessie and the reader forever changed by calling into question the bonds of love and commitment. By reminding us that everything is a choice. Whether to leave a husband, to reunite with a parent, to be fully alive.

Sue Monk Kidd is a master of the writing craft. Her ability to set the scene is breathtaking and realistic. Her dialogue is poignant. Her character¿s internal thoughts vivid and engaging. There was not one point in the book where I wanted to put it down. Every aspect of the writing was engaging. I will be rereading this book for years to come, hoping to gain insight into how she does it.

posted by KourtneyH on December 21, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Buy The Secret Life of Bees pass this one by

I bought this book for my mom cause she loved the Secret Life of Bees, do not buy this book you will regret it. She hated this book and told me all the details daily as she read this book, she could not have hated a book more. Save yourself do not buy this book it is re...
I bought this book for my mom cause she loved the Secret Life of Bees, do not buy this book you will regret it. She hated this book and told me all the details daily as she read this book, she could not have hated a book more. Save yourself do not buy this book it is really bad.

posted by i-READ-BEFORE-COMMENTING on May 7, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    March 20, 2005

    Was when the first review was written. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Wobderful Read

    Very relatable, descriptive, and visual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    TRAINING AND FIGHTING ROOM

    ~Crayla

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Mist

    She pads in with a rabbit and sets it down for shadow to eat. She picks up the rest of her prey and heads off to deliver it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Bone

    Left.

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

    i really really love Sue Monk Kidd's other works. after reading

    i really really love Sue Monk Kidd's other works. after reading this book, i can't believe it's the same
    author - the overall book was boring and just hard to care about. there was no real character development
    and in my opinion no compelling story - it was very soap opera-ish. bits here and there were beautifully
    written - but overall just not a great book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Merina

    Swims by and kisses u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    App den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Awesome

    Secret Life Of Bees SUCKED, but this was an awesome book. Very real and passion filled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Mist

    Shrugs and sits in a shadow.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Ashelky

    Srry i gtg to bed

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Pretty good read.

    I enjoyed it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Coming of age for the over 40 croud

    Incredible storyline, more incredible psychological puzzle

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I admit, I'm a longtime fan of SMK. Loved her Dance of the Dissi

    I admit, I'm a longtime fan of SMK. Loved her Dance of the Dissident Daughter, loved The Secret Life of Bees, and I love mermaids, yet this book... a little harder to get into. She has a beautiful, poetical way of expressing life's deeper questions, and yet... I found Jessie, her heroine, a bit whiny and self-indulgent. I "get" the whole idea of a woman discovering she must reinvent herself, in her forties, but... I was not surprised by her extramarital adventure, and thought the object of her fling, and her husband, were a bit too convenient and accommodating.

    I did fall in love with the Mermaid Chair, itself (I want one!); and was surprised at its connection with Jessie's beloved father. I love the way SMK integrates all the senses - I could feel the pluff mud on my feet, smell it, see the egrets flying through the air. The little details and secondary characters are wonderful, from Max the Island Dog, to Kat and Hepzibah. And what do you do with your elderly mother who has deliberately hacked off her finger yet seems perfectly sane? All in all, a very worthwhile read, especially if you are a woman in your forties or fifties.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Not what I expected

    Very easy read, suitable for flying

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Enjoyed

    Liked

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Don't waste your money.

    I really can't say what this book is about because I quit half way. Nothing about this book was engaging, which was shocking considering how great The Secret Life of Bees is.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Ok

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Great read

    Loved it!

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    Just okay- not really worth the read-

    This was just an okay book. I wouldn't highly recommend it. This is the story of Jessie who has to go home to deal with her mother who is committing acts of violence. She leaves her husband, Hugh while she is gone and finds herself drawn to a monk (Brother Thomas). Is the power of the mermaid chair a reality or a myth? This was an interesting story but it is unreal, immoral and a bit boring! It is not a story I could relate to, nor would I want to. It is just okay, I wouldn't read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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