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Once Upon a Time, There Was You

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

highly recommend

i really enjoyed this book. I have read all of her books and this one does not disappoint!!

posted by slrrn101 on November 2, 2011

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

No longer an Elizabeth Berg fan!

The quality of writing in this novel suffers in comparison to Ms. Berg's earlier work. It almost seems like the book was written by several different people and then poorly stitched together by an impatient editor. There are verb tense inconsistencies, poor pronoun iden...
The quality of writing in this novel suffers in comparison to Ms. Berg's earlier work. It almost seems like the book was written by several different people and then poorly stitched together by an impatient editor. There are verb tense inconsistencies, poor pronoun identification, and a failure of plot consistency. Transitions are poor and clumsy and sometimes confusing. Reminiscences are poorly integrated into present situations, leaving the reader puzzled about time and setting. A traumatic event occurs to one of the characters, but is left largely unresolved and treated unrealistically and only partially explained.....and barely referenced afterward. The characters are poorly defined and their voices are indistinct from each other. I could not form a connection or bond with any of them. Odd wording ( ex: the cat's death was "nigh"; he "made love quite adroitly") and even odder inconsistencies (ex: it is August, yet a character is shivering and wishing for hot chocolate; the mother is somehow able to support herself and her daughter with a part time catering job in San Fransisco; someone eats a BLT with a fork) made this book very frustrating. I understand the concept of literary license, but Berg pushes the premise past credulity. Ms. Berg is a better writer than this. Talk Before Sleep, Joy School, and Durable Goods are written with clarity and compassion and should not be missed.

posted by anonymous67 on May 4, 2011

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Elizabeth Berg is back.

    I have loved this author since I found her years ago. She makes you feel as though you know these people, that they are friends of yours. The last few books she wrote were not quite as good as the earlier ones. This one is back to her best writing. Loved it. The family issues are ones we all deal with. Happy I kept trying with her.

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