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Three Stages of Amazement

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    A Great Gatsby for our Time

    I'm a huge fan of Carol Edgarian's work, and this book stopped me cold with its wisdom. Set at the end of the Bush era as the country and the economy have hit rock bottom, Three Stages of Amazement offers us a love story for our time. At its heart, is the marriage of Lena Rusch and Charlie Pepper, two fun-loving achievers who once believed that all it took to set the world on fire was a combination of smarts, determination, and love. But real life is far more complicated, and Edgarian's characters are far too real for easy answers. As they explore the far reaches of love, promises made and broken, and what really matters in life, these are characters you'll come to know so well, you'll miss them between readings -- if you can ever put the book down.

    So, what happens when good people do all the right things, and life still tosses them around?

    This is one you'll read more than once, and give to any friend who loves the feeling of going deep, and holding there.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Wait for the movie if they ever make one.

    I confess I have not read the entire book. I am struggling to get through it. I do not care enough about any of the characters. They all come across as whiny but not even in an interesting way. It is slow moving and I keep turning the page hoping something interesting will happen or some character flaw or character development will spark my interest but so far...no go.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    A Top Ten Novel

    I bought this novel on the basis of several newspaper reviews, and I was surprised to find that the book exceeded the most positive of reviews, which is not often the case for me, as I am a fairly demanding reader, a former public librarian and now high school English teacher. Edgarian's novel is a lively entertainment that runs deep in the heart and offers thoughtful reflections on what matters most in life. It's rare to find a book that is both serious and funny, lyric and dramatic. I am buying copies for friends and recommend this novel to anyone loves to read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

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    The Novel as a Downer

    Carol Edgarian's novel is weighted down by the sheer banality of the characters, or rather, throwaways who should have been cut at the first edit. Husband Charlie Pepper spiraling down, who cares. Uncle Cal Rusch, the dime-a-dozen, hardened magnate, been there and there and there. "The Three Stages of Amazement," I don't want to be there, never, ever, again.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Recommended

    This story moves as on a greased track--suspenseful and fast. You cannot help feeling for the characters, the conflict is skillful and well-defined. It's a real page-turner. Edgarian's manipulation of language is fierce, glib, charged. I have only one problem with the book, and it's mine, not the author's. I come from a background (social and geographical) so different from from those in the book, I was often in a kind of intellectual Limbo--searching for the intent behind much of the dialogue. I could picture the setting because I have visited the area near San Francisco, but I had no frame of reference for the style of behaviors and the situations that were so important to how the central figures acted and reacted. Another admission: it might be in part a generation gap. This is dramatic and satisfying writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 26, 2013

    I  couldn't sustain enough interest in this book.  I struggled t

    I  couldn't sustain enough interest in this book.  I struggled to get past the first hundred pages, finally giving up and tossing the book in my donation pile.  Characters were shallow and the plot line plodded along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Great read

    I enjoyed this book very much--the characters were very real and I was able to identify with them in different ways. Loving someone so much and yet not knowing just how to show it, loving two people, in different ways and unable to fully let go. Trying to be everything to so many people can tear you apart. Definitely food for thought.

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