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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    The Uncoupling takes relationships to a whole new level. One where everything bright and shiny is stripped away to reveal the dull, scratched-up surface of what's underneath. Funny and wry but dead serious at times, The Uncoupling pokes fun at what c

    When a new drama teacher comes to town and decides to put on a production of Lysistrata, the women of Stellar Plains suddenly turn against their significant others by withholding sex. Although the play is about just that, the women do not consider this fact as a cold wind rolls through town, taking their sexual appetites with them. This was an interesting read. It's a satire with a bit of magical realism tossed in. Wolitzer takes a topic that has been discussed many, many times before and somehow makes it fresh. Because let's face it, women have been turning men away for years. Especially married women. No need to be secretive here but with kids, work and the day-to-day stuff that goes on, it happens all the time. Except, these women can't figure out why. They are confused and don't understand how one day you can be lusting after your husband and the next day.poof! As each character goes within herself to find out why, insecurities and frustration come flooding out. This is one of those novels where characters are well-developed and likable but don't really matter. I should say, that their names don't really matter. These characters are universal and can be found in any town and I think Wolitzer purposely wrote them that way. In fact, the town.neither big nor small could be Anytown, USA. It's a "slice of life" story. The kind of story that allows you to take what you want from it. I will say this, towards the end of the book, a political statement is made regarding the war in Afghanistan and although I can see why Wolitzer thought it would tie-in, it didn't and actually pulled me right out of the story. The magical elements disintegrated and I was quickly brought back to reality. In summary, I liked the story and how the characters meshed with one another and I liked how generic the characters were. It allowed me to easily escape into their world. I found the writing to be beautiful and although the ending sort of threw me, it didn't affect my overall feeling towards the book. I am not a fan of magical realism but it was very subtle and handled well. Overall, a quick but engaging read.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    I'm Befuddled

    The new and eccentric drama teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School makes a radical choice and announces the school play will be Lysistrata, a Greek comedy by Aristophanes in which women withhold sex from men until war is over. As the play is rehearsed in preparation for the only performance, a spell is cast over the citizens of the small New Jersey town. The spell leaves no one's sex life untouched as women lose all interest, and not even the perfect couple, favorite English teachers, Robby and Dory Lang, are unaffected. With the demise of female sexual desire men and women, both young and old, have to reexamine their relationships and the role sex plays in their lives. During the performance of the play, unhappy men take over the stage to try to put back together the fabric of their relationships. No one in the audience will remember later what happened on the stage when the spell is undone. But their relationships have changed and they must take the restoration of desire and sex and forge new bonds of love and intimacy both physical and emotional. This book befuddled me. I was anxious to pick it up each time because it was interesting, but I'm not sure what I found interesting about it. In one word the book is about sex but without any juicy sex scenes. The plot was uncertain though I wanted to know what would happen next. The main characters seemed one dimensional, not quite teased out, and not even likeable except maybe Dory. The conclusion was a little confusing and unfinished, but I had already guessed how it would end. It was entirely bewildering. However I think it was the way it was written that kept me going. Wolitzer's writing was wonderful and I appreciated the style all the way through. I can't think of anyone I would recommend The Uncoupling to, but I enjoyed the read. Hmmmm.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    The uncoupling started out very intriguing...going through diffe

    The uncoupling started out very intriguing...going through different women's experience of "uncoupling." I enjoyed how it played out in different relationships and how women of different ages were affected. The ending just fell short of what it could have been leading up to.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Charming

    An interesting twist on a much written subject about love and sex. Meg Wolitzer keeps you guessing about the outcome while reflecting on your own personal thoughts and experiences.

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