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What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    These stories have a perfect mix of the strange and the intimate

    These stories have a perfect mix of the strange and the intimate ordinariness of character lives. Some have more bizarreness than others, but always the right amount. The best aspect of these stories, though, is the subtlety of the emotions. The emotion is always there, and you can always feel exactly what the message is through what the character is feeling, but it isn't crassly articulated. Pressed, I'm not sure I could articulate it myself. Instead, I just sat back after reading each story and knew I got it (whether or not what I got was what was intended).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    One of my favorite books of 2010

    None of the stories are cheery or uplifting.The characters in each story are just trying to survive. They are not your typical characters and the settings are not either. You find yourself getting lost in the stories and the characters become close friends. You savoir every word and have the foresight to know that soon it will all end. You finish one story and then feel like you couldn't possibly like the next story as much as the last, but you do. You finish the book and you feel like going back to the the beginning and doing it all over again. I have never lost myself so throughly in a story or book and thought I might never went to come back to reality again. I look forward to more stories from her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us is a gem of a little book. Filled with stories about women who don't settle, yet struggle to find their place in society. Honest and thoughtful in her delivery, van den Berg creates a world w

    How do I share the feeling that I am feeling right at this moment? Well, let's give it a shot.

    There are many wonderful stories in this collection and although each story contains its own set of memorable characters, they are all tied together by a common thread, people who are searching for that special "something" that sets them apart from the rest. The world is filled with people yet if you take a moment to really reflect on people in general, you'll see how different and unique each person can be. This is what I noticed with this collection.

    The author takes normal people, puts them in unusual situations or locales and then we see what they do with the cards that are dealt them. To me, this is an incredibly personal journey. A journey of discovery, yes, but it almost felt as I was lurking in a corner somewhere within these people's lives. Listening to their conversations, anticipating their next move, etc. It's a wonderful feeling to escape life for a minute and to just observe someone else.

    My intent was to finish this book in one day. You can surely do that as it's very short, but why would you? After reading the first story, you'll figure out ways to make it last, as you won't want it to end. I've been reading it for several weeks now and although I've finished it, I still find myself flipping through its pages.

    What I especially appreciate, is that these stories are so different from what I've read before. Many of the stories center around monsters. Yes, Bigfoot and Loch Ness to name a few. Imaginary beings and things such as a tunnel leading to the other side of the world. Reading this book is almost like being a kid again. For a brief while, you can immerse yourself in the story and not think about what is real and what isn't it.

    I can't pick a favorite story as they were all wonderful in different ways. There's science and art and the beauty of language and foreign places. Oh, and the writing is wonderful too. I caught myself re-reading sections just because they were so well-written. You'll just have to take my word for it. The book is great and it deserves a spot on your shelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Laura van den Berg's "What the World will Look Like...": Fascinating Stories.

    I started reading Laura van den Berg's "What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves" at Barnes and Noble. As soon as I got home, I read the rest of it. Characters become obsessed with scientific quests; partners are unfaithful. Interesting stories for mature readers.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    Not your book about global warming! But, about the depths of the human spirit.

    This book is filled with so much symbolism and imagination! All the water leaving us is a horrific idea, yet what would happen if we could let go and just float? A facinating read, funny, touching characters all faced with monumental decisions and no good solutions... water has varying weight, depth and boyancy and the human spirit can rise or fall dpending on a turn of a page, or not.

    Again, I am not fond of the short story, yet the two books I have just finished (Olive Kitteredge being the other) are just that. This one left me stunned at the author's ability to see into the human condition and it made me more hopeful even as I felt the devistation of impossible circumstances. It is just this unique characteristic that causes humans to forge on even in the face of disaster. All of us are faced with difficult choices, with the best of intentions and little more than hope to guide us, we must choose, and then live by that choice. Even in the face of adversity mankind moves forward.

    While this book may seem depressing at times, it soars in the end. Take the time to let it flow over you. Congratulations to Laura van den Berg!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Definitely worth picking up

    I picked this up on a lark and am so glad I did. The first and last stories were easily the standouts, especially in terms of originality and captivation. The downside is that the stories almost began to feel like a template after a while, with each one being being like the last. In the author's effort to create a theme it was almost a little too much. However, with that said, I still couldn't put it down and defintely would recommend it to others looking for something a little different but something also plaintive and somber.
    A great first effort by this author. I look forward to seeing what she'll do next.

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    Posted January 8, 2010

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