Away

Away

by Amy Bloom
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Away 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. I wanted to not finish the book but eventually did simply to find out how far her travels would take her. Will not recommend it to my book club.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book had so much potential. I got through about half way & was very confused. I couldn't wait to finish this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talk about confusing! Was it the too-long sentences giving unnecessary character information? Or was it the lack of quotations marks 'from a professor of creative writing yet!' Or perhaps the ending that leaves you still questioning things? I was hoping the story would get better, but it just never did. I can't get back the time I wasted reading this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The recommendations were high, but I couldn't force myself to finish reading this book. The story seemed so far-fetched and there was so much lacking in the story line. I didn't find any of the characters likeable wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to push myself to finish this book. The first part taking place on NYC's lower east side was delightful, but Lillian's 'journey' in the second half was totally implausible. Made me think of a cliche, if it wasn't for back luck, Lillian would have none at all. I didn't believe any of this would happen for a minute. I also didn't like how it moved from fantasy to reality and how the author does not use quotes many times for dialogue. And to have suffered through her journey, I would have liked a less abrupt ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Away was a very moving story of a Mother's Love for her lost child. Lillian's unselfish love and the journey she took was at times moving but the ending was very disappointing. It wasn't the type of story I thought it would be. Just an Ok read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story line of this book is usually the type I enjoy but not this time. I ususally will stick with a book even if I'm not really enjoying it but I ready about 50 pages and put it down. I just couldn't get into it and I found the writing style jarring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader, who loves books, I found this a piece of trash. A waste of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to comment on 'Away.' It's absolutely trash. Comparisons to 'Ragtime' and 'Cold Mountain' are undeserved. 'Away' is a bad Hallmark movie as directed by the Playboy Channel. If 'Away' is what America thinks is good literature, then we have lost our literary soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The storyline was fine... What I didn't like was the sentence structure. The writer would often write a question as a statement. She also would write in 'future' tense - but no, wait it wasn't future tense, it was happening right now. Lots of re-reading of sentences and paragraphs to understand what was going on. Also, some of the editorial reviews said the book was funny. I never laughed once!! The storyline was good & creative though - if you can be patient enough to get through the 'way' it was written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all the hype and reviews, I thought I was purchasing a winner. I had to force myself to get through this book. The almost soft porn parts became tedious. The end left you flat. I plodded though thinking it would get better, but it didn't. A huge disappointment! I normally pass on books to my friends, but not this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rushed out to get this book because of the great reviews. It was well written and had interesting characters- the author goes into great detail into the lives of the many sorry characters Lillian encounters in her travels...but I would have prefferred more plot and fewer characters. Lillian became so close to so many people in such short spurts- all of them were broken and sad in some way. It was like a study in loneliness and it left me feeling lonely myself as Lillian just drifted off like one of the minor characters. It wasn't horrible, but just not a favorite.
faience More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and it seems that I'm in a small minority. It's a strange book, not because it's hard to read, or has unconventional writing, because it has neither of those characteristics. The writing and the story are pretty straightforward.   Lillian is the lone survivor of a pogrom, in a horrific bloodbath of an opening scene.   She comes to 1920s New York, and lives a hard life working in the garment industry, a life made easier by her beauty and the male attention it brings her.  Then, rumor reaches her that her little daughter might have survived the mass murder back in her Russian village.  The search begins and takes Lillian on a cross-country journey through 1920s America, teeming city to frontier. This certainly has colorful characters and some violent, abusive situations.  I found them plausible enough, and Lillian's emotional single-mindedness very natural and real.  She has lost most of her faith, and cares only superficially about the things she has to do,  a believable emotional shutdown.  But the possibility  of finding her daughter brings her better self back to life.  The ending is both wonderful and sad, and  again, very realistic for the time and situation. Bloom does one unusual thing, and gives us brief glimpses into the futures of Lillian's travel companions and acquaintances, after she parts company with each one and goes on her way.   Some people have hated that.  I liked it. The reality is that while Lillian has her story, the others are not just set-dressing and props.  They have their own stories, complex and interesting.  It's not to everyone's taste, but I thought it was involving and a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely and fascinating, with incredible prose. 
Avid_ReaderTL More than 1 year ago
It was a very captivating story. You just had to read the next chapter to find out what was going to happen next, until there were no more chapters to read. In our readinag group we were trying to figure out the meaning of the book cover.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
The story was well-written and vivid, but I found myself pulled out of the story repeatedly due to words that broke across lines and missing commas.
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txjayhawk More than 1 year ago
Amy Bloom is such a skilled writer, and the story of a female Russian Jew emigre from the early 20th century offers unique perspective of that time. Prostitution, murder, adventure, heartbreak, and love abound in what is a very unique 'road' story. It seems that strong female protagonists are hard to find unless one turns to young adult vampire fiction. This book was very moving, and I look forward to her future novels.
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