The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0316666343 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bentben of Sydney, New South Wales Australia on 1/20/2004
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by bentben from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Brilliant. THE book of 2003? That's to be debated but engender debate is something this wonderful book does. And amongst my friends at least, polarises opinion. Beautiful, sad, occasionally funny, but HUMAN... yet at the same time beyond human. Wishful and fantastic, but full of hope as well.
And that's just reading it. A novel, the story of a murdered girl, written from her heaven watching her family, friends, living on in grief and sorrow and pain without her ... healing and sad.
Read it.

Journal Entry 2 by kuju from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Woowoo! Just checked the mailbox after coming home after some cocktails (Yes..thats two nights in a row!) to find Lovely Bones. You are a star Ben! Thank-you sooooo much!! I'm really looking forward to reading it. I think it will be one of the first books I read on my way to London.

Journal Entry 3 by kuju from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 21, 2004
I finally finished reading it! Nothing like a few train rides into London to get some reading time in. I did enjoy this book tho it slowed down in parts. I almost cried at the end but as I was on a train I tried not too :) Was a beautiful read.

I have passed this book on to Kleptokitty at the Surrey Meetup. It was great to meet you! Thanks for the lift :)

Journal Entry 4 by Kleptokitty on Saturday, February 21, 2004
Picked up at today's Surrey meet from Kuju. I've been wanting to read this for a long time, having heard so much about it so thankyou.

I'm tempted to start on this immediately, but will see if I can hold off & take it to Portugal with me.

And by the way, nice to meet you too Nat, and you're welcome to the lift!

Journal Entry 5 by Kleptokitty on Friday, May 21, 2004
I've just packed this up into a box of books I'm taking toPortugal, where I will read it myself, offer it up to my friends, and eventually release into the wild. So it will become a truly internationally travelled book!

I've put this post in now as I am unlikely to be able to journal it's travels again until I get home.

Journal Entry 6 by Kleptokitty on Friday, August 27, 2004
"At fourteen, my sister sailed away from me into a place I'd never been. In the walls of my sex there was horror and blood, in the walls of hers there were windows."

A completely wonderful book which I'll have to score 10/10 as there was nothing to drag it down.

Thank you so much for sharing this Bentben & Kuju. I did promise to wild release it in Portugal, but it was far too good to risk getting 'lost' so I've hung onto it with the intention of finding it a new home. It's still in Portugal right now, but it should be back with me soon & I'll offer it up then.

Update 18.9.04 - Reserved for Shalakia

Journal Entry 7 by Kleptokitty at on Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Released on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at about 11:00:00 AM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at RABCK in RABCK, RABCK -> sent to a fellow bookcrosser by snail mail Controlled Releases.

RELEASE NOTES:

Finally home to me from Portugal, and shall be on it's way to Shalakia tomorrow.

Journal Entry 8 by shalakia from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Tuesday, December 28, 2004
28/12/2004: Arrived today. Thank you so much Kleptokitty :D
I will organize a bookray as soon as i finish it :)

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first nam Susie. I was 14 when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. M mother liked his border flowers and my father talked to him once about fertilizer."

12/01/2005: C'est un livre très émouvant, une famille qui doit faire face à la disparition brutale d'un de ses membres, sur une jeune fille qui voit ses proches grandir et murir... ce qu'elle n'aura jamais l'occasion de faire.

Next readers:
sun-beetle (Switzerland)
ISANDRE (Switzerland)
Jenatleisure (UK)
emoutraspalavra (Brazil)
MysteryMish (US)
dionnelynn (US)
Cheriepie (US)
Niyma (France)


...

Journal Entry 9 by sun-beetle from Stäfa, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, February 10, 2005
Arrived savely today from Paris. Thanks for this bookring!
Accidentially it arrived with three other bookrings, but I'll be as fast as possible with reading and sending it on to the next person... :-)

Journal Entry 10 by sun-beetle from Stäfa, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, February 23, 2005
An absolutely faszinating book. Wounderful story telling out of an extraordinary sight as the murdered girl tells her story herself.

This ring is heading to ISANDRE now. Hope you'll enjoy.

Journal Entry 11 by ISANDRE from Prévessin-Moëns, Rhône-Alpes France on Monday, February 28, 2005
I've received the book today. I finished to read two other bookrings and I begin this one. Thank you !

I make an edit after reading all the travels of this amazing book: it's now in Geneva, not far from the Lake. We had snow yesterday and today the snow remains, the lake is green with waves, the jet d'eau (what's the name waterspring ?) is off because of the icy wind.

Journal Entry 12 by ISANDRE from Prévessin-Moëns, Rhône-Alpes France on Wednesday, March 09, 2005
I loved this book. Sometimes I didn't know if I would drop it because it was too sad or if I would go on because I wanted to know all about Susie and her family. But at the end, you're rather full of hope, even if it's sad hope. I kept thinking while reading of the death of my grandfather and the signs he seemed to give us at the time (sorry if I sound strange but maybe some will understand what I mean...and I'm not like Ruth, seeing dead people all the time...but I believe in signs) and of a family I know, whose boy has been killed when he was 18 years old by the mad guru of a sect. It was before my birth but the mother is my grandmother best friends and my uncle and mother were friends with this boy. He has been missing for more than 20 years and then his body was discovered. Well, what I really want to say is that we, even I who never had the opportunity, to meet him, never forgot him.
(Maybe this is the strangest JE I've ever made but this book has really moved me).
Janetleisure told me she doesn't want to be in the ring anymore so I'm contacting the next bookcrosser.

Journal Entry 13 by ISANDRE from Prévessin-Moëns, Rhône-Alpes France on Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Sent to emoutraspalavra (Jenatleisure was not interested anymore)

Journal Entry 14 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Thursday, April 21, 2005
Received about two weeks ago.

Journal Entry 15 by MysteryMish from Santa Monica, California USA on Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Got this in the mail yesterday and I am very much looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 16 by MysteryMish from Santa Monica, California USA on Thursday, June 23, 2005
Wow, I really loved this book. It was definitely sad, but not as sad as a book about a murdered girl could be. It was also very sweet and hopeful. I loved the her perspective from heaven on everybody and their relationships and how they changed after her death. It was also an interesting story for me because I lost my brother in a car accident when he was 16 and I was 18 (our other brothers were 21 and 22). Mailed out 6/24/05 to dionnelynn.

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