The Lovely Bones
11 journalers for this copy...
I forgot to register this book before I read it. It really is a wonderful, well written book. I recommend it highly.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sending to andthings today as part of a trade. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did Suzie : -)
05/12/05 - Just finished reading this last night and wasn't disappointed. Gives a good impression of what familys must go through loosing someone in a tragic way.
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Here is the order for the bookring: red = finished, green = yet to read, blue = reading.
Amberkatze - Austria
Frangipani04 - lisbon - eu if poss
RonOren - uk - uk or eu
WelshHelen - UK
safrolistics - uk - uk if poss
cnfotp - uk - will ship surface
ldpaulson - us - us if poss
CheriePie - us - int
c-a-m - australia - australia
lapin-blanc - france -eu
Withoutwings - us
I am reading another ring book at the moment but will start this one when I am done with it. I hope to have it finished and posted out to the next person by sometime next week!
I remembered the first few chapters because I did start reading this sometime a few years ago. I really wanted to know where the story was going because to me it seemed like everything was over already. However it was nice to know how everyone elses life carried on and what happened over the years. It upset me at times (not just crying upset but annoyed upset) but I can't really say how and why without ruining the book for everyone else.
I will say that I had some tears in my eyes at the end but I had kinda guessed that it was going to end that way. I also had a little bit of a weep when it was her 1st Anniversary.
Well I hope the rest of the people taking part in this ring enjoy the book! I have the address for Frangipani04 already so this will be going in the post tomorrow! Thank you again andthings for organising this ring!
I think what we can say about this book is that the narrator has a very unique point of view.
Thanks for sharind Andthings (and sorry for keeping the book for so long!). It will be sent to RonOren on Monday.
Update on 28/03 - only today I was able to send the book. Sorry for the delay!... I hope the book makes a fast and safe journey to the UK.
Somewhat like Frangipani04, I expected it to be a murder mystery; not that the reader would find out who murdered Susie, but that the people on Earth would figure it out. I hope I don't spoil the book for anyone by saying this didn't end up as really important.
One more thing: I really liked Hal! The only other person in the book not directly connected to Susie is Samuel, and he clearly is with the family because of Lindsey. I simply loved Hal, the tough biker-dude, playing with Buckley, for no other reason than... for what reason anyway? See what I mean?
Thank you for exposing me to such a book andthings! I'll get WelshHelen's address and send her the book ASAP.
I loved Ray and Ruth and Ray's mother and I think the strength of this book was in the way the characters were written. It was very easy to sympathise and empathise with them... well, apart from the murderer, of course.
safrolistics has asked to be skipped so it's going into the post in the next half hour or so to cnfotp. Thank you for sharing, everyone.
I'll start on it right away...
Apologies for the short JE but I'm feeling pretty poorly. This book has been a good bed companion the last 2 days :)
I'm pming ldpaulson for their address and will journal again when the book is moving. Thanks again for sharing.
~~safe travelling little book~~
What a literary coup to actually *have* a sympathetic omniscent narrator.
If a book can be both brutal and poignant, then this is that brutally poignant book. It is also wholly absorbing. I read it in three sittings. There were times I wished I could pass this along immediately for friends to read, but I'm bound by this bookring.
So Susie's looking down at her family and friends from heaven, watching her death split her family apart, remembering events that happened in the past, and trying as hard as she can (even though she can't affect things on earth) to point her family and the police in the right direction of her murderer. An old classmate Ruth, and former boyfriend Ray, become close, and Ruth is somewhat of a medium, able to communicate with spirits, a skill she doesn't realize she possesses until Susie brushes past her and actually touches her as her soul transcends to heaven. Ruth becomes important later in the story too with some of the things she can do.
Though I don't believe in the Christian concept of heaven, I do believe in a similar place where our souls go to await reincarnation. So I could still relate to this story just as easily as anyone else, especially since they didn't use Christian divinity concepts. As a matter of fact, Susy's heaven seemed much more like the Pagan Summerlands than what I've seen heaven portrayed as.
I've messaged c-a-m to verify she still wants this and will get it in the mail to her shortly.
UPDATE 07-SEP-2006: Mailed to c-a-m in Australia on 08-Sep-2006 via International Surface Mail.
Will be PMing the next person for their addy shortly.
thanks for the opportunity to read.