T difficult for his wife Jane to be good and their marriage is further threatened when the grotesuely self centred Delia takes up a celebrity position at the UniversityLurie understands humans their pettiness and secret feelings and the annoyance of unreliable photo copiers Funny entertaining with great dialogue and well drawn characters Must read of her This novel has been described as a comedy of manners a campus novel a tale of double adulteryAs far as I can see it it s a novel about chronic pain and disability and how they can kill ove In short the story goes Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, like this Alan s back problem first acute now chronic has turned him into an irritable self centered couch potato His devoted wife Jane is slowly beginning to resent the pressure of being the smiling self effacing caregiver Into theirives come the beautiful but egotistical Delia Delaney and her husband Henry Alan falls for Delia and finds a new vocation as an artist Jane falls in A Fairly Honourable Defeat love with Henry In the end Janeeaves Alan for Henry Delia eaves town only to announce her wedding to a rich older man who can offer her security Alan is stunned then bitter In the very ast chapter Delia shows up at an exhibition of Alan s work and casually issues an invitation to visit her new home during her husband s absence and Alan knows that against his better judgment he Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue ll accept that invitation and become once embroiled in the drama that surrounds Delia That s the synopsis But the best drawn character for me is Alan s disability It s all there the initial confident belief that this strained back will heal itself in a few daysthen a few weeksthen a few months then the therapeutic odyssea the multiplying visits to doctors chiropractors physical therapists acupuncturists herabaliststhe failed surgery the drugs and their side effects Alan compares his back pain toizard clawing and gnawing through his The Man Without a Face lumbar area He is slowly becoming a drug addicted wreck of a man incapable of sitting down driving flying in an airplane Not only can there be noove making there can be no feeling of Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) love either Alan is changing and Jane is changing too They both feel guilty about being such a terrible spouse but the disease is the third partner in their marriageong before Delia and Henry show up. He center Alan gradually begins to recover becoming well enough for a not so harmless Gone (Gone, liaison Meanwhile Jane who all herife has tried to be a good woman finds herself falling in ove with Delia’s husban.
This book was awful I m rarely this critical but the characters were flat the story cliched I felt nothing for the characters and there was no real climax I m just glad it was so short and that I only paid 2 for it Its been a challenging year and I ve seriously neglected documenting my readsTruth and Conseuences was one of the books I completed in 2017The story of how a couple can become so disconnected is a nice readI think Ms Lurie presented a great glimpse of human nature and how easily people especiallycouples misread each otherA very good read I really enjoyed this contemporary novel but if you peruse the GoodReads reviews you l uickly see that not all readers shared this point of view So I l ay my prejudices on the table I enjoy reading almost anything set in an academic environment I am Untitled. looking for a reading diet that includes than books written before 1960 andoright mysteries I am intrigued by the concept of La Belle Dame Sans Merci Wiring literally the beautiful woman without mercy and Iike the exploration and exposition of the creative processSo that said this was a satisfying two day read for me The principal characters were not necessarily original but intrigued me anyway The femme fatale was so similar to the title character in another novel Apprentice to the Flower Poet Zthat she must be based upon a familiar star in the academic world Whether that is the case or not is irrelevant but it amused me to read about a glamorous empty vessel sweeping onto campus for a term as a major fellow Many reviewers complained that this comedy was not amusing but her character provided me with enough smirks and smiles to satisfyBut the most interesting facet of the book for me was Lurie s exploration of art If you are a reader who Against All Odds likes a book toeave you with a uestion or subject for further thought this book achieved that objective for me What inspires creativity Empty novel empty characters No wonder I found it on a remaindered table Chronic pain users and abusersI felt nothing for any of the characters and will remember ittle of the book after I toss it in the bin Alison Lurie spent most of her career in an academic environment so she is right at home in this tight knit world As in her other novels her characters are hi. An energetic and attractive forty Jane Mackenzie is the administrative director at Corinth University’s Center for the Humanities Unfortunately her formerly healthy and athletic husband Alan a history fel.
Ghly intelligent and well educated but that does not prevent them from behaving in wildly emotional unpredictable and self destructive ways just ike the rest of humanity Two couples and two affairs are at the heart of this novel When Alan Knight develops chronic debilitating back pain it changes him into a selfish unlikeable person and his wife Jane simply stops The DOS loving him in spite of herself Meanwhile Delia enters the picture who is utterly egotistical yet so charming and manipulative that almost everyone she meets except Jane falls under her spell including Alan Lurie s writing is so witty and insightful that I enjoyed every page Allison Lurie never disappoints This book isn t my favorite of hers but it was a good diversion I feelike it could have used one round of edits and maybe another 30 40 pages worth of elaboration overall Abrupt ending As someone whose marriage didn t make it through the changes and hardship that chronic illness CI adds to the already difficult proposition of figuring out how to spend a Against All Odds lifetime together I thought this book was fascinating It was a peek into the window of theives of two couples dealing with that exact situation One couple already knew they were dealing with chronic illness migraine when they married and the other couple whose chronic illness back pain came on after they had been married for many yearsI am the person with the CI so I was very much absorbed by the story from the caregiver s perspective Not that my X ever did much any actual caregiving In spite of the fact that we split up almost 10 years ago I feel My extremely vague impression of Ms Lurie prior to finding this and not much else in the audiobooks section of my Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism library was that she was a Well Respected and Therefore Not Crazy Popular Literary Author thus suggesting that her book would be how shall I put this good Not so Characters were universally both cliched and one dimensional theove plotswife swap was implausible and there was no particularly ovely writing or gripping insight to make up for either of these failings The best I can say for it is that I wanted to punch each individual involved author and characters alike in the face for a uniue and different reason Alan made grumpy by his bad back is making Low at the center has suffered a debilitating back injury and is becoming and dependent on Jane But with the arrival of Delia Delaney a pre Raphaelite beauty bestselling writer and the newest celebrity at
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Alison Lurie b 1926 is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author of fiction and nonfiction Born in Chicago and raised in White Plains New York she joined the English department at Cornell University in 1970 where she taught courses on children’s literature among others Her first novel Love and Friendship 1962 is a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England colle