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40 Rooms - Olga Grushin
40 Rooms
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“Forty rooms” is a conceit: it proposes that a modern woman will inhabit forty rooms in her lifetime. They form her biography, from childhood to death. For our protagonist, the much-loved child of a late marriage, the first rooms she is aware of as she nears the age of five are those that make up... show more
“Forty rooms” is a conceit: it proposes that a modern woman will inhabit forty rooms in her lifetime. They form her biography, from childhood to death. For our protagonist, the much-loved child of a late marriage, the first rooms she is aware of as she nears the age of five are those that make up her family’s Moscow apartment. We follow this child as she reaches adolescence, leaves home to study in America, and slowly discovers sexual happiness and love. But her hunger for adventure and her longing to be a great poet conspire to kill the affair. She seems to have made her choice. But one day she runs into a college classmate. He is sure of his path through life, and he is protective of her. (He is also a great cook.) They drift into an affair and marriage. What follows are the decades of births and deaths, the celebrations, material accumulations, and home comforts—until one day, her children grown and gone, her husband absent, she finds herself alone except for the ghosts of her youth, who have come back to haunt and even taunt her.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781101982334 (1101982330)
ASIN: 1101982330
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Marjorie's World of Books
Marjorie's World of Books rated it
5.0 Amazing accomplishment by author
I couldn't have been more impressed by this book. The author has written an amazing piece of literature. The book's basic premise is that the average person inhabits 40 rooms in their lifetime. This is the story of one woman's life in her 40 "rooms". It's full of such profound insight into life, whi...
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Paper Soul rated it
3.5 The Rooms of Our Lives; A First to Read Review
How many rooms do you enter and exit in your life time? How many hold childhood memories, past lives and love lost? In 40 rooms Grushin weaves a story solely through the rooms of a woman life; from childhood into adulthood. Through these rooms the character takes us on a journey of how life can be e...
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