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review 2018-03-05 11:42
Een vakantie met diepten
Zoals ze is - Marian Keyes

Zoals ze is (Angels in de Engelse editie) was hier in Ierland een erg populair boek. Het was bijna onmogelijk te vermijden in de tweedehandwinkels waar ik de meeste van mijn boeken koop.

 

Dus nu ik dit vertaling las, heb ik gerealiseerd dat ik had het al in het Engels veel jaren geleden ook gelezen. Ach, goed wel. Het is best een goed boek (hoewel niet haar beste) en de moeite waard om nog een keer te genieten.

 

Het verhaal gaat over Maggie, een Ierse vrouw die haar baan en man zijn kwijtgeraakt tegerlijketijd en neemt de ietwat gekke beslissing om haar leven totaal te veranderen - om naar Los Angeles te verhuizen op verlengde vakantie en daar logeren met haar beste vriend die nu een Hollywood-schriftschrijver is. (Dus de 'Angels' van de Engelse titel.)

 

De sterke punten van het boek, en van de meeste boeken van dezelfde schrijfster, zijn hoe het verhaal begint luchthartig, frivool, en 'chick-lit', en geleidelijk ontwerpt zich tot iets dat oprecht diep en beroerend is. Dit boek behandelt enige serieuze problemen, maar pas aan het einde, nadat we hebben van Maggie's vakantie met volle teugen genoten en ook de rare snuiters die zij in Los Angeles tegenkomt.

 

Dit schrijfster begrijpt echt dat de meeste emotionele punten van een boek zijn vaak niet de grote, luidruchtige momenten. Zij is bedreven genoeg te weet dat een paar eenvoudige woorden op het juiste moment kunnen een heel boek veranderen. Ik heb veel bewondering voor dat.

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review 2017-12-15 06:04
The Break - Marian Keyes

What do you do when your husband, out of the blue, announces that he is taking a 6 month break from his life with freedom to go where he wants and do what he wants? This is Amy’s dilemma. I would have really liked this book, but it was way, way too long, so much so that anything and everything to do with work, the mother plus other inessential characters I just skimmed over or missed out entirely otherwise I would never have got through it all! Hugh was a drip and I didn’t take to him at all and man magnet Amy was annoying to say the least. There weren’t any surprises or “didn’t see that coming” moments. This would be perfect for those readers who enjoy LONG chick-lit books.

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review 2017-09-14 12:35
Marian Keyes novel about a marriage break-up in Dublin.
The Break - Marian Keyes

 

 

This long novel deal with Amy, a 40ish PR expert, living in Dublin with her husband and her three children. When her husband, Hugh, decides to take off for six months, their lives change dramatically.

 

With a fair amount of first-person narrated introspection, the novel moves along quite well with flashbacks about Amy's previous marriage, the early part of her second marriage and the birth of her children. Characterisation is good and the varuious characters are well-drawn and unique.

 

Interesting regarding the ways of a modern Irish family, this book also encompasses infidelity, sexual pleasure, abortion and many other modern issues. It's bang up-to-date for this period regarding social media and the power of the media.

 

As a 64-year-old man, this is not exactly my first choice of novel as chick-lit is not really my genre. However the book, although long, is engaging and entertaining with occasional humorous moments to lighten the mood. I'd recommend it to any fan of the author and of the genre: you won't be disappointed.

 

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review 2017-08-16 15:56
The Break - Marian Keyes

With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin books for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

I was so excited when I realised Marian Keyes had written a new book.  I devoured chic lit books in my twenties, but as I got older I lost interest in the genre.  Now I am older, Marian keyes is one of the few chic lit authors I still read.

 

I loved the books featuring the Walsh family it felt like meeting old friends.  I hope The Break will be the first book featuring the O'Connell family, Marian has created a family with plenty of strong female characters to create new books.

 

Hugh and Amy have 3 almost grown up children Neeve, Kiara and neice Sofie.  The book starts with Hugh telling his wife Amy that he wants a break for 6 months backbacking around Asia.  Hugh lost his father and brother in quick succession, now deeply depressed he wants to clear his head.  During that time he will not contact Amy and wants to be free to sleep with other women.  Amy is devastated, Hugh is adament that he will return to Ireland in 6 months but she is not so sure.

 

During Hugh's break Amy finds out he is sleeping with a younger woman, angry and humilated she swears it is over with Hugh.

 

In flashbacks from two years earlier she came close to an affair with married Journalist John Rowan.  When Amy and Josh meet again at an Industry Award dinner she finds she is stll attracted to him.  Convinced Hugh will not be returning, she starts an affair with Josh with no strings attached.  Amy is happy with this until he wants to leave his wife for her.

 

Like always Marian Keyes books have plenty of Irish wit whilst covering subjects like depression, dementia and abortion.  I enjoyed the chapters when Amy's mother Lilian O'Connell did a series of appearances on Neeve's You Tube channel and became an internet sensation.  I also loved Amy's friend Alistair from work who is seeing her sister Derry.

 

I hope to read more books from the O'Connell family in the future.

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