This is such a beautiful book. It is really just about love. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I heard that it was boring, btu I was not bored at all. It was haunting in its beauty, and you can feel eveything that the characters are feeling. If you enjoyed the movie you will probably enjoy the book.
This is a great book! The movie was a disappointment. Not because of Colin Farrell's portrayel of Bobby, I'm not really sure why it was a disappointment. I read the book after seeing the movie so that wasn't why. Anyway, I see similarities in this story and Queer as Folk (though I've only seen the first season) and RENT! So if you like either of those you should definetly read AHatEotW. If I had to do a character study for an english class it would definetly be Bobby. He is very complex and I really think that early events in his life shape who he is later in life. You can tell that I have thought a lot about this book. So if you like a book that leaves you thinking, this is it. BTW, I liked it a lot better than The Hours movie, but I haven't read The Hours yet so I can't really compare the two.
The American family redefined would be one way to look at this (audio)book. I really enjoyed the machinations of the three main characters, all young, soulful and looking for their place in each other's lives. The author who also wrote "The Hours" did a fine job embracing the dynamics of friendship even when times are tough. I rarely listen to unabridged audiobooks but this one was given to me so I gave it a chance. Honestly, I don't think any part of the story suffered because of this. This book may have more appeal to younger listeners but I really did enjoy it and I recommend it.
Such a thoroughly unsentimental book about what love is really all about especially how much it can hurt. The story unfolds in the voices of the most important characters and moves back and forth among them giving us glimpses into why they behave the way they do as well as how they view each other. Two of them, Bobby and Jonathan, have grown up together needing to depend on each other to deal with the residue of circumstances that have left them wounded and vulnerable. By the time they reach young adulthood and are re-united once again after having gone their separate ways for a while, their relationship is both complicated and strengthened by the presence of a third person, the quirky and somewhat jaded Clare whom they both love but in very different ways. The three of them are bonded together in what appears to the rest of the world to be the most unconventional of relationships which is further complicated when Clare gives birth to the baby that both Bobby and Jonathan consider to be theirs even though its obvious to the reader who the real father is. It is this dimension of the story that I found to be the most poignant since its so clear that the family the three of them have created is such a loving one. In fact if I were pressed to name the major theme of this deeply moving novel, Id say its all about what it really means to be a family especially when life makes it so difficult. All three of the characters in this novel are carrying heavy burdens that make it almost impossible for them to be who the others need them to be. In the hands of a less skillful author this book could easily have become pathetically maudlin especially the episodes that touch upon the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic. But Cunningham is a masterful writer who treats his characters with sensitivity and respect and gives them some wonderfully insightful lines, like this one: Our lives are full of things we cant control so letting little things happen is good practice.
Better than the movie which was pretty darn good, Michael Cuningham, author The Hours, writes a novel of two very diverse male friends and the woman to both draws and repels them. It is an electric current pulsing at the heart of urban relationships today.
Really interesting look at families, especially with gay characters. Not what I thought it would be but also WAS what I thought it'd be. Life is what you make it or how you react to what happens to you.