Book Reviews of The Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle
The Knitting Circle
Author: Ann Hood
ISBN-13: 9780393059014
ISBN-10: 0393059014
Publication Date: 1/22/2007
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 77 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 6
What a beautiful story! At times it's heartbreaking, but it's also heartwarming. This is a wonderful story of women coming together, forming friendships and supporting each other. It makes me want to learn to knit and join a knitting circle!
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Helpful Score: 5
It is a wrenching story about loss that also manages to be consoling. It is testament to woman's friendship. I stayed up late at night to finish reading this book. Makes you want to go out and learn how to knit.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is one of the most touching stories I have read. The characters really came alive to me. I am an avid knitter and knitting can make you happy and it also helps one to not think about problems or things that are not always pleasant. The Knitting Circle came together from different walks of life. It is a very caring book. Loved it!
Joyceea
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Helpful Score: 3
Once I got past all of the tragic stories in this book I found it very enlightening. I re-evaluated my own situation and found myself with a more positive outlook. But it is a tear jerker in every sense.
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Helpful Score: 3
The Knitting Circle is the story of Mary and how she mourns and recovers from the sudden death of her only child. She joins a knitting group seeking a distraction from her overwhelming grief. She not only finds distraction, but also as a group of women who become friends and -- through their own stories -- a guide to moving on from tragedy.The Knitting Circle has some shortcomings--Mary's mother's story seems contrived and Mary never worries about her job or finances, but on balance it is a good read. The fact that the novel is based on author Ann Hood's real life experiences adds to the poignancy.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is so wonderfully written. It is about knitting and also knitting your life back together. The characters grab your heart and the progression of the story is excellent. Very realistic.
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Helpful Score: 2
It's been a while since I've read a book that I really really love but when I read the Knitting Circle, it was true love. As the Mother who has lost a child, I can relate to everything Mary is going through, I wish I had a knitting circle I could join after reading this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a good book, but not unlike any other "knitting circle" novels. It followed the exact same thread as the Debbie Macomber "Blossom Street" and the Kate Jacobs "Knit" books...a group of people brought together over love, loss etc and forge unlikely friendships to find healing in the love, friendship and strenth of others. This book was good but after reading all of the other similars I was hoping for something a little different.
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Helpful Score: 1
I truly loved this book! I felt very connected to the characters in this book, as we all have our own secrets and how we have dealt with tragedy in our lives. Well written. I've never lost a child, but I do know what it is like to hit rock bottom, and I believe that Ann Hood captured that on paper. I would recommend this book to all my charity crafters!
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Helpful Score: 1
It's about knitting being used as a vehicle for healing and the circle is more like a support group. Pain due to grief, cancer, loneliness, guilt, etc... is evident in the life of each member of the circle and relief is found to some degree in two needles and a skein of yarn among people you get to know and grow to love. Great story... flawless.
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Helpful Score: 1
I did not love this book. But, I can not say that reading it was a waste of time. It did get me interested in knitting. I'm learning how to purl now!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book dealt mostly with the tragedy of losing a child. It was very sad, but well written. I found myself tearing up several times. I enjoyed the knitting and the way the characters slowly came together. A very rich book that I found hard to put down.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am a knitter, and thought this book was great. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but was pleasantly surprised. I recommend it, even if you don't knit, maybe you will learn after reading this cute story of support and friendship.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a truly wonderful book. It beautifully weaves together several complex stories of vastly different women's lives. You'll wish that you could sit and knit with this circle of women, enjoy their triumphs and cry over their sorrows.
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As much as I enjoy knitting, I have to conclude that knitting groups in general make lousy backdrops for novels. With few exceptions, they run to the simple and sappy. This one, unfortunately, is not one of the exceptions. The main character has lost a child, as Hood did, and spirals into a deep depression, also shadowing Hood's experience. But Constant Reader has difficulty accepting the notion that the women in the knitting circle to which Mary Baxter is reluctantly dragged all have some deep hidden sorrow whose discovery helps Mary heal.
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Good for a distraction, but somewhat predictable.
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Great story...easy summer read.
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Good story. Would recommend.
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The main character is a mother whose child has died. She learns to cope with a group of women who form a knitting circle. Quite true to life and they all talk about problems in their lives. A good read.
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Very easy read - great characters! I don't knit but it made me want to learn!
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This book was so much more than I expected it to be. It was very hard to put it down. She does a great job of getting inside peoples feelings in different situations. The bad situations might have made it depressing but some way, they all found comfort in knitting.

I'm keeping this book for my knitting friend and my daughter-in-law.

Bobbie Finey
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Quick and enjoyable read
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This book was very predictable, very easy reading and a bit boring. I didnt enjoy it.