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A Map of the World
A Map of the World
Author: Jane Hamilton
Booksellers should send up three cheers of greeting for this haunting second novel by the author of The Book of Ruth, a beautifully developed and written story reminiscent of the work of Sue Miller and Jane Smiley. A piercing picture of domestic relationships under the pressure of calamitous circumstances, it poignantly addresses the capricious ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385473118
ISBN-10: 0385473117
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 392
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3.5 stars, based on 163 ratings
Publisher: Anchor Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I did not really enjoy this book. A tragedy turns the characters absolutely bitter. It was a depressing read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a wonderful book -- depressing, but so beautifully written and thought provoking. It's about a child dying and the repercussions of her death in this small community.
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Helpful Score: 2
The beginning of this book was especially painful to read, and I believe anyone with a child will find it so. But, the book touched so great a nerve within me that it was a most memorable read. You just can't help but sympathize with the main character, and constantly imagine how her (ex) best friend, and all family members felt. It really is a case of a tragedy occuring by accident. Preventable? Of course. But, that's the case with all true accidents. You will not forget the powerful emotions in this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
First line: "I used to think that if you fell from grace it was more likely than not the result of one stupendous error, or else an unfortunate accident."
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This is a chilling and superb novel. Unforgettable characters.
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I really did not enjoy this book, I found parts of it really unbelievable as well as difficult to read. I am seldom sorry that I read a book but this one fills me with regret that I read it to the end. Books plotted in tragedy should offer some kind of hope, this was just full of despair.
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Although the premise of the book seemed promissing, ultimately it just didn't do it for me. This book was long and drawn out - I found myself wanting it to be over and finishing it just for the sake of finishing it. I hate that. I did like the way it was split into chapters by the main characters and their points of view (one of the few redeeming qualities), but it left a lot of unanswered questions in the end. I would not seek out another title by this author based on this book.
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This novel is a must read. Though there is much sadness in the plot, the story is compelling and well written. Have the hankie nearby, though.


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