Book Reviews of All He Ever Wanted

All He Ever Wanted
All He Ever Wanted
Author: Anita Shreve
ISBN-13: 9780316735735
ISBN-10: 0316735736
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 319 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
As always with Shreve's books you do not know what direction the plot will go next. You have a sense of how it might end by the mood of the narator, but the details are presented so well you wont want to put it down until you find out what becomes of these characters. Not her best, but not bad.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved Wedding in December. Did not like this one at all. Very dark and cloying. So, I disagree that if you like Anita Shreve, you'll love this one. I didn't. I thought the main character was manipulative, controlling, and abusive. The story was difficult to follow.
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Helpful Score: 2
The cover blurb says this is a novel about love that crosses over into obsession. I'll have to take their word for it, because I couldn't get through it. The Dickensian style and the incredibly unlikeable narrator made it just too dreary to be worth the effort.
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Helpful Score: 1
I usually like Shreve but I felt this really was one of her more dull books and had trouble getting through it at all.
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Helpful Score: 1
Overall the book was kind of a let down. I kept expecting something more to happen. And it just didn't.
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Helpful Score: 1
About a man obsessed with his wife who does not love him. It was a little hard to get into, but once I did it held my interest.
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm a big fan of Anita Shreve and although I enjoyed this book, it wasn't one of my favorites. Etna Bliss's husband is obsessed with his young wife from the first time that he meets her when he helps her escape from a fire in a hotel restaurant.
But obsession is not love. To find out what happens to them in their marriage, read the book.
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I like this author. This is about a possesive husband and how his marriage is ruined by secrets and betrayals.
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A tale of "unrequited love", just engrossing...a man whose desire outweighs his reasoning...
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This was an amazing book. I like the fact that you're reading it as if you were listening to the writer "himself".....good pic!
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Anita Schreve is up to her old page turning tricks...Theres something addictive about her literary tales of love and lust
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Another good book from Anita Shreve. A vivid and discomfiting story about a man whose real passion for a woman turns to helpless, undying obsession during the early 1900's-San Diego Union-Tribune.
A tale that flirts with full-scale tragedy as well as the darkest kind of comedy-New York Times Book Review
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I love all books by Anita - she has way of telling a story that won't allow me to put the book down. Good read!
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I enjoyed reading it. It was dark at times, but overall the writing was really great. Not your typical Anita Shreve book though.
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I found the eloquent narrative of this story really set the scene for me and actually made me feel as though I was with the characters. It's a bit of a slow read but well worth the time.
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Found this book kind of slow, didn't grab me like "Sea Glass". Still a worthwhile read but not my favorite by Anita Shreve.
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A story about an obsessed husband and an aloof wife. Told in a series of flashbacks by obsessed husband, who in the "present time" was around 70 years old. I wasn't thrilled with the characters, but I did enjoy the writing style. The heightened language may be off-putting to some, but it was very fitting for the time period in which it was set (early 1900s), and the occupation of the narrator (college English/Rhetoric professor).
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Pretty good. Period piece and well told story. Kept my attention like all of Shreve's works. Not my favorite of her's but still a good read.
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Loved it!
The pilot's wife is my very favorite from Anita Shreve and this one is second!
It had me wondering and wanting to know what will happen next!
And although this book is from the husband's perspective....I totally agree with the wife!
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Another interesting story written by this author. Enjoyed the time period and setting.
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A story about a man who meets a woman at a fire and must marry her. She is not as obsessed with him, but marries anyway. Good book - I read it fairly quickly, although I would say that other books by Shreve are more my taste.
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I found it readable but not up to the standards I expect from Anita Shreve. Perhaps I just didn't care for the "telling" of the story by a rambling old man.
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Good read overall but starts out a little slow.
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Wonderful novel that delves on love, obssession, marriage, and the lengths to which a man will go to keep the woman he loves.
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Very interesting portrayal of academic life at the turn of the 20th century and the tangled web one academician weaves by pursuing desire to the exclusion of reality. Written in old-style language, but reads quickly once the reader gets into the groove
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Anita Shreve is just okay. I find them a little tedious to work through.
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This story is fantastic. Highly recommended.
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Very good! Shreve at her best!
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Extremely well written, but not exactly cheerful...
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Anita Shreve has become one of my new favorite authors. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Her writing is beautiful, very descriptive.
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Not as good as some of her other novels. but an interesting premise.
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I did not like this as much as Pilot's Wife.
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Started slow, almost ponderous in a way, but then picked up in the middle, and was enjoyable to finish.
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This book was very interesting to read...I really can see how a marriage can go very wrong when two people have such different outlooks on their union and such deception can lead no where but trouble for all involved.
I felt it was worth reading and always enjoy this authors stories.
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Really good. Might be my favorite Anita Shreve novel yet.
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All of my friends loved this book, but I found it a little hard to get through. Somewhat slow, in my opinion.
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He saves her from a hotel fire and becomes obsessed with her. But their marriage is doomed by secrets and betrayal. A gripping tale of desire, jealousy, and loss with unforgettable characters. One of Shreve's best.
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it's tough to put this one down
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Kind of runs along the same lines as "The Pilot's Wife" with two people who think they know each other marrying and not knowing each other at all. Set in the earlier part of the 20th century, it's a gripping tale of jealousy and what married people sometimes think they know.
This story is fantastic. Highly recommended.
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Beautifully written. Great plot. Good characters. Overall an excellent book. Couldn't put it down. Mesmerizing.
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I thought that this book was so very boring. I had heard such great things about it, but it just wasnt for me at all.
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Kind of runs along the same lines as "The Pilot's Wife" with two people who think they know each other marrying and not knowing each other at all. Set in the earlier part of the 20th century, it's a gripping tale of jealousy and what married people sometimes think they know.
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good read
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A favorite Anita Shreve novel!
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This is a page turner; if you like any of her other books, you'll probably like this one as well!
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A man whose obsession with his young wife begins at the moment of their first meeting, as he helps Etna and her aunt escape from a fire in a hotel restaurant, and culminates in a marriage doomed by secrets and betrayal.
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its fascinating every chapter leaves u in suspense... you never want to put it down.... and in the end...who do u truly feel sorry for?


Read it...its GREAT!!
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A love story set in the early part of the century.
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Love this book - very funny and I could relate to her "problem"
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Good book!
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