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Obras de Marianne Cronin


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Found: Help - forgotten title em Name that Book (Julho 2023)


“‘Do you know,’ she said slowly, ‘that the stars that we see the clearest are already dead?’
‘Well, that's depressing.’ I took my hand from hers. ‘No,’ she said gently, linking her arm through mine, ‘it's not depressing, it's beautiful. They've been gone for who knows how long, but we can still see them. They live on.' They live on” (265).

Unequivocally emotional and joyful, this book doesn’t ease you into the thick of it. From the beginning, you’re swimming in the dark depths of a black, inky sky full of sadness and bright celestial swirls. It’s emotively heavy with just enough levity intermixed throughout. It’s a book about dying that’s really more about living. A pleasant paradox—so much grief causing so much joy.

In a Glasgow terminal ward, 17-year-old Lenni befriends 83-year-old Margot in the hospital’s Rose Art Room, and through their nascent friendship, a series of stories unfolds, celebrating the life of these two and their collective 100 years. The stories are told intermittently, transporting us between past and present, piecing together two lives where sickness and death is just a part of their stories—not the defining feature.

This book made me laugh (all the scenes with Father Arthur) and made me cry (lots of traumas and triggers) and, magically, made me feel hopeful (even though there’s so much grieving and trauma). It’s a story that shows that you can still find hope and beauty and joy in even our worst moments, our most tragic stories. And it’s through stories—all the stories inside of us waiting to be told—that keep us alive long after we’ve taken our last breath.

“As long as men can breathe and eyes can see / so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”
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lizallenknapp | outras 37 resenhas | Apr 20, 2024 |
Lenni is 17 and a patient in the terminal ward of a Glasgow hospital. Margot is 83 and a patient in the same hospital, awaiting heart surgery. This is the story of their friendship and of how they ended up sharing their collective 100 years with each other.

An excellent story (or pair of stories, really), beautifully told. Both Lenni and Margot are fascinating and wonderful characters, and they’re so well drawn that you quickly feel that they’re your friends as well, which makes losing them all the tougher. I haven’t full-on wept because of a book in a long time, but I cried for this one and I don’t regret a second of it.… (mais)
electrascaife | outras 37 resenhas | Apr 1, 2024 |
I didn’t finish this book, couldn’t get into it.
janismack | outras 37 resenhas | Mar 16, 2024 |
I wasn't planning on reading this as I had my share of novels dealing with a terminal disease and death. I just read a few pages and was struck by the lightness of it, sense of humour and some beautiful language.
However, this wore off quickly.

In theory, books like this are beautiful, they talk about the beauty of life, friendship (found in the most unexpected places). Some passages were truly a joy to read. However, the book was very uneven in terms of quality.

There were big parts of the novel describing Margot's life in some obscure moments that didn't really add much to the story, while I would have loved to see more conversations between Leni and Margot to add some depth to their relationship. Also, Lenni felt more like a younger child, not a 17-year-old.

The art project got tedious after a while and I lost interest. Pushed through to finish, but it wasn't that great. I think the parts that really stuck with me are the ones describing dealing with PTSD (Margot's dad) and Alzheimer's (Humphrey) that were described in a touching way.
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | outras 37 resenhas | Mar 4, 2024 |



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