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Maile Meloy

Autor(a) de The Apothecary

13+ Works 4,229 Membros 228 Reviews 6 Favorited

About the Author

Maile Meloy was born in Helena, Montana on January 1, 1972. She received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of California, Irvine. Her works include Liars and Saints, A Family Daughter, and The Apothecary. She has won numerous awards including The mostrar mais Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction for her story, Aqua Boulevard, in 2001; the PEN/Malamud Award for Half in Love in 2003; and the California Book Awards Silver Medal for Fiction for Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It. She has also received the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. In 2007, she was chosen as one of Granta's 21 Best Young American Novelists. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Maile Meloy

The Apothecary (2011) 1,263 cópias, 86 resenhas
Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It (2009) 683 cópias, 34 resenhas
Liars and Saints (2003) 634 cópias, 17 resenhas
Do Not Become Alarmed (2017) 571 cópias, 34 resenhas
The Apprentices (2013) 321 cópias, 31 resenhas
A Family Daughter (2007) 288 cópias, 10 resenhas
Half in Love : Stories (2002) 238 cópias, 9 resenhas
The After-Room (2015) 125 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Octopus Escapes (2021) 74 cópias, 3 resenhas
Devotion: A Rat Story (2015) 29 cópias
Säilitage rahu : [romaan] (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
The Proxy Marriage 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha

Associated Works

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuinte — 279 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015) — Contribuinte — 226 cópias, 3 resenhas
Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2 (2007) — Contribuinte — 196 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias, 1 resenha
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers (2019) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias, 3 resenhas
Best New American Voices 2000 (2000) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
The Best of Montana's Short Fiction (2004) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias


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Set in 1952 London (mostly), this novel definitely gets better as it goes. After a somewhat slow start, the pace and interest level picks up as the main character Janie gets wrapped up in the mysterious lives of Benjamin and his father, the Apothecary. When the Apothecary disappears, it's up to Benjamin and Janie to unravel the secrets of the amazing Pharmacoepia, an ancient book of powerful alchemy. What follows is a nice mix of adventure, espionage, and fantasy written in Meloy's easy, comfortable style.

My first of two issues with the book, and this is really an English major thing, is the mild inconsistency in the created world. The Apothecary and his colleagues can pretty much whip up a powder or elixir which does whatever they want. There seem to be no bounds whatsoever, and, although there is some attempt at an explanation, I wasn't convinced. I am a big believer in Tolkien's philosophy of a created world having to abide by rules, even if they are different than the real world.

My other concern, and there's a spoiler coming with this, is with the end. The characters use their alchemical powers to contain the effects of a hydrogen bomb. Shortly after, Benjamin and his father set off into the world to keep it safe from a nuclear doomsday. Meloy runs into history here. Are we the readers supposed to assume that the two of them are the reason a bomb was never used after WWII? If not, what happened to them? I didn't get the sense that a sequel was coming, but was just left wondering about the post-story in a way which made me uncomfortable. As this was aimed more at a middle-school/high-school audience, however, I don't think it overly detracts from the book.

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Library_Guard | outras 85 resenhas | Jun 17, 2024 |
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What a lovely book and a pleasant surprise! I had won a copy of this book years ago and never got around to reading it, but I'm so pleased I picked it up. The historical details are well-researched and woven into the story. The characters are fully fleshed-out and delightful. Janie, Benjamin, and Pip make a wonderful trio. The magical details added a fantastic element to a story full of courage, love, and friendship.
ad_astra | outras 85 resenhas | May 1, 2024 |
A while ago I said I was I taking a break from reading books about middle-class, middle-aged marriages and their discontents, but with this collection of short stories I'm back.

Meloy's perfectly written stories are about yearning and frustration (which, we all know, are the essential themes of middle-class, middle-age life, even if you're not married--or middle-aged). Sad as the stories were, I admired the writing and insight tremendously.

My favorite story, and probably the most lighthearted, was "Lilliana," wherein a rich old grandma comes back from the dead, but not really.

Finally, the title of the book, taken from a poem by A.R. Ammons, really does sum it up well. To quote one of the stories, "The force with which he wanted it both ways made him grit his teeth. What kind of fool wanted it only one way?"
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LibrarianDest | outras 33 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |
The narration was a little jumpy at times, which makes sense, but was difficult to follow sometimes when listening to on audiobook.
Danielle.Desrochers | outras 30 resenhas | Oct 10, 2023 |



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