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Addition: A Novel de Toni Jordan
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Addition: A Novel (original: 2008; edição: 2009)

de Toni Jordan (Autor)

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In Melbourne, Australia, a neurotic, 35 year old woman who loves to count meets an Irish transplant named Seamus Joseph O'Reilly and with some gentle encouragement decides to give love a chance. Can she find a happy medium between her obsession and living life to its fullest?
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Título:Addition: A Novel
Autores:Toni Jordan (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2009), Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC), 272 pages
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Addition de Toni Jordan (2008)

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Books are supposed to make you feel, right? Sometimes you're supposed to come away optimistic about the human condition, sometimes you want to curl up in the tightest ball possible, lock your bedroom door and turn the lights out. Just because the feeling you get is bad doesn't mean the book is bad, or that it's not worthwhile.

So when I say this book made me uncomfortable, I want the context to be preserved. I think it was its goal - to a point. Addition is the story of a woman who's very much in the grips of a counting compulsion - she knows the number of steps it takes to get from one part of her house to the other, then to the cafe, then once she's there she eats the cake she (always) orders in the same number of bits as there are poppyseeds on top. And that's one of the more normal bits.

I don't want to give away the plot, but suffice it to say that things change (several times) once she meets The Guy. And it becomes frustrating and infuriating ... and I think that's on purpose, too? One of the great facets of the book is that in reading how the numbers affect Grace, they really start to get under the nerves of the reader. But it's not an obvious thing. I found myself affected not by the things she was counting, but by the sheer number of numbers she was keeping track of. Having to slog through every one of those numbers is analogous, I imagine - though by no means the same thing - the she was going through. I completely understood/felt like it made sense when one activity had to get called off, simply because I was so exhausted trying to keep up with the nervous counting.

What left me short was the ending. Grace goes through a number of different phases, as we'll call them, from full-on incapacitation by counting to love-fueled powering-through to counseling to back to the way it was ... and then we get to the end. How exactly everything turns out is left up to the reader, but I found myself completely unsure if we were dealing with someone who learned to deal with their compulsion and would be moderating it, was just abandoning themselves to the compulsion devil-may-care, or what. Everything up to and including running away to London would have seemed perfectly in keeping with the character's attitudes, which made it a little frustrating. The entire piece is supposed to be a character study - why can't we learn enough about the character?

Nonetheless, it's an excellent work that will appeal to the normal and the rest of us equally. ( )
  kaitwallas | May 21, 2021 |
An interesting look at OCD and how an individual deals with it, as well as a subtle and beautifully unfolded love story. Also a very interesting look at mental illness - is it actually illness? When do you seek treatment, and why? What sort of treatment will actually benefit you, and what will cripple you? A nice jab at psychiatry and how the "professionals" are dealing with mental illness. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
Quirky study of a young woman with OCD (counting). Gentle humour around serious issues. Grace was very likeable - Seamus not so much but the reconciliation ending was hopeful. I really like Toni Jordan's writing and that the novel was set in Melbourne. ( )
  siri51 | Mar 18, 2019 |
None of the editions' covers do this gem justice. It's not chick-lit, nor a rom-com. It's got elements of both, but it's so much more.

If you like [b:Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened|17571564|Hyperbole and a Half Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened|Allie Brosh|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1409522492s/17571564.jpg|24510592], or books about people challenged by Asperger's, or biographies of Nikola Tesla or other geniuses who see the world in a special way... or if you feel an affinity for numbers, a desire to control your life by ordering it meticulously, you'll enjoy this light treatment of an issue that many people fear to face.

I'm just glad Grace doesn't resort to cutting or anorexia in her subconscious attempts to find solace in ritual. And despite having under-developed social skills & being obsessed with numbers, she's not at all autistic. She doesn't even have synesthesia. So refreshing; such an original concept and creatively drawn character.

There are bits in the beginning that made me wince. But as the story unfolded and we got to know the characters better, things made more sense. And the ending was A. not exactly what I expected or even hoped for, but B. very satisfying. The few 'loose ends' are realistic, because real life is messy.

Bonus: I definitely empathize with some of Grace's perspectives, and was able to understand myself better from reading about her. In fact, she's inspired me to do a particular thing that is outside my comfort zone, because it was a success for her. Wish me luck! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Books are supposed to make you feel, right? Sometimes you're supposed to come away optimistic about the human condition, sometimes you want to curl up in the tightest ball possible, lock your bedroom door and turn the lights out. Just because the feeling you get is bad doesn't mean the book is bad, or that it's not worthwhile.

So when I say this book made me uncomfortable, I want the context to be preserved. I think it was its goal - to a point. Addition is the story of a woman who's very much in the grips of a counting compulsion - she knows the number of steps it takes to get from one part of her house to the other, then to the cafe, then once she's there she eats the cake she (always) orders in the same number of bits as there are poppyseeds on top. And that's one of the more normal bits.

I don't want to give away the plot, but suffice it to say that things change (several times) once she meets The Guy. And it becomes frustrating and infuriating ... and I think that's on purpose, too? One of the great facets of the book is that in reading how the numbers affect Grace, they really start to get under the nerves of the reader. But it's not an obvious thing. I found myself affected not by the things she was counting, but by the sheer number of numbers she was keeping track of. Having to slog through every one of those numbers is analogous, I imagine - though by no means the same thing - the she was going through. I completely understood/felt like it made sense when one activity had to get called off, simply because I was so exhausted trying to keep up with the nervous counting.

What left me short was the ending. Grace goes through a number of different phases, as we'll call them, from full-on incapacitation by counting to love-fueled powering-through to counseling to back to the way it was ... and then we get to the end. How exactly everything turns out is left up to the reader, but I found myself completely unsure if we were dealing with someone who learned to deal with their compulsion and would be moderating it, was just abandoning themselves to the compulsion devil-may-care, or what. Everything up to and including running away to London would have seemed perfectly in keeping with the character's attitudes, which made it a little frustrating. The entire piece is supposed to be a character study - why can't we learn enough about the character?

Nonetheless, it's an excellent work that will appeal to the normal and the rest of us equally. ( )
  thoughtbox | May 27, 2016 |
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In Melbourne, Australia, a neurotic, 35 year old woman who loves to count meets an Irish transplant named Seamus Joseph O'Reilly and with some gentle encouragement decides to give love a chance. Can she find a happy medium between her obsession and living life to its fullest?

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