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Meidät kaikki on tehty liimasta de Marina…
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Meidät kaikki on tehty liimasta (original: 2009; edição: 2011)

de Marina Lewycka

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From bonding to bondage, from B&Q to Belarus, along with seven smelly cats, three useless handymen, two slimy estate agents, social workers, a bonker lady. The story of a very unlikely friendship. Georgie Sinclair's husband has walked out; her sixteen-year-old son is busy surfing born-again websites; and all those overdue articles for Adhesives in the Modern World are getting her down. So when Georgie spots Mrs Shapiro, an eccentric old Jewish émigré neighbour with an eye for a bargain and a fondness for matchmaking, rummaging through her skip in the middle of the night, it's just the distraction she needs. And although they mistrust each other at first - Georgie doesn't like the look of that past-its-sell-by-date fish, while Mrs Shapiro thinks Georgie needs to smarten herself up and grab a new husband - a firm friendship is formed over the reduced-price shelf at the supermarket. Then Mrs Shapiro is admitted to hospital and to Georgie's surprise, she is named as her next of kin. But sorting out Mrs Shapiro's semi-derelict mansion in Highbury, home to seven stinky cats with agendas of their own, is no easy job when the handyman called in to change the locks turns out to be not what he seems and his two assistants, 'the Uselesses', are doing more breaking than fixing. And what about the two slimy estate agents (one with a charming taste for bondage) who start competing to trick Mrs Shapiro into selling her rickety old house, or the social worker determined to commit her to a nursing home? As Geogie steps in to help her new friend, she finds herself unravelling a mystery which takes her from Highbury to wartime Europe to the Middle East, and learning a bit about DIY along the way.… (mais)
Membro:Jarkko_Vuoriluoto
Título:Meidät kaikki on tehty liimasta
Autores:Marina Lewycka
Informação:Turku : Sammakko, 2011.
Coleções:Sua biblioteca, Para ler
Avaliação:****
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Plus a bit of a star. Well written and a comforting angle to some uncomfortable topics. The author has packed in some interesting takes on a whole lot of subjects - WWII, Irish troubles, Israel/Palestine, old age, teenage, middle age, housing - with some parallels drawn but not overdone. A light touch. I can see from other reviews that a lot of readers were disappointed but not sure what they are demanding. I enjoyed sharing the few hectic months with the protagonist that offered life changing potential and don't feel that tragedy or drama would have been a more fitting outcome than the one we were offered. And happy to share some optimism for a few hours. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
This book tries to deal with too many subjects - lonely elderly, immigrants, marriage, religion and even the Israel-Palestine conflict. In the midst of it all, Marina Lewycka tried to sew it together using the theme of adhesives, but this makes an awkward story overall. ( )
  siok | Jun 4, 2019 |
Plus a bit of a star. Well written and a comforting angle to some uncomfortable topics. The author has packed in some interesting takes on a whole lot of subjects - WWII, Irish troubles, Israel/Palestine, old age, teenage, middle age, housing - with some parallels drawn but not overdone. A light touch. I can see from other reviews that a lot of readers were disappointed but not sure what they are demanding. I enjoyed sharing the few hectic months with the protagonist that offered life changing potential and don't feel that tragedy or drama would have been a more fitting outcome than the one we were offered. And happy to share some optimism for a few hours. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
I'd read a couple of Marina's other books, the Ukranian Tractors, and Strawberry Fields, so decided to give this one a try as well. Likeable, and i'll probably give it another go one day.
  corracreigh | Jan 30, 2016 |
Lots of potential topics but none covered in any depth.

It's hard to review this book, as I enjoyed some parts, but also felt that it was trying to be too many things while failing to fully achieve any of them.

The main character is Georgie who has separated from her husband and is desperately searching for a man to replace him. Her choice of Mark Diabello could not have grated more, he was such a sleaze-bag and I cringed when she let him anywhere near her.

She befriends an elderly lady who lives in a crumbling old mansion and scours the supermarket discounts for bargains. Mrs Shapiro is a Jew who has made her home in Britain after her family fled the Nazis. When she falls and ends in hospital, the vultures start circling, all hoping for a cut of the wealth in her house.

The attempts of two real estate agencies to enveigle their way into the house, with a view to its sale, is an effective metaphor for the Israeli-Palestinian issues, but this conflict could have been a more central part of the novel and in my opinion would have made it a much stronger book. As it is, the subject is barely touched on in the early parts, only becoming the central issue towards the end.

Georgina also aspires to be a novelist and we endure painful snippets of her prospective romance novel, relating to her daily life and testing out possible ways of writing her experiences.

Finally, Georgie's son, Ben has found religion and is convinced that Armageddon is imminent.

The use of glue and adhesives (as in the title) is an attempt to bring all these discordant threads together. Most chapters begin with a glue-related title that reflects its meaning within the narrative - irritatingly trying to be clever. And Georgina is an editor for an adhesives magazine.

The ending? Hmm, rather neatly rounded off with a rather cliche ending, sadly. I had hoped for something a little more profound, having broached the issues of Jewish homelands and Arab evictions.

Ms Lewicke's touch of humour does surface from time to time, but I've never found her books to be hilarious. The underlying messages, centering around immigration and migrant workers, have always been the stronger feature.

Finally I should mention the narrator of my audiobook, Sian Thomas , who did an excellent job with the accents, particularly Mrs Shapiro and sleaze-bag Mark!

Also read:
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (4 stars)
Two Caravans (4 stars) ( )
  DubaiReader | Jan 4, 2016 |
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I was lucky enough to interview Marina Lewycka about this book. It's an excellent read and (as you would expect!) it zips along... you can hear the interview here.
 
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From bonding to bondage, from B&Q to Belarus, along with seven smelly cats, three useless handymen, two slimy estate agents, social workers, a bonker lady. The story of a very unlikely friendship. Georgie Sinclair's husband has walked out; her sixteen-year-old son is busy surfing born-again websites; and all those overdue articles for Adhesives in the Modern World are getting her down. So when Georgie spots Mrs Shapiro, an eccentric old Jewish émigré neighbour with an eye for a bargain and a fondness for matchmaking, rummaging through her skip in the middle of the night, it's just the distraction she needs. And although they mistrust each other at first - Georgie doesn't like the look of that past-its-sell-by-date fish, while Mrs Shapiro thinks Georgie needs to smarten herself up and grab a new husband - a firm friendship is formed over the reduced-price shelf at the supermarket. Then Mrs Shapiro is admitted to hospital and to Georgie's surprise, she is named as her next of kin. But sorting out Mrs Shapiro's semi-derelict mansion in Highbury, home to seven stinky cats with agendas of their own, is no easy job when the handyman called in to change the locks turns out to be not what he seems and his two assistants, 'the Uselesses', are doing more breaking than fixing. And what about the two slimy estate agents (one with a charming taste for bondage) who start competing to trick Mrs Shapiro into selling her rickety old house, or the social worker determined to commit her to a nursing home? As Geogie steps in to help her new friend, she finds herself unravelling a mystery which takes her from Highbury to wartime Europe to the Middle East, and learning a bit about DIY along the way.

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