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LiteraryOne has commented on (4) products.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending

LiteraryOne, August 4, 2012

A wonderful and enigmatic novel by Booker prize winner, Julian Barnes.

A man on the cusp of old age ruminates on his past, but proves to be an unreliable narrator. The story he has constructed about his blameless past falls apart as he is confronted by contrary evidence. Barnes' brilliance is that he doesn't tell all. Like the narrator, we are left to wonder about cause and effect in words and relationships; what really was at the root of the devastating consequences that affected several lives.
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The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World by Lynn Alley
The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World

LiteraryOne, January 25, 2012

I ordered it online and would not have purchased it if I'd known it included recipes for slow cooker DESSERTS! Really? There is no way that Chocolate Chip Cookies (!!) prepared in a slow cooker could be considered "gourmet". Still, the some of the stew and soup recipes look promising.
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers) (Large Print) by Helen Simonson
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers) (Large Print)

LiteraryOne, January 25, 2012

I loved this book and my book group loved it too.

Major Pettigrew is a widower, no longer young, living in a small English town in the countryside. The Major is among the top members of the town's local Golf Club and social pecking order. The ladies of the Golf Club have made it their mission to attach him to one of their single friends. Various coy strategems ensue. Meanwhile, the Pakistani grocer in the local shop has also died and left his widow to run the shop on her own. The widow is very well educated and the Major finds he enjoys her company and they share a great deal in common. The climactic scene takes place at the Golf Club's annual gala. In addition to the gently comedic social situations, there are serious issues concerning the Major's relationship with his adult son, his memories of his own father's famous "last stand" and the widow's entrapment in her different cultural expectations.

A mostly gentle social satire, the book sometimes makes some sharp points about social class - and not only the English social classes, but the sometimes even more rigid class structures of other cultures - but also the power of family and the power of love. An intelligent and thoughtful novel, it's also a fun read with a varied group of wonderfully drawn characters.
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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge

LiteraryOne, January 1, 2011

The book is set in a small town and we are introduced to a group of the town's inhabitants with all their foibles and quirks. At the heart of the book is the title characer, Olive Kitteridge. She is a difficult and complex woman; on one hand capable of great kindness and generosity and on the other sharp tongued and abrasive. As her interactions with others are revealed, we can see her weaknesses, but she is unable to recognize them in herself, leaving her baffled at the distance between her and those she loves. At the end, we still might not choose Olive as a close friend, but we have a great deal of sympathy for her and her loneliness.

Wonderfully written, with much insight into the human condition.
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