⚡ Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones
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Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones [REVIEW/DISCUSSION]
She would just be writing a scene, and at an unsuspecting moment she'd just add in a little sentence. And ofcourse, since the story revolves around the grief of the family and the Susie's unsolved case, their are moment of utter thrill as the reader joins the characters in their search for understanding, motive and the killer himself. The sentences feel like when you've been looking for something non-urgent for a while, and it's not really a big deal to find it now or later, but when you do find it your like, 'Man, now I can do this, and this and that, cuz I finally found this thing that I've been inactively searching for for a while'.
So, the nuggets definitely keep you reading and sometimes they even make you say, 'omg' out loud. As always, if you read the first few pages and hate it, then don't force the feeling. Just cuz I thought it was a total modern classic, don't mean anything if it really ain't your thing. Either way, truly a great story, even if your mom thinks so too. View all 34 comments. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. On December 6, , year-old Susie Salmon takes her usual shortcut home from her school through a cornfield in Norristown, Pennsylvania. George Harvey, her year-old neighbor, a bachelor who builds doll houses for a living, persuades her to look at an underground kid's hideout he constructed in the field.
Once she enters, he rapes and murders her, then dismembers her body and puts her remains in a safe that he dumps in a sinkhole, along with throwing her charm bracelet into a pond. Susie's spirit flees toward her personal Heaven, and in doing so, rushes past her classmate, social outcast Ruth Connors, who can see Susie's ghostly spirit. View 1 comment. Jul 28, Ted rated it did not like it Recommends it for: my worst enemy. Shelves: garbagestbooksever. Two-dimensional stereotyped characters -Mother — living with the regret of losing her independence to the demands of childrearing. The tragic loss of a daughter accelerates her departure from those heavy burdens and into the arms of the detective working the case.
Singh — the exotic, wise, independent, and strong foreigner who calmly dispenses cool sage-like personal advice to near-strangers. Queue soundtrack with mangled version of a nursery rhyme transposed to a minor key ungainly lobbed from a detuned piano. Snippets from his mildly troubling childhood are revealed…explaining nothing. Small blessings. The Ending Worthy of Hallmark. Every loose end is tied up with nobody owning up to the consequences of their actions with the exception of Mr. The moral? Only after wilfully experiencing the delightful carnal pleasures of the flesh can one, even the spirit of a murdered teenaged girl, let go of those lost earthly pleasures and move on to a higher and presumably more enlightened plane of existence where you are free to smite those that have wronged you.
Touching, really. The fist person perspective does not offer anything new and the only thing horrifying here is that people consume mind-numbing garbage like this at an alarming rate. What was the point? Aside from, paranormal sex is a wonderfully liberating experience for both the possessive-spiri View all 18 comments. Apr 14, Claire Greene rated it did not like it Recommends it for: nobody. This book has single handedly shown me that I spend too much time skimming and not enough time really reading and thinking about the books I have been reading.
I have two kids and so I'm busy and I often find myself reading when I am stealing time or tired. But that is not even an excuse for this book. When i read the book I thought it was pretty good. Not great, but not bad. I liked the concept and the fact that the girl was the narrator. I like a murder mystery, so I liked the suspense of wait This book has single handedly shown me that I spend too much time skimming and not enough time really reading and thinking about the books I have been reading.
I like a murder mystery, so I liked the suspense of waiting to see if the guy would get caught, etc. So when all was said and done and I finished the book, I thought - yeah, okay. Not bad, but not great. That's right! I mean, the writing alone is something I should have picked up one had I really been paying attention. Pupils pulsing like olives?? Buttering toast with tears?? I really must have been distracted or skimming like crazy because that is ridiculous.
And the real meaning of the final scene went WAY over my head, which I am somewhat ashamed to admit. When I read it, I really was like, yeah yeah, oh that's sweet she got one night with her boyfriend which she had been cheated of and all. But when you slow down and really think of this, the enormity of that is overwhelming. A girl who's first sexual experience was RAPE by an older man. A girl who actually barely knew this boy in her life. This girl can only let go of life after having sex. With that boy. That she really didn't know that well. That alone is enough to send of some big alarms. But then you add that she was allowed to go back to earth - to have sex??? Not see her family, not comfort her father and brother and sister?
Not point out the killer?? Nope, heaven lets her go back, then of all times, not earlier when she wanted it more, or could have done more both for justice and her family? So the admission to heaven is teen sex? The way to overcome deep grief and gain acceptance and peace is.. I missed out as a teen because that was NOT my experience. Okay, now louder warning bells should have been going off. But the final issue - she takes over the body of a "friend". Without the girl's knowledge or permission.
The "friend" who is a lesbian. And uses her body to have sex with a boy. Just taking over her body is a violation. Taking over her body and using that time to have sex is another violation. And to have sex with a boy, knowing that is the antithesis of everything this "friend" would have wanted or agreed to is yet another violation. What the hell??? And none of that gets brought up or mentioned. No, it is a feel good ending. I mean, I have some pretty close friends - some I have known for at least triple the time these two girls have "known" each other - and if I somehow managed to just steal their bodies and have sex with a woman??
Well, it would be good for me that I was already dead. That is a betrayal in the worst sense on so many levels it is shocking. And what of the possible consequences? Never mind the "lesser" consequences of emotional damage, damage to their friendship, the trust issues, etc etc etc????? After thinking about it more and more, I was truly embarrassed to have not seen these dark and disturbing connotations, made all the worse for the fact that the author serves this up as the feel good ending - not noticing the irony at all of having the main character who was raped and violated in turn rape and violate a friend, while denouncing the first act as a heinous crime and lauding the second act as happy ending?
So in short, I have learned my lesson and I am now making more of an effort to truly read and then think about what I am reading!!! View all 24 comments. Dec 05, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: young-adult , mystery-thriller. After hearing all the hype about this book, I couldn't wait to read it and discover how amazing it is for myself. I was greatly disappointed. How has this book become such a worldwide success? It's slow, boring and there is no real connection with any of the characters.
I found myself disliking everyone in the book. The overall idea could have been very good, even though it isn't exactly original, but I just thought the author didn't make the most of this great idea that she had. The best part of After hearing all the hype about this book, I couldn't wait to read it and discover how amazing it is for myself. The best part of the book, without meaning to sound gruesome and morbid, was the death scene at the beginning.
I admit that it was creepy and well told, I read that and geared myself up for a good book. But for me, it was as if the story ended there and the rest was a load of slow-moving waffle. The great idea had come along, happened for a while, and then died a painful death with the protagonist. The characters weren't interesting enough to hold up the rest of the story, I was just relieved when I finally got to the end. It was a painfully boring book Did I miss something? I honestly feel like I've read a completely different book from everyone else I do not understand it's popularity at all.
I read this book after watching the movie because it was the first time I heard about it. First, I have to say that I liked the movie very much and I've seen it several times. The scenes from In-Between are one of my all-time favourites. And the moment when Susie's father destroys the ships in bottles is just the best; it keeps popping on my Youtube because I just watched so many times. So, if I go a couple of moths without watching it, Youtube is like: "Here, watch it. My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. Anyway, why am I talking about a movie here, right? Because I saw it first, I did not compare it with the book, and I believe if I knew the book previous to watching the movie, I would see it in a different light.
However, right now, I see them as two separate entities, there is a movie I enjoy, and a book which is fantastic and both have the power to break my heart. All I'm going to say that even reading quotes gives me the "tension" feeling in my jaw, which I usually have right before I'm about to cry. It just breaks my heart. Because of Susie. Because of the real Susies who go through the same thing she did. Because of their families. And because Georges Harveys exist in the real world. It might not be for everyone — definitely something to consider before picking up this book. View all 5 comments. Dec 13, Amanda rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Passionate, touched-by-life types. Shelves: better-than-chick-lit , I can't review this book by thinking about the plot or about theme and diction, for it is only and truly a series of snapshots, candid and sore, that piece together the lives of living people.
The delicate sweet soul of a father; a grandmother with the heart of an empath; a sister whose youth and adulthood travel arm in arm; a numb and emptied mother; a young girl then grown woman living pierced on the periphery. This book is about the people in my life and yours whose very essence is pinned d I can't review this book by thinking about the plot or about theme and diction, for it is only and truly a series of snapshots, candid and sore, that piece together the lives of living people. This book is about the people in my life and yours whose very essence is pinned down to a spot in time and space--these lovely bones, growing in a soft-shelled skeleton around our lives. It is by turning the pages where these bones grow, that I could reflect on the wheel of life--what a joy can you call it joy when it's sad?
I am at peace to think that this sweet family, though scarred, will smile at another sunrise. To touch the living is a precious thing. View all 28 comments. Aug 24, Julia Ash rated it it was amazing Shelves: suspense-thriller , ghost-fiction , paranormal. Souls…who have unanswered questions or unfinished business. Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon is a watcher. Although Susie knows that Mr.
Harvey whose house is in her neighborhood raped and murdered her, none of the living know. Trouble is, the police have no evidence to implicate Mr. All law enforcement knows is that the eccentric widower answers all their questions. Should she spend her time watching Mr. Harvey, in hopes that he will be stopped? Or should she watch her family as they struggle to accept her death and move forward?
Which focus will heal Susie so she can leave the Inbetween and transition to the Heaven intended to bring her peace? The story, however, is much more than its surface. Should we focus on plucking out the weeds like vile Mr. Or…should we focus on growing the corn or wheat or soybeans which when healthy, will choke out the weeds? This seems to be the very question character Susie Salmon struggles with. I can empathize with this internal conflict, as I wanted more than anything to have Mr. Harvey plucked from the Earth and thrown into burning Hell. To be frank, it was this desired outcome that compelled me to flip the pages. Harvey lived on and on and even became secondary in the story.
Harvey, but it feels more by chance than by intention. The movie made it seem like a deliberate intervention, but I didn't get that from the book at all. About growing and finding peace despite evil lurking in cornfields or neighborhoods or parks or buses. Not sure about you, but this focus and practice are difficult to achieve. Which is why the message is so important. Which grows peace faster…growing goodness or weeding out evil? The answer is certainly worth thinking about! As usual, Grandma Lynn was wrong. I highly recommend this 5-star read about finding acceptance and peace among the vilest of weeds.
Note: This book contains triggers regarding rape and sexual violence toward children, girls, and women. View all 27 comments. May 28, Bill Kerwin rated it it was ok. This is a fine novella which some enterprising editor persuaded Sebold to transform into a novel. And the novel is not a good one, featuring unbelievable twists and turns and a super creepy ending but not super creepy in a good way reminiscent of the movie "Ghost. If I had done that, I might have given it four stars. View all 9 comments. View all 14 comments. May 29, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in I always seem to be a few years behind, for whatever reason.
Sometimes this works to my advantage, as it allows me to avoid a degree of hype that surrounds certain books. I do remember seeing the blue cover of The Lovely Bones on shelves in every bookstore "These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections — sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at a great cost, but often magnificent — that happened after I was gone. I do remember seeing the blue cover of The Lovely Bones on shelves in every bookstore when it was released a few years ago and seeing mentions on best-sellers lists.
I prefer to go in with low expectations and let myself be surprised with greatness. Not at all. Anyway, I was visiting my tiny local library for the first time, searching for a book to check out, when I saw the blue spine peaking out from the shelf. It was the raw human emotion that she so perfectly conveyed through each character. The characters felt real—both their positive qualities and their shortcomings. The pain, confusion, regret, and maybe even hope that they each felt in their own ways really impacted me. The Lovely Bones is the story of a young girl who is raped and murdered in her neighborhood. She speaks to the reader from her version of heaven it can be different for each person , and looks over her family as they unravel after the tragic event.
Perhaps it had something to do with my already delicate state I was home sick while reading but the book managed to make me cry. More than once. View all 7 comments. Jun 10, Steven rated it did not like it Recommends it for: masochists. This was the book that made me realise the serious flaw in the theory that if lots of people you see on the tube are reading a book, it must be good. I would say with some confidence that this is the worst book I've ever read in my entire life. The only thing that kept me going to the end was sheer bloody-mindedness; a determination not to be defeated by any book no matter how brain-deflatingly awful it is.
That said, the endless cloying sentimentality in this almost made me throw it in the bin o This was the book that made me realise the serious flaw in the theory that if lots of people you see on the tube are reading a book, it must be good. That said, the endless cloying sentimentality in this almost made me throw it in the bin on several occasions, and it contains the single worst simile I've ever encountered in an entire lifetime of book-reading. View all 13 comments. Oct 24, Suyana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: people you want to let out a good cry. This book is extremely emotion packed.
But this book was interestingly written because it's from the point of view from a girl who was murdered. The book starts like this: "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. You follow the life that this young girl once had as she tells you about the memories she had, the things she learned, and t "The Lovely Bones," had me crying from start to finish. You follow the life that this young girl once had as she tells you about the memories she had, the things she learned, and the people she loved.
Susie also talks about her "heaven. She follows them through the years, watching her younger sister Lindsey does everything that she would have done if she was alive. Susie can't let her family go, and they see her everywhere; in the valley where she was killed; in her fathers work room. It makes you value your family when you read about the devastation they were left with. I especially was sympathetic for her father. Through out the book you can see how difficult it was for him to realize and begin to let go of the fact that his first born had been killed. If you are in the mood for reading a depressing story then this book is definitely for you.
The diction that Alice Sebold uses creates clear visuals in my head of what it was that Susie saw, and what she felt like being dead. You invision her family members and the environment that Susie had once been in. Another things that made me like this book so much was the fact that there were details that were used to help describe Susie that were also about me. A simple once was the fact that she was reading Othello in school. The use of details to develope the characters are very well done by Alice Sebold.
View all 10 comments. Jul 08, Luffy rated it it was ok. What a disappointment. I had high hopes with this book. Anyway, though the author doesn't owe me anything, I did feel cheated of my hours invested in The Lovely Bones. Thematically, the book is a mess. The questions we have, both about events in heaven and on earth are left unanswered. I also found myself getting a bit depressed. I usually am like that whenever I read a bad book. But this time I got depressed because I was reading the Lovely Bones.
Death is a pitiless side of our cognition, but th What a disappointment. Death is a pitiless side of our cognition, but the way it has been treated here is so underwhelming. Let's shake off this book and march on, shall we? View all 42 comments. I'm surprised that there was so much animosity towards this book from the reviews here on Good Reads. The approach is different, which some might call trite or some call imaginative. I think I just liked Susie. She spoke what was on her mind, the perspective was fresh and the subject wasn't typical. Maybe this was a product of hype? I hadn't heard of it until a few friends recommended it to me last week. I was, why kill the children but when you read the book it goes into great detail what happened.
The look into the afterlife is parallel to what I personally believe and it takes the sting out of death and makes it less fearful. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: pre-owned Sold by: awesomebooksuk. I couldn't put this book down, it's a book that will always stay with me. Skip to main content. Listed in category:. Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab. Watch this item. People who viewed this item also viewed.
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Estimated between Mon. Delivery times may vary, especially during peak periods and will depend on when your payment clears - opens in a new window or tab. The snow globe featured a penguin and Susie says that she used to worry that the penguin was all alone but her father would reassure her that the penguin lived a wonderful life because he was trapped inside of a perfect world. Chapter one begins right away with Susie telling her name and the date of her murder—December 6th She tells us that her murderer was a man from her neighborhood that her parents had spoken to on occasion.
His name is George Harvey and the day that she was murdered he startled her by calling out to her in the dark as she was walking home from school. He tells her that he built something and he wants her to come and see it. She attempts to say no but he persuades her and she agrees because she feels that she has to mind him as an adult. Harvey reveals that he has built a small dugout underneath one of the cornfields by the school. As he leads Susie down into it, she notices that he is looking at her strangely.
She has noticed other men have started doing this too since she has begun to mature. Inside the dugout is a small room with shelves and benches. Harvey has lined up various things along the shelves including shaving cream and a razor. She feels that this is strange but assumes that it is just part of what makes Mr. Harvey quirky. Harvey insists that he has made the dugout for the neighborhood kids but Susie knows that this is a lie. He begins to tell her that she is pretty. Susie begins to get uncomfortable and tries to leave. Harvey prevents her, blocking the exit, he tells her to take off her clothes so that he can make sure she is still a virgin.
Susie tries to fight him off but he eventually overpowers and undresses her. Harvey then rapes her. In shock, all Susie can think about is how her mother will be looking for her and how before this she had only ever kissed one boy, Ray Singh. When he stops, Mr. Harvey gets a knife. Susie knows that he is going to kill her. Harvey asks her to tell him that she loves him. She does so but he kills her anyway. In the beginning of the next chapter, Susie tells us about her first experiences in heaven.
Her heaven has soccer goals and the high school she was set to attend the following year. At first she assumes that everyone that she sees in heaven has the same heaven as her but later she discovers that they just have some of the same elements as her heaven and that they are an infinite number of heavens for every person. Susie meets a girl her age named Holly and the two become friends. She says that their heaven is one of simple pleasures and getting whatever they desire except for that one thing they truly want: the ability to grow up.
While Susie is in heaven she able to watch what is going on with her family and her body down on earth. She sees the town searching for her and sees her father get a call from the detective working her case. Lindsay asks which body part although she knows that the answer will make her feel sick. Upon hearing the news, Lindsay vomits. They discover the dugout and find that it has collapsed. However, the police quickly find that he has an alibi for the night that she was killed. He was busy speaking at a conference for his father who is a doctor.
Watching from heaven, Susie becomes frustrated that she cannot help lead the police to Mr. She finds that she does not miss her family as much as she thought she would, because she can accept that she will never see them again. But she does miss her dog, Holiday. He also brings them a hat that was found. Every family member recedes into their own private world of grief. Susie has a much younger brother named Buckley who is a toddler. He stays with a family friend during this time. Fed up with her grief, Lindsay decides to return to school early. Irritated, she snaps at him and asks what exactly she lost.
In heaven, Susie remembers years earlier when Lindsay was tested and moved into a gifted and talented class and how ever since then she has felt pressured into living up to that label. Susie notes that in her heaven there are lots of dogs running around and the oldest member of her heaven, Mrs. Bethel Utemeyer plays a duet every evening with herself on violin and Holly on the horn. Susie refers to it as her Evensong.
In the next chapter, Susie tells us about what happened right after she was killed. She says that after someone is killed, their soul escapes their body and flies away up to heaven. Sometimes the soul can touch a living person on the way out. She says that on her way to heaven she touched a girl named Ruth Conners who was in her class and standing in the school parking lot. Ruth remembers this experience and finds herself somewhat disturbed by it. She tells her mother that she feels that it was like a dream but too real. Her mother assumes that she just has an overactive imagination. Susie remembers when she was alive and she would regularly help her father with his hobby of building ships in a bottle. He called her his first mate. This hurts Susie and she accidentally casts her face into the shards of glass.
Buckley walks into the room and Jack holds Buckley and cries. Susie looks down on Mr. Harvey from heaven and catches him in the process of hiding her body. He cuts her body into pieces and puts the pieces into a large bag. Harvey leaves the bag in his basement where it leaves a blood stain on the floor. Susie thinks about how she wishes to know more about Mr.
Harvey and the other girls that he has killed. He stops at a construction site and throws the bracelet into a hole that will be made into a man made lake. He also keep the knife which he used to kill Susie in his bedside table. Harvey becomes interested in a special kind of outdoor tent built by a tribe in Mali. He attempts to build one in his backyard and while he is doing this, Jack sees him and comes over to help. Jack becomes suspicious of Mr. He calls Detective Fenerman to tell him of his suspicions. Detective Fenerman visits Mr. Harvey is very charming and tells the detective that he is building the tent in honor of his dead wife, Leah.
He says that he does so every year but that this is the first year that he has done it outside. Harvey then suggests that another young man in the neighborhood, the Ellis boy may have been the one who killed Susie. He points out that the boy likes to kill small animals. Len admits that he already looked into the boy and he has an alibi. After leaving, Len calls Jack to report what Mr. Harvey said. Jack says that he could have sworn that Mr. On Christmas, a boy named Samuel Heckler visits Lindsay. He is thirteen and is wearing a leather jacket.
He tells Lindsay that he is also one of the gifted and talented students. Jack distracts him by playing monopoly. Buckley is too young to understand this and is confused. In the kitchen, Samuel gives Lindsay half of a heart necklace and kisses her. Susie watches from heaven and is overjoyed. This makes Susie think of her kiss with Ray Singh. She also remembers how she comforted Ruth Conners after the other girl was reprimanded for a drawing she had done of a naked woman that was stolen and passed around the school.
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