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The Lovely Bones

Te Susie contempla cómo la vida continúa sin ella; sus compañeros de colegio ruan sobre su desaparición su familia mantiene la ilusión de encontrarla con vida y el asesino se esfuerza en borrar las huellas del crimen Los acontecimientos se suceden al tiempo ue Susie se va adaptando a ese lugar llamado cielo un refugio mágico donde encuentra consejeros ue le ayudan a entender la muerte y amigos con los ue convivir u. Haaaaaated it I am one of those OCD literary nerds who takes on a war bunker mentality with books that I ve started and dislike I will see this through to the end For The Lovely Bones I made an exceptionSomewhere sometime someone told Sebold she could write That person should be made to apologize to me in person and to all other poor souls who were duped into buying this shlock The literary press also needs to break out the cattails for a serious bout of flogging Lev Grossman of Time Magazine is at the top of my flogging docket he called this book a beautiful sensitive melancholy novel and repeated that claim a year later in a review for a book called The Dogs of Babel a book just as terrible as The Lovely Bones I can only assume that Mr Grossman confined his reading to the zeros on the check accompanying the publisher s blurb or else has some sort of vitamin deficiency that causes his brain to process ham handed tripe as beautiful artIt was Mr Grossman s review along with the alluring premise of the novel a young girl posthumously tries to make sense of the events that led to her death that led me to order The Lovely Bones and The Dogs of Babel which at the time were only available in hardcover Financial reasons made this an extremely uncommon practice for me and my experience reading both of those novels ensured that I would never do so againTo further illustrate how absolutely wretched this novel is I m going to provide a paragraph of background The substance of the novel will be criticized in the subseuent body of this reviewDuring the summer of 2003 I was occupying space as an intern at a company that accepted me at the last minute and had nothing for me to do The company was white collar and behemoth in office space HR sent me to an deserted floor to file documents that took up at most 2 hours of my 8 hour day Even in this vacuum of monotony I could not finish this book I chose to watch paint chip away and pick up dust bunnies with recycled paper I didn t have a broom rather than finish this bookSo with that said I suppose I should actually mention something specific about the book I hated My caveat here is that I am unwilling to punish myself by picking through a copy of the book for textual examples I m going by memory and online synopses aloneThe narrator and victim is Susie Salmon Let me stop there SUSIE SALMON That really should have clued me in but I was too eager to see how the author would represent the afterlife to catch a glimpse of this beautiful pain of looking a life that goes on without youUnfortunately Sebold managed to bleach out anything remotely interesting out of the plot in spectacular fashion Heaven is a school you see not that Susie spends much time there or learns anything Her rapist and murderer is a creepy loser while somehow being the dullest of all of Sebold s numerous dull characters The reason for his murderous tendencies could be guessed by anyone who s ever even heard of a pop psychology bookYou d think her family would at least be interesting in grief but Sebold reduces them to one note drones Everything in The Lovely Bones is a gimmick played cheaply for sentiment and with no other reward I d compare to a Hallmark movie but Hallmark movies do not adopt the pretension that Sebold belabors with terrible pseudo post modernist metaphors All of this would be bad enough but what made me throw this book aside with great force is the offensive and unjustifiable resolution to Susie s laments that she did not get to live This unfairness although poorly developed was at least a cause of sympathy until Susie decides to forcibly correct it at the expense of others In the hands of someone else this last turn could ve been bleak insight into motivations of the cycle of victimization but Sebold conveys not one iota of ambivalenceMuch of my hatred of this novel results from its inexplicable popularity and commendation from people who have a responsibility to promote reading I shudder to think who else picked up this novel convinced it was the best that the contemporary literary world had to offer It is not my intention to slam those who enjoyed this book If you did I am glad to hear it I love books and I want others to love books I simply fear that someone who is tempted out of a long vacation from reading might pick up a novel like this and give up the cause for lost

SUMMARY The Lovely Bones

Una historia asombrosa y tierna acerca de la pérdida de un ser ueridoCuando conocemos a Susie Salmon sabemos ue ya está en el cielo en su nuevo hogar Desde allí nos va a relatar con la inconfundible voz de una adolescente de catorce años una historia tan inuietante como alentadora la de su propio asesinato a manos de un vecino y el proceso de recuperación por el ue van a tener ue pasar sus seres ueridos Tras su muer. The Lovely Bones has got to be the most baffling poorly written jaw droppingly bad book that I have ever set my eyes on It is truly a black black tragedy that the words in this book were placed in that particular order published and distributed How could this have ever possibly been popular Is it for the same reason that the song My Humps hit number one I mean I don t technically believe in burning books but this novel really got me thinking About burning itIf it serves any use at all it might be a perfect guide on how not to write a book Here are some of my gripes problems and issues that we can hopefully use to prevent something like this from ever happening again to us our children or our children s childrenIt is filled with some of the worst sentence level writing that I have ever encountered From bad description to horrible grammar to utterly confusing metaphors Sebold covered it all A tell tale way to spot a weak writer They can t stop weirdly describing people s eyes Don t believe me Try this sentence Her eyes were like flint and flower petals Or this one The tears came like a small relentless army approaching the front lines of her eyes She asked for coffee and toast in a restaurant and buttered it with her tears Really She buttered the coffee and toast with her tears Or this one this time about someone s heart Her heart like a recipe was reduced What the hellAnd here s my favorite eye description in the book Her pupils dilated pulsing in and out like small ferocious olives That s right Ferocious olives I ve read MadLibs that make sense than thatIt seems to lack a plot You know that thing that books are supposed to have I ll never forget my first workshop with Brady Udall in which he threw my story onto the table and said This isn t a story Sarah it s a situation And as much as I despaired when I got home he was right Sebold has the same problem her book is a really long situation A girl dies and watches her family from heaven Okay That s nice But what do the characters want What drives the story forward Nothing The characters get older and keep bumping into each other Things change and things often do but there is no forward movement and certainly no building of suspenseSince there s no plot the ending is just a bunch of weird stuff happening I read the last thirty pages on the train this morning and couldn t stop a few outbursts Oh no she didn t I d say talking to Alice Sebold and her crazy ways She is just plain bold when it comes to doing whatever she feels like and she feels like doing the weirdest stuff ever It s not that I don t want to write spoilers here it s that I can t even explain to you what happened at the end of the book And I bet she can t either I m not exaggeratingHer characters never have interesting or complex thoughts Not even the serial killer or the mother whose daughter was murdered It seems that Sebold s characters do one of two things they laugh which means they are happy or cry to butter their toast somehow when they are sad As you might guess there is a lot of laughing and crying in this book When a character is confused they laugh and cry at the same time This also happens oftenI feel a little better after venting But I m still deeply sad and angry I feel like my own writing might have been permanently damaged by reading this book like a couple of ferocious olives

READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ý Alice Sebold

N nuevo hogar donde halla todo lo ue desea excepto lo más importante reencontrarse con las personas a las ue ama y ue viven en la Tierra Desde mi cielo es una historia asombrosa y de extraordinaria ternura ue parte de una de las pruebas más dolorosas a las ue desgraciadamente a veces tenemos ue enfrentarnos la pérdida de un ser uerido Pero es también un relato lleno de esperanza ue nos habla del poder curativo del am. 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 Father obsessed to the point that he neglects the living members of his family destroying his relationship with his wife Only in her absence is he able to fall in love with her all over again Detective his sob story past wife committed suicide explains his devotion to make sense of senseless death by solving cases of murdered women This leads him into the arms of the latest victim s mother who incidentally reminds him of his dead wife eww Mrs Singh the exotic wise independent and strong foreigner who calmly dispenses cool sage like personal advice to near strangers George Harvey the odd but harmless neighbor otherwise know as the psychotic pedophilemurderer who builds dollhouses in his spare time ueue 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 revealedexplaining nothing Grandma Lynn the often drunk but all knowing grandmother with a wacky liberal perspective on life I could go onthe youngest sibling who sees the ghost of Susie as his imaginary friend the sister who struggles to become her own person from under the shadow of her dead sister her boyfriend as the complete antithesis to the evil Mr Harvey her boyfriend s older brother as the macho gear head with a heart of goldThe NarrativeThere is only the occasional passage where the narrator s voice sounds like that a teenage girl from the mid seventies Lindsay had a boy in the kitchen oh the giddiness of it all Small blessings Clich after clich If you haven t already gotten a sense of the hackneyed construction of this book please re read the first page of this rant Only a sportscaster from some small town cable station would stand a fighting chance of besting Sebold in a contest of clich slingingThe EndingWorthy of Hallmark Every loose end is tied up with nobody owning up to the conseuences of their actions with the exception of Mr Harvey because he s bad you see The family is reunited the murderer is murdered the daughter marries her high school sweetheart and has a child of her own thus proving that life does go onsniff and lastly the teenaged ghost of murdered Susie Salmon transcends her personal minor heaven a staging ground for spirits who persistently cling to the living world by falling back to earth inhabiting the now 20 something body of a lesbian acuaintance in order to trespass into another person s home and have sex with the now 20 something boy she had a crush on shortly before her murder 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 enlightened plane of existence where you are free to smite those that have wronged you Touching reallyThe Lovely Bones reviews Why do they always say brutal murder or brutal rape Is that opposed to the wonderful murders and superb rapes in other novels Did any of these reviewers even read the book They just seem to be reading each other s reviews praising the uniue first person narrative of a protagonist in heaven and how it deals with such a horrifying topic 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 There s nothing new here What was the point Aside from paranormal sex is a wonderfully liberating experience for both the possessive spiri


About the Author: Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold is the author of three #1 bestselling books including Lucky and the novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon Her work has been translated into than fifty languages and has appeared in The New York Times and The Guardian among other publications She is a member of the National Leadership Council for RAINNorg Rape Abuse & Incest National Network She lives in California



10 thoughts on “The Lovely Bones

  1. says:

    The Lovely Bones has got to be the most baffling poorly written jaw droppingly bad book that I have ever set my eyes on It is truly a black black tragedy that the words in this book were placed in that particular order published and distribu

  2. says:

    One book two rapes How's that for a bargain? The book only advertises one YuckThe book in uestion is Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones I'm not giving anything away by saying it's a book about a girl the narrator who was murdered That's revealed i

  3. says:

    The greatest first 30 pages ever The worst restComparecontrast with The Shimmering Go Between

  4. says:

    Haaaaaated it I am one of those OCD literary nerds who takes on a war bunker mentality with books that I've started and dislike I will see this through to the end For The Lovely Bones I made an exceptionSomewhere sometime someone told Sebold she could write That person should be made to apologize to me in person and to all other poor souls who were duped into buying this shlock The literary press also needs

  5. says:

    I worked at Borders for than a year and I worked the boring ass registers usually at night whic was always slow I leaned there with my chin in my hand staring at the shelves actually wishing that I could help customers in their purchases It's purely insane but I think that's what happens anytime you place someone in any kind of confinement The thing is that if I wasn't a register girl I would have constant actual contact with t

  6. says:

    The moment I finished The Lovely Bones I let out a long slow and heavy breathBecause that was some damn satisfying endingI strongly believe that if you go into this book thinking it will be creepy scary mysterious fast paced and full of shocking revelations you will be tempted to put it aside after the first sixty pages It’s not only about the pedophilia rape or murder It’s not only about catching the killer And i

  7. says:

    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 Father – obsessed to the point that he neglects the livin

  8. says:

    The Lovely Bones Alice SeboldThe Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by American writer Alice Sebold 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 Decem

  9. says:

    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 lik

  10. says:

    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 great

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