Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for 68 years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents' deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than 30 years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he's felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents.
I was very much looking forward to this book. But I have to say I much more enjoyed other books by Nicole Krauss. Somhow it was too illusive, too vague, the story gets lost in the philosophical divagations. Still, it's very well written and read.
Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and headed off to Noosa with Mercedes' grade three teacher, Martha. Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry's suits, has gone after them. Craig and Lesley have dropped over briefly from next door to catch up on the fallout from Henry and Caroline's all-night row. And Janice, Caroline's sister, is staying for the weekend to look after the girls because Janice is the sensible one.
Funny story about the complexity of relationships. It takes part during one week-end and in one house which makes it feel like a play (especially on the audiobook) more than a novel. Jordan makes some interesting observations about human nature and the nature of the relationships. The only thing which bothered me is that at some moments it tries to be more funny that necessary.
Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.
A slightly slow and confusing start with a lot of characters to follow but a beautiful story altogether. And there is no way to imagine a better performance that this of a Caroline Lee! (every single of her performances)
c'est le premier livre par Michel Bussi que j'ai écouté/lu et je ne serais pas intéressée par d'autres de cet auteur... Mal écrit, avec des longueurs difficiles à supporter (surtout le journal d'intime d'une fille de 15 ans. L'auteur a clairement jamais vu un!), l'ensemble sans intérêt. Lecture correcte mais rien spécial (après avoir écouter Caroline Lee sur Audible anglais tout paraît médiocre...) et les passages de fameux journal intime - horribles! Lu avec une voix - on ne se pas trop pourquoi - trop haute, excitée.