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The Weird Sisters di Eleanor Brown
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The Weird Sisters (edizione 2011)

di Eleanor Brown (Autore)

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Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected.
Utente:emrsalgado
Titolo:The Weird Sisters
Autori:Eleanor Brown (Autore)
Info:Penguin Adult HC/TR (2011), 336 pages
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I really enjoyed this book. ( )
  IngNorris | Oct 16, 2021 |
I liked the story fine, but the first person plural narrator I found really annoying. I read in the back of the book the author saying something like she was trying to do it in a way that wouldn't be distracting, but in my opinion she failed. I understand how a non-character narrator can have an omnipotent viewpoint, but I can't buy it when it involves three characters and suggests they all know all about each, when in fact a major plot point is that they're all off in different directions with very limited communication, not only before the book starts, but even after they're all living in the same house. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
There is no problem that a library card can't solve.

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected. ( )
  jepeters333 | May 29, 2021 |
A story about 3 sisters whose father is a Shakespearean Professor in a small University town in Ohio. When their mother is diagnosed with cancer they all come home and revaluate their lives. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
Hm. This book. One of my updates gave my biggest pet peeve of the book, which was all of the freakin' Shakespeare quoting. I understand that was kind of the "thing" with this book: the father a Shakespeare scholar, the girls all named after Shakespeare characters, the title of the book referring to the witches in Macbeth. Yeah, I get it. Stop bludgeoning me over the head with it.

Let me be clear: I've spent a lot of time with really smart people, some of whom were actual Shakespeare scholars (or Joyce scholars, or your general run-of-the-mill English PhDs). While they could all expound from their academic high horses, not one of them would so pompously quote Shakespeare (or their literary figure of choice) in lieu of having a real conversation. If they did, they'd look like a total douche. And, well, that's definitely how the father came across, and the sisters did at times as well.

The sisters. I didn't really like any of them, except for possibly Cordelia (at times), and it's hard for me to enjoy a book if I want to slap every one of the characters. Of course they were all redeemed at the end -- that was the point of the book, I suppose -- but, man, was it a difficult journey for this reader.

I did like other characters, like their mother, Dan, Father Aiden, and Jonathan. But they were supporting players, perhaps the Greek Chorus of the book, the people who were actually on an even keel and were instrumental in getting the sisters straightened out. I am glad that the author didn't take the cliche route with Father Aiden. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
"Indeed, The Weird Sisters is a book worth celebrating. Because their father is a renowned Shakespearean scholar, the Andreas family communicates largely through the words of the Bard. It is not unusual for them to drop Shakespearean quotes into a conversation about, say, wedding rings or what to eat for breakfast."
aggiunto da clamairy | modificaBookPage, Amy Scribner (Mar 2, 2011)
 
There are times when the sisters are exasperated by the burden imposed on them. “Sometimes we had the overwhelming urge to grab our father by the shoulders and shake him until the meaning of his obtuse quotations fell from his mouth like loosened teeth,” they say. Readers may sometimes feel similarly about Ms. Brown but more often appreciate the good sense and good humor that keep her story buoyant. She does have storytelling talent. Or, to quote one of the Weird Sisters quoting you-know-who: “This is a gift that I have; simple, simple.”
aggiunto da CSMcMahon | modificaNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Jan 16, 2011)
 
Eleanor Brown's likable debut novel is the story of three grown sisters who return home when their mother falls ill.....The first third of the book moves slowly, with too much explanation of who the sisters are, and too much insistence on how different each is from the other, and a sort of bulky setting-up of their rather implausible situations, and -- enough, already! Get the story moving! And when it does start moving, it is a delight.

 

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But we only called the fire brigade, and soon the fire engine came and three tall men in helmets brought a hose into the house and Mr. Prothero got out just in time before they turned it on. Nobody could have had a noisier Christmas Eve. And when the firemen turned off the hose and were standing in the wet, smoky room, Jim's Aunt, Miss Prothero, came downstairs and peered in at them. Jim and I waited, very quietly, to hear what she would say to them. She said the right thing, always. She looked at the three tall firemen in their shining helmets, standing among the smoke and cinders and dissolving snowballs, and she said, "Would you like anything to read?" —DYLAN THOMAS, A Child's Christmas In Wales
I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters. —WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth
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