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  • Book Subgenre: Literary, General, Psychology
  • Language: english
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Format: audioCD
  • Book Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes

Reviewer: Rebecca Mead, (London Review of Books)

"The book's conceit, that Susie lives watchfully on, is also the book's deceit. THE LOVELY BONES aims to be, in the end, a feel-good book about rape, torture and murder, and while such an unlikely achievement is remarkable, it is also unsettling in ways that Sebold does not begin to address....The idea of an epidemic of children being snatched by their neighbors amounts to a fantasy...: it's chilling, thrilling and completely unbuttressed by fact. THE LOVELY BONES endows that fantasy with a happy ending. Cuteness, it turns out, is immortal. This is not only untrue; it's distasteful. For all Sebold's deftness, her novel plays into US culture's saccharine sensibility about girls and violence, a sensibility that attends the appetite for horror and is inseparable from it."

Reviewer: Daniel Mendelsohn, (New York Review of Books)

"I asked myself, as I read THE LOVELY BONES, what could be the point of having the dead girl narrate the aftermath of her death--what, in other words, this voice could achieve that a standard omniscient narrator couldn't--and it occurred to me that the answer is that Susie is there to provide comfort: not to those who survive her, to whom she can't really make herself known or felt, but to the audience. The real point of Sebold's novel isn't to make you confront dreadful things, but, if anything, to assure you that they have no really permanent consequences....In its proleptic yearning for relief, and indeed in its emphasis on the bathetic appeal of victimhood, its pseudo-therapeutic lingo of healing and insistence that everything is really OK, that we needn't really be sad, that nothing is, in the end, really scary, Sebold's book is indeed timely...."

Reviewer: Michiko Kakutani, (New York Times)

"What might play as a sentimental melodrama in the hands of a lesser writer becomes in this volume a keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time. The novel is an elegy...about a vanished place and time and the loss of childhood innocence. And it is also a deeply affecting meditation on the ways in which terrible pain and loss can be redeemed...through love and acceptance....[Some] lapses do not diminish Ms. Sebold's achievements: the ability to capture both the ordinary and the extraordinary, the banal and the horrific, in lyrical, unsentimental prose; her instinctive understanding of the mathematics of love between parents and children; her gift for making palpable the dreams, regrets and unstilled hopes of one girl and one family."

Reviewer: Rebecca Mead, (London Review of Books)

"The book's conceit, that Susie lives watchfully on, is also the book's deceit. THE LOVELY BONES aims to be, in the end, a feel-good book about ******, torture and murder, and while such an unlikely achievement is remarkable, it is also unsettling in ways that Sebold does not begin to address....The idea of an epidemic of children being snatched by their neighbors amounts to a fantasy...: it's chilling, thrilling and completely unbuttressed by fact. THE LOVELY BONES endows that fantasy with a happy ending. Cuteness, it turns out, is immortal. This is not only untrue; it's distasteful. For all Sebold's deftness, her novel plays into US culture's saccharine sensibility about girls and violence, a sensibility that attends the appetite for horror and is inseparable from it."