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Five Days: A Novel af Douglas Kennedy
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Five Days: A Novel (udgave 2013)

af Douglas Kennedy

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Becoming jaded by her hospital lab work and feeling estranged from her distant husband, Laura attends a conference in Boston and unexpectedly connects with a surprisingly complex man who is struggling to choose between his desires and obligations.
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Titel:Five Days: A Novel
Forfattere:Douglas Kennedy
Info:Atria Books (2013), Paperback, 336 pages
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Attention, livre dangereux !!!!!
Qui n'a pas, dans sa vie, réfléchi à ce qu'il a été, ce qu'il aurait aimé faire et être et ce qu'il est devenu ? C'est ce qui arrive à Laura, jeune femme de 43 ans, mère de deux grands enfants, manipulatrice en radiologie, vivant dans le Maine et qui voit son ménage se déliter depuis que son mari est au chômage.
Un week-end de séminaire à Boston bouleverse le cours de sa vie et lui redonne l'"Envie" de vivre vraiment et pleinement.
Un beau roman sur notre vie, nos espoirs et déceptions, notre lâcheté face à notre destinée. Ce livre est dangereux car il nous parle, nous remue et nous fait faire malgré nous le bilan de notre propre vie, de nos frustrations. Une excellente analyse de l'humain en général qui secoue. ( )
  coriala | Apr 21, 2016 |
this book is about love and loss and hope and happiness and unhappiness and life. the characters struggle to find the courage to make changes in their lives. it really brings up how hard life is and how important it is not to lose hope. ( )
  dawnlovesbooks | Dec 2, 2015 |
I really liked the character development. The book could have spoken to me at alother time in my life. Liked it more as the book went on and even wasn't disappointed with the end of the story.Bought a advanced publishing issue at a book store in Fair Hope. ( )
  MargaretdeBuhr | Jun 19, 2014 |
You'd never guess from the title, but this is a story set over five days! Four of the days are sequential - the fifth day is a year later. It's about a woman called Laura, somewhat unhappily married to Dan. From the outset she knew he was not going to be the love of her life. Nevertheless, they have been together for twenty largely happy years and they have two children. She works as a radiographer in a small Maine town and feels somewhat rueful that she has let her early passions for travel and learning slowly dissipate.

Laura travels to Boston to attend a weekend conference for work and by chance meets Richard, with whom she has an almost instant connection. They are drawn together by their love of language - they both know what a misanthrope is! It must be love! Over the next few days as they talk incessantly, both will re-examine their lives and what they want to change. Laura will need to make some decisions about what she values and what she is prepared to let go.

I have read most of Douglas Kennedy's books and there are many things that I like about his writing. He's a natural storyteller and he has a real gift for capturing female characters. He is also very good at depicting depression without getting mired in it. The way that he writes reminds me very much of Anita Shreve. Having said that, this isn't his best work. It moves very slowly - there's a lot of dialogue, a lot of text messages. I bought the romance, but I didn't FEEL it. I read the book in two sittings, and I enjoyed it, but only in a lukewarm way. ( )
  julia.flyte | Jun 23, 2013 |
I am going to disagree with the previous reviewers. I have enjoyed all the Douglas Kennedy books that I have read and this one was no different although it was in a different style from others of his.
The format reminded me a little of the before sereis of films - Before sunrise, Before sunset and the new one I have not seen yet. just the two main characters in the book.
The big question this book deals with is the issue - are you living the life that you dreamt of in what ever way you take that - relationships, work etc or as time goes by have you settled for much less, submerged in a mundane daily routine, not really happy but not prepared to do anything about it. But then if something happened and you had the possibility to make a change to do something different and live the life you dreamt of would you do that. Change requires courage.
This book is set over a period of five days - four consecutive days and one a year later. It involves a chance meeting between two characters Laura and Richard and is told from Laura's point of view.. She has a job as a radiographer that is beginning to bore her. Her marriage is unhappy. She has spent her life caring for others, nurturing her children and being the sole bread winner to a husband who has lost his job. She is looking forward to an escape to Boston - a few days away at a conference.There when checking into the hotel she meets Ricahrd a nonedescript insurance salesman and they share an easy banter. Later they end up at the same cinema and after the film share a drink together. From there they discover they have much in common, they can discuss things not able to be discussed with their partners. Richard too is in an unhappy marriage and has dreamt of leaving. They share stories of their lives and their families even the heartbreaks. they share in a way they could not share with their partner. And the flame is lit. As he describes it they fall in love and begin to plan a life together, each of them discussing the steps they would need to take to leave their unhappy marriages. Both of them had known real love before they married but for different reasons it had been denied them. So the question is can they both see this through knowing the hurt it will cause to others. Without giving all the details of the end away I thought it was a realisitc ending and the right ending for the book. There were positives there and some change did take place. I did really enjoy the book and the issues it raised. I did not find it too long or too boiing at all. I was keen to keep reading and see how it all panned out. I thought he did a great job of telling it from the woman's point of view. ( )
  kiwifortyniner | Jun 15, 2013 |
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