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Someone (2013)

af Alice McDermott

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"The story of a Brooklyn-born woman's life - her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs - from childhood to old age"--Provided by the publisher.
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    Brooklyn af Colm Tóibín (Ciruelo)
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    Angelas aske : erindringsroman af Frank McCourt (Betty.Ann.Beam)
    Betty.Ann.Beam: They both deal with the Irish immigrant experience. I would suggest that you read Angela's Ashes first since Someone is rather difficult to decifer and may take several readings. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin is also in the same vein. They are all stories that bely tne American Dream.… (mere)
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    A Spool of Blue Thread af Anne Tyler (zhejw)
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    The Ninth Hour af Alice McDermott (vancouverdeb)
    vancouverdeb: historical fiction in Brooklyn. The everyday vagaries of life, told in beautiful language. Both books feature Irish Catholics and tragedy mixed with hope.
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    Gilead af Marilynne Robinson (tandah)
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    We are Not Ourselves af Matthew Thomas (Ciruelo)
    Ciruelo: Both books relate the life story of an Irish American woman in plain, but exceptionally well written language.
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    Skrevet i sten af Carol Shields (tandah)
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Although Someone has a couple of tiny editing issues (a powerful phrase or two repeated when it seemed clear that they shouldn't be), it deserves five stars anyway. Alice McDermott strings together slices of character Marie's life beautifully and to heartbreaking effect in these slender 232 pages, but it's mostly an ordinary sort of heartbreak--the accumulated losses and sadnesses of any long life. Someone echoed several other novels I've read (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, On Canaan's Side, Brooklyn, and even Olive Kitteredge a bit, though that one isn't an Irish-American tale), but McDermott manages to make Marie's story original, and all her own. Lovely, lovely, lovely. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
[b:Someone|17332207|Someone|Alice McDermott|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1377579911l/17332207._SX50_.jpg|24035833] was a remarkable experience for a few different reasons. My first experience with anything written by Alice McDermott and it definitely won’t be my last. This was a novel that grabbed me quickly, gently but persistently. I don’t know about you, but I could relate to Marie. The glory of a life lived. The mistakes, the successes. Those loved and those lives touched. Through Marie we experience a typical life with everything it offers. Don’t we all feel a fool at some point, if not at many points in our own lives? A story of a lifetime told in intermixed pieces, moving backwards and forwards in time. The writing is soft, gentle and beautiful.

Someone was also a remarkable experience for a different reason. I began listening to audio books earlier this year, and have come to enjoy them. However, I haven’t listened to a book that I rated over three stars. Was it the the stories I was listening to or the limitations of the listening experience? [b:Someone|17332207|Someone|Alice McDermott|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1377579911l/17332207._SX50_.jpg|24035833] broke that trend for me. I rated it four stars. Would it have been five stars if I had read it versus listened to it? Would the structure of the story, which I enjoyed so much, have been better if read? I don’t know. I don’t have enough experience comparing and contrasting the two formats to have any definite opinion. I do know that Kate Reader, who narrated Someone, created a great listening experience. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
Beautifully realized. Not a word out of place. Character definition so crisp. The final twenty pages are deft, to say the least - make that extraordinary. Wonderful. Hard to understand why overall rating is less than 4 but no accounting for differences in readership tastes. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
I like Alice McDermott's work. But this one never really engaged me. I don't know why.

It is the story of Marie Commeford, a life in glimpses. Somewhere in the middle she says she wants to find someone who will love her. Perhaps this is the "someone" of the title, but more likely it is Marie herself, an ordinary person who is still "someone". Perhaps we all want that more than anything else: to be "someone".

We follow Marie as she weathers tragedy and disappointment, into her life working in a funeral parlor, work that seems to suit her, her personal life with a troubled brother, her life as a mother. Somehow I didn't connect this time but I suspect many others will and have. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
A touching read of one American family, written so you could truly enter a particular time and place in history. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Jun 21, 2020 |
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There are many reasons to write a novel.

One — maybe the best — is to bear compassionate witness to what it is to be alive, in this place, this time. This kind of novel is necessary to us. We need to know about other lives: This kind of knowledge expands our understanding, it enlarges our souls. There are differences between us, but there are things we share. Fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief: Those are common to us all. Those are the things that great novelists explore. And it’s this exploration, made with tenderness, wisdom and caritas, that’s at the heart of Alice McDermott’s masterpiece.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerWashington Post, Roxana Robinson (Sep 9, 2013)
 
Each slide, each scene, from the ostensibly inconsequential to the clearly momentous, is illuminated with equal care. The effect on the reader is of sitting alongside the narrator, sharing the task of sifting the salvaged fragments of her life, watching her puzzle over, rearrange and reconsider them — and at last, but without any particular urgency or certitude, tilting herself in the direction of finally discerning their significance.

This is a quiet business, but it’s the sense-making we all engage in, the narrative work that allows us to construct a coherent framework for our everyday existence. It’s also a serious business, the essential work of an examined life.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerNew York Times, Leah Hager Cohen (Sep 6, 2013)
 

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