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All My Puny Sorrows de Miriam Toews
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All My Puny Sorrows (edició 2014)

de Miriam Toews (Autor)

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Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. But Elf's latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour. Can she be nursed back to "health" in time? Does it matter? As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life.… (més)
Membre:joannabgaff
Títol:All My Puny Sorrows
Autors:Miriam Toews (Autor)
Informació:Knopf Canada (2014), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
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Etiquetes:adult, fiction

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All My Puny Sorrows de Miriam Toews

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    Come, Thou Tortoise de Jessica Grant (ebeaz)
    ebeaz: Similar exploration of the grieving process among family members who have lost someone close to them. Both books contain a lot of humour, but are able to dole out the heartache when they need to. Plus, there are sections narrated by a tortoise.
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I was propelled through this book. The description of the themes (Canadian family novel, piano prodigy, suicide, trauma handed down) would not have intrigued me. But the voice is so close and so balanced. There is a lot of funny stuff in with the life and death.
And the title does intrigue me still. It's a quote from a Coleridge poem about the loss of his sister who used to listen to him relate those puny sorrows and comfort him.
I loved learning that the Mennonites came from Russia originally.
I loved the rebellion in all four family members (library, piano, general messing around, being a Social Worker).
I hope that in the close-at-hand future we will be able to handle the end of life with less pain and suffering than has been experienced to date. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
All my Puny Sorrows. Miriam Toews. 2015. Gosh, who would think that a novelk on suicide could be so enjoyable? I got this book because my favorite, noir Irish writer, Ken Bruen said, it was “the best” book on suicide he’d ever read. Toews is like Bruen in that she has you laughing at one sentence and crying at the next one. It is a poignant picture of Elf, a brilliant, beautiful pianist who wants to die and Yoli, her sister who loves her so much she is unwillingly considering how she can help her. In the first person narration, Joli describes the agony of the family trying to keep Elf alive and the agony they suffer after her death. I am not sure this book would provide any comfort to anyone who has experienced the tragedy of suicide. But I will read more of Toews. ( )
  judithrs | Apr 5, 2021 |
Mi ha pregato di non farle l'interrogatorio e le ho chiesto scusa.
(...) Sai cosa diceva Nellie Mc.Clung? mi ha chiesto.
Temo di no, ho detto, ma dimmi.
"Non spiegare mai, non ritrattare mai, non scusarti mai. Limitati a fare e lasciali gridare".
Mi piace, ho detto, ma lei non stava parlando di ottenere il diritto di voto per le donne? Non riesco a vedere il nesso. Io mi stavo scusando per averti assillata.
Yoli, ha detto lei, sto solo dicendo che le scuse non sono il fondamento della società civile. Va bene! ho detto io. D'accordo. Allora qual è il fondamento della società civile?
Le biblioteche, ha detto Elf. ( )
  LauraLaLunga | Feb 15, 2021 |
AMPS is a graceful novel that captures the love, frustration, and mystery of the bonds between siblings. It's this experience of sisters, their history and friendship, that drives the novel & propelled me to keep reading in the absence of plot.
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
Can you love someone so much you would do the ultimate deed to release her from her sorrow even if it breaks your heart? This is the anguish that faces Yolandi. Her older sister is her friend, her confidante and her hero. They are so close they can read each other's eyes. Elfrieda has everything - creativity, talent, beauty, and, most of all, courage to escape their small Canadian Mennonite village. How can Yoli refuse do what Elf asks of her? Written beautifully with both sadness and humor, and partly inspired by events in her own life, Toews has deservedly won the 2014 Scotia Giller Prize for this wonderful novel. ( )
  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
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Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. But Elf's latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour. Can she be nursed back to "health" in time? Does it matter? As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life.

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