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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (edició 2020)

de V. E. Schwab (Autor)

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Membre:SweetKokoro
Títol:The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Autors:V. E. Schwab (Autor)
Informació:Tor Books (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 448 pages
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Part One of THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE didn’t do much for me. If it doesn’t much excite you, either, stick it out. It will be worth your while.

In the beginning, it is 1714, and Addie La Rue is running from her wedding, from the life her parents expect her to lead. She wants more to her life and mistakingly makes a deal with the devil. Now she will not be confined to her little village, but she will also li
ve forever and no longer age, and no one will ever remember her.

And that’s the way it is for 300 years. Now it’s 2014, and Addie meets Henry. Why does Henry remember her when she approaches him a second time?

I was suspicious of Henry. Little by little his story is told, but I still was not sure I could trust him. Is he in cahoots with the devil?

I just wonder why, in her long life, did Addie not think of praying to beat this devil. Heck, she spent plenty of time sleeping in churches. It should have occurred to her.

But this story is so good it may choke you up a little in the end. It did me.

There’s something about this book that really bugged me, though. It may not bother you, but as a technical editor, all the unnecessary commas sure did bother me. The overabundance of commas should never have gotten out the door, and whoever is responsible for this needs to go back to school.

Another suggestion: on the cover, the title of this book should be written in cursive, and the author’s name should be much, much smaller. You’ll see why after you read this book.

I won THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE through readinggroupchoices.com. ( )
  techeditor | Apr 2, 2021 |
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue -Schwab
Audio performance by Julia Whelan
4.5 stars

“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives—or to find strength in a very long one.”

So. This book allowed me to live the one life of Addie LaRue. Or, part of the life of Addie LaRue. It’s an interesting life and this was a wonderful book. I was interested from beginning to end.

It’s a split timeline book with the dominant plot set in 2014, New York City. I’ve been craving a trip to NYC for a long time. This book gave me a few hours of being there. The historical timeline begins in 1714, France. Much of the historical background stays in France, but as Addie’s life has an undetermined endpoint, the historical setting changes in time and place.

There are so many ways to enjoy this story. Addie’s curse is grounded in mythology and classic literature. A deal with the devil, Faustian of course. In the beginning Addie is illiterate, but she has centuries to learn in multiple languages. Grimm’s fairy tales and the Picture of Dorian Gray are mentioned in the first forty pages. A used copy of The Odyssey, in Greek, becomes pivotal to the contemporary plot. The book is a treasure trove of comparative literature. And the visual arts. And music. I didn’t envy Addie La Rue, but I liked to imagine having centuries of time to absorb so much beauty.

“And this is what she’s settled on: she can go without food (she will not wither). She can go without heat (the cold will not kill her). But a life without art, without beautiful things -- she would go mad.”

Mostly, I enjoyed this book as a survival story. I liked that it flipped the amnesia trope on its head. Imagine that you can remember everything, but no one can remember you. I felt the frustration and the challenge. I loved the underhanded way that Addie circumvents the restrictions of the curse.

I’m feeling stingy about giving the full five stars (although I rounded up). I just can’t quite forgive the author for her depiction of Beethoven. ( )
1 vota msjudy | Apr 1, 2021 |
  joyblue | Mar 21, 2021 |
I loved the telling of the story but wasn't a huge fan of the ending . ( )
  juniestars | Mar 17, 2021 |
This book was SO HYPED - personally I didn't get the hype until the last quarter of the book. I though the first 75% was slow and at times tedious. I still ranked it a 4 out of 5 though because I LOVED the ending. Readers just have to go through a lot of build up to get to the good bits! Addie LaRue is cursed - no one remembers her name or face. Everything will be fine until someone leaves the room and falls asleep and then she is a clean slate - someone they have never ever seen before. It's no way to live a life - let alone an eternity. For three hundred years she has roamed the Earth - invisible to all but the one who "granted her wish." She just wants to be noticed - to leave an impression on someone - anyone. One day she walks into a New York bookstore and everything changes. Very slow build up but SUPER satisfying ending. Completely unique and original concept! ( )
  ecataldi | Mar 17, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 77 (següent | mostra-les totes)
This sweeping fantasy is as much a love story as it is a tribute to storytelling, art, and inspiration. Schwab’s diverse cast is beautifully rendered, and the view of human connection on offer is biting and bitter, yet introspective and sweet. This ambitious and hopeful work is a knockout.
 

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The old gods may be great, but they are neither kind nor merciful. They are fickle, unsteady as moonlight on water, or shadows in a storm. If you insist on calling them, take heed: be careful what you ask for, be willing to pay the price. And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.

Estele Magritte, 1642-1719
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