- Copertina flessibile: 368 pagine
- Editore: Orion (30 luglio 2015)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 140915212X
- ISBN-13: 978-1409152125
- Peso di spedizione: 259 g
- Media recensioni: 3.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 3.244 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
Landline (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 30 lug 2015
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Best for a romantic break ... Rom-com fans will lap it up. (GRAZIA)
I was completely knocked sideway by how good Landline is. (Alison Flood THE BOOKSELLER)
This clever romantic comedy is perfect company for a stretch on the beach. (GLAMOUR)
This is a great journey book, as Georgie fumbles about finding herself and what she and Neal need to stay together. I recommend this to anybody for a fun summer read (even though it is set at Christmas!), and I really enjoyed the ups and downs of Georgie's Christmas turmoil. (THE GUARDIAN ONLINE)
Landline's premise is fairly simple: given the chance to change a small aspect of the past, would you? But there's so much more. Rowell's way with dialogue is amazing (and useful, given that most of the book consists of telephone conversations). Neal's mother, only ever a presence on the other end of the line, is as well realised as any of the characters we get to 'see'. Landline is great on the complexities of adult relationships too, showing how a search for balance can be what love is made of and how a thousand tiny compromises mean more than the grandest romantic gesture (EMERALD STREET)
If you could talk to someone in the past in order to influence the future, would you? That's the idea behind Rainbow Rowell's clever new book. (WOMAN)
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Hot Toasty Rag, May 25, 2017
I loved this book, even though on the surface, it seemed like I wouldn’t. In general, I don’t tend to enjoy fantasy/science fiction, and in general, because of where I am in my life, I find it difficult to identify or root for middle-aged women with children. However, this time-traveling fantasy was entertaining, hilarious, and highly recommended by yours truly.
A woman with a challenging job, two typically needy children, and a marriage that’s lost its luster, reaches an impasse. The ageless question of “What if?” enters her mind as she starts to doubt her life choices, and in particular, her decision to marry her college sweetheart. Now, the fantasy element of the story appears: Georgie, the protagonist, visits her childhood home, and in a wallowing moment of nostalgia, she picks up her old landline phone. All of a sudden, she’s entered a portal fifteen years in the past, to the time right before she became engaged back in college. How is this happening, and why? And as the phone calls continue, will she be able to change her present through the past?
This book is so funny, and the details from Georgie’s job are so spot-on, I’d be surprised if Rainbow Rowell hadn’t used some of her own experiences. Check out this passage below for Rowell’s description of Georgie’s children; rarely have I read such an accurate description of motherhood. If you like the humor and realism, you’ll like the novel. I didn’t happen to like the ending, but you can’t have everything.
“Daddy said I could wear my boots,” Alice croaked.
“Where are they?” Georgie whispered.
They woke Noomi up, looking for them.
Then Noomi wanted HER boots.
Then Georgie offered to get them yogurt, but Neal said they’d eat at the airport; he’d packed snacks.
He let Georgie explain why she wasn’t getting on the plane with them—“Are you driving instead?” Alice asked—while he ran up and down the stairs, and in and out the front door, double-checking things and rounding up bags.
Georgie tried to tell the girls that they’d be having such a good time, they’d hardly miss her—and that they’d all celebrate together next week. “We’ll have two Christmases,” Georgie said.
“I don’t think that’s actually possible,” Alice argued.
Noomi started crying because her sock was turned the wrong way around her toes. Georgie couldn’t tell if she wanted it seam-on-the-bottom or seam-on-top. Neal came in from the garage and whipped off Noomi’s boot to fix it. “Car’s here,” he said.
“You’re the best mommy in the world,” Noomi said. Everything was always “the best” and “the worst” with Noomi. Everything was “never” and “always.”
“And you are the best four-year-old girl in the world,” Georgie said, smashing her nose with a kiss.
“KITTY,” Noomi said. She was still tearful from the sock problem.
“You are the best kitty in the world.” Georgie tucked Noomi’s wispy yellow-brown hair behind her ear and pulled her T-shirt smooth over her belly.
“The best green kitty.”
“Meow,” Noomi said.
“Meow,” Georgie answered.
“Mom?” Alice asked.
“Yeah?” Georgie pulled the seven-year-old closer—“Here, give me all your hugs”—but Alice was too busy thinking to hug back.
“If Santa brings your presents to Grandma’s house, I’ll save them for you. I’ll put them in my suitcase.”
“Santa doesn’t usually bring Mommy presents.”
“Well, but IF he does…”
“Meow,” Noomi said.
“Okay,” Georgie agreed, holding Alice in her left arm and scooping Noomi close with her right, “if he brings me presents, you can take care of them for me.”
“Meow,” Georgie said, squeezing them both.
“The true meaning of Christmas isn’t presents anyway, it’s Jesus. But not for us, because we’re not religious. The true meaning of Christmas for us is just family.”
Georgie kissed her cheek. “That’s true.”
“Okay. I love you. I love you both so much.”
“To the moon and back?” Alice asked.
“Oh my God,” Georgie said, “so much farther.”
“To the moon and back infinity?”
“Meow,” Georgie said. “Infinity times infinity. I love you so much, it hurts.”
Noomi’s face fell. “It hurts?”
“She doesn’t mean it LITERALLY,” Alice said. “Right, Mom? Not LITERALLY?”
“No. Well. Sometimes.”
We all have to work at our relationships, but there's no denying it is hard not to get into a rut. You get comfortable, you're in your normal routines, and you start to take each other for granted. This was the case for Georgie and Neal. They are supposed to go to Omaha for Christmas and stay with Neal's mom. But Georgie gets a job offer she can't refuse, that means she'll have to stay in LA and work through Christmas. She thinks that they'll just cancel their trip, but what she didn't expect was for Neal to take their two daughters and go without her.
Georgie knows things haven't been happy in their marriage for a long time, but she's never really stopped to think about it. Now that Neal is gone, she's starting to feel the void, how much she misses him, and what her life would be like without him. She can't even bare to go home to her empty house, so she stays at her parents. It's while she's in her childhood bedroom, calling Neal on the landline, that she figures out a way to talk to Neal in the past. And she wonders if this is supposed to be her chance to make things right with him again.
This story is so different and so brilliant. Not only is it about a marriage in trouble, but it's also about falling in love again and remembering all of those things you loved about that person from day one. It's about learning from your mistakes and not taking things for granted. This book was more than just a story - it's a life lesson. Whether in marriages or friendships, they take work and you have to put in what you want to get out. I fell in love with Georgie and Neal's story. My heart was bursting during the moments Georgie was remembering all of their good times and how they fell in love. It was truly an amazing and emotional read, and I can't express just how much I loved it.
Rainbow Rowell's writing is beautiful. I love the humor and the dialogue between characters. I love how her stories just flow seamlessly and how enraptured I am when I pick up her books. I love how I never want to put her books down. I love the emotions that I feel whenever I fall in love with her characters. If you haven't read any of her books, I can't recommend them enough. This is a must read.
The biggest problem was that the premise was just so unbelievable. And I'm not talking about the magic phone. I didn't buy that Georgie and Neal's marriage survived this long when they communicated so little. But beyond that, I just didn't like the characters. Georgie seemed naive and selfish, Neal arrogant and annoying, and don't even get me started on Seth...
The writing was still very good, and the dialogue a saving grace. I would rather have read a story about Heather and her pizza delivery person, which was my favorite scene in the book.
I really think I was meant to read this book. I know that sounds funny, but I honestly do. Georgie and Neal have been married 14 years. Just so happens my husband and I just celebrated our 14 year anniversary on July 8...which, if you look under book description at the publication date of Landline, it is also July 8. Coincidence?? I think not!
I could go on about how great the characters were in this story, and believe me, they were. I loved every single person in this book, from Georgie's sister Heather to Noomi (meow), even Seth...although at times I wanted to knock him in the head. I loved the witty banter between Georgie, Seth and Scotty when they were working. It reminded me of an episode of Seinfeld many times, and I laughed out loud more than once. These people were around my age, so I identified with so many references in this book. I even loved Georgie's mom, even if her love of pugs and all things related was just a tad odd...ok more than a tad, but who cares.
What I really want to make people understand is how this book makes you think. We have all wondered, and even prayed a time or two, to have a chance to go back and undo a mistake that was made. Would you? You bet I would. Hindsight and all that, but anyway.. It's so easy to take your partner for granted, believe me I know. When you are married 14 years, parents of 3 kids, work full time, go to school part time, yada yada yada.. What I am trying to say that it's just so easy to get soft. Everything either gets in a routine, or just gets comfortable, and you forget to try. You forget the little things that made you fall in love in the first place. You just take for granted that your partner knows how you feel. Why shouldn't they? But you also forget how nice it feels to actually know that they know how you feel. Does that make sense? When is the last time you thanked your husband for dinner he made instead of getting mad about the mess he also made in making said dinner? Guilty! How about how he took care of the kids duties that night because you had a paper due in your online class that you just had to finish? Also guilty! Do you see my point? I think what this book made me realize is that although you have been together for such and such years, never quit trying. Never stop appreciating the little things. Never just assume they know how you feel. I know when I read this over the weekend, my husband was actually working. I don't know how many times during the day I sent him a text just to tell him I loved him, and that I appreciated all of his contributions to our family. There's times I could strangle him with the socks he never picks up (grrrr) but the love for him outweighs that by a ton. I have to also admit I texted him so many times just to tell him these things that he considered leaving work early because he thoughts I was losing it, but I digress. Read this book. You will understand what I am trying to say better than I can say it I'm sure.