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The Missing Portrait (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 8 dic 2011

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3.0 su 5 stelle Good twists 15 settembre 2012
Di Grace Eliot - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
The Missing Portrait tells the story of Mary Frances, her mother, five men, and Sharon, the young woman who may live today because Mary Frances had sex with four boys (she had expected three) in 1962 on the top floor of a former United Mineworkers building in a Pennsylvania coal town. The two omniscient narrators are rats, and they are adept at describing the towns in Pennsylvania and Maine, their people, history, and culture.

While the book's first human character is Mary Frances, relatively little of the book features her. Sharon and the liar-cum-lawyer (Tim Giovanni) are presented the most, but there are many characters and many points of view. Several family histories are described in great detail.

The story has a couple of good twists, and Glodek describes every setting well and relates it to her characters. However, there is a lot that distracts from what appears to be the main story. A reader can come to care what happens to Sharon or whether Mary Frances ever meets her child, but much of the detail on the five high school friends and their lives (and other characters) is simply information.

Characters explain their thoughts in great detail, even when talking to people who know them well. A number of scenes come across as material the author wants a reader to know rather than revelations that move the story or a character forward.

The most compelling aspect of the book is its description of Sharon's life and feelings. Glodek portrays the life of a woman on the raw end of life in a very convincing fashion.

If you are looking for a book about piggish men and one conniving woman whose actions have consequences over decades, then The Missing Portrait is for you. I give it three stars, because the plot twist is very good.
3.0 su 5 stelle Character-driven narrative 5 ottobre 2014
Di calicocat - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
I received this book as part of a LibraryThing Giveaway. This book is a character-driven story revolving around an incident in Mary Frances Mcdonald's high school years, and the aftermath which affects many people 20 years later. the characters are very well-written and the writing style is clear and precise, so even though the story shifts from character to character, it is easy to follow. most of the characters are not very likeable, some are pathetic, some are sociopathic, some are manipulative, but they all seem very real. The story is slow paced, although it picks up towards the end. The only thing I really didn't like was that a couple of the narrators were mice, which I found out-of-place in a story of this genre.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent 21 luglio 2012
Di JoanD - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
The characters in The Missing Portrait have stayed with me. Those considered successful have their dark side, and those considered failures, their goodness.

Some respectable people hide their resentments and insecurities with bravado. Others who are seen as low life are honest and loyal without being intrusive. The story illustrates how cultural condemnation can affect families down the years.

This book reminded me of similar behavior in men who joust with one another as if they were teenagers. As shown in the story, many women succumb to their culture's expectations while others struggle to be true to themselves.

Well worth the read.
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2.0 su 5 stelle nuch ado about nothing 1 settembre 2013
Di Barbara McLovich - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
I was hoping for a sequel to Ms. Glodek's previous book, Nine Bells at the Breaker, but, alas, it was not to be. There was a slight reference to that book, but not enough to whet my appetite. In The Missing Portrait I soon became bored by the life of Sharon, who lived in Maine,stayed in a residence for down and out women and worked part-time at the Salvation Army. And when she became involved with the Quakers and their meetings, then it really turned downhill. I felt the storyline was too contrived with Mary Frances in a coaltown in Pennsylvania being convinced by several hometown boys that Sharon is the grown-up version of the child she was forced to give away 25 years earlier, since she was a result of "gang-rape." I felt that both Mary Frances and Sharon were too "dumb" in not digging deeper into the facts from 25 years before and doing more research, but they do both end up meeting and finding out the truth. The grown-up versions of the coal-town boys from 25 years prior show them to be callous and just as dumb as Mary Frances. Since I am from Northeastern Pennsylvania I was hoping that The Missing Portrait would entail from page one to the last page the lives and in-depth portrait of "Patch Towns" as they are today, not Quakers, rats on the wharf and sorting clothing at Sallies in far-away Maine. Maybe Ms. Glodek's third book will be the lucky charm.

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