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The Romantic (2003)

por Barbara Gowdy

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"Louise Kirk learns about love and loss at an early age. When she is nine years old, her former beauty queen mother disappears, leaving a note that reads only - and incorrectly - "Louise knows how to work the washing machine." Soon after, the Richters and their adopted son, Abel, move in across the street. Louise's immediate devotion to the exotic, motherly Mrs. Richter is quickly transferred to her nature-loving, precociously intelligent son." "From this childhood friendship evolves a love that will bind Louise and Abel for the rest of their lives. Though Abel moves away, Louise's attachment becomes ever more fixed as she grows up. Separations are followed by reunions, but with every turn of their fractured relationship, Louise discovers that she cannot get Abel to love her as fiercely and exclusively as she loves him. Only when Louise comes face to face with another great loss is she finally forced to confront the costs of abandoning herself to another."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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I loved this book, despite (or because of?) the fact that, as others noted, the characters were quite flawed, the story was depressing in many ways, and there was not a lot of action. After all, we are all flawed and we do things that others might question. We often don't seem to learn from our mistakes. Or perhaps that's just me. In any case, this book sent me on a search through the Abeboooks 2nd hand book catalog for more of Barbara Gowdy's work. I reckon she is a perceptive observer of human behaviour. ( )
  oldblack | May 23, 2019 |
I love the absurdity of Gowdy's characters and the obsessions that drive them. You can start a book with indifference, but as you work your way through the book, you end up really caring about the outcome, not necessarily the outcome of the plot, but how the characters evolve or diminish. ( )
  ZaraD.Garcia-Alvarez | Jun 6, 2017 |
This novel is well written so I gave it three stars but I did not enjoy this book. I found it depressing and slow moving. I also did not like Abel Richter the main character and I got frustrated with Louise for accepting his behavior. Abel is damaged and I suppose we are to try and understand how he is too sensitive for this world, too helpless, too kind but I think he is self absorbed and weird. When Louise cheats on Troy, a really great guy, by hoping into bed with Abel and , therefore destroys that relationship, I lose my respect for her. I was glad when the novel ended and I didn't have to follow their lives any more. ( )
  Smits | Jul 14, 2016 |
Louise Kirk is abandoned by her beautiful mother but becomes a friend to Abel Richter who is intelligent, musically talented, handsome and loved by his parents, who Louise fantasizes will adopt her. Over the years Louise falls deeply in love with Abel. Abel on the other hand becomes an alchoholic. Not sure who was the romantic in the book - Louise or Abel. Beautifully written and a nice juxapositioning of present and past. ( )
  CarterPJ | Oct 31, 2012 |
book follows Lousie Kirt back and forth from a small girl to the present. lousie's mother, who to me was the most interesting character takes off and never returns. at the end of the book her situation is resolved but I was sorry not to see her again. Louise has been in love with Abel since a very young girl. Abel is an odd fellow who winds up as an alcholic. he is very itrospective and self destructive. he could have taken Louise down with him but she is a stronger person then she realizes.
I liked parts of this book but got impatient with many parts of it especially Abel. ( )
  Smits | Apr 28, 2012 |
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Like Mister Sandman, the writing is energetic, but The Romantic never strays too far from its tragic tone.
adicionada por Nickelini | editarQuill and Quire, Craig Taylor (Dec 20, 2012)
 
In reining in her imagination to the limits of a conventional love story, Gowdy has produced her most haunting and sensitive novel to date.
adicionada por Nickelini | editarPublisher's Weekly (Mar 17, 2003)
 
Mild and bitterThe Romantic, Barbara Gowdy's tragicomedy of love and drinking, frustrates Rachel Cusk...The Romantic is Canadian novelist Barbara Gowdy's sixth book: it inhabits a world adjacent to, if not contiguous with, that of the fiction of her countrywomen Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields
 
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"Louise Kirk learns about love and loss at an early age. When she is nine years old, her former beauty queen mother disappears, leaving a note that reads only - and incorrectly - "Louise knows how to work the washing machine." Soon after, the Richters and their adopted son, Abel, move in across the street. Louise's immediate devotion to the exotic, motherly Mrs. Richter is quickly transferred to her nature-loving, precociously intelligent son." "From this childhood friendship evolves a love that will bind Louise and Abel for the rest of their lives. Though Abel moves away, Louise's attachment becomes ever more fixed as she grows up. Separations are followed by reunions, but with every turn of their fractured relationship, Louise discovers that she cannot get Abel to love her as fiercely and exclusively as she loves him. Only when Louise comes face to face with another great loss is she finally forced to confront the costs of abandoning herself to another."--BOOK JACKET.

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