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Us (2014)

por David Nicholls

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"David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together--and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart. Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date. and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn't be worse. Hoping to encourage her son's artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world's greatest works of art as a family, and she can't bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas's endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls's gifted hands, Douglas's odyssey brings Europe--from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the cafes of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona--to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around?"--Provided by publisher.… (mais)
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Us might be my favorite book of the year. Nicholls fully and justly explores the arch of a 25 year marriage and its imminent and unfortunate dissolution. Added in among the emotional reverie is a charmingly funny account of traveling mishaps. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
"For most people, their twenties represent some kind of high-water mark of gregariousness, as they embark on adventures in the real world, find a career, lead active and exciting social lives, fall in love, splash around in sex and drugs. I was aware of this going on around me. I knew about the nightclubs and the gallery openings, the gigs and the demonstrations; I noted the hangovers, the same clothes worn to work on consecutive days, the kisses on the tube and the tears in the canteen, but I observed it all as if through reinforced glass" (10). ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I read this book just before the Television programme on BBC 1 started.

This is the story of Douglas and Connie from the start of their relationship to the end of it.
The book jumps around a bit but it is easy to follow.
Connie decides she no longer wants to be with Douglas who is distraught.
They still go on a big European tour with their 17 year old son Albie.
Douglas hopes to patch things up with Connie but he actually alienates his son.
They tour around Paris- Amsterdam-Munich-Madrid-Barcelona. Connie flies home Douglas is determined to make it up to Albie so he goes searching for him in Italy.
He also meets a friendly Danish lady called Freja along the way who helps him see things from a different point of view.
He finds Albie and makes friends with him they tour around a bit and then go home.
Douglas and Connie eventually separate, Douglas gets used to this idea and is no longer sad about this.
He then decides it is time to contact Freja .

This is a good story and travel book in one. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Oct 6, 2020 |
To clarify my rating of 2 stars: I enjoyed the first 80% of the book, I liked the writing, I thought it was cleaver and it flowed. Although it was long on details and tended toward tedious I thought the narratives were useful to understand how the family had evolved and changed. Then it started to feel like I was reading a travel book, which was fine, I had been to some of the countries he visited and thought it was fun to recall the sites he described. Then the details started to get endless and inane; I didn't care anymore, I skimmed the final 20% to get to the end. Perhaps I shouldn't have skimmed because I didn't understand Connie's decision/choice of whether to stay or leave the marriage, but I wasn't interested enough to go back and read. Also, there was a point in the book where he went on a two page rant that made no sense to me; it was an eye-roll moment ( )
  almin | Aug 11, 2020 |
This is the first book I’ve read in 5 years. I can’t explain why I stopped reading. I forced myself to start this and complete it and that’s been 4 months. A great family story however the long paragraphs about art work were tough going for someone who has been struggling. I think a heart attack as a bit of a cop out to wrap up a story of intricate relationships. ( )
  happyanddandy1 | Apr 7, 2020 |
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Thou only has taught me that I have a heart — thou only hast thrown a light deep downward and upward into my soul. Thou only hast revealed me to myself; for without thy aid my best knowledge of myself would have been merely to know my own shadow — to watch it flickering on the wall, and mistake its fantasies for my own real actions....
No, dearest, dost thou understand what thou hast done for me? And is it not a somewhat fearful thought, that a few slight circumstances might have prevented us from meeting?

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"David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together--and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart. Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date. and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn't be worse. Hoping to encourage her son's artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world's greatest works of art as a family, and she can't bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas's endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls's gifted hands, Douglas's odyssey brings Europe--from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the cafes of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona--to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around?"--Provided by publisher.

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