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Sweet Sorrow

por David Nicholls

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One life-changing summer Sixteen-year-old Charlie meets Fran... 8 million copies since STARTER FOR TEN first introduced us to his incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince with recognition in the space of a single sentence; ten years after ONE DAY became the iconic love story for a generation; five years since the journey of US took him to the Man Booker Prize long-list; DAVID NICHOLLS has written a major new novel, SWEET SORROW: a hymn to the tragicomedy of ordinary lives, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, blinding explosion of first love that perhaps can only be looked at directly once it has burned out. 'Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love' The Times 'There is a sharp empathetic intelligence to his writing that makes his characters real . . . the clear writing often dazzles with truth . . . sad funny, soulful' Observer 'A sublime talent for illuminating the murky causeway that most of us have to navigate between darkness and light' Donal Ryan 'Nicholls' ability to create and then subvert the traditional plot for comedy is the secret of his success. It makes us confront the gap between what we expect from storytelling and what happens in real life' Spectator… (mais)
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OK. No trees pulled up. ( )
  adrianburke | Jan 1, 2021 |
David Nicholls tells the story of the summer after Charlie finished school, when he becomes involved with an amateur theater group preparing to put on Romeo and Juliet. His entire reason is to get a girl to notice him. As he gets roped into playing Benvolio, he looks back at his disastrous exam results and falls in love with a girl from the posh private school, as he struggles to take care of his father.

Nicholls writes with such lightness and humor about some darker topics. Even as the reader watches Charlie race toward disaster, it's done with such assurance that he will survive (the novel is told from the point of view of a much older Charlie) and even thrive in the end, that it's somehow more effective. This is very well-done chick-lit, where the main character is a young man. It'a a shame that since the genre is so woman-oriented that it's seen more as trashy escapism for the ladies, than as a genre with wide appeal, because novels that are written with a lightness of tone about serious events and issues require more talent and skill than a more heavy-handed approach to the same situations.

Of Nicholls's novels, this one most resembles Starter for Ten, being a coming-of-age novel about leaving home and finding oneself in unfamiliar surroundings. Charlie describes himself someone who never stands out, but he has a self-deprecating charm and a resilience that makes him very good company. ( )
1 vote RidgewayGirl | Dec 23, 2020 |
In Sweet Sorrow David Nicholls takes readers on a Shakespearean stroll down memory lane. The narrative, the bulk of it told in knowing reflection, depicts well the restless mood of the late 1990s and that burning intensity and weightiness we attribute to feelings and events during our youth. Things that later in life we might look back on, with hard-won perspective, as merely speed bumps.

Sweet Sorrow is rife with symbolism, harking back to both the characters in Romeo and Juliet specifically (the play the teens are rehearsing for a large portion of this novel) and the Shakespearean tropes more generally. The warring factions, the young and the old, the haves and the have nots, all with greater similarities than either party would care to admit. The dramatic longing and immediacy of youth. The dark humour to be found in perceived tragedy. Continue reading: https://www.bookloverbookreviews.com/2020/08/sweet-sorrow-by-david-nicholls-revi... ( )
  BookloverBookReviews | Aug 23, 2020 |
Excellent. Humour, but also darkness. Too realistic to be called 'romance'. ( )
  oldblack | Mar 23, 2020 |
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One life-changing summer Sixteen-year-old Charlie meets Fran... 8 million copies since STARTER FOR TEN first introduced us to his incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince with recognition in the space of a single sentence; ten years after ONE DAY became the iconic love story for a generation; five years since the journey of US took him to the Man Booker Prize long-list; DAVID NICHOLLS has written a major new novel, SWEET SORROW: a hymn to the tragicomedy of ordinary lives, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, blinding explosion of first love that perhaps can only be looked at directly once it has burned out. 'Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love' The Times 'There is a sharp empathetic intelligence to his writing that makes his characters real . . . the clear writing often dazzles with truth . . . sad funny, soulful' Observer 'A sublime talent for illuminating the murky causeway that most of us have to navigate between darkness and light' Donal Ryan 'Nicholls' ability to create and then subvert the traditional plot for comedy is the secret of his success. It makes us confront the gap between what we expect from storytelling and what happens in real life' Spectator

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