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The Hand That First Held Mine por Maggie…
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The Hand That First Held Mine (edição 2010)

por Maggie O'Farrell (Autor)

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A spell-binding novel of two women connected across fifty years by art, love, betrayals, secrets, and motherhood.
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Título:The Hand That First Held Mine
Autores:Maggie O'Farrell (Autor)
Informação:Mariner Books (2011), Edition: First, 354 pages
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Two stories decades apart are told, one about Lexie becoming a modern woman in early-to-mid 20th century in London, the other about Elina, struggling with motherhood following a birth that nearly killed her and a less than sensitive husband. How these 2 stories intertwine is imaginative and well-told…except… I did not like how the author changed directions from Elina‘s tragic experience to her husband‘s crisis. I think it diminished the impact of both. It honestly felt like the author changed her mind about the direction of Elina‘s and her husband‘s story and rather than a rewrite, miraculously cured Elina so the focus could be on her husband. Still, it was a good story and a very interesting twist. ( )
  KarenMonsen | Jul 17, 2023 |
A tense and captivating read by a great storyteller . Lexie escapes a dull life in Devon England after a chance encounter with Innes Kent. Lexie becomes the love of his life and works with him in the bohemian Soho area at a magazine he has founded . The story shifts from them to modern day new parents Ted and Elina. They are struggling after Elina went through near death delivering their son. Ted has issues of his own as he starts having glimpses into his childhood that don’t align . Eventually these storylines merge, and mysteries are satisfied and we are hopeful for the future.
There is sadness and death in this novel. There are wonderful characters and tense mysteries.it’s a compelling story that kept me riveted until the last page. ( )
  Smits | Jan 21, 2023 |
I was unsure as I began this Maggie O’Farrell novel if it was going to impress me as her other works have. It seemed to be two stories, being told in short installments, disconnected from one another; and the transitions were sometimes jarring. I would have just developed a real interest in one narrative and, boom, we were off to the other one. I should have had more faith. Maggie O’Farrell is an author who knows exactly what she is doing.

In a way, this is a story about motherhood, about the transformation a baby can make in a life, about the bond that isn’t severed, even by death. And, O’Farrell understands this bond, captures it flawlessly.

She considers what to say. Should she mention the nights spent awake, the number of times she must wash her hands in a day, the endless drying and folding of tiny clothes, the packing and unpacking of bags containing clothes, nappies, wipes, the scar across her abdomen, crooked and leering, the utter loneliness of it all, the hours she spends kneeling on the floor, a rattle or a bell or a fabric block in her hands, that she sometimes gets the urge to stop older women in the street and say, how did you do it, how did you live through it? Or she could mention that she had been unprepared for this fierce spring in her, this feeling that isn’t covered by the word ‘love’, which is far too small for it, that sometimes she thinks she might faint with the urgency of her feeling for him, that sometimes she misses him desperately even when he is right there, that it’s like a form of madness, of possession that often she has to creep into the room when he has fallen asleep just to look at him, to check, to whisper to him.

Of course, that isn’t all this book is about. It is about longing and loving, jealousy, the building of new lives when old ones fall apart, the finding of self; it is a book about living. I suspect Maggie O'Farrell has done some of that as well.


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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
La veritat és que em va costar una mica entrar a la novela, sobretot en la historia de la Elina i en Ted, la historia que passa al present. D’entrada més entretinguda la que passa al Londres dels anys 60, amb un personatge que brilla per damunt de tot: L’Innes, un seductor irreberent que dirigeix una revista d’art, que aconsegueix encaterinar la Lexie, una joveneta innocent que arriba a la gran ciutat de les oportunitats. Però a mesura que la novela agafa ritme ja no pots deixar de connectar i estimar els seus personatges, sobretot els femenins i en especial la Lexie, que s’acaba convertint en una gran periodista especialitzada en art i en una mare compromesa, una gran dona en uns temps difícils. Sabent que no és la millor novela de la Maggie O’Farell, no decepciona gens ni mica. ( )
  SergiPalay | Apr 9, 2022 |
I had read and really enjoyed Hamnet, so I went in with somewhat high expectations. Many have rated this book high/5 stars, so I always feel a bit self-conscious when my take veers off the majority, but for me, it was just OK. I do love her writing…she draws you in, but there was just too much hand-holding by the omniscient narrator. Maybe that was what got in the way for me and made it a little boring…there is a fine line between telling me about the character’s thoughts, experiences, motivations and TELLING me everything…all of it!lol Which kinda of killed it for me. There were sections, albeit beautifully written, that felt unnecessary to the character development or plot…just tired me out. Having said all this, I did enjoy the story and the connection between the characters across time. ( )
  Eosch1 | Jan 7, 2022 |
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