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Dun's most ambitious work to date Mourning Ruby is a meditation on memory and history both personal and public It's an unforgettable tale of love loss and the transcendent power of storytelling itsel. I didn t really enjoy this book The first section was the better bit although as the mother of children around Ruby s age I found it very hard to read and I did cry uite a bit But then it went into Joe s story that he was writing and it lost its way I m sure there was supposed to be a connection but to be honest I got to the stage where I just wanted to get it read and move on so I didn t spend to long trying to make those connectionsIt felt like a muddled book with too many ideas

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Mourning Ruby

Created her own unorthodox but tender family Then this hopeful life is dealt a blow that could shatter even the strongest of ties Now Rebecca must face the future by delving into her mysterious past. How does this happen How can an author who writes such stellar books such as The Seige write a dud like Mourning RubyOne hundred pages into it and I uit counted my loss and moved along It was good enough to keep hoping that it would get better Alas I was trickedChecking other reviews I find the same thoughts as mine ie too many plots too many images that float all over kingdom come too much rambling and way too much convolutionA tragic loss of a five year old child is a substantial plot yet Dun flies all over the place with snipets of characters and their thoughts If the thoughts don t add to the story who caresI hate it when I m left feeling stupid because I didn t comprehend what the heck she was trying to sayI have no idea what Dun was hoping to accomplish If she was trying to be highly intellectual or highly artistic she failedNOT recommended

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About thirty years ago a mother laid her newborn baby in a shoebox and left it in the backyard of an Italian restaurant Now the baby Rebecca is a mother herself A child of no one and nowhere she has. This book is both one of the best I ve read in a long time and uite disappointing The excellent part has to do with Rebecca and Adam s loss of their daughter and the author treats the subject with sensitivity and heart wrenching realism The disappointing part is that a considerable portion of the last half of the book is a short story written by a friend of Rebecca s I always feel a bit cheated when an author slips a basically unrelated story into a narrative ASByatt does this as well Is this the only way to get the piece published Did the author run out of steam with the main plot If I were writing an essay for a college English class I could draw strong parallels between the main narrative and the short story and probably justify it s inclusion but really I d rather not


10 thoughts on “Mourning Ruby

  1. says:

    This book is both one of the best I’ve read in a long time and uite disappointing The excellent part has to do with Rebecca and Adam’s loss of their daughter—and the author treats the subject with sensitivity and heart wrenching realis

  2. says:

    This is a rather frustrating book to me On the one hand the writing in the mechanical sense sentence and imagery etc is lovely and sometimes breathtaking On the other hand the actual story is disappointing I am not one who reuires plot heavy stories to be satisfied with a book but I do reuire something that at least connects in meaningful ways This one for me just didn't The phrase the sum of the whole is greater than

  3. says:

    The first part of this book had me so gripped I couldn't sleep as former abandoned child Rebecca and her husband Adam mourned the loss of their only daughter But part way through it became a thoroughly weak tale written by Rebecca's friend Joe

  4. says:

    At first I really enjoyed this book Dun's writing style is beautiful However there just seem to be so many storylines packed into uite a short book and I ended up feeling disappointed by the end as none of them seemed to come to any sort of ending It felt too fragmented for me and I ended up feeling a little confused as the book w

  5. says:

    This book describes the agony of a parent losing a child of grief and not letting go In Western cultures we'd grieve and then tell another person to get on with it if the grieving is prolonged An Asian person would be able to understand how the dead continued to live on The first section of the book was warm and sorrowful Dun's styl

  6. says:

    How does this happen? How can an author who writes such stellar books such as The Seige write a dud like Mourning RubyOne hundred p

  7. says:

    I didn't really enjoy this book The first section was the better bit although as the mother of children around Ruby's age I found it very hard to read and I did cry uite a bit But then it went into Joe's story that he was writing and it lost its way I'm sure there was supposed to be a connection but to be honest I got to the stage w

  8. says:

    I do not know if I can express how personal this book felt to me If readers are looking for a novel with a tidy narrative arch this is not that book MOURNING RUBY by Helen Dun 2004 does not provide the tidy happy or sad ending The real world is messy and interwoven and stunningly beautiful It crushes you and forces you to look at events you wished had never happened it catches you up in longing and joy and throws you

  9. says:

    On the back cover of Mourning Ruby it says “Like a Russian doll this novel opens to reveal a brilliant richness of stories locked within” Unfortunately the stories simply don’t hang together Although I did believe in Rebecca’s grief I did not believe in Mr Damiano’s stories I also found that I was relating to Joe and Rebecca’s friendship than the love affair between Rebecca and Adam I also found th

  10. says:

    Mourning Ruby is or less about a mother who is grieving the tragic loss of her five year old daughter But the or less part

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