So Much for That (Paperback)Lionel Shriver (author)
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From the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin comes the most entertaining novel about illness and death one's ever likely to read and asks the uncomfortable fiscal question: how much is one life worth?
Shepherd Knacker has been saving all his working life for a one way ticket away from the daily grind. When he sells his handyman business for $1million, `The Afterlife' seems tantalisingly within reach. Yet his wife has concocted one reason after another why now isn't the time to go. Determined to take the plunge, Shep announces that he is leaving for an island off the coast of Tanzania: with or without her. However, Glynis has an announcement of her own - she needs his health insurance.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 35 mm
`Wide-ranging, sometimes zany and unpredictable, this is a compelling read. And however many twists Shriver shoves in, you always believe her'
`Many people will like Lionel Shriver's ninth novel - admirers of gripping and clever contemporary fiction, discerning critics and, if there is any justice, literary prize committees'
`Shriver proves she is not afraid of anything...'
`It's a wonder that subject matter on the surface so bleak can be transformed into something so uplifting'
`Yes, a brilliantly funny cancer book! You can rely on Lionel Shriver to upend your expectations'
`Required reading for all mortals'
`...witty, observant and beautifully controlled. British readers will close this excellent novel feeling grateful for the NHS'
`...a visceral and deeply affecting story, a story about how illness affects people's relationships, and how their efforts to grapple with mortality reshape the arcs of their lives'
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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“so much for that”
this book had a very slow plot and at times the characters became confusing, found the swearing was completely unnessasary and spoilt the book.
“A bit preachy, but engaging”
I didn't expect to enjoy a novel about cancer, and at times I found Shriver's story emotionally draining. I thought there was a good balance between a narrative of illness, and just getting on with life,... More
“It was ok yet I was compelled to read on”
Shep Knacker is our main character along with his wife Glynis and his best friend Jackson. Shep has sold up his family business in the hopes of going to "the Afterlife" traveling to and living in his one... More
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