David Nicholls is a well respected writer who has been hugely acknowledged for previous novels such as “One Day” as I mentioned in a previous post. His style of writing is very unique as he almost becomes the character that he is creating. In his latest novel “US” Nicholls creates quite an unlikeable character, Douglas. Douglas is an awkward person who is very set in his ways and his beliefs. Being a scientist he sees things such as love and the love of a child as being that of a scientific equation.
In this story we are brought through Douglas’ past present and future in aspects of his love for his wife Connie and his son known as Egg as they set out across Europe for “the grand tour”. Douglas is completely unsure of his future with his family and wants to use this time to get them back on track but of course things do not go according to plan.
I commented in an earlier post that I didn’t quite fall in love with this story but I definitely have great appreciation for it. Writers are very lucky people who have the ability to create worlds and characters and while I believe all writers have a huge sense of empathy and the ability to put themselves in any situation I don’t think I have ever quite seen someone capture a character in this way that Mr Nicholls has done. Writing this entire novel from Douglas’ point of view and in Douglas’ words really captures the essence of the character.
I feel like it is as close to acting as you can get without jumping on stage. I didn’t love the character Douglas’ but as I continued on to the end of the story I realised I am really not supposed to. To be able to feel how annoyingly awkward he was is actually a wonderful compliment to the writing of David Nicholls and when I look beyond those annoyances it truly is a heart melting story. I found the latter part of the book a lot easier to read and that is when it became a page turner for me. I could see the way in which this love story unfolded and feel the happiness and heartache.
I would recommend this book to others because it is something that deserves to be read. It may not be a page turner but there is so much to appreciate. There is so much in this book that makes you think about your own love life, your own mismatches and how your own life may unfold.
If anyone else has read this book and would like to give their opinion I think a friendly online debate would be fantastic 🙂
When I saw this bright red covered book on the table in Eason’s St Stephens Green (Dublin Ireland) I felt a surge of excitement!!! Booker prize winner 2014!! I needed to have this.
Reading his previous novel “One Day” had moved me in a way that I never expected. I fell in love with the epic story that did not end in happily ever after.
I decided to keep “US” for the coming winter figuring it would be a delicious read on those cold nights tucked up in bed…
Not so much!!! I am currently on page 286 and I have battled and dragged myself through these pages wishing and hoping that something will make me fall in love with this story. I’m not sure if it is the way in which it has been written that is turning me off or the character Douglas being less than lovable.
The writing itself of course is filled with beautiful language but I find it descriptive to the point of boring in places. The story being that of a failing marriage feels bland. I understand the fact that a scientific man of “Douglas'” stature is not going to blurt out completely romantic blurbs but come on!! It’s supposed to be a story of self discovery and love.
Will I end up loving this book????? Will I find myself in a place where I suddenly get it??
Anyone else out there who has read this book please offer your opinions!! No spoilers as I do plan to finish it!!!! I feel frustrated by the fact that I don’t actually love this book.
I don’t know about you but being a book addict means that I currently have four books on my bedside locker waiting to be read, I have one that I am reading, I have a bookcase full and of course there are also piles of books on the floor under my desk as I can’t fit them on the shelves. My drawer in my locker also has maybe five or six books that I haven’t read either…….. the problem is this does not in any way stop me from buying more!! So peeps I am vowing here and now not to buy anymore books until I at least have the ones on my bedside locker read!! Gah the pain this is causing me 😦 On this blog you will find book reviews, difficulties of being a bookaholic, my favourite bookshops and basically all things book related 🙂
So here are my bedside locker books : )
The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriarty
Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty
Girl Online – Zoe Sugg
The One Plus One – Jojo Moyles
As you can see my taste in books varies quite a lot!!! My choices really depend on my mood at the time!!
I have been a book lover my entire life and I have tried very hard to make it part of my carrier. I worked in a bookshop for many years and ended up having to leave because of a back issue. I did internships with publishing companies and also with a children’s charity that concentrates on the promotion of children’s literature and finally I did my masters in Library Information and Management Sciences which is the direction my career is heading in currently!! Books make me feel calm and provide an amazing escape into different worlds and lives that I may never have experienced had I not been a reader!
I hope you enjoy my blog and that you feel free to comment and suggest books to me 🙂