She starts each chapter in this book with a pithy description of her subject, and then she springs into an anecdote that may at one time be funny, another totally odd, another sad or revealing. I was a fourteen-year-old schoolgirl and we met in a coffee bar. I went out with him once. But there are surprises to follow. Every chapter is like this. I get the feeling Sylvia sees a lot more than she's telling, and she tells a fair bit - about periods, sex, work, marriages. The times they were changing during her lifetime, the wild 60's, the adventures of being a self- supporting woman.
Why did she have so many jobs? Why did she move almost every few months, to a new rooming house or new position? Was she generally unlikeable, or just loose-lifed, moving easily from one thing to another? I wish I knew. Not sure, though, if we'd be friends. Right now, she makes a great, waspish, non- politically correct read. Dec 05, Micha rated it did not like it. I really struggled to get past the first pages, and once I did I struggled just as much to get to the end.
The book was a gift from a friend who hadn't read it, and wants me to let them know what I think of it before reading it themselves. I'll likely tell them not to bother, it's mostly a record of one woman's minor annoyances with various people she's met through her life. My gut feeling about this book is that it was published purely because either a Smith was pushy abou Dull and tedious My gut feeling about this book is that it was published purely because either a Smith was pushy about the publication or b to humour Smith.
Mar 13, Sarah rated it really liked it. A small, unique, pleasure of a book.
It reminds me a of a Japanese garden. Against a background of banality the raked gravel are set the artfully arranged rocks of descriptions of bathetic and pathetic episodes that build into a picture of a remarkably unremarkable life.
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I'm pretty sure that this a beautifully constructed, but that I am not sure that it's not biography is testament to the writing. Oct 09, Krista rated it did not like it. If there is some deeper meaning, I was too bored to catch it. These are the sorts of anecdotes that would be mildly entertaining when told by a favorite aunt to whom you are favorably disposed; from an author, in the form of an alleged book, they're just dull.
Unless I missed something. Other reviews make me think maybe I did.
So if you want to work a lot harder to figure it out, give it a try and let me know what you think. Dec 13, Sally Christie rated it it was ok.
Cute in some ways. Some love to love, or "get it", some love to hate, think it's a joke. Still, it's a view into the author's personality more than anything.
A brilliant treatise on mundane life or irony about the human condition? Either way I got bored, but that doesn't mean it isn't any good. Jan 18, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Interesting premise of an autobiography in tiny, chronological essays on the people Smith has encountered over odd years. You can't expect to sit down and "read" this one as a regular book; best picked up and put down every few entries. Dec 17, Catherine rated it liked it. This book is the third, and least favorite, that I've read of Sylvia Smith's life experiences.
My favorite book of hers is Appleby House. These are good little books to read while traveling because they're quick, simply written stories about everyday life. Smith seems very naive and innocent, which sometimes is a bit off-putting, in that she's a mature woman. Jun 16, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Straightforward little stories about the author's lifetime of jobs, dates, travels, etc.
Jul 09, Autumn rated it it was amazing. The book that started it all. Not as hilarious as Appleby House, but I was delighted to learn that Sylvia dated a guy who got kicked out of the Dave Clark Five for complaining. This collection of short stories left me puzzled. I am not sure what to think. This is why I prefer not to rate the book. Apr 24, meg rated it it was ok. Oct 15, Mab rated it it was amazing. I loved this book!
Jan 09, Andrew Cox rated it it was ok. Mar 08, Blogbaas Van 'tVliegend Eiland rated it really liked it. Jul 30, Iris rated it really liked it. Aug 18, Pgricchi rated it did not like it. This may not be the worst book I ever finished, but it is pretty dreadful. In all those pages, nothing ever happens. Joy rated it really liked it Aug 01, Caren rated it it was amazing Nov 26, RHardy rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Nalani Rachel rated it really liked it May 28, Becky Logan rated it it was amazing May 24, Slone added it Feb 08, Tania Arpa added it Jun 30, Geoffrey Sanders added it Mar 31, Shannon Alexander marked it as to-read May 08, Ramengirl marked it as to-read Jun 18, Brin marked it as to-read Jun 16, Elizabeth Brenner added it Jul 27, Andrew Vickers marked it as to-read Jan 22, BookDB marked it as to-read Nov 03, MadJennyRead marked it as to-read Jul 31, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Pete Nelson lives with his wife and son in Westchester, New York. He was a columnist for Mademoiselle and a staff writer for LIVE Magazine, covering various live events including horse pulls, music festivals, dog shows, accordion camps and arm wrestling championships.
Recently he was a contributing editor and feature writer for Wondertime, a Disney parenting magazine. He's published twelve young adult novels, including a six-book series about a girl named Sylvia Smith-Smith which earned him an Edgar Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America.
He wrote, with former army counterintelligence agent Dave DeBatto, a four book series of military thrillers, including CI: Team Red , CI: Dark Target , CI: Mission Liberty and CI: Homeland Threat published by Time-Warner. Other books in the series.