Another Marvelous Thing

Another Marvelous Thing Another Marvelous Thing is perfect for anyone who knows firsthand that opposites actually do attract These spare and unsentimental stories display how two very different people a tough minded and tend

  • Title: Another Marvelous Thing
  • Author: Laurie Colwin
  • ISBN: 9780060958947
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Another Marvelous Thing is perfect for anyone who knows firsthand that opposites actually do attract These spare and unsentimental stories display how two very different people a tough minded and tenderhearted woman and an urbane, old fashioned older man fall in love despite their differences, get married, and give birth to a child.

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    1. This is the third Colwin book I've read. I embarked on reading her books because I loved Happy All the Time. However, I am disappointed so far in her other books. I found this one to be very mediocre. There were a few problems with this book, I think. The main one is that there was something uneven about the arc of the story. Most of the stories were redundant descriptions of the affair between Frank and Billy, but then all of a sudden, the story shifted into the life and perspective of Billy. I [...]

    2. Loved this. Short but so much crammed into it. The analysis of a love affair between 2 people who are each happily married to others. I thought the post-mortem approach was dead on.

    3. Reading Laurie Colwin is like being a Peeping Tom into someone else's fabulous and very fortuitous life. The characters don't need outside advice or even reader judgement and in this case, in this book, both main characters are living marvelously despite their situation. Or because of it."Every adult knows that facts must be faced. In adult life, it often seems that's all there is" writes Colwin astutely. Francis and Josephine, or more intimately: Frank and Billy, are interesting individuals and [...]

    4. Laurie Colwin writes so beautifully and portrays her characters in such sensitive yet humorous ways. Even though the main plotline of the book (an extramarital affair) is morally repugnant to me, plus way too Woody Allen, Colwin's writing and characters made me love this book. It's divided into different sections, told from differing points of view, including first person. I just keep thinking back on how beautifully it's told. What a terrific short book.

    5. One relationship told as a series of short stories. Some of the stories cover much of the same ground, but there are nuances with each. It's a good device about two interesting people.

    6. something that's funny and satisfying about another marvelous thing is the way that it finally veers into billy's life after so many stories that retread the affair from francis' perspective, and you find she is of course nowhere near as flat-toned inside as she is outside, in a way that francis' narration (he knew, laurie colwin knew) could never bring out. that or, as she also believes, she is sort of transformed by the arrival of her baby, her tenderness now visible. i read the title story, t [...]

    7. A collection of short stories about a star crossed love affair. Both are married, each have incongruent habits and personalities making a full time committed relationship impossible, however even with all these roadblocks they are deeply in love. The stories while simple explore deeper concepts of love and relationships.

    8. On the top of the list of books-to-not-read while your mother is dying.I picked it up because I loved Colwin's prose, even though I didn't love Happy All the Time. Then I thought I would scream if I read about Billy yawning one more time. I put the book down but didn't put it awayToday I had to run to an appointment, where I knew I'd be kept waiting and rushed to grab a book to take alone. I picked this up for the first time in a couple years. I ended up finishing it about an hour after my meeti [...]

    9. I came across this book while dusting the shelves in the living room over the weekend and remembered how I bought it for the gorgeous cover--a detailed view of a bird's nest and laurel by Thomas Charles Bale. Eventually I read it (sometime in 1995, my year alone in my first house) and while I remember loving this book of connected short stories, what I most recall was adoring the first sentence of the first story: "My wife is precise, elegant, and well-dressed, but the sloppiness of my mistress [...]

    10. Once I realized that my love of Laurie Colwin's work wasn't limited to one book, I decided to ration everything. Another Marvelous Thing was this year's dose and was lovely, short, but lovely. Whenever I read what someone has written about Colwin's writing, I always see "simple" and "elegant", and those are true, but when I think of Colwin, I think of her honesty. There's never a sense that it's a show. The characters might tend to live in a different world, or at least a different demographic, [...]

    11. If I had known what this book was about, I wouldn't have read it. It was just described as "wonderful" to me so I read it. It's a collection of stories that follows the affair of Billy (short for Josephine) and Francis, two unlikely lovers who are both married to other people. See, if I had read that, I would have tossed the book away like it was on fire, but this is a heartfelt, compulsively readable book. The characters are intelligent and interesting and well-drawn. It's a quick read that end [...]

    12. In clearing out my books for a yard sale, I ran across "Home Cooking" by Laurie Colwin. I was so upset at her sudden death in 1992 that I taped her obit inside the cover. I rounded up my small Colwin library and am rereading it. I think of her writing as wispy, as "those people who flew kites and didn't know what to make of their baby." I cribbed the description of my husband's arms from this book: "You have the wingspan of the California condor." I love the way this book is written--eight conne [...]

    13. OK, read it. It's short, funny, lol, line or 2. The plot: Married people, Francis & Billy, older man (children grown) meets younger woman (hasn't had a child yet) & they fall in love - no, they fall into sex, not quite the same. They withhold from each other, they stick with their marriages, as written Frank wants more & more intimacy, Billy only under duress shares who she is. I will read another book by Laurie Colwin.

    14. I picked up this book because I had read two others by author, who seems to specialize in writing lovely books about the drama of happily married couples. I was not disappointed, although in this case, the two happily married people are not in love only with their spouses, but also with each other.Colwin is really terrific at creating the drama that is so intense in ordinary lives, even when no outwardly dramatic things are taking place.

    15. I love Laurie Colwin's writing. But this one, whilst having all the trademark wit and elegance, somehow lacked the spark of 'Happy All the Time' or the stories in 'The Lone Pilgrim'. Too many stories rehashing the same material, and two central characters that I couldn't quite warm to. I still enjoyed it and still plan to read all her books, but I suspect 'Another Marvelous Thing' won't be among my favourites.

    16. I once had a writing advisor pronounce that if you write about boring characters, you'll write a boring book. About sums up this treadmill of a narration. I believed these characters would, if real, have torn each other to bits, as does the couple in 'Who's. Afraid of Virginia Woolf.' Not a Colwin fan.

    17. What a beautifully written book!! so glad that Selected Shorts introduced me to this author.I was put off at first by the female protagonist, but the writer did an excellent job with this complex character.

    18. Wow, what a quick read! It was pretty good throughout the entire book until the last few chapters. It seemed that the author went in to a totally different direction and it just didn't feel right. I love a book that catches you off guard at the end, but this just seemed sloppy.

    19. A Laurie Colwin book I hadn't read! This was a series of short stories (all originally written and published separately) about a couple of people in a love affair. I didn't love it as much as The Lone Pilgrim, as her short story collections go, but still, it's Laurie Colwin.

    20. She could have cut out four stories from the middle and it would have made for a fine novella. Some information too redundant. However, she did have lots of good metaphors for relationships, the insularity of affairs, and how falling in love is never about what we "should" do.

    21. a collection of short stories, all telling the same tale but not in the same way. this alone fascinated me and laurie colwin succeeds, making each story rich and fresh.

    22. A quick and interesting read. The honest and raw complexity of love affairs captured beautifully in this novella. Characters, plot, and nuances of the story are hauntingly realistic.

    23. the jacket is misleading. it's actually quite unsentimental, refreshing, and realistic. about the complicated, fleeting nature of love.

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