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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 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 its parts comes to mind here except in the case of Mourning Ruby the opposite is true The parts are much greater than their sum The author has several little figments of story each of which could be incredibly interesting if developed Unfortunately they aren t I suppose that could be the point but it left me feeling cheated The overall story which I took to be the main character Rebecca s progress in her grief didn t connect with me That arc was disjointed and too vague to make an impression It could be that I just didn t care much for Rebecca Another character Joe makes a comment at one point that she cares nothing for herself I did not find that to be the case I found she was extremely wrapped up in herself with little regard to the fact that her husband too had lost a child I think this is probably natural with grief and I could have actually embraced that fact had Rebecca been developed than she was This was a problem with nearly every character and I think that s why the overall arc falls flat with me However there are parts of this book when Helen Dun works magic Some of the way she shows Rebecca s grief are beautiful And that s why I finished the book because of those moments Unfortunately the story was too disconnected and vague to leave a very lasting impact on me The Collection 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 Whispers of Feathers phrase the sum of the whole is greater than its Entrepreneurial Vernacular parts are much greater than their sum The author has several little figments of story each of which could be incredibly interesting if developed Unfortunately they aren t I suppose that could be the Advanced C Programming by Example point but it left me feeling cheated The overall story which I took to be the main character Rebecca s Poslije svega (After, progress in her grief didn t connect with me That arc was disjointed and too vague to make an impression It could be that I just didn t care much for Rebecca Another character Joe makes a comment at one Die Herrenschneiderei point that she cares nothing for herself I did not find that to be the case I found she was extremely wrapped up in herself with little regard to the fact that her husband too had lost a child I think this is

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Mourning Ruby

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. 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 that ultimately Joe s manuscript undermined the final scenes of the novel The Breach of Crowns personal and Icebergs public It's an unforgettable tale of love loss and the transcendent The Line power of storytelling itsel. 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 that ultimately Joe s manuscript undermined the final scenes of the novel

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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 The Exploration of the Male Anatomy 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 All Night Long (Nannies, 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 The Freeze-Frame Revolution 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


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 w

  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 m

  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 from where it descended rapidly into cliche and plot 'twists' heralde

  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 went from one storyline to another without giving you time to really 'fall in love with' the characters

  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 understa

  6. says:

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

  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

  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 into the co

  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” U

  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

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