HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Half the Kingdom: A Novel by Lore Segal
Loading...

Half the Kingdom: A Novel

by Lore Segal

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
606197,694 (3.05)2

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 2 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 6 (next | show all)
Could be Spoilers.
I liked this. It is pretty weird & I'm not sure I understood the point. There is no conclusion. What was happening? How was it happening?
She writes pretty dispassionately so it isn't as totally depressing as it might be. And we're all nuts anyway.
I guess I liked the pieces but it didn't feel like it really added up to a book.
  franoscar | Aug 10, 2015 |
This was a one-day read. Short, direct, and humorously painful. ( )
  anitatally | Jan 29, 2015 |
I just didn't understand this book. The premise didn't make any sense. Why are these peculiar people invited into a hospital to investigate an epidemic of dementia? Not only are they peculiar, they are uninteresting. ( )
  theageofsilt | Apr 22, 2014 |
I expected a medical mystery and I got a mess. I didn't like the writing and kept hoping the story would improve. Don't waste your time on this book! ( )
  Coltfan18 | Mar 27, 2014 |
I started off liking this very odd little book It was funny and eccentric but in the end, it got weirder and weirder until it lost me. ( )
  ccayne | Jan 5, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 6 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
Beatrice Jacob Jean David
First words
The doctors, nurses and patients in the overcrowded, too-brightly lit Emergency Room turned toward the commotion.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

"A brilliant dark comedy about life, death and growing old in America told with Segal's characteristic humor, crystalline style and deadpan delivery--and her hilarious sense of the absurd. Half the Kingdom is a brilliant dark comedy about life, death and growing old in post-9/11 America--a place where terrorist paranoia and end-of-the-world hysteria masks deeper fears about mortality; a place where the broken medical system leads one character to quip, "Kafka wrote slice-of-life fiction." Characters from Segal's earlier novels are part of the cast whose lives intersect at Manhattan's Cedars of Lebanon emergency room--where doctors have noticed a marked up-tick in Alzheimer victims. People who seemed perfectly lucid just a day earlier exhibit signs of advanced dementia. Is it just normal aging or a coincidence? Is it an epidemic, or a secret terrorist plot? As profoundly moving as Joan Didion's latest non-fiction, and as thoughtful and charming as Diana Athill, Segal's crystalline writing and deep appreciation of the absurd make this most tragic and hilarious novel a joy for all to read"--… (more)

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
18 wanted

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.05)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 2
2.5
3 3
3.5 1
4 4
4.5
5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 117,140,344 books! | Top bar: Always visible