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This Must Be the Place (2017)

by Maggie O'Farrell

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"Daniel Sullivan, a young American professor reeling from a failed marriage and a brutal custody battle, is on holiday in Ireland when he falls in love with Claudette, a world famous sexual icon and actress who fled fame for a reclusive life in a rural village. Together, they make an idyllic life in the country, raising two more children in blissful seclusion until a secret from Daniel's past threatens to destroy their meticulously constructed and fiercely protected home. What follows is a journey through Daniel's many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself. Shot through with humor and wisdom, This Must Be the Place is a powerful rumination on the nature of identity, and the complexities of loyalty and devotion a gripping story of an extraordinary family and an extraordinary love"--… (more)
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I love Maggie O'Farrell's writing and thoroughly enjoyed this one despite the constantly shifting points of view and time. Because I only read a few chapters at a time it was a little difficult keeping track of the various characters however in the end it all pulled together and made perfect sense. This is a book best read if you have big chunks of time so that it's easier to keep everything straight. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
This was an easy, but enjoyable read. Daniel lives with his wife, reclusive former actress Claudette, and their 2 small children Marithe and Calvin, (and sometimes Ari, Claudette's older son from a previous relationship) on an isolated estate in Ireland. Their life is idyllic until one day Daniel is confronted with some unresolved issues from his past, which he takes off to try to resolve. Not surprisingly this leads to difficulties between him and Claudette. Daniel also has to deal with his two children from his first marriage who he rarely saw during their growing up years, but with whom he now wants to develop a relationship.

There is nothing profound about this book, but the characters are lovely and beautifully portrayed, and the story is engaging. A lot of the book involves parent/child relationships, and I generally enjoy books where those relationships are realistically and sympathetically portrayed, from the child's earliest years until the time a parent must accept the child as an adult.

Recommended.
3 1/2 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | May 25, 2020 |
Very enjoyable, great characters, I felt I needed to concentrate at times because of the switching of time zones, places and people. ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
I loved and hated this book. It skipped around in time and character, which was pretty confusing. I liked Daniel, but didn't like many of the things he had done and was doing. I liked that he and his children mended their relationship, but was angry that he hadn't gone out of his way to stay in their lives after his divorce from his first wife. In general I guess I don't care for flawed characters? ( )
  terran | Feb 7, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this book which traces the lives of Claudette and Daniel across many decades. Their lives, the lives of their parents, their siblings, their children, their ex-spouses, ex-lovers all play a part in this wonderful family saga about relationships across continents and years. ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
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El món està boig, més del que ens pensem, és incorregiblement plural. Louis MacNeice, "Snow"
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Hi ha un home. Està dret al graó del darrere, cargolant un cigarret. El dia és típicament inestable, el jardí exuberant i resplendent, les branques pesant sota la pluja que encara cau. Hi ha un home i l'home sóc jo.
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"Daniel Sullivan, a young American professor reeling from a failed marriage and a brutal custody battle, is on holiday in Ireland when he falls in love with Claudette, a world famous sexual icon and actress who fled fame for a reclusive life in a rural village. Together, they make an idyllic life in the country, raising two more children in blissful seclusion until a secret from Daniel's past threatens to destroy their meticulously constructed and fiercely protected home. What follows is a journey through Daniel's many lives told in his voice and the voices of those who have made him the man he is: the American son and daughter he has not seen for many years; the family he has made with Claudette; and irrepressible, irreverent Claudette herself. Shot through with humor and wisdom, This Must Be the Place is a powerful rumination on the nature of identity, and the complexities of loyalty and devotion a gripping story of an extraordinary family and an extraordinary love"--

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