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One Day (Vintage Contemporaries Original) (original 2009; edition 2010)

by David Nicholls

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Title:One Day (Vintage Contemporaries Original)
Authors:David Nicholls
Info:Vintage (2010), Edition: 1St Edition, Paperback, 448 pages
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One Day by David Nicholls (2009)

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A great idea, some wonderful moments, but ultimately a bit unsatisfying. I ripped through the first sections and was totally engrossed, but then around the 1/3 mark it started to bog down. I started finding both of the characters so completely unlikeable. Perhaps paralleling the wasteland that was the actual 1990s, the central part of the book was dull and the characters irritating. Towards the end there were again some sections I liked, and I think Nicholls deals realistically with the idea of aging and with articulating the thoughts we often have but don't ever speak of.

There were some lovely bits in this book but overall it seemed like an exercise in something that the Seven Up documentary series does (for me) more effectively. ( )
  sansmerci | Jul 1, 2017 |
This book was a funny, affecting read - warm and affectionate. I wasn't too sure I liked the ending, but well, I wonder if there could have been any other ending... ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
We drop into the lives of Emma Morley and Dexter Mowbray on 15 July each year for the 20 years from 1988 to 2007.

It's a clever idea, which started off well, leaving me enjoyably speculating about
what would happen on the 16th. Unfortunately the author couldn't really keep it up and so each chapter started having a lot of exposition as to what had happened in the meantime, which wasn't always well integrated and so made the whole one day a year narrative a bit pointless.

Ultimately, I couldn't really see what Emma saw in Dexter and I came pretty close to giving up several times and it was only because I don't like giving up on books that kept me going. Even the major surprise about 40 pages from the end wasn't enough to salvage the book so it ends up with just a 'meh'. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Apr 14, 2017 |
One Day never really captivated me. It's been some years since I read it, but I still remember that I felt a bit let down by the book. Perhaps it's because I seldom read romance books, or perhaps it's because it just didn't work for me. It feels like on of those popular books thats EVERYONE is suppose to love and I don't. It was an OK read, nothing more, nothing less... ( )
  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
One Day is a funny, perceptive love story and a brilliant slice of British culture. Dexter and idealistic Emma meet in their early twenties and form a tight if unlikely bond. Although they seem destined to remain just friends, the reader sees what the proud pair cannot. Dexter is a bit shallow however and a drinker, thus it's hard to see how Emma is in love with him and harder still to root for him. Their lives are told in snapshots on a certain day of each year over a twenty year period. The end may surprise you – I thought it was clever. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a light read that held my attention. ( )
  CindaMac | Mar 26, 2017 |
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Må bra-läsning i högsta ligan
Hun vil forandre verden, han vil feie over flest mulig «En dag» anbefales på det varmeste. Dette er britisk vidd på sitt aller beste, som Nina Aspen imponerende nok har klart å presse inn i vårt mer karrige norske språk. Den «Notting Hill»-aktige kjærlighetskomedien er også en vakker og vemodig fortelling med en overraskende avslutning. Jeg tipper den må justeres litt for det sentimentale amerikanske filmpublikum når boka nå skal filmatiseres.

added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Jul 1, 2010)
Boken är slut men svider än
I första kapitlet blickar en ung Emma Morley framåt. Resan dit, till den stora fyran och nollan, blir lång och komplicerad för henne och Dexter Mayhew.
Det är en av de bästa böckerna jag har läst.

added by annek49 | editAftonbladet, Markus Larsson (Jun 27, 2010)
“Love and be loved,” [Emma] had told herself, “if you ever get the chance.” It’s something you may want to find out this summer at poolside. And if you do, you may want to take care where you lay this book down. You may not be the only one who wants in on the answers.
One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you'll ever encounter.
added by Shortride | editPeople, Kyle Smith (Jul 10, 2009)

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David Nichollsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bentinck, AnnaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nina AspenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'What are days for?
Days are where we live
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving the question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.'

Philip Larkin, 'Days.'
To Max and Romy, for when you're older.
And Hannah, as always.
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'I suppose the important thing is to make some sort of difference,' she said.
A volte, quando ha la luna storta, si domanda se quello che è per lei un amore verso la parola scritta non sia solo un feticismo verso la cancelleria. (p. 135)
Ma nei momenti di buona si sente la protagonista di un romanzo di Muriel Spark: indipendente, sveglia, intellettuale, intimamente romantica. (p. 137)
"Chiamami tu o ti chiamo io, ma sentiamoci, eh? Intendo dire che non è una gara. Se mi telefoni per prima, non è che perdi la faccia". (Dex, p. 487)
Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at… something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.
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The single day that Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley spend together in 1988, the day after college graduation in Edinburgh, makes a distinct impression on each of them and a relationship forms only after they part ways and are reunited once a year on the same day for twenty years.
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Over twenty years, snapshots of an unlikely relationship are revealed on the same day--July 15th--of each year. Dex Mayhew and Em Morley face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself. Soon to be a major motion picture from Focus Features/ Random House Films.… (more)

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