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

by David Nicholls

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Member:PrueGallagher
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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As far as romance goes, this is probably on the better end of the spectrum, but in the end it's just romance. No real pretence at realism and so nothing to take away. I found the characters very annoying at times because they behaved in such a dumb romantic way. The premise of the book is the that something significant happens between two people, Emma and Dexter, on every St Swithin's Day - which is obviously silly. The author acknowledges the song about St Swithin's Day by Billy Bragg, and indeed it is a fine song. Better than the book. I suspect this writer is capable of much better, so I will look for more of his work, although I imagine commercial pressure from his publisher will keep him in this genre. ( )
  oldblack | Aug 27, 2015 |
Romantic comedy with interesting writing. The author sets a challenge of writing about a long term relationship from the perspective of one day, July 15th on consecutive years. The male is a cad and the female is a true heroine. The last number of chapters vary this theme a bit to good effect. After having followed this couple for quite a few years it is thought provoking to go back to earlier times and from the readers perspective wondering about how lives are lived in so much ignorance and uncertainty.

I really liked this novel for the comedy and the pathos. I cried and cringed at points. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
very magical how these two people stay in touch with each other forever while living there separate lives. Don't we all have this one that got away and we always think about? Very romantic. Uneven love. like real live. bittersweet. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Jul 20, 2015 |
Liked it, didn't love it.
Thought the idea of the novel, seeing the same characters each year on the same day, was a brilliant and unique concept and Nicholls pulled it off really well. Characters were endearing, honest and you really do root for them to get together! But it just didn't leave much of an impact, I think it's forgettable. Because it's just two peoples lives, there's no big story or adventure, just life.
I enjoyed it, but I think it fell a little flat below all the hype and what I was expecting.
Four stars. ( )
  chimocho | Jul 7, 2015 |
This was a very sweet and lovely story. The entire story takes place on the same day every year. Emma and Dexter meet on the last day of college and become friends. While they each grow into adults, not quite who they expected to be. While Dexter is out gallivanting around and somehow surviving on alcohol, drugs and sex, Emma is scraping by without love or a career she cares about. Somehow they've gone years without realizing how much they need and love each other. When they finally end up together it's only for a short period of time, which is upsetting. The ending is surprising and sudden.
  SaraEllen | Jul 3, 2015 |
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Må bra-läsning i högsta ligan
 
However widely “One Day” is imitated, it will be hard to match Mr. Nicholls’s easy blend of bumbling insecurities (Emma’s), overweening showbiz arrogance (Dexter’s, when he becomes a television star), slow but sure pacing, humorous though seldom outright funny dialogue and authentically troubling coming-of-age issues.
 
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.
 

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David Nichollsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bentinck, AnnaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nina AspenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Printz, PiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
'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.'
Dedication
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.
Quotations
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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