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Mathilda Savitch

by Victor Lodato

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    DeDeNoel: A novel about a boy on a mission, much like Mathilda Savitch is about a girl on a mission. Curious Incident is much, much better.
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Very dark. Had promise in a lot of different ways, but ultimately it disappointed. It felt like a first novel.

Found the sexual stuff disturbing and unpleasant, which isn't always a bad thing, but it was in this case. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
This book was entertaining. I wouldn't consider it a great book, but if you're bored it's worth picking up. Mathilda wasn't as terrible as the back of the book made her seem. To see the way that she purposely hurt her family by tormenting them with her sister's death was a bit heart breaking. I didn't find the book funny either, but watching Mathilda grow and finally accept her sister's death made the book worth the read. ( )
  russell.alynn | Apr 16, 2013 |
sad as it was, I tired of her agony and travails dealing with her sister's death ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
on pg 163... must return to library, got a mean phone call yesterday. I'll get it again at some point.
  pam.enser | Apr 1, 2013 |
Mathilda Savitch, the narrator and the book, grabs you from the beginning. Mathilda’s beautiful and willful older sister, Helene, has been dead for a year. Pushed in front of a train, Mathilda believes, at sixteen. Highly observant and intelligent, Mathilda is witness and victim to her parent's, and her own, grief; and her mother’s almost total inability to cope. Mathilda tries to write about it, but “when you have a sister who died, it screws up all your tenses.”

Mathilda is both adult-like in her observations, “old women with dogs and no husbands is a pretty serious business when you think about it,” and definitely still a child, “the dead do most of their business at night. They don’t have bedtimes like the rest of us.”

As Mathilda gets closer to the truth over Helen’s death she becomes both more frantic and childlike, and more grown up.

A stunning story. ( )
  Hagelstein | Nov 23, 2012 |
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With its utterly captivating voice, brisk plot and timely but lasting philosophical investigations, Mathilda Savitch is one of the strongest debut novels to arrive in decades.
 
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For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy -G.K. Chesterton
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For my mother, Sophie, always present.
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I want to be awful.
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A fiercely funny and touching debut novel about a young girl trying to find out the truth behind her sister’s death

I have a sister who died. Did I tell you this already? I did but you don’t remember, you didn’t understand the code . . . She died a year ago, but in my mind sometimes it’s five minutes. In the morning sometimes it hasn’t even happened yet. For a second I’m confused, but then it all comes back. It happens again.

Fear doesn’t come naturally to Mathilda Savitch. She prefers to look right at the things nobody else can bring themselves to mention: for example, the fact that her beloved older sister is dead, pushed in front of a train by a man still on the loose. Her grief-stricken parents have basically been sleepwalking ever since, and it is Mathilda’s sworn mission to shock them back to life. Her strategy? Being bad.

Mathilda decides she’s going to figure out what lies behind the catastrophe. She starts sleuthing through her sister’s most secret possessions—e-mails, clothes, notebooks, whatever her determination and craftiness can ferret out. More troubling, she begins to apply some of her older sister’s magical charisma and powers of seduction to the unraveling situations around her. In a storyline that thrums with hints of ancient myth, Mathilda has to risk a great deal—in fact, has to leave behind everything she loves—in order to discover the truth.

Mathilda Savitch bursts with unforgettably imagined details: impossible crushes, devastating humiliations, the way you can hate and love your family at the same moment, the times when you and your best friend are so weak with laughter that you can’t breathe. Startling, funny, touching, odd, truthful, page-turning, and, in the end, heartbreaking, Mathilda Savitch is an extraordinary debut. Once you make the acquaintance of Mathilda Savitch, you will never forget her.

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Fear doesn't come naturally to Mathilda Savitch. She prefers to look right at the things nobody else can bring themselves to mention: for example, the fact that her beloved older sister is dead, pushed in front of a train by a man still on the loose. Still, after a year of spying and provocations, she's no closer to the truth about Helen's death than the day it happened. But when Mathilda finally cracks her sister's e-mail password, a secret life opens up.… (more)

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