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  1. says:

    I really, really had wanted to love this book but it just wasn t anything near what I hoped it would be The story starts with Katherine Freeman and introducing her life as it is and her parents and husband What she does and loves and her relationship with her husband It moves between that and her father, his life and relationships and then her mother Every now and then its the husband and child.There wasn t any big pull in the story, after a while we have some excitement when she longs for something that could ruin her whole family life and spill over into her fathers There is also a revelation with a secret her father has had and the potential for the story to erupt but it didn t come I thought the slow buildup and link to the family was due to a big plot that was just taking a while to get into but sadly it wasn t to be.The book is fairly easy to read but I didn t connect with any of the characters and felt it was lacking although the potential I felt was there Only a 2 5 for me.

  2. says:

    Read the first 50 pages and then skimmed the rest This was not for me

  3. says:

    I never imagined giving this book 4 stars It does lean a bit towards 3.5, but I was pleasantly surprised When I started reading this book it came off a bit flat and boring, but when Emily Woof goes in depth it just got better and better.I felt like every character was fake, that sounds bad, but what I mean is that they all live lifes whilst not being completely honest with themselves And when their secrets came to the surface it was quite intriguing What liked most about this book was the fact that the focus wasn t always on Katherine and Stephen, I think that would have made the story less likeable to read.

  4. says:

    Really enjoyed this one and found the character driven story totally absorbing and satisfyingly emotional Very accomplished for a first novel, and I look forward to her next

  5. says:

    While browsing through my book collection, I discovered an interesting trend in it Across the years, I had collected books by British women writers, writers who were probably well known in their circles, but who were all new to me In the case of most of these books, I picked them up because I liked the plot In the case of some books, I picked them up, because there was something about the writer that I found interesting, and in some cases, the book had won a literary award Some of these books were also long shortlisted for the Booker prize or the Orange prize So, a few days back when I thought I will pick a new book to read, I decided to take all these books I have by British women writers and read them together I thought it will be fun to compare their different takes on life and their different writing styles if I read them together The first book that I picked for reading, in this series, was The Whole Wide Beauty by Emily Woof I bought Emily Woof s book because I had discovered her through a different context A few years back I had seen the movie version of Thomas Hardy s The Woodlanders It is about a young woman who wants to grow out of her village roots and become a sophisticated person, but she keeps getting pulled back to her village by her childhood sweetheart, while the doctor that she is in love with, though he is sophisticated, is not exactly the nice person she assumes him to be This young woman s search for love and how circumstances and the social setup of that time foil her plans form the rest of the story Emily Woof played the role of this young woman and I loved her performance So, when I saw The Whole Wide Beauty and discovered that it was written by the same Emily Woof, I couldn t resist getting it I have a soft corner for artists who are talented in multiple fields and who find expression for their creative impulses in diverse ways Have a soft corner is putting it mildly I love these artists and am extremely jealous of them I am especially biased towards actors and actresses who write novels I have read and loved novels by Steve Martin Shopgirl and Ethan Hawke Ash Wednesday in the past So I had to read Emily Woof s The Whole Wide Beauty I finished reading it yesterday Here is what I think The Whole Wide Beauty is about Katherine who teaches music in a school for special children and her life and loves Katherine used to be a dancer before, but she has given up dance after she got married to Adam She and Adam have a son called Kieron Adam s parents David and Kay are very literary David is a poet and also manages a foundation which is attempting to preserve the literary heritage of Northumbria, while Kay teaches literature and poetry at school David organizes a fundraising dinner which also features poetry readings Stephen, a poet who is mentored by David, is one of those who participates in the readings The audience loves his poetry And Katherine falls in love with him How Katherine manages her relationship with Stephen and that of her family form the rest of the story This is, of course, summarizing the plot simplistically The novel is also about David s attempts at raising funds for his literary foundation and the problems in doing so It is also about the complex relationships that David has with May his wife , Gregory his brother in law , Katherine, Stephen and other characters in the story From one perspective the novel is the story of Katherine From another perspective, it is also the story of David Though the novel is just around 300 pages, like George Eliot s Middlemarch , the book has many characters, many stories, interesting surprises and beautiful prose The main characters were all fully fleshed out and complex and flawed and humanly beautiful Though I liked Katherine and Stephen and some of the other main characters I didn t really like David much my favourite characters in the story were May and Ken David s gardener Some of the interesting things I noticed while reading the book were these one of the characters was called Kieron Katherine s son and the word pollard was used in the sentence the pollarded plane trees seemed to push up if you are a cricket fan you would probably know about Kieron Pollard Katherine looks at her mobile phone to find out the time which seems to be a very contemporary practice I remember reading about this in two other novels recently the singular form of the verb is used with the noun a couple in the sentence A couple was crossing a side street today the plural form is used quite regularly though it is grammatically incorrect and it has even started sounding right to our ears, for example, if we say A couple were crossing a side street I liked The Whole Wide Beauty very much I read some parts of the novel rapidly and I now regret doing that, because it is a novel which needs to be read slowly because only when we read it that way, the novel rewards us with its magic I can t wait to find out what Emily Woof comes up with next I will leave you with some of my favourite passages from the book May knew that he was reassured by her mischievousness, as she was by his indignation.When he spoke to Katherine about May, David always referred to her as your mother rather than the familiar Mum which presumed an intimacy he resisted It was part of his stubborn Northern heritage Your mother was used by men to distance themselves from the family your mother seemed to Katherine to mean, she s your mother and neither of you have anything to do with me.Once people were introduced to poetry, they would change forever Poetry was a quiet permission for people to embrace their own mystery.David His work is conceptual, very abstract.Christopher Art has to look like something for me, I m afraid.David Artists like George Gull need you.Christopher What on earth for David They need to be rejected.Christopher I see The perversity of the artist Longs for success but thrives on disdain.They probably took their dog on the same walk every afternoon May imagined their lives, conventional, their marriage so faithful and unchallenging They were perfectly moulded to each other, like two bowls on a kitchen shelf She could never have chosen a life like theirs, but as she got in her car to drive to Carlisle, she wished for a small measure of their contentment.The poem held a new intelligence The language was arresting, almost disturbing, s though he had pounded and bullied the words, pushing them to the limits of making sense It was a raw excavation of the human need for love and the struggle to sustain it.Have you read Emily Woof s The Whole Wide Beauty What do you think about it Do you like reading novels by actors actresses or creative artists from other fields

  6. says:

    There was a certain amount of poignancy I suppose, but it took me well until a third of the way into the book before there was anything about the story I enjoyed And I very much skim read the ending If you like poetry perhaps the book might appeal , the prose had a poetic essence to it, but I can t say I overly enjoyed reading it Not all books please all people all of the time.

  7. says:

    More like 2.5 stars Is basically fine, but not much happens and it s quite descriptive Some interesting plot hints could have been developed Ending seemed rushed.

  8. says:

    There is a quiet beauty to the novel, one that gives you joy from the simple act of reading a compelling story of life The images are painstakingly constructed and vivid, offering a telling nature of the emotions surrounding the characters, most of which have enough depth to keep you surprised and guessing There are moments I wish were edited out, where the prior subtle nature gives way to startling clarity, clarity that s stark and not necessary in the otherwise elegant understatement Woof uses some cliched plot points and themes and I won t mention what they are in order to avoid spoilers but they only disappointed slightly and didn t ruin the book There are many moments where you catch your breath and think I ve thought that, I ve felt that but never with that simple eloquence There is a moment in the novel where one of the characters wishes she were not a hopeless sieve, how amazing it would be to store what you read in your mind forever I identified completely and it illuminated one of the wonderful aspects of this website Through these reviews, the sieve becomes fine and as readers, we re able to catch than we did before by using the reviews as a memory crutch It s also great to read what others have posted after I ve finished my review to see the similarities in enjoyment or to be exposed to things I totally missed I often wonder if everyone else is the same, reading the review after in order not to be swayed by others opinions, or if the reviews are read first in order to be better educated about what to expect I prefer the former but understand the appeal of the latter.

  9. says:

    The Whole Wide Beauty is a character led story, and although of course there is a plot and various stories that interlink, it is the strength of the characters that carry the novel None of the main characters are particularly likeable, which for me, made them interesting and unpredictable Katherine, the main character is a retired dancer, now a music teacher in a school for troublesome boys and has just embarked on an affair with Stephen, a poet who is a protegee of Katherine s father Her father, David is a rather pompous and totally self absorbed, he has spent his life trying to build up his poetry foundation, with his wife and children always coming a poor second.The one character that I did like was May, Katherine s mother and David s wife, she s totally independent, carries on working and doing as she pleases and although at first she appears a little cold, by the end of the story her real emotion and feelings are shown to the reader.I found this an intense and absorbing read, one that exposed the relationships within this family, the back stories gave an insight into the sometimes puzzling behaviour of some of the characters.There is a real passion in this writing, the novel slowly unravels into quite an emotional and absorbing read.

  10. says:

    I am flying through this and really enjoying it It s my bread and butter Not earth shattering, but quietly powerful, interesting.Full review in 2 days, I m guessing Positive review in New Yorker inspired me to read it I finished this last night, and I really enjoyed it It wasn t mind blowing I m not going to be telling everyone I know to read it But it was quietly powerful I also discovered yesterday that the Emily Woof who wrote this book is also a well known and gorgeous British actress What talent What I liked the way the book glided easily between the points of view of different characters, and we understood characters very differently depending on whose point of view the author was reflecting My only disappointment with the book was that ultimately for the protagonist, it all came down to her father everything she ever did was to seek connection and approval with him And that theme just seems a little overused.

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The Whole Wide Beauty download The Whole Wide Beauty , read online The Whole Wide Beauty , kindle ebook The Whole Wide Beauty , The Whole Wide Beauty 9f54beda031b A Sensual, Wonderfully Engaging Debut About A Woman S Passionate Affair With Her Father S Prot G , A PoetDavid Freeman, The Charismatic And Renowned Director Of The Broughton Poetry Foundation, Has Always Been Interested In His Work Than His Family, And His Daughter Katherine Feels The Wound Of His Neglect Having Abandoned Her Creative Life As A Dancer, Muffled By Motherhood And A Conventional Marriage, She Embarks On An Intense Affair With A Poet, One Of Her Father S Prot G S As She Falls In Love And Her Marriage Starts To Come Apart, She Begins To Question The Depth Of The Romance Her Emotional Journey Leads Her Back To The North Of England Where She Was Brought Up, To Her Father, And To Her Younger Self, The Passionate Dancer Powerful, Wise, And Beautifully Written, The Whole Wide Beauty Is An Unforgettable Debut Novel About Searching For Fulfillment In Love, Art, And Life