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The Book Review: The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

the guest book sarah blake review

He believed one could do right. Does it let her off the hook in terms of Elsa's request? And this tension—between having an island and wanting to keep it, and having a shred of self-awareness and wanting to not be thought of as just another privileged white woman, is the root core of every interaction the character Evie has in this book. Slow and a bit lengthy for my personal preference, but I can see many readers enjoying this overall. Kitty Milton's husband buys her an island essentially out of guilt, but Kitty isn't fully aware of what he has to feel guilty about. The problem is that many of the mysteries can only be solved by knowing the internal thoughts and motivations of the characters. So he noses around and shows that he might have the chops to be a good private investigator, a shamus. And everyone sailing by would know it stood for us.

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The Guest Book

the guest book sarah blake review

The biggest knock against it, though, is that it badly confuses good intentions and high ideals with actual substance. Some readers might find it difficult to garner sympathy for the Miltons, buffered as they are by wealth and privilege. Additionally, the extremely long sentences had me frustrated at points as it made finding a rhythm difficult. The family home ahem, island has been handed down, but so has elitism, racism and antisemitism. Only the people we have wronged have permission to do that. But, then again, I think the author was really trying to put us in the minds of the people in the story. Some readers were as confused and bored as I was and just stopped.

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Book Review: 'The Guest Book'

the guest book sarah blake review

The Guest Book must be read deliberately and at the right time as there is a lot to absorb. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I went for a walk, which was terrifying even by candlelight, and tried to locate the room it was coming from. Here are some of the comments posted about The Guest Book. Vinalhaven is a 2 hour ferry trip from Rockland and contains the largest year-round population of all the Maine islands. We follow three generations of Miltons: Ogden and Kitty; their three children Evelyn, Joan, and Moss; and two of their grandchildren, Evie and Minerva. He appeared dashing and splendid.

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Review of The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

the guest book sarah blake review

I think that will turn some people away from this book, but I found it fascinating and true. Tragedy has a way of finding every one, sooner or later, and those with money have not figured out a way to bribe death. He had the place and the power to make good, to do good. I started this book and stopped at page 77 to go to another book temporarily. It really makes you look not only at the characters, but at yourself and your own family history through a different lens.

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THE GUEST BOOK

the guest book sarah blake review

That house holds such importance for the family in the present and the future. I picked up The Guest Book with some vague notion that it might be a good summer read. Elsa makes a request of Kitty and Kitty refuses her. We, the people, who stumble around, who block or help the hero out of loyalty, stubbornness, faith, or fear. Ron Charles writes about books for The Washington Post and hosts. Didn't you understand the Nazis? My first reactions, by comparison, were much more … full of feeling. Flawed, perhaps, but far from evil.

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Review: 'The Guest Book' By Sarah Blake And 'The Last' By Hanna Jameson : NPR

the guest book sarah blake review

Then the ice on the black pathways through the park fixed an unreflecting gaze upward month after month, the cold unwavering through what should have been spring, what should have been warming, so that even in April, in the Bowery in New York City, the braziers still glowed on street corners, and a man try- ing to warm his hands could watch the firelight picked up and carried in the windows above his head and imagine the glow travelling all the way along the avenues, square by square above the streets, all the way uptown and into the warm apartments of those who, pausing on the threshold to turn off the light, left their rooms, and descended in woolens and furs, grumbling about the cold—good god, when will it end—until it turned without fanfare one morning in May, and spring let loose at last. Everything in this book is just below the surface, little is said outright. The descriptions, though, are really all we have. But I trudged along and soon found myself enjoying it. The book felt a little disjointed. Jameson presents her story in the form of a diary that Jon writes, so there's a you-are-there vividness to the events. How does her warning resonate for each generation of Miltons? Popular tourist sites include the swimming quarries, nature preserves and the com is published with the permission of the copyright holder or their agent.

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Reading guide for The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

the guest book sarah blake review

I will, however, criticize the manner in which she undertakes to present those ideas. As the reader, we are privy to this knowledge, because Blake writes in an omniscient, third-person voice. Visit our website and pages at for further information. And it is brilliant of Blake to identify this fear and lace it like poison throughout this novel. Lives of privilege versus lives without. The keys are thrown into the Atlantic.

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Review: 'The Guest Book' By Sarah Blake And 'The Last' By Hanna Jameson : NPR

the guest book sarah blake review

The truth of very consequential events were also hidden and purposely not talked about. When tragedy strikes Kitty and Ogden Milton shortly before the second world war, they purchase an island in Maine that remains in the family for years. Many questions with few resolutions-but not enough to really stir my thoughts. I received an advanced copy of this book from Flatiron Books though NetGalley. Here, for instance, is an entry from day 27 of Jon's stay in post-apocalyptic limbo. This is therefore the most mild, calm, and generous take on this novel that I could summon.

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