This Must be the Place

This Must be the Place The dazzling new novel from Sunday Times bestselling Costa Novel Award winning author Maggie O Farrell THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of

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  • Title: This Must be the Place
  • Author: Maggie O'Farrell
  • ISBN: 9780755358830
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • The dazzling new novel from Sunday Times bestselling, Costa Novel Award winning author Maggie O Farrell, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage.Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life.A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes iThe dazzling new novel from Sunday Times bestselling, Costa Novel Award winning author Maggie O Farrell, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage.Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life.A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway.He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off course, far away from wife and home Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses continents and time zones, giving voice to a diverse and complex cast of characters At its heart, it is an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart.

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    1. I absolutely loved this book, which is kind of funny because when I first started reading it I wasn't sure if I would even like it. Oh, the writing was brilliant right from the start, but anyone reading my reviews knows how frustrating I find jumping timelines. This book does it alot, the past, the present, the future, sometimes skipping several years and introducing new characters. At the heart this is the story of Claudette and Daniel, fell in love with Daniel in all his maddening humanness, b [...]

    2. This story starts off with a BANGterally a ‘bang’! It was such a strong beginning— twice my cell phone went off - personal calls coming in - I seriously debated about answering. One of those calls - I didn’t pick up.But then something happened to MY ENJOYMENT- I didn’t understand what was happening. The story changed on me so quickly - new characters were introduced and I found myself resisting reading about them. I was still back with the first story.So.I did something that worked bea [...]

    3. I wish I could adequately describe how brilliantly Maggie O'Farrell portrays relationships - these love stories. I was first introduced to Maggie O'Farrell's writing in The Hand That First Held Mine and I was taken at first page and then all over again when I read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. There is something about how this woman open her novels , something about the writing that draws me in and then her characters and their stories take over my life for a few days. What was different wit [...]

    4. I am a fan of Maggie O' Farrell's novels but this book was all over the place for me and I just didn't come to grips with any of the characters or the constant shifts in time and place. I find O' Farrells writing normally quirky and engaging but this book left me feeling frustrated the further along I read. I found the story so disjointed that picking up the book felt like a chore and the only reason I did finish the book was because of the prose. I didn't engage with the plot or the characters [...]

    5. Onvan : This Must Be the Place - Nevisande : Maggie O'Farrell - ISBN : - ISBN13 : - Dar 496 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2016

    6. This was a wonderful book about life and the struggles we all have to face. What I particularly liked about it is that it jumps in perspective, time and place. At one point, we're at a crossroads in rural Ireland, at another point, we find ourselves in America 20 years ago. "This Must Be the Place" makes for a puzzling, however very much intriguing tale about a movie star who once disappeared, about marriage, and about identity, guilt, and doubt. I loved it a lot and I'm thrilled I decided to gi [...]

    7. An odd sort of book. It’s more like a collection of stories than your typical novel. Each chapter is told by a different character and from a different time period. The stories all tend to revolve around Daniel Sullivan, a linguistics professor living in Ireland with his second wife, an ex-actress in hiding. The stories coalesce to fill in Daniel’s story. The chapter titles keep you on track as to time and place, so you aren't confused. Daniel is not a sympathetic character. He’s a womaniz [...]

    8. Maggie O’Farrell’s globe-trotting seventh novel opens in 2010 with Daniel Sullivan, an American linguistics professor in Donegal. Spreading outward from Ireland and reaching into every character’s past and future, this has all O’Farrell’s trademark insight into family and romantic relationships, as well as her gorgeous prose and precise imagery. The disparate locations and the title suggest our nomadic modern condition. It’s the widest scope she has attempted yet; that’s both a goo [...]

    9. This is one of the most thoughtful, literate books I've read in a long time. The story of a man, Daniel Sullivan, reveals both the good and the bad sides of him, the joys and sorrows and what motivates him. The story is divided into chapters narrated by many different people who have impacted his life in so many ways. The book also skips throughout time from 1944 to 2016 but is quite easy to follow. What emerges is a well developed story of a man. When Daniel meets Claudette he has one major fai [...]

    10. This is above all a love story. Very heartwarming, and suspenseful and a story of family, secrets, and forgiveness I just loved Daniel Sullivan even with all of his flaws, he still had a huge heart and sense of humor.

    11. “She wasn’t going to look at him again, no, she wasn’t… Then she did look and the same sensations hit again, like a row of dominoes toppling into each other: the towering sense of recognition, the disbelief that she doesn’t somehow know him, the ridiculousness that they do not know each other, the impossibility of them not seeing each other again”This Must Be The Place is the seventh novel by British author, Maggie O’Farrell. Claudette Wells is Daniel Sullivan’s second wife. Even [...]

    12. I love Maggie O’Farrell’s novels, so was thrilled to have the chance to read her latest. This novel encompasses several characters and various time periods and viewpoints. However, central to the book is Daniel Sullivan, a New Yorker transplanted to Donegal who teaches linguistics at the University of Belfast and lives with the reclusive actress Claudette Wells.Daniel has already had two major failed relationships in his life by the time he meets Claudette; including a bitter divorce which s [...]

    13. Native New Yorker Daniel, married to eccentric, reclusive ex-film star Claudette, lives in the wilds of Ireland with their two young children. Daniel, however, has an ex-wife and two kids living in California, kids he hasn't seen since he walked out on them years ago. He decides to return to New York, his first visit for several years, to attend his father's 90th birthday party. He's doing this with a certain amount of reluctance, but whilst there, why not just nip across to California and meet [...]

    14. A book so wonderful that I have read it twice, literally, back to back. Taking us all over the world and over all different time periods into the random lives surrounding two particular people. Marvellous. Bloody marvellous. Read it.

    15. The latest book by Maggie O'Farrell, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE brings together a host of gorgeously imagined people, locations meticulously described and the interwoven stories of combustion and cooling, invincible hopes and forlorn fraying to deliver an exquisitely impassioned novel. The characters are larger than life, and you cannot help but falling in love with their beauty and frailties. Claudette, the gamin and ethereal reclusive movie star; Daniel, a rumpled handsome linguist, oddly inarticu [...]

    16. Surely this is the book Maggie O’Farrell was meant to write. I’ve read and enjoyed Instructions for a Heatwave, The Hand That First Held Mine, and The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. But THIS book…oh, this book.The hub of it is Daniel Sullivan, a damaged American linguist professor, who chances upon a reclusive film star Claudette Wells and her son – a stutterer – while collecting his grandfather’s ashes in Ireland. Not unlike the book Olive Kitteridge, the book proceeds in chapters of [...]

    17. A chance encounter. Orbits collide and you run into the most alluring stranger. A certain dizziness takes hold, a breathlessness. There is an instant connection - from their easy smile and twinkling eyes, they seem happy to be in your company too. You suddenly need to know everything about this person you've never met before, you want to tell them things you've never told anybody else. Your heart is pounding - are you brave enough to take things further? Or will you slouch away and spend the res [...]

    18. I’ve read and enjoyed other books by Maggie O’Farrell (previously my favourite being ‘The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox’) but This Must be the Place is something rather special. It might be a little discombobulating at first to be taken across different decades and continents within just a few pages but even though the characters and timelines seem random, there is a structure bonding the story together, like invisible glue, so that even though you may be in 1989 in one chapter and then i [...]

    19. After a protracted and ugly custody battle, Daniel, the protagonist, travels to Ireland, where he meets a reclusive famous ex-actress with a young son. They form a relationship, and this book provides insight to the mistakes and fateful happenings of their lives. Daniel’s past catches up to him, he makes many poor decisions, and finds himself in a downward spiral. O'Farrell shows the beauty, flaws, and foibles of intimate relationships.Overall, I liked it, but its structure adversely impacted [...]

    20. Talk about difficult to rate.It's well written, it grabbed me from the beginning, I was really excited about this book as I read more and more.And then it all just started dragging for me.I don't ever mind books that go back and forth in time, and I actually *love* books that switch narrators often. But switching narrators AND going back and forth and front and back and sideways in time, this was a little more difficult.In the end, I don't understand the point of the time flipping. There were no [...]

    21. What a stunning, beautiful book.This Must be the Place is the story of a marriage. Yet is it so much more.Daniel and Claudette are flawed humans. Yet they might also be reincarnations of ancient gods. Their every action has lifelong and far-flung consequences, shaping the lives of everyone they encounter. They disregard mundane niceties and rules. Their carelessness results in life and death. It is easy to think of them as terrible, awful, selfish creatures. But if you love them, if they are the [...]

    22. This was an e-book I picked up and put down. I was confused by the cast of characters introduced out of sequence. The main character, Daniel, is a deeply flawed man. I felt sorry for his children and his two wives. The initial setting in Donegal intrigued me but then Daniel left. The book seemed to meander and I got lost repeatedly. I find that I do better reading a physical book. E-books are so easy to put aside and forget to read especially when there is nothing propelling me through the story [...]

    23. At last, a book that lived up to my expectations, after so many disappointments this summer! Maggie O’Farrell’s writing is a delight! How beautifully she conveys the pivotal moments in a life, the longing, the regret, the sense of a path not taken: ‘She doesn’t know it at the time, but she will think about this moment again and again, the two of them standing on the steps of the subway station, a boy between them, a pool of blood of blood at their feet, trains arriving and departing abov [...]

    24. Maggie O'Farrell is one of my favoritesI love her use of language. This was a fantastic read and hard to summarize (in my opinion the description on the jacket isn't what the book is "about") other than it's a rumination on family, love, and how a person can connect or personalize (or take blame for) unrelated events. The only thing that kept it from 5 stars is I struggled with the sheer number of narrators and the constant flipping back and forth of time periods--2010, 1986, 2003, 1994, etc. I [...]

    25. (4.5) A fascinating work. Don't expect a page-turner or to fall in love with all the characters. In fact, part way it lost some mojo for me as I struggled to care, but then it's rich complexities began revealing themselves. This read is what good novel writing should be.

    26. Very disjointed with too many boring details. I didn't relate to any of the characters or sympathize with their plight. I became impatient (never a good sign) & kept thinking, just get on with it. A disappointment.

    27. Daniel Sullivan first met his wife Claudette in a secluded region of Ireland, not realizing at first that she was a famous movie star who’d disappeared. Claudette’s history, however, is just one small piece of this complex novel about relationships that haunt us, even after they’re long over. O’Farrell uses multiple voices to tell the story, showing how each character has a story of his or her own, even if the novel’s main focus is on how those stories touch Daniel’s. The book moves [...]

    28. BaggageBy a certain age, most of us have acquired a good amount of baggage, from bad decisions, previous traumas, tragic accidents. And we carry that baggage with us when we enter into new relationships. We may hide it for a while, but sooner or later it will need to be unpacked and dealt with. Maggie O'Farrell's complex multi-faceted novel, more ambitious than anything I have read from her before, has the courage to tackle the baggage question straight on. It is by turns fascinating, infuriatin [...]

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