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One Day by David Nicholls

One Day: Be Still My Heart (insert teardrop tsunami)

During the summer, I hungrily ravaged books as though I was reading to stay alive.  Speed reading is my blessing and my curse.  What can I say?  I love fiction.  I find it particularly intriguing that authors can scribe details of events, nuances of characters and deeply moving portrayals of relationships that cease to exist in the real world.  That in their hearts and minds, they can fabricate from imagination a moment in time that resonates with a reader.  You feel what they feel when they wrote it.  It’s poetic, non?

I picked up One Day by David Nicholls because of my voracious appetite for fiction.  I knew it was well lauded by critics and that they are in the process of making a movie version of it starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway.  The narrative of the book focuses on one day, July 15th, over the span of twenty years in the tumultuous, high and low relationship of friends Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley.  

Set in England, their lives take separate and converging paths beginning in 1988 as university students.  Dexter, the privileged ‘toff’ filled with carefree optimism and sexual charisma while Emma is the plucky heroine, intelligent, deprecating and unsure of how life will unfold.  Nicholls seemlessly connects characters and events with cultural touchstones of each era (nostalgia. sniff-sniff).  I am not an overly critical reader, however, rarely do I wax poetic about books.  I must say that I lovedx3 this book, though I must forewarn you of the impending teardrop waterfall.  The LC declares A MUST-READ. 

Mmm Boy in Glasses: Gratuitous James McAvoy shot in another David Nicholls book to film adaptation 'Starter for 10'

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1 bobby { 09.12.10 at 8:57 am }

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2 fuschiabird { 09.12.10 at 1:02 pm }

thanks so much bobby!

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