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Three things about Elsie door Joanna Cannon
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Three things about Elsie (editie 2018)

door Joanna Cannon

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The Sunday Times Bestseller 'Lovely, lovely, lovely... Sue Townsend meets Kate Atkinson meets Nina Stibbe' MARIAN KEYES 'Powerful and profound' Guardian 'Another sure-fire hit' Daily Mail 'Funny, melancholy, acutely observant' Sunday Express There are three things you should know about Elsie.The first thing is that she's my best friend.The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.And the third thing... might take a little bit more explaining. 84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago? From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.… (meer)
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Titel:Three things about Elsie
Auteurs:Joanna Cannon
Info:Glasgow : The Borough Press, 2018.
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In most novels, pre-empting a central plot twist spoils the reading experience, but here it is Cannon’s meticulously crafted characters who drive the story.

Cannon’s previous career as an NHS psychiatrist infuses her writing. She treats her characters with immense care and compassion, inviting the reader not merely to be interested in them but to show them concern and empathy...Throughout Cannon’s writing, there is an intrinsic understanding of the quiet pain that accompanies loneliness.... Compassionate, thoughtful and tender, it is a novel exploring the pain of nostalgia and personal truths so painful we hide them even from ourselves. As Florence says at one point: “Everyone has words they keep to themselves. It’s what you do with your secret that really matters. Do you drag it behind you forever, like a difficult suitcase, or do you find someone to tell?
 
Like M Scott Peck’s A Bed by the Window, Cannon’s second novel involves a mystery plot of crime and redemption. And like Peck, Cannon is a practising doctor, and knows what she is talking about...I have reservations about the construction of this novel: it can be clunky, slow-paced, sententious and sentimental...Florence’s character is lovely: sweet, sharp and argumentative, she brims with quips and retorts...What is the “third thing about Elsie” advertised by the title? The reader intuits the answer, which, when it surfaces in the final chapter, is powerful and profound.
 
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The Sunday Times Bestseller 'Lovely, lovely, lovely... Sue Townsend meets Kate Atkinson meets Nina Stibbe' MARIAN KEYES 'Powerful and profound' Guardian 'Another sure-fire hit' Daily Mail 'Funny, melancholy, acutely observant' Sunday Express There are three things you should know about Elsie.The first thing is that she's my best friend.The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.And the third thing... might take a little bit more explaining. 84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago? From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.

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