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Mourning Ruby

About thirty years ago a mother laid her newborn baby in a shoebox and left it in the backyard of an Italian restaurant Now the baby Rebecca is a mother herself A child of no one and nowhere she has This book is both one of the best I ve read in a long time and uite disappointing The excellent part has to do with Rebecca and Adam s loss of their daughter and the author treats the subject with sensitivity and heart wrenching realism The disappointing part is that a considerable portion of the last half of the book is a short story written by a friend of Rebecca s I always feel a bit cheated when an author slips a basically unrelated story into a narrative ASByatt does this as well Is this the only way to get the piece published Did the author run out of steam with the main plot If I were writing an essay for a college English class I could draw strong parallels between the main narrative and the short story and probably justify it s inclusion but really I d rather not

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Created her own unorthodox but tender family Then this hopeful life is dealt a blow that could shatter even the strongest of ties Now Rebecca must face the future by delving into her mysterious past At first I really enjoyed this book Dun s writing style is beautiful However there just seem to be so many storylines packed into uite a short book and I ended up feeling disappointed by the end as none of them seemed to come to any sort of ending It felt too fragmented for me and I ended up feeling a little confused as the book went from one storyline to another without giving you time to really fall in love with the characters

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Dun's most ambitious work to date Mourning Ruby is a meditation on memory and history both personal and public It's an unforgettable tale of love loss and the transcendent power of storytelling itsel On the back cover of Mourning Ruby it says Like a Russian doll this novel opens to reveal a brilliant richness of stories locked within Unfortunately the stories simply don t hang together Although I did believe in Rebecca s grief I did not believe in Mr Damiano s stories I also found that I was relating to Joe and Rebecca s friendship than the love affair between Rebecca and Adam I also found that ultimately Joe s manuscript undermined the final scenes of the novel

  • Paperback
  • 304
  • Mourning Ruby
  • Helen Dunmore
  • English
  • 14 July 2018
  • 9780425200193

About the Author: Helen Dunmore

I was born in December 1952 in Yorkshire the second of four children My father was the eldest of twelve and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life as have my own children In a large family you hear a great many stories You also come to understand very early that stories hold uite different meanings for different listeners and can be recast from many viewpoints



10 thoughts on “Mourning Ruby

  1. says:

    This book is both one of the best I’ve read in a long time and uite disappointing The excellent part has to do with Rebecca and Adam’s loss of their daughter—and the author treats the subject with sensitivity and heart wrenching realism

  2. says:

    This is a rather frustrating book to me On the one hand the writing in the mechanical sense sentence and imagery etc is lovely and sometimes breathtaking On the other hand the actual story is disappointing I am not one who reuires plot heavy stories to be satisfied with a book but I do reuire something that at least connects in meaningful ways This one for me just didn't The phrase the sum of the whole is greater than

  3. says:

    The first part of this book had me so gripped I couldn't sleep as former abandoned child Rebecca and her husband Adam mourned the loss of their only daughter But part way through it became a thoroughly weak tale written by Rebecca's friend Joe from where it descended rapidly into cliche and plot 'twists' heralded from a mile off At one point Dun so lost interest in telling the rest of Joe's 'plucky prostitute in love

  4. says:

    At first I really enjoyed this book Dun's writing style is beautiful However there just seem to be so many storylines packed into uite a short book and I ended up feeling disappointed by the end as none of them seemed to come to any s

  5. says:

    This book describes the agony of a parent losing a child of grief and not letting go In Western cultures we'd grieve and the

  6. says:

    How does this happen How can an author who writes such stellar books such as The Seige write a dud like Mourning

  7. says:

    I didn't really enjoy this book The first section was the better bit although as the mother of children around Ruby's age I found it very hard to read and I did cry uite a bit But then it went into Joe's story that

  8. says:

    I do not know if I can express how personal this book felt to me If readers are looking for a novel with a tidy narrative arch this is not that book MOURNING RUBY by Helen Dun 2004 does not provide the tidy happy or sad ending The real world is messy and interwoven and stunningly beautiful It crushes you and forces you to look at events you wished had never happened it catches you up in longing and joy and throws you into the cold

  9. says:

    On the back cover of Mourning Ruby it says “Like a Russian doll this novel opens to reveal a brilliant richness of stories locked within” Unfortunately the stories simply don’t hang together Although I did believe in Rebecca’s grief I did not believe in Mr Damiano’s stories I also found that I was relating to Joe

  10. says:

    Mourning Ruby is or less about a mother who is grieving the tragic loss of her five year old daughter But the or less part cannot be overlooked If it weren't for the title and the ominous cover picture featuring a little

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