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The Leftovers Tom Perrotta The Leftovers A New York Times Notable Book for A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for A USA Today Books We Loved Reading in TitleOne of NPR s Best Novels of What if whoosh right now w

  • Title: The Leftovers
  • Author: Tom Perrotta
  • ISBN: 9781429989138
  • Page: 112
  • Format: ebook
  • The Leftovers Tom Perrotta A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011A USA Today 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011 TitleOne of NPR s 10 Best Novels of 2011What if whoosh, right now, with no explanation a number of us simply vanished Would some of us collapse Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upsidA New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011A USA Today 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011 TitleOne of NPR s 10 Best Novels of 2011What if whoosh, right now, with no explanation a number of us simply vanished Would some of us collapse Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down That s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out Because nothing has been the same since it happened not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.Kevin Garvey, Mapleton s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community Kevin s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne Only Kevin s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she s definitely not the sweet A student she used to be Kevin wants to help her, but he s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta has written a startling, thought provoking novel about love, connection and loss.
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    1. Tom Perrotta, I don t know Your characters always start out so intriguing at the beginning of your books, but then you throw too much weird superfluous stuff into the mix Couldn t you have focused a little adroitly on two or three things, instead of the five or six lives you thought worthy of documentation Couldn t we have done away with the seemingly tacked on Christine Tom baby Holy Wayne business and maybe had a little about with the cult members killing each other, since one plotline was p [...]

    2. Millions of people vanish in the blink of an eye leaving everyone left on Earth feeling like God just told them, It s not you, it s me It s been three years since the Sudden Departure, and the mayor of Mapleton, Kevin Garvey, is trying to get the town back to a feeling of normalcy However, Kevin s family was profoundly impacted by the disappearances His wife Laurie has left him to join a cult of white clad chain smokers called the Guilty Remnant who silently stalk people while son Tom dropped ou [...]

    3. Let me start with the good I liked that the Rapture occurred or at least that is what it appears to be , but everyone pretty much goes about their daily lives, trying to find love, friendship, job, etc.Now the bad the whole Rapture background is dispensable It could ve been anything The major plot lines involve a cult and a man who lost his wife, which could be set right now So, if you re looking for a cool religious Sci fi spin, you ll be somewhat disappointed It s actually like a Nora Roberts [...]

    4. APOCALISSE E DINTORNI AI CONFINI DELLA REALT Ho letto Intrigo scolastico, adattato mediocremente per il grande schermo da Alexander Payne nel 1999 col titolo Election candidato all Oscar come miglior adattamento cinematografico poi ho letto L insegnante di educazione sessuale, che Jonathan Dayton e Valerie Faris stanno riscrivendo per fare un film infine, ho letto Little Children e visto il film del 2007 con lo stesso titolo, la regia di Todd Field e la sceneggiatura dello stesso Perrotta candid [...]

    5. I wasn t disappointed AT ALL After enjoying Commonwealth , by Ann Patchett recently, I wanted another contemporary type novel involving community social graces human dealings This fit the bill families falling apartlationshipsrugglesagedy.emotional dramayle tack I wasn t too concerned about context of Tom Perrotta s novel The Leftovers , because his content was sooooo friggin gripping engaging I was aware of a bigger story going on throughout this novel Citizens in Mapleton were mystified over l [...]

    6. This is quite the literary year for ordinary families becoming enmeshed in extraordinary, indeed, catastrophic, situations Erik Larson, in The Garden of the Beast, portrays an all American family at the cusp of the horrendous Hitler years And now Tom Perrotta one ups him by introducing the Garveys a suburban family who was left behind in the aftermath of a Rapture like event.To his credit, Tom Perrotta drinks no Kool aid Before the event occurs, one character says this about the Rapture It felt [...]

    7. SHORT REVIEW What Conan the Barbarian was to High Fantasy, The Leftovers is to Mid Life Crisis Fantasy No, that s too kindORT REVIEW 2 A book so OK it hurtsOTHER SHORTY I liked this better the first time, when it was called American Beauty.LONG REVIEW Reading this book was like heading down a playground slide made of glass It starts off fun, but soon the smooth, featureless texture is burning your skin and all you can see is the cold, rocky ground waiting for you at the end And then you hit the [...]

    8. Never, have I ever wanted an author to pull a George RR Martin the way I wanted it to happen in The Leftovers.WHO WANTS TO BE A MARTYR the caption asked.Yeahere was not as much of this as I d hoped Up until the last few pages, I was somewhat enjoying the book, happy sunshine oh wow, I accidentally typed happy sunshit and had to correct that I might have just coined a new term and all Okay, so there wasn t actually a whole lot of happy or sunshine going on, but compared to the show, this book was [...]

    9. Have you ever read one of those books where it feels like the middle part of a trilogy, like all the action happened just before the first page and then kicks into gear right on the last page I guess it doesn t matter if you ve read one like that or not That little description makes sense enough, right Okay, how about this When I get a pizza, the first slice is awesome Because I was so hungry and anticipating it And then you get into a cycle of diminishing returns about three slices in Then it j [...]

    10. This is about the cult of cults, a very fascinating topic Its something that baffles me, and thinking about joining a collective of weirdos which is the reason I naturally avoid malls and Wal Mart gives me the willies Anyway, the thing about Perrotta is that his work, as terrific or as pedestrian as it is, is insanely readable and getting into it is easy and fun His books are given the usual three stars by me, but it really means something that some of his novels have made terrific films Electio [...]

    11. What if there suddenly were a Rapture or something like it, where millions of people around the world disappeared in an instant, vaporized into nothingness How would those left behind cope with such an amazing and inexplicable development Such is the premise of Tom Perrotta s The Leftovers, which focuses on the small town of Mapleton and on the family of the newly elected mayor, Kevin Garvey Everyone in town has been affected by the event and large numbers of people have been traumatized, though [...]

    12. What the shit did I just read Truly, I m at a loss for words Brain just mush mush begets mush I don t think this will be a review in the typical sense, of a purging Exorcism Cleansing Absolution Backstory my Better Half reallyreallyreally loves the show The Leftovers I refuse to watch on the simple grounds that I don t watch television I read, why would I watch TV No matter She wants to talk to me about the show and I don t know a thing about it She says, it was a book I ll buy you the book and [...]

    13. Tom Perotta s newest book would not be a typical choice for me I saw the movie Little Children starring Kate Winslet, so I was curious when this book came out The fact that life after The Rapture was central to the story made me that much curious I was not disappointed.In The Leftovers, Tom Perotta explores what would happen if The Rapture actually took place The book opens just a short time after millions of people have just disappeared from the earth Perotta s characters show a variety of emo [...]

    14. I thought this audio would be decent laundry folding entertainment, but I seriously underestimated Mr Tom Perrotta and his awesome ability to tell a rad story This book was killer The premise is this A rapture like event occurs and 2% of the population is vaporized And it appears to have been a totally random sampling people of all or no religious beliefs are taken, nice people as well as some real a h les The people who are left really can t make sense of it Some folks get their acts together a [...]

    15. Most of Tom Perrotta s novels have been wry examinations of society and its foibles Election, Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher each did a terrific job in chronicling the positives and negatives of human behavior His characters aren t always sympathetic, their motivations aren t always understandable, but his books always make you think With his newest novel, The Leftovers, Perrotta ponders an interesting question what if the Rapture happened, but not all of the religiously devout were [...]

    16. This book takes on some weighty issues but leavened with comic twists The author plays with issues I ve dealing with as I get older my life is increasingly influenced by absences, by who and what I have lost I remember the people who have disappeared from my life or roads not taken Yet I also mistrust my memories of events what was real and what were simply stories that I told myself These are my 2 am musings.The novel also explores how people deal with losses and what things do they tell themse [...]

    17. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum 3.5 StarsA strange phenomenon has swept the globe People, seemingly chosen at random, simply vanished After what is dubbed the Sudden Departure, those remaining are left to deal with the aftermath The Leftovers focuses on the residents of a small town called Mapleton Some, like Kevin, have decided to move on with life and are maybe doing a little better or feeling a little needed than they were before the Sudden Departure Kevin s son, Tom, decided to foll [...]

    18. I laughed I cried I dreamed dreams and saw visions Oh wait, no I didn t I enjoyed it briefly Then I got to halfway and started wondering if it were going to go anyplace Then I got farther and started wondering if it were ever, ever going to go anyplace Then I wondered if it were going to end Then I saw it was going to end, and I wondered if it were going to have a climax Then, like a dull night at home, it didn t If this book were food, it would be carob Carob chip cookies Great sell, great buil [...]

    19. This one comes from the author of Election and Little Children Yeah, those movies you sort of forgot about After listening to an NPR interview with Perrotta, I ran out and bought the book despite it being hardcover He came off so intelligent and likeable on the radio, and his ideas were so provoking, I couldn t help being drawn to the book While sometimes I found his writing a bit colloquial, I really enjoyed this novel and hated to see it end The book takes place after a Rapture like event, but [...]

    20. What a massive premise to try and pull off A rapture like event, where millions of people all over the planet simply evaporate It can t be the rapture though, at least not the skewed Christian version of it, because a lot of Christians are left behind devastated that their version of God has forsaken them, and a lot of people from varying faiths, including atheists and a few random celebrities have gone There are some good character ideas in this book I really liked how the minister loses the pl [...]

    21. Tom Perrotta s The Leftovers is a book that I really want to like It has all of the elements of a book I enjoy, a large cast of characters, an interesting plot, and yet this book for me is a complete fail The story is basically as follows the post rapture only secularized We re not sure why or if the rapture actually occurred Though, to be fair it doesn t really matter, what matters is that people were here one moment and then gone the next Some people are able to cope and move on, some are not [...]

    22. Though promoted as a novel about The Rapture or a Rapture like event, fifty pages in you realize The Leftovers isn t Tom Perrotta s novel is about human reactions to tragedy We don t know why millions of people disappeared, can t recognize a methodology or pattern to the mass disappearances, and spend none of the book pursuing answers Perrotta tells us multiple times that no one can figure it out Sorry, world you just lose, and now your citizens deal with it.We go to inspirational speeches, grie [...]

    23. Okay so this book veered away from the show around the 75% mark and didn t come close to any of the wicked cool bizarre shit that happens in it I love that show hard, but this book is its own entity and while I was a little disappointed at first, I got over it and was able to appreciate it for what it is And that s only fair anyway The Leftovers follows five characters through the aftermath of a vast, unexplained Sudden Departure in which 4% of the earth s entire population has vanished without [...]

    24. First off I won this on a First Reads Giveaway as an Advanced Reader s issue I really wanted to like this book The premise sounded interesting a Rapture like occurrence and how the people left behind cope I ve never read anything of Mr Perrotta s before, and chances are good that I will not be reading anything else of his if they are all like this one Actually two stars may be generous, but I liked the concept, just not the book.It was not what I was expecting, which in itself is not a bad thing [...]

    25. 3 stars It was good.Liked it, but didn t love it My GR friend Carmen summed it up perfectly and succinctly, The characters are very three dimensional and fleshed out It was very well written, but not especially compelling or meaningful You can read her review here Favorite Quote There s not some finite amount of pain inside us Our bodies and minds just keep manufacturing of it.First Sentence Laurie Garvey hadn t been raised to believe in the Rapture.

    26. When one picks up what is supposedly the masterwork of one of the most lauded literary minds of the generation, one has high expectations Or I did, at least The concept of The Leftovers is simple one day about a tenth of the population just disappears Is it the Rapture Is it some metaphysical phenomenon that can t be explained Were they abducted by aliens And fucking why The rest of us just have to go on without closure, constantly wondering at the truth and trying to cope Perrotta uses the deni [...]

    27. On October 14th, a large number of people up and disappeared No one really knows what happened as it defied all explanation Some were determined to label it The Rapture but as the author is quick to point out, it wasn t purely Christians As it happens, it appeared to be random selection The novel primarily follows one family and how each person moved in different directions following the event.The Garvey family eventually falls apart in the aftermath of The Sudden Departure Kevin stays on as may [...]

    28. Now that I ve finished, I ll have to give this odd book a two star rating I m not really sure what happened Is there another book after this I think I ve got a few unanswered questions Not much happened in this book People disappeared People went on with their lives The interesting people were The Watchers in white the members of the G.R Guilty Remnant I needed about them, less about Kevin and Jill I suppose Tom s life in the cult was fairly interesting.I haven t seen much of the series I can t [...]

    29. No one predicted it this time, not even Harold Camping This Rapture took everyone by surprise Millions suddenly just vanished But something seemed off For one thing, Hindus, Buddists, Jews, atheists and Jennifer Lopez were among the missing, while many pious, God fearing Christians were left behind In the wake of the tragedy that quickly becomes known as the Sudden Departure , many of those not taken struggle with feelings of survivor s guilt and a sense of futility Others try to get on with the [...]

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