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by Robb Forman Dew

eBook Dale Loves Sophie to Death download ISBN: 0140061835
Author: Robb Forman Dew
Publisher: Penguin Books; 1St Edition edition (May 27, 1982)
Language: English
Pages: 217
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Rating: 4.7
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Acclaim for Robb Forman Dew’s. Dale Loves Sophie to Death. Winner of the National Book Award.

Acclaim for Robb Forman Dew’s. Robb Forman Dew’s first novel is quiet, complex, and arrestingly elegant. Anne Tyler, New Republic. Robb Forman Dew can convey, with a skill matched by few writers today, the quick, peculiar shifts in feelings that we experience, moment to moment, day by da. With Dale Loves Sophie to Death, Mrs. Dew made a precocious debut. Her story of a young woman who returns home to the Middle West delineates, with precision and grace, the intricacies of family love. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times.

Robb Forman Dew. It would have been especially unusual for him to turn to anyone, particularly a woman, and simply say, I’m sorry. e other ways than women do of making amends.

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Real writers are hard to find, but Robb Forman Dew is most assuredly one of them. One falls at once into the dream of this book and doesn't leave it until the last page is turned.

Robb Forman Dew's cult first novel explores themes of familial and romantic bonds as it tells the story of a woman whose husband stays behind in New England while she and their children spend the summer in her Midwestern hometown. Real writers are hard to find, but Robb Forman Dew is most assuredly one of them. In scene after scene we meet a most believable family facing the strains of separation and the consequences of poor judgment, facing the complicated tangle of forgiveness.

Robb Forman Dew's cult first novel explores themes of familial and romantic bonds as it tells the story of a woman whose husband stays behind in New England while she and their . Books related to Dale Loves Sophie to Death.

Her first novel - Dale Loves Sophie to Death - won the 1982 National Book Award

Her first novel - Dale Loves Sophie to Death - won the 1982 National Book Award. She has taught at the Granddaughter of US poet, essayist and political writer John Crowe Ransom. Godfather was US poet, essayist, academic Robert Penn Warren. Attended but did not graduate from Louisiana State University. Since 1977 Robb Forman Dew has been living in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where her husband Charles B. Dew is now the Ephraim Williams Professor of American History at Williams College. Books by Robb Forman Dew. More.

Автор: Dew Robb Forman Название: Being Polite to Hitler Издательство: Hachette Book . Поставляется из: США Описание: From the National Book Award winning author of Dale Loves Sophie to Death, a gorgeously rendered story about a woman starting anew in the middle of her life.

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I decided to read one of Robb Forman Dew's books after reading a conversation between Ms Dew and one of my favorite authors Anne Tyler. Ms Dew writes quite differently than I expected but her characters are very real. I am looking forward to reading another of her books
This was one of the most uneventful, anticlimatical books I have read. It did not even give mental illness a creative twist. No stars! (I had to give it one star just to move along the electronic site...)
This novel follows a family through a hot summer in Ohio. Nothing tremendously dramatic happens and the characters are all fairly normal Americans going about their lives but by the end of the book we feel we know them inside and out.
This book is beautifully written and Dew subjects her cast of characters to deep analysis -- she is much more penetrating and observant when examining her invented people than most real humans are about themselves. She sees and hears everything but she refuses to judge.
The author remains studiedly neutral even when the husband has a brief and foolish affair and the wife willfully neglects the health of one of her kids. The characters are sometimes appealing and sometimes maddening and always quite real.
That's the strength of the book. The weakness is that by the end one can't help wondering a little why it's been worth the time and investment to get to know these people who are so uniformly ordinary and mediocre.
But I think the author's intentions go beyond that. She's using these people to compose a portrait of a specific time and place -- the place being Smalltown Aywheresville America (the midwestern "heartland" venue being quite deliberately chosen) and the time the end of the 20th century.
So we're left with a very well-composed study of ordinary people living ordinary American lives with their pluses and minuses, their strong and weak points. By the end of the book, the reader reacts almost like one of the characters looking back at one of those golden summers of childhood and wondering what made it so wonderful.
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I read this book years ago, when it first came out in hardback, and it has stayed fresh in my memory. The title refers to a spray-painted sign on a highway overpass that the family references each summer on it's way back to visit the extended family in the heartland of America. While visions of getting centered en famille overtake the mother in this tale, she neglects the danger confronting her own children, ignoring signs of malaise until she is forced to relinquish her dreams, and deal with reality. All the characters are well drawn. My heart went out to every one of them......things do happen that aren't anyone's fault, and happen when you least expect them. All the characters change, grow, very realistic ways, and there is a kindness in the way the author tells their story. It's easy to understand how it won the National Book award; what isn't easy to understand is why it was never made into a movie----i feel like I've almost seen it, because Ms. Dew's descriptions are so visual, and her characters are so appealing.
I saw a blurb about this book in another novel I was reading awhile ago and it sounded interesting. Then when I got it, I saw it had won the National Book Award and that the author had written for the New Yorker and taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop. So, was I ever surprised when the pages turned VERY slowly and the characters never developed and neither did the plot (what plot?!). Honestly, I would think that this writer could do MUCH better, given her background.
I found the writing not 'bad' writing, but full of cliches. The book, though, has no plot to speak of, no tension in it, and I was left wondering what the writer was wanting to say or why she'd bothered to write so much about so little. If a novel doesn't carry a strong story or plot, then the characters need to be the centerpiece, but in this book, that was a letdown too. I sure didn't care about any of them, actually disliked the main character, Dinah, even disliked her child, Toby, and found all the characters only shallowly fleshed-out.
There are also long paragraphs and little dialogue, and what dialogue there is, I often found odd or unrealistic (I'd say to myself, 'That's not how someone would talk!' or 'That's not what someone would say/think in a situation like this!'); ditto on her observations of people and events--I frequently found them unrealistic or off-the-mark, too.
Since there's so little plot, I wondered why Dew hadn't developed her characters more--such as Anne Tyler or Richard Russo do (I was thinking of Sully in 'Nobody's Fool,' where not a lot of earthshaking things happen, but oh, you quickly grow to love Sully and the other characters and are immersed in Sully's world). I, frankly, was very bored with this book, from page one until the very last page. I kept thinking it would somehow get better or have some kind of twist or surprise somewhere, some enlightenment. But nope!
I've never given a book a one-star before, had thought I'd reserve that for really 'trashy' books. This isn't a 'trashy' book, it's just that there's nothing much to it and nothing that I could find to like about it. Nada. And I sure did wonder why it had been published (let alone won an award!).
My edition of this novel has a chapter of the author's most recent book in it, 'The Evidence Against Her'; I have no idea if this ends up having more of a story to it, but I quickly decided I wouldn't try anything more by this writer. What I read in this excerpt was discouraging--the writing didn't seem to have improved and the strange, not-in-sync observations and dialogue remain (and there are still the long paragraphs and very little dialogue.).
Anyway, I'd felt I'd completely wasted my time with this novel, can't fathom why anyone would give it 5 stars--there are so many better novels out there, why not try an author with a solider reputation?
Because I read Dew's later novels first, I found this one not quite as good. It is, however, a very interesting 'novel of character.' It is an 'interior' story, along the lines of 'Madame Bovary' and 'Anna Karenina,' with everything viewed from the specific perspectives of various characters. Since one can see their innermost thoughts and feelings, of course one won't find them "likeable." Who of us would be if people knew exactly what we were thinking or feeling? If you aren't interested in WHY people behave the way they do, or if you want an action-packed story in which motivation doesn't matter, you probably won't like this novel. If you're fascinated by how others think and respond, you will.