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10 thoughts on “The Unfortunates

  1. says:

    okay we're going to ease back into this whole reviewing thing with something that is of an excuse than a review here's the thing i have absolutely nothing useful to say about this book it's very unlike me to walk away from a book and have no opinion on it whatsoever and maybe it is because i read this in the middle of a lot of very exhausting personal crises and i had to keep picking it up and putting it down and forcing myself to stay e

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    Just often enough some unknown writer darts from the forest of little magazines to publish a novel that blows away the gathering shades of cultural despair Last year there was Smith Henderson’s “Fourth of July Creek” about a social worker in Montana In April Viet Thanh Nguyen published a cerebral spy thriller called “The S

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    One of the worst books of recent memory Ron Charles's Washington Post review should have come with a warning about its unsavory contents Three characters an imperious patrician woman dying of a progressive neurological disease could not have happened to a nicer person her psychopathic son and his naive wife Character is

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    I’m a bit surprised that little has been said about this novel It’s on a couple summer must read lists and it should be on This is a story of the mega rich the 1% of the 1% where money means nothing and everything It’s a story of a fami

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    Beautifully written literary novel explores the lives of three members of an ultra rich family an aging matriarch determined to hide her illness and keep up appearances her spoiled damaged and delusional son and his naive working class wife The author skillfully straddles a line between wit and tragedy while creating an atmosphere of impending doom With unlikable yet occasionally sympathetic characters flashes of humo

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    I really don't know how to rate this book I love hated it was blown away and frustrated by it in eual measure I started reading The Un

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    NOPEI just could not finish thisJust not my cup of tea

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    The rich are different They may put their pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else but that is where the similarity ends Sophie McManus has created a story of an imploding family of wealth and privilege The matriarch CeCe is suffering from a neurological disease that her vast resources cannot cure Her daughter Pat will not talk to her Her entitled son George never learned responsibility but he did learn how t

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    The UnfortunatesLately I’ve found that too many page turners manipulate me I want to find out what happens but don’t actually enjoy reading the book Finishing becomes an unpleasant compulsion This is a page turner in which every p

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    Really tried on this one but ultimately gave up after 75 pages The writing style was too clunky and choppy for me Almost felt like a translation from another language As for plot no sense that it was going anywhere cranky rich old woman and her unpleasant possibly criminal son living out their lives Moving on

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This extraordinary debut novel by Sophie McManus is a contemporary American tragedy of breathtaking scope a dramatic story of pharmaceutical trials and Wall Street corruption of pride and prejudice of paranoia and office politics of inheritance influence class and powerCecilia Somner's fate hangs in the balance A larger than life heiress to a robber baron's fortune once known as much for her cruel wit as for her tremendous generosity CeCe is now i okay we re going to ease back into this whole reviewing thing with something that is of an excuse than a review here s the thing i have absolutely nothing useful to say about this book it s very unlike me to walk away from a book and have no opinion on it whatsoever and maybe it is because i read this in the middle of a lot of very exhausting personal crises and i had to keep picking it up and putting it down and forcing myself to stay engaged and not finding anything in the book to hold tight to but whatever the reason this one left absolutely no mark on me it follows the lives and circumstances of an old money family living in the bit of connecticut that affluent people who still maintain a manhattan presence live in with their fancy cars and boats and the protection that only money can buy cece is the elderly matriarch still holding on to the antiuated etiuette of a bygone time in a bubble of noblesse oblige and well manicured lawns her grown son george lives in the house next door a weak and petulant man who has been insulated by wealth his whole life unable to hold down a real job counting on his mother and his family name to pave his way through life and so far so good he is married to iris a woman completely outside of his social sphere whom he met when she was a coat check girl at the country club and of whom his mother disapproves despite iris genuine goodheartedness and sweet awkwardness cece has covered up george s lifetime of missteps be they financial criminal or involving his freuent employment terminations but when she suddenly becomes very sick with a disease similar to parkinson s and removes herself to a clinical research institute which she calls a sanatorium for a pharmaceutical trial george is finally allowed the freedom to ruin his life the story moves from the POVs of cece left all alone at the institute facing her gilded past and her own mortality george and his I don t want to be a grown up attitude as he takes advantage of the maternal absence to fulfill and finance an artistic pipe dream and iris a down to earth woman who has somehow stumbled into the distorted funhouse mirror of the ultra richi think the problem i had with this book was the tone i couldn t tell if it was meant to be a tragedy or a satire it has elements of both but it s definitely not funny enough to work as a satire and for it to be tragic the reader has to give a shit about the characters and i just didn t george is just reprehensible in every way but he s not reprehensible in an interesting way he s just an overindulged manchild who expects the world to bow down to him and cannot handle criticism or resistance cece is somewhat less reprehensible because she at least grows as a character left to her own devices in the clinic abandoned by george and forced to mingle with other patients people she considers vulgar and weakened by illness she at least manages to let go of some of her brittleness and cruelty and develop some genuine humanity iris is the only likable character an outsider who is made uncomfortable by her husband s wealth and perfectly capable of doing without the trappings that come with it yet she still shields george from his own bad judgment and is as emotionally indulgent as cece is financially indulgent towards him their relationship is completely inexplicable and doubly so because she s the only character who is sensible or practicali thought a story about a family in opulent decline would be right up my alley but this was just a big bowl of beige unpleasantness maybe it s just wrong book wrong time but yeah unfortunate indeedcome to my blog

CHARACTERS The Unfortunates

The Unfortunates

N opulent decline Afflicted with a rare disease and touched by mortality for the first time she finds her gilded by gone values colliding with an unforgiving present Along with her troubled son George and his out sider wife Iris CeCe must face the Somners' dark legacy and the corrupting nature of wealth As the Somner family struggles to find a solution to its troubles the secrets and lies between CeCe George and Iris grow entangled CeCe's world to Beautifully written literary novel explores the lives of three members of an ultra rich family an aging matriarch determined to hide her illness and keep up appearances her spoiled damaged and delusional son and his naive working class wife The author skillfully straddles a line between wit and tragedy while creating an atmosphere of impending doom With unlikable yet occasionally sympathetic characters flashes of humor and a dark tone there is almost an epic uality to the story Given all that I can understand how polarizing it is to readers I was just lucky enough to be in the right mood for this uniue book

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Pples culminating in a startling turn of events that is as unforgettable as it is life changingWhile no riches can put things right for the unfortunate Somners when all is lost they learn what life beyond the long shimmering shadow cast by the Somner dynasty may become Sophie McManus' The Unfortunateshilarious and heartbreaking by turns is most of all a meditation on love as delusional obsession as transformation and ultimately as a coming to grac The UnfortunatesLately I ve found that too many page turners manipulate me I want to find out what happens but don t actually enjoy reading the book Finishing becomes an unpleasant compulsion This is a page turner in which every page is sheer delight The writing is exuisite as are the plot and character development There are three main characters Ce Ce is a very wealthy philanthropist who discovers she may be dying of a serious illness George CeCe s son is a cross brilliantly developed cross between Frasier Crane and the brilliant Hitchcock Patricia Highsmith character Bruno Anthony from Strangers on a Train Georges wife Iris is perhaps the most sympathetic character She is an innocent plunging into the dysfunction of Georges family The first two thirds are brilliant in their sardonic wit and excruciating psychological violence The book edges slowly to a dark yet elegiac conclusion It ends with pathos replacing satire Sophie McManus is a writer of breathtaking virtuosity This is a terrific achievement especially for for a first novel