Maybe this is being horribly judgmental but I disapproved of what she did and it affected my view of the rest of the book. Noah was a more likeable character but he wasn't one I would want to be married. I found him controlling and this annoyed me. Camilla was the best character in my opinion, with maybe Arnie as well.
A well written novel that is only marked down for me because I did not connect with the protagonist. Mar 20, Julia Schulz rated it it was ok. Suitable light reading for a uni student perhaps. To be honest i struggled to comprehend some of the text. What the author does well is creating subtle nuances of character rather than a brutal dichotomy of Ali as "the artist" and Noah as "the scientist".
Far superior character portrayals than David Nicholls "Us" which also centres it main characters as a love pairing between artist and scientist. I did find it unecessarily crude in places but then i am prudish. Another criticism is t It was ok. Another criticism is the ending, it petered out into nothing, where it could have tidily finished off the several storylines it had developed. Im looking forward to now reading "The More Famous Jack", Trapidos debut novel, as i have researched and found it is without the crudity of this one.
I'm not sure if this book is pro or anti-feminist?
It seems to despise its characters, especially the men, who are all cut from different horrible stereotypes. The women are either loose, vulgar or doormats often more than one of these.
While I found the main character slightly annoying in her timidity at the beginning, she lost all my respect when she so casually cheats on her husband. I'm pretty sure this novel may be deeper than I am depicting it, but the characters were so annoying I couldn' I'm not sure if this book is pro or anti-feminist? I'm pretty sure this novel may be deeper than I am depicting it, but the characters were so annoying I couldn't be bothered to contemplate the subversive, but oh so common messages in this kind of literature.
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Apr 29, Zarina rated it liked it Shelves: While Noah's Ark was a fascinating read at times, the story seemed to bounce from plot to plot without a main direction. There was no particlar start or ending to the descriptions of the relationship of Alison and Noah, the focus of the book, which sometimes made it hard to grasp the plot or even remember the background to other characters mentioned as they were not given a proper introduction.
As a period piece it was a satisfying read but I wish there had been a clearer aim to the depiction of While Noah's Ark was a fascinating read at times, the story seemed to bounce from plot to plot without a main direction. As a period piece it was a satisfying read but I wish there had been a clearer aim to the depiction of the characters and their lives to give the novel its lacking purpose.
Aug 22, Dorothy rated it liked it. I found this book a bit hard to get into at first as I did not immediately relate to the main characters. As with all her books, the characters are somewhat eccentric and as the book moved along I found myself increasingly drawn into their world. Barbara Trapido writes with great wit and I'm tempted to copy out certain paragraphs to send to friends I know will appreciate the humour.
Better still, I'll just recommend that they read the book. I got into it really easily, but this fragmented reading didn't do it any favours.
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Nonetheless I enjoyed it, altho perhaps not as much as the other Trapido I've read, Brother of the More Famous Jack, which I really did like very much. Ali is a beautiful, arty but flakey woman who needs to be rescued by a sensible, intelligent well-salaried man who can pay the bills and generally make himself feel virile by curbing the worst excesses of her infantile existence.
The perfect plot of a Mills and Boon romance.
A few feminist references and a bit of liberal politics embroider the edges of this fundamentally nineteenth century plot. May 30, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: Trapido is 3 for 3. I've liked all three of her books that I've read so far.
They are not masterworks. But they are great fun with eccentric but lovable or not so lovable characters and their eccentric but loving or not so loving relationships. As far as I can tell, they are not published in the US, which I don't understand. Jan 04, Angie Perkins rated it really liked it.
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I like Barbara Trapido's writing style and she creates really believable characters. This will never replace "Brother of the More Famous Jack" as my favourite Barbara Trapido novel and one of my all time favourite books , but it was an enjoyable read all the same. Mar 22, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: I love the way Barbara Trapido writes..
This book was witty but also sad in places, the characters were conflicting and sometimes coarsely portrayed. It was, for me, a really lovely muddy story.. Aug 26, Sarah Goode rated it really liked it. Read on my holiday in Majorca and left in the hotel reception with a pile of other books on a shelf for hotel residents to read. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Noah's book was what I needed to help teach my Sunday School class.
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