[Read] ➬ Lilac Bus By Maeve Binchy – Peakpopa.info

Lilac Bus Too many unfinished storiesI really wanted to like this book, which started to tell the separate stories of the people that rode the lilac bus However, it added completely separate stories about people who had nothing to do with the bus riders or their lives Each story was only half finished Very disappointing. I really liked Maeve Binchy s ability to weave together the stories of so many different characters without leaving you confused, only wantingThat is how I felt reading this book I always felt sad to leave each of her characters behind I enjoyed vicariously traveling on the Lilac Bus back and forth across Ireland and getting to look inside the lives of each of the eight passengers Maeve Binchy s insights into human nature and beautiful writing made me feel like I know these people and I really cared about them The story is neatly crafted, but it does not wrap every thing up in a nice tidy package at the end Some have criticized it for this, but I like it because that never really happens in real life I like the formatting of looking at one event from many character s perspectives, Binchy did that with Silver Wedding and I really like it.My only criticism would be that the publisher s did not make it clear that Dublin 4 is a separate volume of short stories and not part of The Lilac Bus Many others have pointed this out and if I had not known that already, I would have been very confused. Each Friday, Tom Fitzgerald Drives The Same People Home From Dublin To Spend The Weekend In Rathdoon Nancy, Dee, Kev And Celia Each Has Their Own Secret Story, Unknown To Their Fellow Passengers And Of Course Tom Himself Has His Own Reasons For Returning Home So RegularlyOnce Again, Maeve Binchy Has Conjured Up A Cast Of Very Human Characters With Real Joys And Real Sadnesses, Portrayed With Her Trademark Wit, Compassion And Warmth Some of the stories were 3 star, and some of them were better, 5 star Overall I felt this was a 3 star novel I didn t like how many of the stories seemed unresolved at the end, and especially the one about the wife who had invited everyone, including her husband s mistress, to a dinner party, I felt was too suspenseful, with no pay off at the end, a big leading up to nothing, just a cliff hanger left unresolved That story really sticks out in my mind as being the worst, manipulating the reader s emotions and then never reaching a high note or a low note, just coasting along in the middle, until it finally just ended Terrible I enjoyed some of Lilac Bus stories, and did not like others I did not enjoy how the novel opened with an illustration of a penny pincher who nobody seemed to like It was difficult to relate to this character or her family, and I couldn t understand what the point was, knowing about her life There were some nice stories near the end, especially about the girl Cathy who finds herself pregnant, like her sister had thought a few years before, and what you d do with an unwanted pregnancy in a family like hers Another nice story was the one about the girl named Jo, living in a flat on her own for the first time in Dublin But overall I felt the consistency of the writing was not there, and I felt disappointed at how at least half of the stories ended Very dissatisfying. Don t bother Before I say ANYTHING, I want to say how much I love this author I have enjoyed all the books I ve read by her and I think I ve rated them very high.So, when I chose this book I figured it was going to be like any other Binchy Even after reading 1 2 the book, I was enjoying it I was wondering when she was going to tie in all the characters from the first part to the ones in the 2nd part.I was about finished reading about Carmel and her dinner party when I decided to go read some reviews I was confused because none of the characters on the Lilac Bus were appearing in this part of the story Talk about disappointment I don t understand what Maeve was thinking She is a great story teller, but this was not up to Binchy par The first part of the book was good Every chapter was told from the point of view of a different passenger on the lilac bus The second part was like, forget about the lilac bus, we would like to introduce you to some other folks who live in Dublin and talk about their drama There was no rhyme or reason to this I don t think I ve read aconfusing book.If you are a first time reader of Maeve Binchy, I beg of you, do not start with this one As a matter of fact, don t ever read this one This should have never been published as a novel It should be well known as a bunch of short stories.with holes. I loved this book My friend Linda told me that it was one of her favorites by Binchy so I made sure to read it It is told from the point of view of several people who ride a bus home from Dublin to the country every weekend We learn about each person s inner life during a particular weekend I love moment in time stories like this when you are invited into a character s life at a particular moment and learn their story and then you meet the next character and the next and learn about them and at the same time, you learn every one s impressions of every one else and then it s over and you hope that everyone s life goes smoothly after you leave them. Not the cheeriest stories, but they had interesting characters. Big problem with this novel is it s NOT a novel It s a novella and several totally unrelated short stories, and nowhere does the book let you know that s what s going on So you read The Lilac Bus and there are interesting characters Then you start reading stories about other interesting characters and you keep wondering how the hell they all relate, until finally you go online and discover they don t relate At allAnd none of the stories have endings They just stop Geez I could do that I can write about interesting characters in interesting situations, if I can just quit at some point, with no resolution It s not that the stories have BAD endings They have NO endings. I think Maeve Binchy wrote this on one crazy acid trip She s writing this story and I m getting really into the characters and story, then zip they re gone SO she starts another story and I keep thinking that at some point they will tie in together Nope Another story starts then another She should have titled this a collection of short stories without real endings

About the Author: Maeve Binchy

Gordon Snell, writer and editor of children s books When they were struggling financially, Light a Penny Candle was published, which made her an overnight success Many of her books, such as Echoes, are set in the past in Ireland Some of her later novels, such as Evening Class, take place in modern times Her books often deal with people who are young, fall in love, have families, and deal with relationship or family problems The main characters are people whom readers can empathise with She passed away on 30 July 2012, at the age of 72.Her cousin

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