Monday, 28 June 2010

Book #44


No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July


A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world.


I think I'm rediscovering my love for short stories this year, and these have helped me on my way quite a bit. I do think I'll have to read them all again at some point to improve my understanding of them, but for a first read it was wonderful. Having said that, I didn't really love it in the way I thought I was going to, and I still can't quite figure out whether this is a good or bad thing.

I felt a couple of the stories fell flat, but I really did enjoy the majority of them, particularly This Person, which made me cry on a train because I felt I could identify with it so much.

Each of the stories have elements that are either forlorn or perverse, sometimes both. I enjoyed reading about all of the characters, and fell in love with a few of them too, despite the fact that many of them were downright disgusting.

At times it seemed like July was behind each word whispering, "It's okay, everyone really is like this, it's not just you," but realising this still makes you feel incredibly alone and strange. It's an odd feeling.

I'm finding it quite difficult to put my thoughts on this one into words. It really is quite difficult to review short stories that have been bound together as a novel, as they can all be so different.

I will say that the first few stories aren't as good as ones that come later on, so if you're planning on reading this, please persevere because it gets a lot better further in.

I'm putting this one back on my 'to be read' pile because I feel that a re-read may bring some more things into perspective for me. Prepare yourself for a future review. This one was a bit watery, I'm still overwhelmed.


44 / 66 books. 67% done!

4 comments:

ingrid said...

I read this ages ago so can't hardly remember any of the stories now but there were some really great ones. It really made me question and think about things which I like in a book :)

JK said...

Aw, Ingrid, yes, I meant to say this. It really did make me think about things that sometimes seem quite inconsequential! I like that too :)

ingrid said...

This bit of your review basically sums up what I mean "At times it seemed like July was behind each word whispering, "It's okay, everyone really is like this, it's not just you," but realising this still makes you feel incredibly alone and strange. It's an odd feeling."

:) definitely going to re-read this soon x

Nicola said...

I know what you mean. You did a better job of putting it into words than I could!

There were some really beautiful quotes in this book - especially Ten True Things (the one about the 2 women meeting at a class). I saved this one because it grabbed me:

"I laughed and said, Life is easy. What I meant was, Life is easy with you here, and when you leave, it will be hard again."