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  • I don't think that the book is about the decision she made so much as about betrayal
  • Of course, that's my opinion, and I think a lot of people would think it was about whether she kisses the man or not
  • I found the characters the most interesting part of the story
  • But the parts where when she went down one path, she behaved one way and down the other path, she and her spouse switched behaviours I thought was very telling

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      The Post-Birthday World is the first book I’ve read by Lionel Shriver, who also wrote We Need to Talk about Kevin. This book (the post-birthday world) is a New York Times Bestseller, and I can see why.

      The writing is smooth and flows well…you can really see what the character’s dilemma is and feel that it is a valid problem.

      The fact that the story splits into two stories feels a bit gimmicky but is done really well, and even helps


      character development quite a bit - the character seems to sense that she has a parallel life, and this is reflected in the children’s book she works on.

      I don’t think that the book is about the decision she made so much as about betrayal. Of course, that’s my opinion, and I think a lot of people would think it was about whether she kisses the man or not. Especially as that is what is written on the back of the ...


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        The ending works well, although I had to flip back to double check a few things because I wasn’t entirely certain what had happened to the timeline and which story was ending.

        I found the characters the most interesting part of the story. For the first couple of chapters, it was a bit confusing. In one path, she just seemed smug and it was a bit annoying. But the parts where when she went down one path, she behaved one way

        and down the other path, she and her spouse switched behaviours I thought was very telling. It’s like you know you’re being cheated on even if you don’t know.

        It’s interesting to have what i thought was the climax of the book or the pivotal decision right at the beginning, and so perhaps the book is a bit too clever. But this idea has been done before - I remember a movie called Sideways - so people should be able to feel somewhat familiar.




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