We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Large Print - 2013
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Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781611738094
Characteristics: 384 pages (large print) ;,23 cm

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maryellenwilson
Jan 21, 2020

Gave to Beth.

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tulane1102
Nov 19, 2019

Contrived. Forced. Really uninteresting. Bland.

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breid11
Aug 03, 2019

A n unconventional coming of age story. I was struck by how the main character has a unique early childhood that weirdly resonated with my own. I don't know how Karen Joy Fowler did it. In a way, this is a novel about how our earliest childhood, even if we don't remember it (especially if we don't remember it?) shapes the adult we become.

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Motorod
Jul 13, 2019

What a terrific read! If only I could find more books with this level of creativity and humanity.

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rlbeekman
Apr 05, 2019

Fowler has an intriguing topic. And a wisecracking verbal style, antic characters and events, and starting the narrative "in the middle" while delaying revelations that are critical for the plot did engage me at the outset. However, all three of these characteristics of the book were so unrelenting and excessive -- so forced -- that they started wearing on my patience about mid-book. Very interesting but not completely satisfying.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 26, 2018

Karen Joy Fowler is such a good writer! This book has wonderful characters and plot and raises important moral questions.

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Estha
Aug 23, 2017

Great writing, big questions...just what you'd expect from a Booker finalist. A masterful revealing of the narrator's family story and how an experiment on an animal left lasting affects on the whole family. The novel compliments Colin McAdam's A Beautiful Truth (2013) which tells a version of this story from another point of view. Then there is Yann Martel's The High Mountains of Portugal (2016). All grapple with the big important question: what does it mean to be human.

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wordpix
Sep 05, 2016

Whoa! A fascinating book and kind of a wild ride. Couldn't put it down.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is an incredibly intelligent and insightful novel. Several times it got me thinking about our relationships with others and with animals. The subject is well thought out and the research is abundantly clear. Overall, an enjoyable and quick read that may rely a bit too heavily on tricks.

This book is quirky and full of intelligence. It will give you all of the feelings! You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll probably be a better person after you've finished it. Recommended by Gennifer

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