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All's Well: A Novel von Mona Awad
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All's Well: A Novel (2021. Auflage)

von Mona Awad (Autor)

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Titel:All's Well: A Novel
Autoren:Mona Awad (Autor)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2021), 368 pages
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The first of my subscription to the Harvard Book Store First Edition club. I am certain they will get better. The novel starts out in a clear direction, a Faustian bargain struck by a floundering adjunct trying, and failing, to lead a college theater group.

Once the bargain is struck, it isn't clear what happens. Our stage director can apparently transfer her chronic pain to others, with disturbing results. There are accusations of witchcraft, and misplaced lovers, and of the deal coming due, but no denouement.

I tried to enjoy this book but the weirdness and magic have no real payoff in return for the reader's belief. ( )
  kcshankd | Nov 11, 2021 |
Brilliant, I loved it. ( )
  bhowell | Aug 17, 2021 |
Miranda had been a stage actress until a fall put an abrupt end to her career and left her in constant pain. Now she is a director in a small college theatre department. Each year, the class enters a Shakespearian play competition and this year, Miranda has chosen All’s Well That Ends Well, an unpopular choice with her students. Unfortunately, between her unremitting pain and the increasing rebelliousness of the students, Miranda seems in a downward spiral - that is, until she meets three very strange men in a bar who seem to know everything about her and offer her the golden cure for her pain, a cure with rather shocking consequences.

All’s Well by Mona Awad is a beautifully written novel infused with empathy, dark humour and magic and it grabbed my attention from the very first page. Awad’s description of Miranda’s constant pain was vivd and realistic and her characterizations of the differing theatre types, despite being very funny, somehow managed to avoid cliches.

My only problem -I often felt at sea thinking I was missing important references that would have been more clear had I ever read the original play. But that’s on me and a problem I plan on rectifying in the future. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book so a definite high recommendation from me.

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | Aug 7, 2021 |
Another odd one from Mona Awad!

I loved [book:Bunny|42815544], and this one hits some of the same themes: the arts and horror. What a combo, she has made a genre all her own.

This is one of those books--not unlike Bunny, really--that I feel like I need to discuss before fully understanding. Or maybe I need to read a bunch of reviews that aren't out yet. I also need to read All's Well That Ends Well, as I have never read that play. Is this an allegory like Bunny? Or is this just straight-up theatre horror? I suspect there are in jokes or references that went flying over my head (the red dress for Helen? The golden cure? Three men? The Canny Man?). This book was fine, but not nearly as good as Bunny. But after I read more reviews or get to discuss it, I think my rating may go up.
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Miranda is a small-mediocre-department theatre professor who has suffered chronic pain and began teaching after a fall from the stage years earlier. Her husband left her, she pops way too many pills, and still she cannot find relief. Her students are revolting, wanting to do MacBeth rather than her chosen All's Well That Ends Well.Then, three mysterious men offer her the golden cure at a local bar. ( )
  Dreesie | Jul 31, 2021 |
Mona Awad was so wonderful to read! I enjoyed reading this book so much. I highly recommend everyone read this one. ( )
  Lweb | Jul 1, 2021 |
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