Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Review: "We Are All Made of Glue" by Marina Lewycka
I thoroughly enjoyed this clever novel, which flawlessly combined the present-day troubles of Georgie with the rich history of wartime Europe and the Middle East. The characters are created in such a way that we come to care about them: especially Georgie, the energetic Mrs. Shapiro, and the innocent Ben. At one point in the novel we have no idea how this complex mess of problems, Georgie's, Ben's, Mrs. Shapiro's, can come to any kind of satisfying conclusion, yet it is at this point that Marina Lewycka gently starts steering us towards the end.
The only problem that I could say that I had with this novel was the gratuitous sex. I had absolutely no problem with Georgie going out and trying to feel like a woman again following the crumbling of her marriage, yet the sex seemed almost randomly inserted, "insert sex here". The man whom Georgie was sleeping with didn't seem to have feelings for her, and really she seemed to have no feelings for him beyond erotic ones. There seemed to be no connection between the two of them, and therefore no real reason to jump into bed with almost no warning.
Aside from that (and that really was just a minor problem that I had, the sex scenes certainly don't dominate the book), We Are All Made of Glue was both an entertaining and a thought-provoking book, leaving no doubt in my mind as to the talent of the author. I would highly recommend it to any contemporary or literary fiction fan. Thank-you to Penguin Canada for this complimentary review copy!