The Gallery of Lost Species

  • Title: The Gallery of Lost Species
  • Author: Nina Berkhout
  • ISBN: 9781250085078
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Gallery of Lost Species Best Read || [Nina Berkhout] - The Gallery of Lost Species, The Gallery of Lost Species Edith grows up in her big sister Vivienne s shadow While the beautiful Viv is forced by the girls overbearing mother to compete in child beauty pageants plain looking Edith follows in her father s fo
    The Gallery of Lost Species Best Read || [Nina Berkhout] - The Gallery of Lost Species, The Gallery of Lost Species Edith grows up in her big sister Vivienne s shadow While the beautiful Viv is forced by the girls overbearing mother to compete in child beauty pageants plain looking Edith follows in her father s fo

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    1. Ah, sometimes I wish I were on a prize giving panel Nina Berkhout s incredible story of a modern day sister with an intricately difficult family would be at the top of that list I have to admit right now that I picked this book up because of the unicorn on the cover and feel like I was rewarded by universal karma with one of the most wonderful books I ve ever read.Nina s writing is just incredible every scene came to life sometimes regrettably and I can attach real emotions, even smell the dust [...]

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    2. Huge thank you to St Martin s Press for sending me a copy of this book for review This book was just okay for me It s an adult novel but the main character, Edith, is a teen and then in her early twenties for the entire book, so it s bordering on the YA side of things I went into this expecting things from the synopsis and it really didn t deliver.I did enjoy the writing and the story of the two sisters Edith and her sister Viv are two very different girls Edith loves to read and collect junk wi [...]

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    3. I m always drawn to tales of difficult families These multilayered relationships can encompass so much love, pain, and betrayal Poet Nina Berkhout seeks to explore the nuances of family, beauty, and expectation in her debut novel The Gallery of Lost Species Constance Walker, a failed actress from France, and her artist custodian collector husband Henry struggle to raise their two daughters in the face of their own disappointments As youngest child Edith grows up, she discovers that love may not [...]

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    4. Originally reviewed on One More Page I received a copy of this book from its Canadian publisher House of Anansi Press This does not affect my opinion of the novel I have to admit that I ve been putting off writing this review for quite a while now Part of the reason is because I ve been surprisingly busy these past few weeks, but a bigger reason, I think, is because I wanted to let my thoughts and opinions settle before sharing my opinions The Gallery of Lost Species was a book with a synopsis t [...]

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    5. Let me start by saying that I unfortunately did not finish this book In fact I think I got less than a hundred pages in before I had to quit That isn t to say that this was a bad book, because I enjoyed the small bit that I read but not enough to continue reading until the end, which sucks because I was looking forward to liking and reading it.This book is about a girl who grows up in her older sister s shadow, often times overlooked and unnoticed by all, including her mom It says on that the bo [...]

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    6. Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this one I loved that I could so clearly visualize Ottawa guess my degree is worth something after all and that we are really put into Edith s head I also liked that while this is a story about Edith learning to be her own person after growing up through some hardships and having a bit of a dysfunctional family, it was also a book about hope And I really connected with Edith and her story and think t [...]

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    7. A profound story of a fractured family and one daughter s attempt to make sense of it all through her ever vanishing older sister, a survivor of the Child Pageant Circuit I loved the ebbing rhythm and lucid prose of Nina Berkhout that pulls you along gently to the story s conclusion If you like the mildly bleak aesthetic of Canadian literature, you will love Berkhout s study of Edith, Vivienne, and their flawed parents.This book and author reminded me a lot of Canadian authors Eden Robinson Monk [...]

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    8. I wanted to like this book, I really did And at first, I was curious about this story, which at first seemed to be about growing up with an older sister who was making the rounds in the pageant circuit Then the book twists and turns, almost like a soap opera for awhile, and seems to become a family drama About halfway through, I stopped caring so much The story felt like it meandered for awhile, and I had trouble staying awake from that point on which made my reading progress slowly By the end I [...]

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    9. The Gallery of Lost Species, by Nina Berkhout, is a beautiful novel about finding yourself and your peace in unexpected places For many people this is in art, music, people, and for some, it is in animals the world has forgotten.I adored this novel The characters are so strong and diverse Nina Berkhout has published many books of poetry and this is her first novel, something I was surprised to find out It is well written and, one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book so much, very Canadian It s [...]

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    10. Depressing story about a dysfunctional family I like the author s writing, but the main characters didn t grab me in fact I found several of the secondary characters much appealing and interesting I grew impatient with the main character s inability to move on and her obsession with her sister s boyfriend, though I did like her job in the rare books library The old man she meets the scholar of cryptids is charming, and I did like the at least tentatively hopeful ending.

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    11. Edith Walker, la narratrice, est la plus jeune de deux soeurs Fille referm e sur elle m me, elle grandit dans les livres et toute sa vie int rieure est impr gn e des romances, mythes et l gendes lues dans son enfance pour se prot ger des dysfonctionnements familiaux.Vivienne, l a n e, est une fille com te D une grande beaut naturelle comme leur m re elle est pouss e participer tous les concours de beaut possible d s son plus jeune ge, jusqu ce que l adolescence frappe et qu elle ne devienne d te [...]

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    12. Lu en fran ais Le mus e des esp ces disparues joliment traduit chez XYZ 3.5 5 Celui l , je l ai aval d une traite J ai eu beau me dire qu il n tait pas parfait, que les m taphores sont parfois soulign es au marqueur fluo, que wo a va faire les licornes, a n y change rien J ai suivi dith, la cadette, dans sa qu te d sesp r e C est travers son regard qu on la voit grandir aux c t s de sa soeur a n e Vivienne, une beaut solaire, qui attire tous les regards C est travers ses yeux qu on d couvre ses [...]

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    13. Review coming soon

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    14. In almost every respect, this is a remarkably uneven book There are times when the characters seem very realistic and well drawn, and then there are other times when they seem sketchy There are times when the dialogue or the narration are powerful and subtle, and then there are times when they re cliched and when they feel scripted There are scenes when the quality of the writing shows you what s going on, and then there are times when the text merely tells you about its own themes, metaphors, a [...]

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    15. WARNING THIS BOOK CONTAINS VERY LITTLE ABOUT UNICORNS Okay, so other then the disturbing lack of Unicorns and Lost species all the way up until like maybe the last 50 pages of this book this story was pretty well depressing I kind of want to slit my wrists now I understand that this wasn t about picturing the perfect suburban family, instead taking a look at the rotten inside of what seemed to be a perfect suburban family on the outside I liked that the characters were all either so hateable or [...]

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    16. Though Edith s older sister Vivienne has the full attention of their mother and head turning beauty, all is not perfect in Vivienne s life She s dragged to pageant after pageant by her mother, mostly against her will, and their relationship turns ugly quickly and stays unhappy and bitter as Vivienne grows up As Vivienne s life spins out of her control, Edith finds her own way first in a strange coin shop, and later in a career at the National Gallery of Canada, where she befriends a man obsessed [...]

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    17. I really enjoyed this well written and thought provoking book The plot seemed a little forced in places, but, the characters than make up for this The entire Walker family is well drawn and I was fascinated in the ways family members impact each other My heart went out to Edith, in particular and the author did an outstanding job charting her emotional cognitive development throughout the book A major theme of this book is hope and what it means to lose hope Is life still worth living when we a [...]

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    18. A rich Canadian story about two sisters growing up in Ottawa Nina Berkhout writes with passion and does a fabulous job of creating deep complicated characters with flaws that sometimes make it difficult to like them Her descriptions of Ottawa and Vancouver were exceptional While the story was sad and the family depicted clearly dysfunctional they were highly relatable Wonderful read

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    19. A simple story told in a lovely voice Edith is an awkward girl under her reluctant pageant sister s shine Melancholy is laced throughout the narrative which both helps and hinders my sympathy for Edith as it seems sometimes that Berkhout pities Edith I particularly liked the allegory of the cryptozoologists with Edith s quest.

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    20. I enjoyed reading a book based in Canada by a Canadian Plus I love Unicorns This story read very real to life I felt it could easily compare to the movie Boyhood.

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    21. 5 stars Like a cross between the surreality of Laura van den Berg and the pathos of Judy Blume Plus a unicorn is involved somehow Definitely adding this author to my list of writers to watch

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    22. Hauntingly beautiful with flawed and engaging characters I m generally not a fan of tragic family coming of age addiction stories but I picked this one up on a whim and I loved it.

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    23. I liked the first half quite a bit, but struggled a bit through the rest of it To be honest, this was probably my fault than the book s, as I was reading it at night, in bed, after putting my other book aside for the night It s set in Ottawa, and I do love books set in familiar worlds The protagonist works at the National Gallery as does the author does in real life She grew up as the less favoured child in a dysfunctional 2 child family, which in the end might have been a blessing She spends h [...]

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    24. A coming of age story, a story about the love between sisters, a story of a first love and the lengths a girl would go to in order to believe that first love loves you back, a story of losing yourself to a job and not a passion, a story of accepting the parents you have faults and all There is something in this story for everyone.Edith thinks she sees a unicorn when on a family vacation in Alberta, that was probably the last vacation when she was actually still a child It is the same summer she [...]

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    25. Ce roman avait tout pour me plaire la mus ologie, la science, une amiti unique, Ottawa comme toile de fond Or, j ai trouv cette lecture ennuyante Je ne me suis pas attach e au personnage principal, l amiti entre elle et un vieux cryptozoologiste arrive trop tard au milieu du r cit et ne reste qu en surface Le livre aurait pu tre r duit de plus de la moiti en enlevant les d tails inutiles l histoire et aurait pu tre tellement plus int ressant si les personnages avaient eu plus de personnalit

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    26. Maybe a 3.5 I liked the start of the book when they were children, wondering what would become of them The adult portion I felt like the sisters were too extreme That is their lives we re out of proportion to their childhood experiences I did enjoy the ties to the lost species I also appreciated that it was an easy read, yet conveyed a lot

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    27. Oh my goodness This book was beautiful The only thing unsatisfactory about it is that I want a sequel I want than snippets of everyones lives It is perfect, lovely, and a book, once I had the time, I devoured in a day.

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    28. Bleak, but hopeful Fairly realistic description of being part of a family with addiction I wanted from the intriguing title and beautiful cover

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    29. A beautiful book, I found it relatable and moving Berkhout paints beautiful pictures with her words.

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    30. This is really a 3.5 Some haunting imagery that I m still contemplating a week later combined with fresh and captivating characters made for a compelling read most of the time.

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