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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2012; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Maria Semple (Tekijä)

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Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Maria Semple (Tekijä)
Info:Back Bay Books (2019), Edition: Media tie-in, 368 pages
Kokoelmat:V’s room, Oma kirjasto
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Missä olet, Bernadette? (tekijä: Maria Semple) (2012)

  1. 51
    Tell the Wolves I'm Home (tekijä: Carol Rifka Brunt) (LBV123)
    LBV123: Rifka Brunt's novel similarly traces a complicated family history and the story of a complicated mother with artistic tendencies, and features an interesting and complicated teenaged narrator. While not as openly chasing the laughs as Semple's novel, Tell the Wolves is nonetheless humorous in its depiction of family politics--and deeply touching as it deals with both love and loss.… (lisätietoja)
  2. 20
    Micro-orjat (tekijä: Douglas Coupland) (cransell)
    cransell: Two fictional looks at working at Microsoft.
  3. 20
    Piiraan maku makea (tekijä: Alan Bradley) (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though Sweetness is more of a traditional mystery, it shares with Where'd You Go, Bernadette an endearing, precocious, and entertaining young narrator who pieces together clues from the adult world to solve a mystery. Character interactions are delightfully, humorously depicted.… (lisätietoja)
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    kathleen.morrow: Similar sharp, witty style of writing
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    drm19: Both are witty and irreverent explorations of competitive motherhood that propel the story forward with emails and narrative.
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    cransell: Both quirky, humorous reads.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 481) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
A really enjoyable black comedy ( )
  SamanthaD-KR | Jun 10, 2021 |
Cell phones are the bane of modern filmmaking. It seems like at least half (if not more) of all major conflicts from classic movies could be solved with a simple phone call (or text message) between two people who have the ability to communicate almost literally wherever they are. Modern writers have taken to have the first character be tragically misunderstood, but get so frustrated they decide not to clarify things because they're SO ANGRY or the second character is SO HURT ... only for it finally be resolved a few months/weeks/one crisis later.

Or you could have the character go to Antarctica. I'm just saying, it's an option. Apparently.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is one young teenager's attempt to piece together where her missing mother might be. For out-and-out Seattleites (complete with a Microsoft Dad), they certainly have more adventures than you might expect.

The plot mostly moves forward through a series of miscues and miscommunications - some accidental, some not. I'm loathe to give away any of the plot points, really, because trying to muddle through what the hell happened is well more than half the fun.

I really liked the book, but I have the literary equivalent of part of a popcorn kernel stuck in my teeth that, no matter how hard I run my tongue against it, I can't quite seem to get loose.

As mentioned, the novel propels itself along with tufts and strings that hint at what happened, but only become fully fleshed out the farther you get into it: A murder mystery without a murderer. But if your whole book rests on the plot, all the dominoes you set up in the front half have to pay off with a satisfying topple in the end. In this case we get not a bang, but yet more misdirection and a plot hole between the dominoes you could fly a 747 or navigate an Antarctic research vessel through.

That's what knocked me down to a mild "you should probably read" versus a must-recommend. Regardless, though, definitely one to keep in mind. ( )
  kaitwallas | May 21, 2021 |
Really hilarious comedy, not my usual cup of tea but I am sooooo happy I read/listened to this one years back. Good stuff. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
Good: Very funny and creative in an absurd, dark way. I laughed out-loud at least once, which is awesome when you share an office space.

Bad: I'm just parroting what other people have said but the ending was a bit of a stretch. Too many things had to happen too perfectly for it turn out the way it did and I wasn't feeling it. Plus it felt like the narrative suggested that Bernadette was justified in her downward spiral because life is just so hard for temperamental geniuses compared to the rest of us plebes. It's hard to convey that genius when it's a book and she's an architect. I love architecture, the stranger the better, and while I'm sure the 20-Mile House would be famous, I didn't quite buy that she would still be architecture's secret obsession decades later. Maybe I needed to see it.

Weird: I want a novel about "Manjula." There's something really hilarious to me about the idea of a group of Russian mobsters spending their weekends googling Seattle restaurants and making Thanksgiving reservations for this wealthy family. I bet it was all one guy who was on the bottom of the mafia hierarchy and he felt really good when he saw a place with great Yelp reviews.

Final: Absolutely read this. If you don't mind humor being a bit on the dark side and you're okay with fairly unlikeable protagonists, this will definitely work for you. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Hilarious! I identify with Bernadette so strongly, it just might be frightening. Semple struck satirical, dare-I-say, "genius" with this novel. "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" is many things at once-- suspenseful, endearing, slightly offensive, warm, and did I mention FUNNY? From the start the book was hard to put down, but I absolutely raced through the last part. I love the moments between Bernadette and Bee, such a beautiful rendition of a mother-daughter relationship plucked down in the middle of this absurd tale of maladjustment, misunderstandings, and misanthropy. WYGB? just might be my favorite book I've read this year. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 481) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The book stumbles a bit in the middle as it transitions from a scathing anti-Seattle manifesto into a family drama with comic undertones. But once the gears have finished their grinding and the shuddering subsides, Semple eases into her strongest work yet, allowing her characters to change in a way that suits the story, and not just shooting for an easy punch line or a sharply worded barb. In the end, with its big heart set on acceptance, Bernadette feels something like coming home.
 
The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.
lisäsi ozzer | muokkaaNY Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 6, 2012)
 
Semple is a TV comedy writer, and the pleasures of Where'd You Go, Bernadette are the pleasures of the best American TV: plot, wit and heart. (There are places where Semple really wants to be writing dialogue, and stretches the epistolary conceit of the novel to suit.) It's rather refreshing to find a female misunderstood genius at the heart of a book, and a mother-daughter relationship characterised by unadulterated mutual affection. If Bernadette is a monster of ego, Semple suggests, so are most people, when they're being honest. In her spiky but essentially feelgood universe, failure and self-exposure open up a rich seam of comedy, but shame can always be vanquished by love
 

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“Shh! She said. The waiter. He's about to take their order. She leaned back and to her left, closer,closer,closer,her body like a giraffe's neck, until her chair shot out from under her and she landed on the floor. The whole restaurant turned to look. I jumped up to help. She stood up, righted the chair, and started in again. Did you see the tattoo one of them has on the inside of his arm? It looked like a roll of tape.

I took a gulp of margarita and settled into my fallback option, which was to wait her out.

Know what one of the guys at the drive-through Starbucks has on his forearm? Bernadette said. A paper clip! It used to be so daring to get a tattoo. And now people are tattooing office supplies on their bodies. You know what I say? Of course this was rhetorical. I say, dare not to get a tattoo. She turned around again, and gasped. Oh My God. It's not just any roll of tape. It's literally Scotch tape, with the green-and-black plaid. This is too hilarious. If you're going to tattoo tape on your arm, at least make it a generic old-fashioned tape dispenser! What do you think happened? Did the Staples catalogue get delivered to the tattoo parlor that day?” 
― Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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Right before it shut, I caught a glimpse of the poor Japanese people. Nobody had moved. Some hands were frozen in midair, in the middle of doing a fold. It looked like a wax museum diorama of an origami presentation.
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Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

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