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The Last Girls: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2002; vuoden 2003 painos)

– tekijä: Lee Smith (Tekijä)

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On a beautiful June day in 1965, a dozen girls-classmates at a picturesque Blue Ridge women's college-launched their homemade raft (inspired by Huck Finn's) on a trip down the Mississippi. It's Girls A-Go-Go Down the Mississippi read the headline in the Paducah, Kentucky, paper. Thirty-five years later, four of those "girls" reunite to cruise the river again. This time it's on the luxury steamboat, The Belle of Natchez, and there's no publicity. This time, when they reach New Orleans, they'll give the river the ashes of a fifth rafter-beautiful Margaret ("Baby") Ballou. Revered for her powerful female characters, here Lee Smith tells a brilliantly authoritative story of how college pals who grew up in an era when they were still called "girls" have negotiated life as "women." Harriet Holding is a hesitant teacher who has never married (she can't explain why, even to herself). Courtney Gray struggles to step away from her Southern Living-style life. Catherine Wilson, a sculptor, is suffocating in her happy third marriage. Anna Todd is a world-famous romance novelist escaping her own tragedies through her fiction. And finally there is Baby, the girl they come to bury-along with their memories of her rebellions and betrayals. THE LAST GIRLS is wonderful reading. It's also wonderfully revealing of women's lives-of the idea of romance, of the relevance of past to present, of memory and desire.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Last Girls: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
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[a:Lee Smith|72932|Lee Smith|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1219780700p2/72932.jpg] writes about a part of the country I know, North Carolina, but she focuses on life in Appalachia, a world unto itself. I have enjoyed some of her novels very much. [b:Fair and Tender Ladies|199635|Fair and Tender Ladies|Lee Smith|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1389575982l/199635._SY75_.jpg|1437835] and [b:Oral History|8908|World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War|Max Brooks|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1528312647l/8908._SX50_.jpg|817] come to mind. This novel has characteristics of her works that I have enjoyed, but overall it failed miserably for me. I felt the characters lacked depth and never really connected with one another; they were truly like ships passing in the night. While each of the characters was dealing with some aspect of change in their lives, this change was hidden from the other characters. It was like four character studies, independent of one another, layered in together.

[a:Lee Smith|72932|Lee Smith|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1219780700p2/72932.jpg] can be very hit and miss. The quality of her novels and her short stories can vary considerably. I felt [b:The Last Girls|126873|The Last Girls|Lee Smith|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1333577608l/126873._SX50_.jpg|2636756] was one of her poorest efforts. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
I kept waiting to connect these ladies together, or at the very least to get to know Baby through their memories. but only Harriet talked about Baby and even she wasn't given a strong enough narrative for me to feel there was some insight into their younger lives. and all the others angsting over their first world problems just kept happening in their individual silos. my last hope was for the letter and the memorial and that too was terribly disappointing with still no connection between the last girls or any real revelation. finally, how awful it was not to know if Courtney changed her mind or if Harriet stayed the weekend in New Orleans. Baby should have at least been honored for impacting their lives with her passing. bummer all around. ( )
  mfabriz | Jun 26, 2017 |
Because I am going to hear Lee Smith speak next week, I read her excellent memoir, Dimestore, and thought I'd like to read one of her novels before going to hear her. One of the essays in her memoir has to do with the trip she made as a college girl with 13 Hollins friends on a raft down the Mississippi in 1966, and how this novel came from that group, that time.So I chose The Last Girls to read and enjoyed it very much. Unlike other reviewers, I liked all the characters, and the Southern setting, the times - those of my own youth and aging - the friendships with their ups and downs. Another thing I especially enjoyed was the description of the Mississippi River Boat tour itself. I was torn between giving the book three and a half stars or four, because as novels go, it wasn't that outstanding, notice other reviewers gave it every category star there is! But because of all these factors personal to me, I found it to be a really good read just now, so I'm going with four stars. I'm very glad to have read the book. ( )
  MarthaHuntley | Apr 25, 2016 |
The Stichting Overal in Nijmegen cleared out some shelves. I received part of the books from hema-verf in a book box in Castricum. Thanks!
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
“Every true story ends terribly, if you follow it far enough….”
Four women head off to recreate a trip down the Mississippi they first took many years ago when they were girls in college. The four gather at the behest of the husband of Baby, one of the original group of girls, a girl who had a strong influence on the lives of all the women, and who has just died unexpectedly in a tragic accident.

The four quirky women, the Last Girls of the title, Southerners one and all, use the trip to reminisce about the past, to contemplate the accomplishments and regrets of their lives, and to offer sympathy and support for each other.

Better-than-average Baby-Boomer women’s fiction, with strong characters and strong writing. Be warned that the others in my bookgroup complained about the way in which the story abruptly jumps from character to character and from the past to the present. ( )
  debnance | Jul 7, 2012 |
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On a beautiful June day in 1965, a dozen girls-classmates at a picturesque Blue Ridge women's college-launched their homemade raft (inspired by Huck Finn's) on a trip down the Mississippi. It's Girls A-Go-Go Down the Mississippi read the headline in the Paducah, Kentucky, paper. Thirty-five years later, four of those "girls" reunite to cruise the river again. This time it's on the luxury steamboat, The Belle of Natchez, and there's no publicity. This time, when they reach New Orleans, they'll give the river the ashes of a fifth rafter-beautiful Margaret ("Baby") Ballou. Revered for her powerful female characters, here Lee Smith tells a brilliantly authoritative story of how college pals who grew up in an era when they were still called "girls" have negotiated life as "women." Harriet Holding is a hesitant teacher who has never married (she can't explain why, even to herself). Courtney Gray struggles to step away from her Southern Living-style life. Catherine Wilson, a sculptor, is suffocating in her happy third marriage. Anna Todd is a world-famous romance novelist escaping her own tragedies through her fiction. And finally there is Baby, the girl they come to bury-along with their memories of her rebellions and betrayals. THE LAST GIRLS is wonderful reading. It's also wonderfully revealing of women's lives-of the idea of romance, of the relevance of past to present, of memory and desire.

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