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2.5 What a puzzling book I found it on a reading list recommending contemporary Canadian fiction and while it is fairly contemporary 2005 , at least compared to some of my other reads, and it is certainly Canadian, I am not sure why it received a lot of praise and recommendations Some of the writing was beautiful and quite poetic, but I could not stand any of the main characters, who were a group of not quite grown up early twenty somethings who all left their families to live in a shared 2.5 What a puzzling book I found it on a reading list recommending contemporary Canadian fiction and while it is fairly contemporary 2005 , at least compared to some of my other reads, and it is certainly Canadian, I am not sure why it received a lot of praise and recommendations Some of the writing was beautiful and quite poetic, but I could not stand any of the main characters, who were a group of not quite grown up early twenty somethings who all left their families to live in a shared house I could understand some of their issues, I could even relate to some of them after all I was an early twenty something in 2005 but most of the time I just wanted to tell them to grow up As for the other characters, the parents, the siblings, the friends, they too all seemed to be broken in some way I m not criticising the book for that I get that this is part of the book s message that we all long for something as the title implies but does every scene in the book have to be so dour Is it not quite cliche enough for a Canadian literary novel to mention all sort of Toronto street names Does it also have to be really slow paced Don t get me wrong, there were some interesting aspects in the book, too, like what it means to grow up in a minority community or try and live on the fringes of society or what it is like to be a refugee or immigrant, but those aspects were not developed enough to make the book work for me WHAT WAS THAT Seriously I hate when a book ends and I want to throw it across the room This book claims to be about a boy named Quy who was lost when his family was escaping Vietnam It is 30ish years later in Toronto and, as the back cover states, the tension surrounding Quy s arrival mounts, and leads to a violent, unexpected encounter that will alter forever the lives of basically all the rest of the characters Quite frankly there is no tension until page 298 and this book is WHAT WAS THAT Seriously I hate when a book ends and I want to throw it across the room This book claims to be about a boy named Quy who was lost when his family was escaping Vietnam It is 30ish years later in Toronto and, as the back cover states, the tension surrounding Quy s arrival mounts, and leads to a violent, unexpected encounter that will alter forever the lives of basically all the rest of the characters Quite frankly there is no tension until page 298 and this book is only 318 pages long And then, get this, the book ENDS with said violent, unexpected encounter, and I, as the reader, actually have no idea how this alters the lives of the people I spent over 300 pages reading about The book wasn t bad, it was actually kind of interesting, but most of it is about Quy s younger sister who was born after the family minus Quy made it to Canada and her three friends And then, nothing The four characters whose lives are followed throughout, who matter to the reader, suddenly don t matter at all It s kind of like Follow these four young people as they try to navigate life They have troubles, things are hard Care about them Wait a minute, Quy is home Oh crap this bad thing happened And The End Yep That s the book This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here All I can say is this was highly disappointing and a case where I should ve listened to the reviews The writing about the city and the mix of cultures races of a group of friends in Canada was really interesting and well done and probably made up my favorite parts of the book However, Tuyen s attention to Carla got pretty creepy at times Yes, she was in love, but Carla kept telling her she wasn t gay and sounded practically asexual aromantic and yet Tuyen kept doing things like taking advan All I can say is this was highly disappointing and a case where I should ve listened to the reviews The writing about the city and the mix of cultures races of a group of friends in Canada was really interesting and well done and probably made up my favorite parts of the book However, Tuyen s attention to Carla got pretty creepy at times Yes, she was in love, but Carla kept telling her she wasn t gay and sounded practically asexual aromantic and yet Tuyen kept doing things like taking advantage of when Carla was drunk to cuddle in bed It isn t rape level, but it was creepy and made me really uncomfortable to read Tuyen s parts when her original pining had been so lyrically written in the first chapters.Otherwise, the ending was very disappointing I m not against open endings, but nothing was answered Did Quy die Did Oku finally move on with his life and get over Jackie Did Tuyen move on from Carla and how did her art go Did Carla finally move on with her life We never find out It just ends, like the author got bored and quit there All we know is Jamal should ve stayed in jail, and Carla drinks coffee and thinks about going back to her apartment with Tuyen working on her sculpture In the end, it left a bitter taste in my mouth that I had cared about these characters, read on about them and the author was so careless with them and just left all their stories untold It could ve been so much Highly overrated Serious lack of character development left me cold. Didn t like this book much There wasn t very much to the plot and I felt myself relieved when each section ended I felt there was a lot that I could have connected with in a few of the characters but I was prevented from doing so by my hatred of them Linda or Martha or whatever her name was was a bike messenger and for a while near the beginning I wanted to bike through the streets of Toronto with her But by the end, I hated her as much as the other characters I can t remember what the guy Didn t like this book much There wasn t very much to the plot and I felt myself relieved when each section ended I felt there was a lot that I could have connected with in a few of the characters but I was prevented from doing so by my hatred of them Linda or Martha or whatever her name was was a bike messenger and for a while near the beginning I wanted to bike through the streets of Toronto with her But by the end, I hated her as much as the other characters I can t remember what the guy s name was, but I liked him for a while because he loved Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman but at the end I hated him too I didn t care for the tone of the story either I didn t like the G20 Quebec City riot scene, I didn t like the back story of how all the friends met and actually didn t like anything about this book Was I supposed to feel pity for them Because I didn t Maybe I m just an old grampa and have nothing in common with the youth of today, but I really wanted to smack them kids upside the heads with me walking stick Anonymity is the big lie of a city You aren t anonymous at all You re common, really, common like so many pebbles, so many specks of dirt, so many atoms of materiality What floats in the air on a subway train like this is chance People stand or sit with the thin magnetic film of their life wrapped around them They think they re safe, but they know they re not Any minute you can crash into someone else s life, and if you re lucky, it s good, it s like walking on light Perhaps the best th Anonymity is the big lie of a city You aren t anonymous at all You re common, really, common like so many pebbles, so many specks of dirt, so many atoms of materiality What floats in the air on a subway train like this is chance People stand or sit with the thin magnetic film of their life wrapped around them They think they re safe, but they know they re not Any minute you can crash into someone else s life, and if you re lucky, it s good, it s like walking on light Perhaps the best thing about this book is that Brand makes the city of Toronto one of the characters, and I love it when authors do that A pretty common theme love, and the myriad ways it manifests Or perhaps I should say unrequited love Description is Brand s strength in this novel I thought the dialog was contrived at times Overall, a good read What I liked the gorgeous prose, the visceral sense of Toronto the city, the vivid depictions of Tuyen s art installations, the descriptions of the black dance clubs of Toronto in the 60s and 70s.What I didn t like the pacing, the contrived coincidence of the ending when two plot lines converged.And the book also made me wonder most of the parents of the twenty somethings the book follows moved to Toronto to give their children a better life And I wonder how many of them would have felt th What I liked the gorgeous prose, the visceral sense of Toronto the city, the vivid depictions of Tuyen s art installations, the descriptions of the black dance clubs of Toronto in the 60s and 70s.What I didn t like the pacing, the contrived coincidence of the ending when two plot lines converged.And the book also made me wonder most of the parents of the twenty somethings the book follows moved to Toronto to give their children a better life And I wonder how many of them would have felt they were actually living their best life Anyway, Brand is a poet with an excellent sense of space and setting, and that clearly shines through here But the characters themselves left me kinda cold *Free Epub ⇚ Wonach sich alle sehnen ↞ Dionne Brand delves into uncharted aspects of urban life, the bittersweetness of youth, and secrets families try to hide Tuyen is an aspiring artist and the daughter of Vietnamese parents who ve never recovered from losing one of their children while in the rush to flee Vietnam in the s She rejects her immigrant family s hard won lifestyle, and instead lives in a rundown apartment with friends each of whom is grappling with their own familial complexities and heartache Tuyen s lost brother who has since become a criminal in the Thai underworld journeys to Toronto to find his long lost family As Quy s arrival nears, tensions build, friendships are tested, and an unexpected encounter will forever alter the lives of Tuyen and her friends Gripping at times, heartrending at others, What We All Long For is an ode to a generation of longing and identity, and to the rhythms and pulses of a city and its burgeoning, questioning youth Friendly Fire (Jonathan Grave the bittersweetness of youth A Necessary Evil (Sam Wyndham and secrets families try to hide Tuyen is an aspiring artist and the daughter of Vietnamese parents who ve never recovered from losing one of their children while in the rush to flee Vietnam in the s She rejects her immigrant family s hard won lifestyle To Hold (The Dumont Diaries, and instead lives in a rundown apartment with friends each of whom is grappling with their own familial complexities and heartache Tuyen s lost brother who has since become a criminal in the Thai underworld journeys to Toronto to find his long lost family As Quy s arrival nears The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe tensions build Murphys Ambush friendships are tested Ecotarian Diet and an unexpected encounter will forever alter the lives of Tuyen and her friends Gripping at times Dust Devil heartrending at others Synowie Kaina, córy Lilith... Rzecz o wampirach w fantasy What We All Long For is an ode to a generation of longing and identity Follow Me to Zion and to the rhythms and pulses of a city and its burgeoning Melancholia questioning youth This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I liked this book somewhat, but it was the main character Tuyen who I didn t like out of everything I found Oku and when I read the last part that had him, I was upset that it was a chapter that talked about Jackie s parentsthan him Jackie and Carlainteresting than her Yes they all suffered because of their parents, but those three actually suffered and did their best to deal with it Tuyen on the other hand is a lazy, manipulative, hypocritical 20 something year old She s lazy I liked this book somewhat, but it was the main character Tuyen who I didn t like out of everything I found Oku and when I read the last part that had him, I was upset that it was a chapter that talked about Jackie s parentsthan him Jackie and Carlainteresting than her Yes they all suffered because of their parents, but those three actually suffered and did their best to deal with it Tuyen on the other hand is a lazy, manipulative, hypocritical 20 something year old She s lazy because as she is living on her own trying to be an artist which everyone knows is very hard to do and she has no job at all and doesn t plan on getting one, so what does she do to cover her obvious money problems Well the answer leads to the manipulative part of her, as from when she was a child and she made her parents get whatever she wanted, during the novel she goes to her parents home to get her mother to give her money, which also leads to her being a hypocrite While her friends try to actually keep away from their parents 100%, if Tuyen is running short on cash or is hungry, she goes home to get either things sometimes her brother Binh actually brings her food , and yet she wants to stay away from her family so badly because she feels like they are suffocating her when she was living there before So yeah, she is a hypocrite through and through, if she wants to stay away from her family then she should completely stay away in all aspects like Jackie and Carla do, Oku does break away later on from his father as part of his character development Also what really upsets me about Tuyen is how throughout the novel the reader finds out that she has a crush on Carla, and Carla knows this but is not a lesbian Carla has stated many times that she is not interested but this doesn t stop Tuyen from trying to manipulate her friend into finding the lesbian side of herself, so she Tuyen can finally have sex with her crush and claim her Carla as her own It s like she doesn t care for Carla s feelings at all, even though she does care about Carla s feelings But why she doesn t understand her crush completely is because as stated in the beginning, all four friends never revealed anything about their lives with their family So Tuyen does not know why during the novel Carla is not interest in sex and distant, but that doesn t stop her from trying to seduce Carla when she should be respecting her boundaries It s only at the end after finally breaking free from what binds her that the reader gets the sense that Carla will open up to Tuyen, but god throughout the whole novel it s like someone should spray Tuyen with a hose to cool her off.Aside from that factor the book is decent, the way Brand uses language to describe the feeling of the city, the people, and everything in between is amazing Like I said Oku, Jackie and Carla are great characters, but because the story focuseson Tuyen the reader does not get ain depth look like they do with Tuyen and her brother Quy While we do see them develop and move past their problems the story is about Tuyen s family and that s what we have to look at a lot.Overall good story, most characters are great, main character is mehand the ending is meh as well Though I love the language and now I m interested in readingof Brand s work A disappointingly uneven portrait of contemporary Toronto The story follows the interlocking lives of four twenty something second generation and traces their daily interactions with an undercurrent of their alienation from their parents.It s well enough written, but doesn t feel real at any level The title comes from a question that Tuyen, one of the main characters, asks of shoppers when she s behind the counter and that one scene illustrates both what s right and wrong about the book The A disappointingly uneven portrait of contemporary Toronto The story follows the interlocking lives of four twenty something second generation and traces their daily interactions with an undercurrent of their alienation from their parents.It s well enough written, but doesn t feel real at any level The title comes from a question that Tuyen, one of the main characters, asks of shoppers when she s behind the counter and that one scene illustrates both what s right and wrong about the book The feel of the shop, of the neighbourhood and of the shoppers is perfect but the words that come out of the character s mouths ring totally false There s nothing about the way they talk or they way they think that actually feels like they re from the right generation or the right place Throughout the story there are moments that work perfectly surrounded by dialogue that sounds like nothing any real person would actually say Another character, Carla, the Italian Jamaican with the dead mother and the delinquent brother, has a fabulous memory of being a child in a cheap apartment that is a perfect description of how childhood memories feel But then we hear her thoughts about identity and about her brother and her friends and the artificiality jumps to the forefront again