We Are All Made Of Glue

We Are All Made Of Glue Marina Lewycka
  • Title: We Are All Made Of Glue
  • Author: Marina Lewycka
  • ISBN: 9781905490226
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • We Are All Made Of Glue Marina Lewycka We Are All Made Of Glue Georgie Sinclair s life is coming unstuck Her husband s left her Her son s obsessed with the End of the World And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related Or so the hospital
    Georgie Sinclair s life is coming unstuck Her husband s left her Her son s obsessed with the End of the World And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related.Or so the hospital informs her when Mrs Shapiro has an accident and names Georgie next of kin This, however, is not a case of a quick ward visit Mrs Shapiro has a large rickety house full oGeorgie Sinclair s life is coming unstuck Her husband s left her Her son s obsessed with the End of the World And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related.Or so the hospital informs her when Mrs Shapiro has an accident and names Georgie next of kin This, however, is not a case of a quick ward visit Mrs Shapiro has a large rickety house full of stinky cats that needs looking after and that a pair of estate agents seem intent on swindling from her Plus there are the Uselesses trying to repair it uselessly Then there s the social worker who wants to put her in a nursing home Not to mention some letters that point to a mysterious, painful past.As Georgie tries her best to put Mrs Shapiro s life back together, somehow she must stop her own from falling apart.
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    About Marina Lewycka


    1. Marina Lewycka is a British novelist of Ukrainian origin, currently living in Sheffield, England.Lewycka was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany after World War II Her family then moved to England where she now lives She was educated at Keele University and works as a lecturer in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University.In addition to her fiction, Lewycka has written a number of books giving practical advice for carers of elderly people, published by the charity Age Concern.


    318 Comments


    1. Too little of too many things, and not enough substance, nor worthwhile humor It s a quick read, but there are just too many elements in the plot theme for any one to be addressed at depth Glue is presented as the central metaphor in this story Most of the chapter titles highlight this Uses of superglue, Adhesives around the home, A gummy smile, The right glue for the materials, The adhesion consultant, and so on but it s not clear why glue in particular is thematically important, except to the [...]

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    2. What a decidedly odd book.How many novels, after all, attempt to cover the falling apart of a suburban marriage youthful religious fundamentalism and the coming apocalypse relations between Israelis and Palestinians and the properties of various glues Unfortunately none of these elements really work in of themselves, and certainly don t combine together well as a whole.Firstly, the marriage break up The book opens with the narrator and her husband separating From then on she shapes her life with [...]

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    3. I am still in two minds about this I have heard and read good things about her previous work, but this was merely ordinary An easy bed time read with a plot with enough holes in it to make it sieve like The main character Georgina has a marraige that is falling apart after he left when G threw hot milk in his face becasue he refused to put up a toothbrush holder , a son drifting into religious extremism via the internet, an elderly woman round the corner who seems to have adpoted her and a job w [...]

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    4. Here be spoilers And swearing AND ALL CAPS 1 There are too many plot lines to keep track of By the time Stella, Pectoral Pete and Ottoline the Well Endowed, or whatever the fuck her name was, were mentioned for a second time, I had long since forgotten who they were.2 What is with the words used in this book There s a part early in the book about Georgie s son using the internet too much what seas was he travelling , she wonders he says to her something like I m a cyberchild or I m a hypertext k [...]

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    5. I think Marina Lewycka has surpassed herself this time with We Are All Made of Glue I ve never enjoyed myself so much reading any novel, until this one What I really mean is I ve never laughed so much and at the same time flipped pages at the same time.Georgie Sinclair has just broken up with her hunky husband Rip He s tall, heavily built, with broad shoulders but a too big head, but still gorgeous to Georgie In fact most of the men she meets throughout this book are of that ilk the wickedly del [...]

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    6. A few chapters in I found myself wondering whether Marina Lewycka might have the ultimate perfect writing style the way she gets in and out of a sentence with just the right number of words, never over writes, ends her sections long before they have a chance to get boring, and adds just the right amount of humour to keep it bouncing along The perfect balance In this novel we find the familiar Eastern European elderly persons axis, as well as a kaleidoscope of additional themes ranging from Arthu [...]

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    7. 4.5 stars, absolutely loved and adored this book Knocked down half a star because I would have liked to see talking between Georgie and her husband at the end of the book.Now if you will excuse me, I need to pick up and read every other book written by this author

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    8. If you ve enjoyed either or both of Marina Lewycka s previous novels A Short History Of Tractors In Ukranian and Two Caravans the first several chapters of this one will have you thinking She s lost it.We Are All Made Of Glue, which like her previous books are set in contemporary England, is bogged down from the beginning in a series of cliches The narrator, middle aged Georgina Georgie Sinclair, sees the end of her marriage with her husband, Rip, following a minor domestic dispute She wanted hi [...]

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    9. Lewycka s third novel is something of a mess If her second novel was unpleasant and inconsistent than the generally delightful A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, then We Are All Made of Glue is a wildly overstuffed and messily organised collection of events loosely tied together by a thoroughly unsympathetic heroine We Are All Made of Glue tries to be everything at once, including flighty chick lit Lewycka has gone from including me in her audience to severely reducing it to the genre fa [...]

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    10. Georgie Sinclair is in her 40 s Her smug husband, Rip, has left her for his progressive projects Her son, Ben, spends his life in cyberspace, obsessed with Armageddon Her daughter is away at college Other than writing for the adhesive publications, hence the title, Georgie doesn t have much of a life Until she meets Mrs Shapiro, her eccentric neighbour, when she throws all of Rip s belongings into the skip Naomi Shapiro seems to be a bag lady with a trolley, obsessively collecting other people s [...]

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    11. A wonderful story blending history and modern life together, highlighting the glue that bonds both together.Georgie is having marriage problems and while trying to work through her own issues meets the lovable Mrs Shapiro rooting around in the skip she has ordered to throw out all her husband s things.So starts a tempestuous and eccentric friendship between the two that teaches both values and an insight into the other s life.When Mrs Shapiro ends up in hospital its upto Georgie to keep things g [...]

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    12. Two stars seemed unnecessarily harsh, so I ve gone for three This is quite an odd book On the face of it, quite a cheery romp through the end of a marriage, and an unlikely friendship with an eccentric old woman However, there are sub themes of Middle Eastern history and politics and religious cults all bound together with the metaphor of glue I read it willingly enough, but at the same time, I rather wanted to get it over with so I could get on with something worthwhile.

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    13. I was enjoying this for a while but I gradually lost interest I struggled to finish it in the end as there seemed a lot of references to Palestine etc which just suddenly came in Some parts just seemed rather pointless and didn t really say much or add to the story as a whole Very mixed.

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    14. Eines steht fest Marina Lewycka kann schreiben, durchweg am sant, selbstironisch, mit einem Blick f r s Detail beispielsweise ihre Beschreibung der D bel Abteilung im Baumarkt Die D bel wirkten au erirdisch, gruselig, mit ihren knubbeligen Plastikpanzern, ihren komplizierten Farben und Nummern Spreiz D bel, Kipp D bel, Hohlraum D bel, Holzd bel Es macht Spass, Georgie Sinclairs chaotisch gewordenem Leben zu folgen, nachdem ihr Mann sie wegen eines nichtangebrachten Zahnb rstenhalters verlassen h [...]

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    15. I really enjoyed A Short History of Tractors so I was really looking forward to this one Unfortunately it didn t really do anything for me.There are quite a few themes in here but nothing is allowed to take centre stage and provide focus for the novel.So, Georgia is a 40 something woman who has recently separated from her husband who befriends an elderly neighbour who lives in a large yet rundown house.The book focuses on evil estate agents and social services trying to con the old lady out of t [...]

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    16. I gave this an 8 10 or 4 stars I ve read several books by Marina Lewycka and she has the ability to pull together a story that has humour at it s heart It s a thought provoking read though and perfect for reading groups with so many things that can be discussed.I loved the relationship that developed between Georgie and her newly found relative Mrs Shapiro The relationship between them both was hilarious at times Tasked with looking after the Mrs Shapiro s house, Georgie is keen to find out abo [...]

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    17. This is exactly the sort of book I usually love Certainly I really enjoyed Marina Lewycka s previous two novels However, while I thought the writing was good and characterisation excellent, I was often irritated by it I found the novel rather too long, and some parts of the story were quite irritating However overall, this is a very readable novel, with some engaging characters and highly entertaining moments, I just didn t enjoy it quite as much as the previous two novels.Georgie s husband has [...]

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    18. Relationships are like glue, some bonding forever, some at one time bonded now disintegrating, some on the verge of bonding, some lost forever We all have them.Georgie Sinclair has a tiff with her husband Rip and throws his stuff out,that is how she meets Naomi Shapiro browsing through the old vinyl records Naomi, old, crazy, living in a filthy house,in true Lewycka style strikes a friendship with Georgie which leads Georgie to Ali and Chaim as well as to the very unscrupulous Social worker Good [...]

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    19. I found this book very amusing and the characters well worth meeting During a period of domestic crisis, Georgie really needs a friend and confidant Instead she becomes the reluctant care provider for an older, eccentric German immigrant Naomi Shapiro, or possibly Ella Wetzeler who is quite a character, vacillating between being open and supportive to being jaded and selfish Eventually, Mrs Shapiro s house, a tumbling down mansion in a great London location brings a number of other characters on [...]

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    20. Really a mixed bag On one level, an entertaining story of a woman in England trying to get her life back together while helping an elderly woman keep her home together I enjoyed that story, even though it wasn t the best writing ever and not as enjoyable as Lewycka s Two Caravans However, on a different level the book is about Israel and the Palestinians, with a dose of the Holocaust thrown in These two parts didn t mesh well together I also took exception to Lewycka s tone, which I found to be [...]

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    21. Now, if anyone s interested in reading Marina Lewycka, a piece of unrequested advice stick to A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and probably Two Caravans I haven t read the latter but I listened to the author reading from talking about it and it seems pretty interesting.As for this one, the glue holding together the way too many characters and subplots is the thing this book needs most, despite the author s constant references to it.

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    22. Plus a bit of a star Well written and a comforting angle to some uncomfortable topics The author has packed in some interesting takes on a whole lot of subjects WWII, Irish troubles, Israel Palestine, old age, teenage, middle age, housing with some parallels drawn but not overdone A light touch I can see from other reviews that a lot of readers were disappointed but not sure what they are demanding I enjoyed sharing the few hectic months with the protagonist that offered life changing potential [...]

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    23. I love Marina Lewycka s work She has this way of enticing me with a raucously funny story and it s only as I read that I discover the book is built on thoughtful social and political foundations I had a few spooky moments in this book where the themes we both write about and the way we write about them seemed to overlap with one another But that only made me curious to dive into the story.

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    24. This was by far my favourite of her three books a nice, funny read with the usual cast of endearing and eccentric characters but a serious theme underneath Thought the glue theme was a tad superfluous really, but not to the detriment of the book And the cast of cats was as wonderful as the people

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    25. Some serious issues lie behind this quirky comedy I m not sure how well it all works.

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    26. I m not sure this entirely merits the three stars, but it s one of those books whose inadequacies aren t apparent until close to the end so I enjoyed it for most of the ride I liked the author s voice, and unlike some readers, I had no problem with Naomi s accent in fact it made me laugh because it was SO spot on compared to old ladies of that ilk whom I ve met in real life It was only at the end, when I discovered she d lived in England since she was just fourteen, that it suddenly rang false I [...]

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    27. I found this book to be both hilarious and endearing Mrs Shapiro is sharp, witty, stubborn and represents all the things we do in order to keep the ones we love The cast of the Sinclair house are equally entertaining, as are the feline companions wandering around Canaan House The house is the character, like an old, maiden aunt, who drives forward all the plot Mr Ali and his band of Uselesses are comic relief along with providing a learning point about the conflict in Palestine and Israel Mr Sha [...]

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    28. The main character Georgie s elderly neighbor, Naomi, was humorous and charming, and I enjoyed this book at first when Georgie was dealing with Naomi s housing issues.But Georgie s pelvis started to glow whenever she encountered hot men, and when the author started to juggle this mommy s porn and political issues involving the Jews and Palestinians, I completely lost interest.Yet, I could have given 4 stars if the author had managed to explore the political issues.Georgie said, I just smile, bec [...]

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    29. I ve now read the first three books by this author and I suspect this will be my last Tractors in Ukranian was great, Two Caravans worth reading, but this was to me a dissatisfying and depressing read The setting is dismal, with no escape from the awful scenes in London faced by the uninspiring protagonist with her miserable existence At times I was filled with a Kafkaesque dread.Attempts to glue the book together by constant references to different aspects of the science of glue itself seemed l [...]

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    30. Oh dear, I really enjoyed Marina Lewycka s first two books especially Two Caravans but this one not quite so much Lewycka is a very humane writer and one without pretension she writes as she feels I certainly liked the message of the interconnectedness of humanity that underlines this work But the means of delivering the message the plot did seem a little contrived at times Still, the story does contains of real warmth and a few chuckles along the way Not a bad book, just not her best so far.

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