Turtle Diary

Turtle Diary

eBook - 2013
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"Life in a city can be atomizing, isolating. And it certainly is for William G. and Neaera H., the strangers at the center of Russell Hoban's surprisingly heartwarming novel Turtle Diary. William, a clerk at a used-book store, lives in a rooming house after a divorce that has left him without home or family. Neaera is a successful writer of children's books, who, in her own estimation, "looks like the sort of spinster who doesn't keep cats and is not a vegetarian. Looks...like a man's woman who hasn't got a man." Entirely unknown to each other, they are both drawn to the turtle tank at the London zoo with "minds full of turtle thoughts," wondering how the turtles might be freed. And then comes the day when Neaera walks into William's bookstore, and together they form an unlikely partnership to make what seemed a crazy dream become a reality"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781590176474
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Park, Ed 1970-
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SFPL_danielay Nov 15, 2016

A melancholy but ultimately hopeful novel about 2 strangers who decide to free some sea turtles from the London zoo. Beautiful language and astute observations of life in a large city make this a book that you want to re-read again as soon as you have finished.

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toby1kenobi
Aug 18, 2013

Turtle Diary is one of those rare books that exposes the sublime through the mundane. Blending wit with a profound melancholy in a delicate balance that leaves you wondering whether life has indeed "come to this." Despite being written decades ago, it feels contemporary. Sad and beautiful.

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toby1kenobi
Aug 18, 2013

Turtle Diary is one of those rare books that exposes the sublime through the mundane. Blending wit with a profound melancholy in a delicate balance that leaves you wondering whether life has indeed "come to this." Despite being written decades ago, it feels contemporary. Sad and beautiful.

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