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As a person who has studied and lived in and around Harvard Square, I found the dialogue and characters to be unrealistic. Prachtig geschreven This is as fine a contemporary tale of blind devotion and betrayal as you ll find at bookstores or in your local library that s where I found it, anyway.Claire Marvel is a great read with a capital G Just writing about it makes me want to read it again, but I can t, at least not right now, because I have to reread another book in preparation for my next review I will however, read a brief passage in an audioclip on this blog, so you can hear John Burnham Schwartz s prose It will make you want to surf on over to BarnesandNoble.com I only plug Barnes Noble because they allow our writing group to meet there twice a month for free I remember feeling breathless at times, reading this novel The main character, Julian, is passionate and intelligent and sensitive and a Ph.D candidate at Harvard, and do men really get much better than that on paper Schwartz s writing liberally and lyrically surges and retrenches with Julian s moods, allowing us to see and feel what he does I had a couple quick intakes of breath after reading certain passages It had been months since I d read anything that well written, and his craft startled me at times, much like having the wind knocked out of my lungs.In the opening scene Julian is on campus, headed to see a professor, when a cloudburst traps him in front of a museum, where he shares an umbrella the color of buttercups with a beautiful, enigmatic woman named Claire Marvel How s that for a character name Immediately I thought of the old Hollies song, Bus Stop, wondering whether Schwartz heard it as a kid, too, stuffed it into his gray matter, then retrieved it for this book Bus stop, wet day, she s there, I say Please share my umbrella Bus stop, bus goes, she stays, love grows Under my umbrella All that summer we enjoyed itWind and rain and shineThat umbrella, we employed itBy August, she was mineClaire is lovely and mysterious, the kind of woman all women wish we were but aren t At the book s opening, it s pouring rain a torrent but she s still stunning, alluring, only slightly soggy, and sexy as hell Though he s soaked to the skin, the reader feels Julian s naked want, seething, turning to steam under his drenched clothing.I wanted to intensely dislike her right away.However, the author is just too clever by half He allows us in Julian s head with dispatch, so we begin to feel for her what he feels within the first five pages.Claire is one of those women few men can figure out, and some die trying Unpredictable, temporal, and ethereally beautiful, Claire is like a watercolor in a rainstorm She is the watercolor in the rainstorm in Cambridge when she and Julian meet.She s that stunning painting of a person one never forgets and to whom every other person will be compared thereafter because they were the first The first truly beautiful consuming thing we experience when our neural paths are barely trafficked and so remain with us always.Though how one makes it as far as a doctoral program at Harvard without being deeply affected by beauty, I ll never know.That s part of why we like Julian He is gentle and reaches out to people around him and not just beautiful women He has a tender friendship with quirky old lady on his block, to name one, but there are others.Maybe I appreciated the book so much I read it a weekend because I can relate to Julian Not because I have summered in Europe I haven t What Julian wants most will never be within his reach Some of the emotional contortions I underwent while reading Claire Marvel arose from Julian s failure to obtain what I felt he deserved And I m not talking about wealth or fame Just happiness, contentness Simply being adored by the object of one s adoration.I don t want to spoil the plot for you because it is rich and surprising, the kind of story in which dramatic irony is meted out with such cruelty, you not only know there s a sovereign power, but one who likes to move us around like chess pieces for sport.If you want to see how soft and absorbent Puffs Plus really are, then read Claire Marvel It s good for youif cleaning out your tear ducts is a healthy thing Just make sure you have your opiate of choice on hand chocolate, gummi bears, Little Debbie s creme filled oatmeal cakes.A handsome husband works well, too. i got from this book than i d expected at first there was nostalgia to hold onto, of cafe pamplona and casablanca and the fogg where i did meet someone that changed everything yes, this was all very labial, as my boyfriend put it, but i enjoyed living through these moments and recalling these places nonetheless and i even relished schwartz s portrait of the relationship between professors and student, master and slave it almost made up for the time i d felt used, to know this was a tradition but the problem with claire marvel was claire marvel she was never credible, nothing to hold onto, she was just a shadow the author so loved this metaphor and she never came to life on the page, even as i know people who remind me of her and perhaps the problem is that schwartz was too ambitious, to attempt to capture someone who couldn t be, to make tangible someone eternally ephemeral without her, this is a strong coming of age story, but with her, this is a mediocre attempt at light. I didn t necessarily like the story, however I loved Schwartz s writing The character of Claire was a bit too much to believe in, but I found I was rooting for these two crazy kids Another reader s review of the book was Story of an unnecessary love obsession I might have thought that about this book had I not just come off the heels of reading Love in the Time of Cholera, and I found this love story 20 times palatable than that one Forgive me, Mr Marquez A few year s back I read Jonathan Burnham Schwartz s devastating novel Reservation Road and was really impressed So I was really looking forward to reading Claire Marvel The book s opening lines There was before her and now there is after her and that is the difference in my life promised great things but I m not sure Schwartz actually delivers.The book is narrated by Julian Rose, a grad student at Harvard who meets and falls immediately in love with Claire Marvel during a rainstorm The book traces their relationship through all the requisite romantic obstacles and I suppose I can fairly say that the only thing that prevents this book from being totally been there, done that is the quality of Schwartz s prose.As Julian chases and abandons and chases and abandons the love of his life we are never really certain of her and, in fact, even though the book is named after her we really come to know very little about Claire as a person.Members of my book club loved this book but I found it somehow unsatisfying. I thought this was a love story but it was of a tragedy It s really a book about not being able to let someone go, even if they have chosen to be with someone else Really, let go and move on Een boek dat ik nooit gelezen zou hebben als mijn moeder Claire hoe toepasselijk er niet was geweest Afkomstig van haar stapel boeken op haar nachtkastje toen ze overleed Daarom een verrassing, wat een mooi boek Mooi verhaal en mooi geschreven Dank je wel Mam voor dit boek. If you are the author, please stop reading Suffice it to say, I don t think you re a bad person or a bad writer, but I did not like this book and was not kind to it Please turn back now.If you re looking for an honest, if ornery, opinion about this book, I say what a waste of time.SPOILERS Claire Marvel is an art student whose father is diagnosed with cancer not long after she meets Julian Rose She goes to France and her father dies She marries someone else Claire has an affair with Julian She gets pregnant, miscarries a couple times, leaves her husband and it s believed she kills herself.ANOTHER SPOILER it was an accident, she was totally gonna get her act together and get back together with the nice guy.That s really most of what we learn about Claire in this book, named for her But she s a illusion chased by a butterfly catcher, when in fact it is she who should have been the narrator of this tepid tale of banality.NOT A SPOILER But then we could not have been shocked with the reveal that this is just the cruel hand that fate deals us I was so angry when I finished this book.I need to stop reading contemporary books that go for cheap thrills. `FREE E-PUB ↿ Claire Marvel ☟ A Young Man And Woman Meet, Love Each Other, And Are Consumed It S A Story As Old As Romance Itself, But In This Enthralling Novel John Burnham Schwartz Tells It With Heart Stopping New Immediacy In The Middle Of A Rainstorm Julian Rose, A Self Effacing Harvard Graduate Student, Takes Refuge Beneath A Girl S Yellow Umbrella The Girl, The Woman, Is Claire Marvel, Lovely, Mercurial, Mired In Family Tragedy She Is The Last Person Someone Like Julian Should Fall In Love With But He Does What Ensues Is A Great And Difficult Passion Strewn With Obstacles Not Least Those Arising From Claire And Julian S Disparate Characters And As These Young People Find And Lose Each Other, Then Seek Each Other Anew, Schwartz Places Romantic Love Within An Entire Continuum Of Attachments That Require The Full Reserves Of Our Openness And Courage