1. Thanks for linking back to the other reviews! I had read them when they originally came up in my Google Reader but forgotten them.

    I guess perhaps because I was warned that this book was “irreverent” and I had recently been burned by a modern book that had more and worse language than I would have thought, this one didn’t seem as bad as I had thought it would be. I knew she was coming from a very secular, non-conservative, “postmodern” viewpoint, so her voice and opinions wouldn’t be the same as mine or most people I know. I didn’t like the less than linear style of story-telling, either — I kept frequently getting mixed up about where they were and what book this particular site was in.

    When she talked in the end about all this beginning more or less after her mother died, it seemed to me she was connecting her search for “Laura world” with something elusive or nostalgic she missed with her mother’s loss, with that same sense of “nothing is quite the same and never will be again.” But then maybe I am reading more into it than was there.

    This was kind of a hard review to write — I still keep thinking of things I should have added. I would normally have let it sit and simmer for a few days, but wanted to get it done before the end of the reading challenge.

  2. I’m still in the middle of this one. I have some similar thoughts but perhaps not as negative a reaction. I can’t believe that she didn’t start this as a book writing project. I’m sure she really is that obsessed with Laura, but I also think she thought of the idea as a writing project. That doesn’t really matter but it colors my view a bit.

    My other thoughts are all along the lines of fictional vs. real characters and how much it really matters to know the “truth”. In some ways I think the Laura of the books is just as important as the real Laura. I haven’t really fleshed out these thoughts. I may post a review of my own when I’m finished.

  3. Amy

    Barbara–Yes, it did seem to me like she was searching for something with her mother’s death. I think that’s what I meant by “existential quest.” I DID enjoy the details, I just didn’t like the overall tone or style of the book.

    I, too, felt like she must’ve started her travels with an end in mind. It seems too contrived otherwise, especially knowing she was a writer to begin with.

  4. Well, I think this sounds interesting, though likely a bit annoying, to read. I suspect it is one that I wouldn’t want to own, but the insights would be worth the read. Thank you!

  5. Interesting – as a fellow LIW fan, I must read this. But, as a Christian and LIW purist, I’m sure (from 3 reviews I’ve now read) that parts of it will really grate at me as well. Somehow, profanity in any degree and a LIW book just don’t seem to mix. I enjoyed your thoughts!

  6. I agree with everything you say here. I thought McClure layered a rather crass modern sensibility over all things Laura. But like you, I kept reading for the vicarious road trip.

    I also agree with Barbara about wishing I’d added various things — mostly qualifiers — after I posted my review. Oh well. :-/

  7. Ok, now that I’ve read it for myself and wrote my own review, I hopped back over to read your thoughts. I agree with you almost completely and whole heartedly. I also didn’t know about the 2005 Disney movie. I didn’t have a tv, didn’t watch many movies and had just gotten married that year! So…I guess I missed that but now I’m sure curious!

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