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So Much for That By Lionel Shriver So Much for That Shep Knacker has long saved for the Afterlife an idyllic retreat in the Third World where his nest egg can last forever Exasperated that his wife Glynis has concocted endless excuses why it s never

  • Title: So Much for That
  • Author: Lionel Shriver
  • ISBN: 9780061458583
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Hardcover
  • So Much for That By Lionel Shriver Shep Knacker has long saved for the Afterlife, an idyllic retreat in the Third World where his nest egg can last forever Exasperated that his wife, Glynis, has concocted endless excuses why it s never the right time to go, Shep finally announces he s leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her Yet Glynis has some news of her own she s deathly ill Shep numblyShep Knacker has long saved for the Afterlife, an idyllic retreat in the Third World where his nest egg can last forever Exasperated that his wife, Glynis, has concocted endless excuses why it s never the right time to go, Shep finally announces he s leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her Yet Glynis has some news of her own she s deathly ill Shep numbly puts his dream aside, while his nest egg is steadily devastated by staggering bills that their health insurance only partially covers Astonishingly, illness not only strains their marriage but saves it.From acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Lionel Shriver comes a searing, ruthlessly honest novel Brimming with unexpected tenderness and dry humor, it presses the question How much is one life worth
    So Much for That By Lionel Shriver

    So much for Idioms by The Free Dictionary so much for someone or something Someone or something is no longer relevant, feasible, or worth consideration A The mechanic said the entire engine needs to be replaced B Well, so much for our road trip The new CEO lasted less than a week before he was fired for improper conduct. So Much For Definition of So Much For by Merriam Webster Definition of so much for informal used to say that everything that can be said about or done with something or someone has been said or done Well, so much for that idea We ll have to look for a better solution used to say that something has ended Well, it s raining So much for our perfect weather. SO MUCH FOR STH meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary so much for sth definition used to express disappointment at the fact that a situation is not as you thought it was Learn . So much for definition and meaning Collins English Nov , So much for is used to indicate that you have finished talking about a subject. So much for that Idioms by The Free Dictionary so much for that Said when one becomes resigned to the fact or idea that something has failed or is no longer reliable or useful A It was a good plan, but it didn t work B Well, so much for that Let s go back to the drawing board, I suppose. So Much for the Election Landslide WSJ So Much for the Election Landslide Trump confounds the pollsters again as the presidential race goes to the wire Potomac Watch Right now the race is Donald Trump vs Joe Biden. So Much for the Afterglow So Much for the Afterglow is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Everclear, released on October , It contained the singles Everything to Everyone , I Will Buy You a New Life , Father of Mine , So Much for the Afterglow, and One Hit Wonder. So Much for That by Lionel Shriver So Much For That is about Shep who has been saving all his life so he can retire early to run away to a place where people bask in the sun and live on a dollar per day and he is now ready to go And then his wife goes and spoils it all by saying something stupid like I have cancer. Letter So much for customer service VailDaily Nov , Letter So much for customer service Opinion Opinion I understand, in the midst of a pandemic, Vail Resorts is in uncharted territory and is trying to make the ski season work I do not understand their lack of basic customer service at this time when there are so many questions about their new reservation system Holders of

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    1. B the BookAddict on said:

      A powerful novel with some pretty tough issues cancer, FD familial dysautonomia , suicide and the health care system in America Although that all sounds pretty bleak, remember Lionel Shriver usually does offer a mostly sober read That is not to say the novel is all bleak it is not While the book is mostly dialogue, it is really strong dialogue from all characters, a couple of the characters do possess a very satiric attitude and that makes for some humorous reading A long novel with some 534 pag [...]

    2. Will Byrnes on said:

      Lionel Shriver has written a very grown up story that deals with serious subjects in a serious way Shepherd Knacker has been saving all his life for what he calls the Afterlife, retirement to some sort of desert isle, away from the world in which he must work in order to finance his dream But his plans hit a snag when his wife, Glynis, is diagnosed with a particularly virulent strain of cancer His best friend, Jackson, has a teenage child with a rare genetic disease and the clear prospect of an [...]

    3. Jennifer (aka EM) on said:

      Left it at p 46 and turned my attention to something else, thinking it was maybe my mood influencing the strong negative reaction I was having Alas, no Abandoned at p 66 Those last twenty pages contained hyperbole, overblown language, pontificating and exposition than I could stomach This is the speech Glynis makes to her husband, Shep, after a medical appointment during which she s learned that asbestos is likely the cause of her cancer asbestos her husband most likely brought home to her You [...]

    4. Kinga on said:

      Oh, how I wanted to like this book How I wanted to like Lionel Shriver Alas, Lionel Shriver is not a very likeable writer So Much For That is about Shep who has been saving all his life so he can retire early to run away to a place where people bask in the sun and live on a dollar per day and he is now ready to go And then his wife goes and spoils it all by saying something stupid like I have cancer So rather than living on a dollar a day, they live on a few thousand a day covering all the medic [...]

    5. Alecia on said:

      There are parts of this book that I would actually rate no than 2 stars Sometimes the writing gets overwrought, awkward, and has the characters thinking or talking about the healthcare system or other issues in a preachy, pedantic way But, in the end, the powerful writing and subject matter of the book impelled me to give it 4 stars which, as one can see by my list, I do not give easily If you want to read a gifted writer describe how it is to be a terminally ill patient, a husband caretaker or [...]

    6. Leo Robertson on said:

      POW POWPOW Holy shit, this book I guess I m not all that surprised at my reversal of star rating from 2 to 5 Last I attempted this I was having existential crises twice a week, in the air space between Stavanger and London, while drinking too much, in the winter, alone On a plane I should point out I have never personally achieved flight So when it came to a book about death and taxes, I had NIL emotional capacity This left me in the most dangerous state of all when trying to read a novel being [...]

    7. Elyse on said:

      This is a book everyone could be talking about The story is fiction, with compelling characters, yet the parts about the health care system is a decent representation of what is going on in this country today.Parts of this book was difficult to read yet impossible to put down with many tender at moments at times, too mixed with dry humor.It deals with marriage, illness, intimacy, shocking loss, friendships, family dynamics, disillusionment, betrayal, a range of emotions, love, death, choicesc.On [...]

    8. Judith on said:

      What a compelling story this is I picked it up late last night and couldn t put it down till I fell asleep at 3 a.m Then got up and couldn t do anything till I finished the book The hero of this book is a hardworking long suffering everyman whose lifelong dream to get away from it all is about to be realized After scrimping and saving his whole life he finally has the funds and the guts to leave New York with his wife and son and move to a tropical island where he hopes to live the simple life T [...]

    9. Denise on said:

      Fictionalized account of lived experience of life threatening and chronic illness within America s health system At the risk of leaving nothing to inference the author has made some of the dialogues monologue on health care somewhat overbearing and put on At times this can be irritating But I have to say that the issues are real, the character s situations seem real and the fault in health care are wide The upbeat ending makes for a fairytale which few are fortunate to experience Thoroughly enjo [...]

    10. Wanda on said:

      Shriver has produced a disquieting book, but for me ultimately satisfying There are so many inter related issues swirling around in it that it s hard to get a grip on any one thing But I ll try to share some of my thoughts.Number one, I m so grateful to live in a country where a life threatening illness won t bankrupt me Not to say that there are no expenses involved, but certainly not the bloodletting that happens in the United States Yes, I m Canadian and I will be staying here, thankyouverymu [...]

    11. Joe on said:

      I stayed up past midnight to finish the book, which tells you how much I cared about these characters And I keep dwelling on the messages in the book today, namely What would I do if a family member got sick What would I want my friends and family to do if I got sick What is the proper relationship between healthcare and a functioning, moral society The novel appears to start off as a jeremiad, and maybe even just a vehicle for a political opinion, but launches from there to something much bigge [...]

    12. Sheryl Sorrentino on said:

      Lionel Shriver is one of a small handful of authors whose work I consistently love no matter how far one novel might stray from the next In So Much for That, Shriver takes on midlife malaise, mesothelioma and the medical industry and make no mistake, U.S health care is all about industry Her prose is scathing, angry, and unfailingly witty I can see why certain other reviewers hated this book it is admittedly depressing Shriver s characters are all unlikeable in one way or other, and at times unb [...]

    13. Kate on said:

      I have truly loved Lionel Shriver s past novels, but now wonder if she isn t a lot like the hand walking queer that character in Beaches who does all kinds of freak circus tricks to wow the crowds on the boardwalk or that friend you make on the first day of school who you have to shrug off in mid October because they have become so annoying and demanding So shrill So showy So longwinded I would tell my Mom NOT to invite her for another play date.So Much For That details two families slow painful [...]

    14. Carol on said:

      Shepherd Knacker is a protagonist after my own heart, the kind of guy who works hard, pays his bills, pays a lot of his relatives bills, takes care of his family and defers his dreams He wants to escape the rat race but his wife is diagnosed with cancer and he needs his health insurance Or does he The book is unsparing and clear about issues needing discussing, including, just how much health insurance and Medicare do NOT pay for, and, just how oncology gives patients awful treatments that only [...]

    15. Nancy on said:

      Let me say up front, I am not recommending this book to anyone I am not sure I exactly liked it, and I m not sure who would be up for perhaps the most oxymoronic book I ve read in awhile a truly depressing page turner Add in that the ending is perhaps unearned, the author can tend toward polemic, pretty much none of the characters are likeable, andah It s a flawed book But there s a lot it gets right How alone each person is when someone in a family gets cancer How all of us dream of taking our [...]

    16. Karen on said:

      I am shocked by the accolades this book has received There were parts of the book that were enjoyable and surprising, particularly the ending, but reading this novel was immensely painful, primarily because almost all of the characters were unlikeable, self pitying, cynical, self absorbed, and simply unbearable I realize that to some degree this was the point the characters are supposed to be human and flawed but their extreme lack of empathy for others actually made them seem like caricatures, [...]

    17. Britta Böhler on said:

      Before I read this book I never would have thought that a rare cancer and an even rater genetic disorder plus the ins and outs of the US American health insurance system would make for a moving, witty and engaging novel But they do.

    18. Ian Mapp on said:

      Think this is my book of the year.I loved it the characterisation, story, social commentary and wit that can only be described as Acerbic.Shep is a great character He has done everything by the book in his life starting his own business, looking after family which is extended beyond his kids and parents to even his sister a rock, who pays for everything.Through selling his own business and soul, by working for the man he sold to he has amassed a tidy sum to pay for his retirement in his early 50 [...]

    19. Cait Poytress on said:

      I don t think Shriver meant to describe her own book with the following passage, but she did Remember how sometimes, in the middle, a movie seems to drag I get restless, and take a leak, or go for popcorn But sometimes, the last part, it heats up, and then right before the credits one of us starts to cry well , then you forget about the crummy middle, don t you YOu don t care about the fact that it started slow, or had some plot twist along the way that didn t scan Because it moved you, because [...]

    20. Thomas Edmund on said:

      Shriver is the absolute master of clich.I say this not because I believe she is some hack, or indeed is a writer of clich But, based on her hard hitting We Need to Talk About Kevin, and her latest So Much for That I see Shriver as able to manipulate clich , stereotype and formula to make something much much meaningful.The story begins with rich in money but not life Sheppard Knack, preparing to up and leave his home for a life less complicated in a 3rd world country His plans derail in the wors [...]

    21. Kirsty on said:

      There is much divided opinion about Shriver s So Much for That As in her most well known book, We Need To Talk About Kevin, the book s prose is highly stylised, and one can spot her distinctive writing from the outset Within So Much for That, Shriver demonstrates just how versatile she is as an author this effort is markedly different to the aforementioned, but it is just as compelling throughout.Many issues of importance are tackled here, but the one which rises above everything else is the hea [...]

    22. David Harris on said:

      This novel highlights the barbaric and unsustainable system of health insurance in the US It s long and the text is dense, so it takes a bit of discipline to get through it But it s well worth it.

    23. Tim on said:

      Lionel Shriver s novel So Much for That successfully negotiates the tightrope walk of graphically, realistically presenting the horror of fatal disease but not allowing the book to be a complete downer It s nice work.Shriver tends not to bother avoiding overkill in her stories, and she doesn t here Her characters get on their soap boxes, trading barbs and banter and scathing diatribes about whatever bee the author has in her bonnet at the moment I have no problem with opinions and indictments of [...]

    24. Angela on said:

      Like Shriver s previous novel, The Post Birthday World, the end result often doesn t change based on our actions it s the journey there that allows us to subtly impose our own will In So Much For That, she s tackled modern health care, and despite a lot of polemic ranting that caused me to put the book down for a few days around page 75 and read something else, rallies by the end to produce one of the honest and powerful books about terminal disease I ve ever read Shep is the responsible, done [...]

    25. Aleeda on said:

      I am so glad I finished 2010 with this book rather than starting 2011 finishing it For me it was one long, rant An eloquent rant, but tiresome after the first 100 pages The main focus of the rant is healthcare in the country, and I would be the first, from firsthand experience, to agree with many of the arguments Still, I have personally found that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.Shep has finally reached an enviable position he has enough money, and foresight in plannin [...]

    26. Jamie Bradway on said:

      I didn t earn the right to claim that this book is horrible I did earn the right to say that the first third is, though I can t go on.Except for Shep, the characters in this novel are loathsome, nasty people Glynis, Shep s wife and cancer patient, is weaponized, revealing her disease to friends and family in the ways that will hurt them the deepest And reveling in the pain she causes I can only believe that the author is deliberately challenging my compassion can I bring to the surface sympathy [...]

    27. Marty on said:

      I think Lionel Shriver is a fantastic writer We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Post Birthday World are two of my favorite books This one, while still good, just isn t great.The book is about the American health care system and how much it sucks There are four medical crises in the novel, each of which cause total destruction to families finances despite the fact that all of the sick people actually have health insurance Now, when I m reading it being a liberal and all , Shriver is preaching to [...]

    28. Verity Finch on said:

      There are two reasons I read this book 1 I devoured We Need to Talk About Kevin, and was desperate to sample of this writers work to see if I liked her as much as I thought I did.2 I already had a copy of the book on my shelf waiting for me after Waterstones had seen me an unbound proof to review last year Oops, naughty me for not getting round to it for a year Without these two reasons I doubt I d have ever picked this book up The plot line is depressing, to say the least As I have now come to [...]

    29. M on said:

      This is one of those books where you feel bad that you opened it, because it seems like all kinds of heinous things happen to the people inside as soon as you do.The word I would use to describe this book is brutal Shriver holds no punches, nor do her characters, in delving into the gritty and often uncomfortable details of everything from cancer to health insurance to surgery gone wrong.In graphic detail and at times exhaustively so, Shriver portrays two couples who struggle with a close relati [...]

    30. Rachael Preston on said:

      Goodness, what a lot of words I picked this book up because I enjoyed We Need to Talk About Kevin A lot There was a tension, a suspense, in that book that was sorely missing here It s good writing, and in a lot of ways the book reminded me of Jonathan Franzen, in its inclusiveness, and the author s desire to have a say on every position on every issue politics, healthcare, the environment that people get impassioned about But it wasn t Franzen, if you know what I mean It was too much Too many wo [...]

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