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  • Tangerine
  • Christine Mangan
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  • 02 June 2019
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Tangerine Free download õ 105 O life in Morocco too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat Lucy always fearless and independent helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn Then Alice’s husband John goes missing and Alice star. Tangerine is one of the worst books I ve ever read in my life and it s definitely the worst book I ve read this year This is one of the most poorly written novels that I ve ever encountered It s painful to get through the horrible prose The plot is straight out of a Lifetime movie with no surprises or twists The characters aren t fleshed out or believable And the way Christine Mangan writes about Morocco and its people is problematicThe novel is set in 1956 in Tangier Morocco Alice is a young wife recently moved to Tangier with her husband She s overwhelmed by the city and how different it is from her home in England She s taken to staying in and avoiding everyone Then one day her former best friend from Bennington College in Vermont shows up on her doorstep Alice hasn t seen Lucy since a fateful accident They didn t part on good terms But Lucy seems to have put it all behind her and wants them to resume their extremely close relationship Lucy gets Alice to venture out into the city But the old toxic nature of their relationship is creeping back in and soon everyone is in danger The story is told alternating between Lucy and Alice s first person narrationThe story hinges on the relationship between Lucy and Alice but I never bought it This is down to the fact that Mangan doesn t follow the writing maxim to show not tell We re just told that they were dependent on each other and obsessed with one another in college and we re supposed to buy it None of it rings true I didn t believe any of the relationships in this book Alice s husband John is a horrible boor and there s no glimmer of what made him appealing beforewhy Alice would have married him He s given no redeeming ualities no humanity He s a one note caricature Lucy is very annoying Alice is an uninspired character This book is rife with idiotic inexplicable and unbelievable behavior The villain is cartoonish an over the top psychopath complete with an evil laugh It s all very ridiculousMangan and her editor have never heard the adage kill your darlings If something can be said in five words Mangan will say it in thirty five She s constantly repeating herself She over explains things providing us with unnecessary details about things that can be assumed or left unsaid So much of what s conveyed is irrelevant We have to hear some uninteresting scenes recounted by both Alice and Lucy The telling of things twice doesn t add any texture or interest to the story It s boring The sentences are too long and are awkwardly phrased Many paragraphs are just two sentences long because of their length Mangan uses commas where they shouldn t be as if she likes how 10 commas in one sentence looks on the page Here s an example He let out a short laugh and attempting it seemed to lighten his tone though his words were still short and clipped said I don t know why you even bothered to call me in here it doesn t seem as if you need my assistance Phrases like it seemed I noticed and I thought are inserted into descriptions unnecessarily throughout And the dialogue is bad people don t talk like that Tangerine is replete with filler including the blank pages in between chapters It seems as though they were just trying to get the page count up The characters ruminate on words their definitions and using the right words in a pretentious manner Here s an exampleCovet It was a peculiar word One I tended to associate with long dull lectures on Hawthorne and other early American writers from the Purtian age I had to look it up once as part of an essay I had been forced to write in school What I found was to desire wrongfully inordinately or without due regard for the rights of others There were other definitions More words different words although all of them meant the same thing But it was that first part that had stayed with me to desire wrongfullyIt struck me as strangely beautiful and yet frighteningly accurate This book is riddled with clich s It s the kind of book with lines like distance was all that was needed to dispel the ghosts of my past Too many things are compared to the stifling air of Tangier there are too many similes comparing the mood in a room to said air In one paragraph Mangan writes of the hot unforgiving sun In the very next paragraph she writes of the hot brilliant sun of Morocco Get a thesaurus and stop being so redundantToo many elements of this novel are implausible unbelievable and don t add up Alice s age for example She started college at seventeen and went for four years It s been over a year since she left college That should make at least twenty one but instead she s only twenty so she can still be under the guardianship of her aunt who controls her trust fund It irks me when the timeline of a story is off When an English major is discussing Wuthering Heights she says They Heathcliff and Cathy can be difficult for even the most ardent of admirers Perhaps that s why Emily only ever published one novel Emily Bront only wrote one novel because she died a year after it was published An English major and lifelong reader professing her love of the Bront s would know that I believe there are anachronisms in the novel s handling of lesbianism Two men on two separate occasions upon first meeting women from Bennington College say they ve heard funny things about the girls at Bennington implying lesbianism It doesn t ring true as something that would be said when first meeting a lady in the 1950s There are also multiple references to a woman s wearing pants and a blouse making her seem like a lesbian By 1956 women were definitely wearing pants Everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Grace Kelly to Audrey Hepburn could be seen wearing trousers And speaking of lesbians view spoilerDid Alice and Lucy sleep together or not I m tired of stories being coy and cagey about lesbianism Especially when said lesbianism is integral to the plot We don t even know how Alice felt about the one documented kiss and oddly the kiss is never mentioned again We know Lucy s in love with Alice but we never know if Alice is attracted to her or in love with her which makes zero sense since so much of the novel is inside Alice s head I did NOT appreciate the lesbian as an obsessive psycho trope Really Lucy is a man hating lesbian who murders the object of her affection s male paramours in a rage of unreuited love It s like 10 steps back for representation hide spoiler If You Give a Mouse an iPhone year This is one of the most poorly written novels that I ve ever encountered It s painful to get through the horrible prose The plot is straight out of a Lifetime movie with no surprises or twists The characters aren t fleshed out or believable And the way Christine Mangan writes about Morocco and its people is problematicThe novel is set in 1956 in Tangier Morocco Alice is a El roto young wife recently moved to Tangier with her husband She s overwhelmed by the city and how different it is from her home in England She s taken to staying in and avoiding everyone Then one day her former best friend from Bennington College in Vermont shows up on her doorstep Alice hasn t seen Lucy since a fateful accident They didn t part on good terms But Lucy seems to have put it all behind her and wants them to resume their extremely close relationship Lucy gets Alice to venture out into the city But the old toxic nature of their relationship is creeping back in and soon everyone is in danger The story is told alternating between Lucy and Alice s first person narrationThe story hinges on the relationship between Lucy and Alice but I never bought it This is down to the fact that Mangan doesn t follow the writing maxim to show not tell We re just told that they were dependent on each other and obsessed with one another in college and we re supposed to buy it None of it rings true I didn t believe any of the relationships in this book Alice s husband John is a horrible boor and there s no glimmer of what made him appealing beforewhy Alice would have married him He s given no redeeming ualities no humanity He s a one note caricature Lucy is very annoying Alice is an uninspired character This book is rife with idiotic inexplicable and unbelievable behavior The villain is cartoonish an over the top psychopath complete with an evil laugh It s all very ridiculousMangan and her editor have never heard the adage kill Ablak zsiráf Képes gyermeklexikon you even bothered to call me in here it doesn t seem as if Simply Drums you need my assistance Phrases like it seemed I noticed and I thought are inserted into descriptions unnecessarily throughout And the dialogue is bad people don t talk like that Tangerine is replete with filler including the blank pages in between chapters It seems as though they were just trying to get the page count up The characters ruminate on words their definitions and using the right words in a pretentious manner Here s an exampleCovet It was a peculiar word One I tended to associate with long dull lectures on Hawthorne and other early American writers from the Purtian age I had to look it up once as part of an essay I had been forced to write in school What I found was to desire wrongfully inordinately or without due regard for the rights of others There were other definitions More words different words although all of them meant the same thing But it was that first part that had stayed with me to desire wrongfullyIt struck me as strangely beautiful and Harleys Angels yet frighteningly accurate This book is riddled with clich s It s the kind of book with lines like distance was all that was needed to dispel the ghosts of my past Too many things are compared to the stifling air of Tangier there are too many similes comparing the mood in a room to said air In one paragraph Mangan writes of the hot unforgiving sun In the very next paragraph she writes of the hot brilliant sun of Morocco Get a thesaurus and stop being so redundantToo many elements of this novel are implausible unbelievable and don t add up Alice s age for example She started college at seventeen and went for four Agent Sellar years It s been over a The Improvement of Psycho Analysis year since she left college That should make at least twenty one but instead she s only twenty so she can still be under the guardianship of her aunt who controls her trust fund It irks me when the timeline of a story is off When an English major is discussing Wuthering Heights she says They Heathcliff and Cathy can be difficult for even the most ardent of admirers Perhaps that s why Emily only ever published one novel Emily Bront only wrote one novel because she died a Brians Destruction year after it was published An English major and lifelong reader professing her love of the Bront s would know that I believe there are anachronisms in the novel s handling of lesbianism Two men on two separate occasions upon first meeting women from Bennington College say they ve heard funny things about the girls at Bennington implying lesbianism It doesn t ring true as something that would be said when first meeting a lady in the 1950s There are also multiple references to a woman s wearing pants and a blouse making her seem like a lesbian By 1956 women were definitely wearing pants Everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Grace Kelly to Audrey Hepburn could be seen wearing trousers And speaking of lesbians view spoilerDid Alice and Lucy sleep together or not I m tired of stories being coy and cagey about lesbianism Especially when said lesbianism is integral to the plot We don t even know how Alice felt about the one documented kiss and oddly the kiss is never mentioned again We know Lucy s in love with Alice but we never know if Alice is attracted to her or in love with her which makes zero sense since so much of the novel is inside Alice s head I did NOT appreciate the lesbian as an obsessive psycho trope Really Lucy is a man hating lesbian who murders the object of her affection s male paramours in a rage of unreuited love It s like 10 steps back for representation hide spoiler

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Tangerine Free download õ 105 The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason After the accident at Bennington the two friends once inseparable roommates haven’t spoken in over a year But there Lucy was trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms Perhaps Alice should be happy She has not adjusted t. Christine Mangan writes a deliciously warped and menacing piece of historical fiction set amidst the sweltering and sweat ridden heat of Tangier in Morocco This is a twisted psychological thriller narrated from the point of view of the nervously anxious and isolated Alice Shipley recently married to John and her once close friend Lucy Mason Alice and Lucy women from different ends of the social and economic strata were room mates at Bennington College in Vermont whose relationship fractured after an incident on a dark and stormy night Since then there has been no communication between them The narrative is relayed from the perspective of Alice and Lucy both unreliable narrators in this creepy tale of love obsession deception fading dreams and revenge The location is a character in its own right as Mangan evokes an atmospheric and detailed sense of place people geography history and periodAlice is trapped in her home afraid of venturing out in Tangier whilst her husband John is in his element She is caught unawares when Lucy turns up A confident Lucy pushes Alice into exploring the city its people and its vibrant markets However there is the inescapable feelings of things that matter not being talked about but hovering below the radar ominously The two women have markedly different recollections of that night in Vermont It is not long before Alice feels a crushing feeling of unease in the company of Lucy feeling pushed into corners in her life and manipulated John disappears which heightens Alice s frayed nerves wondering if her mind is failing her or if Lucy is the source of her travailsMangan writes a compelling and twisted novel full of intrigue with chilling undercurrents of friendships and relationships moving into toxic territory amidst a background of an exotic Tangier and Morocco There are times when the writing does feel a little uneven on occasion nevertheless this book weaves a beguiling and unsettling spell as we wonder just how it will all unfold although we are rock solid certain all will not end well A bitter beautifully written story of murky relationships that succeeded in keeping my attention with ease which I recommend to those who have a penchant for the twisted Many thanks to Little Brown for an ARC The Utter Zoo Alphabet year But there Lucy was trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms Perhaps Alice should be happy She has not adjusted t. Christine Mangan writes a deliciously warped and menacing piece of historical fiction set amidst the sweltering and sweat ridden heat of Tangier in Morocco This is a twisted psychological thriller narrated from the point of view of the nervously anxious and isolated Alice Shipley recently married to John and her once close friend Lucy Mason Alice and Lucy women from different ends of the social and economic strata were room mates at Bennington College in Vermont whose relationship fractured after an incident on a dark and stormy night Since then there has been no communication between them The narrative is relayed from the perspective of Alice and Lucy both unreliable narrators in this creepy tale of love obsession deception fading dreams and revenge The location is a character in its own right as Mangan evokes an atmospheric and detailed sense of place people geography history and periodAlice is trapped in her home afraid of venturing out in Tangier whilst her husband John is in his element She is caught unawares when Lucy turns up A confident Lucy pushes Alice into exploring the city its people and its vibrant markets However there is the inescapable feelings of things that matter not being talked about but hovering below the radar ominously The two women have markedly different recollections of that night in Vermont It is not long before Alice feels a crushing feeling of unease in the company of Lucy feeling pushed into corners in her life and manipulated John disappears which heightens Alice s frayed nerves wondering if her mind is failing her or if Lucy is the source of her travailsMangan writes a compelling and twisted novel full of intrigue with chilling undercurrents of friendships and relationships moving into toxic territory amidst a background of an exotic Tangier and Morocco There are times when the writing does feel a little uneven on occasion nevertheless this book weaves a beguiling and unsettling spell as we wonder just how it will all unfold although we are rock solid certain all will not end well A bitter beautifully written story of murky relationships that succeeded in keeping my attention with ease which I recommend to those who have a penchant for the twisted Many thanks to Little Brown for an ARC

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Tangerine Free download õ 105 Ts to uestion everything around her her relationship with her enigmatic friend her decision to ever come to Tangier and her very own state of mind Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book a debut so tightly wound so replete with exotic imagery and charm so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship it will leave you absolutely breathle. Severely underbaked There is nothing substantive about Christine Mangan s debut novel Tangerine The two protagonists who recount the story in alternating chapters authors please stop with the indistinguishable dual POVs are ghosts of far fascinating characters found in a Daphne du Maurier or Shirley Jackson novel Described by Mangan her setting of Tangier is less exotic port city perched on the Strait of Gibraltar and movie set on a second rate studio s Hollywood lot And the plot well there s not much to say here because there isn t oneFor a psychological thriller thrilling moments are hard to find In the opening pages we are warned of a terrible tragedy that occurred one year ago and are promised an even terrible tragedy to come Don t be fooled This foreshadowing is just as hollow as Mangan s characters plot and settingIf you re searching for female friendship gaslighting and a foreign backdrop read Delphine de Vigan s Based on a True Story instead