Jodi Picoult Leaving Time


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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes the novella Larger Than Life Throughout her blockbuster career, Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet—a book unlike anything she’s written before.   For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.   Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.   As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Praise for Leaving Time   “Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core.”—The Boston Globe   “Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss.”—The Washington Post   “A riveting drama.”—Us Weekly   “[A] moving tale.”—People   “A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.”—USA Today   “In Jenna, [Jodi] Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet.”—Bookreporter   “[A] captivating and emotional story.”—BookPage   “With plenty of twists and a surprising ending, [Leaving Time] explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on.”—Woman’s Day   “A moving and emotional story.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   “A truly engaging read . . . Full of the deep characters and multilayered story lines that have earned [Picoult] a spot in many readers’ hearts.”—Library Journal   “Delivers a powerhouse ending.”—Booklist   “Memorable and poignant.”—Publishers Weekly

Leider überhaupt nicht mein Fall :( Besonders das Ende hat mich leider sehr enttäuschend...

— lizzie123
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  • Save the elephants!

    Leaving Time


    13. January 2017 um 00:58

    This book was very different from anything I had read by Jodi Picoult before and unfortunately it didn’t convince me. I started reading this book because the story sounded interesting, I like Jodi Picoult as an author in general and the cover looked good, too. Unfortunately, the story was very different from what I expected.The story is told from four perspectives: Jenna’s, Alice’s, Serenity’s and Virgil’s. I personally didn't like most of Alice’s parts because she mainly talked about her elephant research. Some of these stories were interesting but most of them bored me. In the Author’s Note, Jodi Picoult speaks up for the protection of elephants and says she hopes that her novel “is an awareness of the cognitive and emotional intelligence of these beautiful animals”. Yes, it definitely is and I find it important to protect these animals, too. However, if she wanted to write a story with elephants as a main focus, I think she chose the wrong approach. For me the contrast between these dry, scientific parts and Serenity’s supernatural parts was too big. In the blurb, there isn't even a mention of elephants and that's why I didn't expect the elephants to be such a big part of the novel. I was interested in Jenna’s story and wanted her to find Alice instead of reading Alice’s endless stories about elephants. Granted, Jodi Picoult has a great style of writing and managed to correlate these stories to human relationships or even use them as metaphors for Alice’s and Jenna’s.I liked Jenna as a main character, her feelings were understandable and - especially for her age - she is a tough and very brave girl. Serenity was definitely an interesting character and as a psychic she made a big contrast to Alice, the scientist. In the beginning I had a hard time finding Alice nice but as the story went on, I learned to understand and like her. Virgil was also an interesting character and even though I didn't know what to think about him in the beginning he developed to be a likeable man who regrets his old mistakes and is determined to make them right. The insight in the character’s thoughts and the perspective changes were one of the few things I liked about the book.The ending was very surprising and in my opinion, surprisingly bad. I won’t explain further, as I don’t want to spoil but the supernatural part in the end didn’t appeal to me because many things didn’t seem logical to me.All-in-all:Too much science, too much supernatural, not enough balance these extremes.Of all books I read by Jodi Picoult, I liked this one the least. I’m afraid I wouldn’t recommend this book. If you want to read it anyway, I would love to hear your opinion on the story!

  • Jodi Picoult nicht ganz at her best...

    Leaving Time


    21. June 2015 um 18:37

    Ich habe fast alle bisher veröffentlichten Romane von Jodi Picoult gelesen und fand die meisten davon sehr gut bis ausgezeichnet. Insbesondere "Sing you home", "House Rules" und "Handle with Care" fand ich wahnsinnig berührend und gut geschrieben. Es gab aber auch schon Bücher von ihr, die mich weniger überzeugt haben, darunter "The Storyteller" und "Harvesting the Heart". Auch von "Leaving Time", bin ich, ehrlich gesagt, enttäuscht. Ich erwartete wieder einmal einen spannenden Roman, aufgrund der Beschreibung auch Krimi-Elemente, die mir eigentlich ganz gut gefallen, wenn sie in eine berührende Familiengeschichte gepackt werden. Aus mehreren Gründen fand ich die Lektüre dieses Buches dann aber doch eher anstrengend. In dem Buch geht es um die dreizehnjährige Jenna, deren Mutter das Verhalten von Elefanten erforschte und zehn Jahre zuvor spurlos verschwand. Darum wimmelt es in dem Roman auch von Fachwissen über Elefanten, wann immer aus Alice' Perspektive erzählt wird. Ich finde es ja schön, wenn Romane so gehalten werden, dass man als Leser auch etwas Wissen mitnehmen kann, aber hier hat Picoult eindeutig übertrieben. Ich mag Elefanten gerne, wie ich alle Tiere gern habe, aber ich fühlte mich erschlagen von all den ins Buch gepackten Fakten. Ich empfand diese detaillierten Beschreibungen über das Verhalten der grauen Riesen eher als "Seitenfüller" denn als wirklich anregend. Wie Fans von Picoult wissen, hat sie schon in mehrere ihrer Bücher übernatürliche Elemente eingebaut, darunter "Keeping Faith" (etwas zu dick aufgetragen" und "Second Glance" (sehr ergreifend; eines meiner Lieblingsbücher von Picoult). Doch in "Leaving Time" gefiel mir das Übernatürliche weniger gut, da es mir das lang erwartete Ende gewissermaßen verdarb. Ich gehöre nicht zu jenen Lesern, die sich gerne "hinters Licht führen" lassen, das hat mich auch schon bei Lionel Shrivers "Big Brother" gestört. Auch in "Leaving Time" fand ich die Auflösung leider ganz schön enttäuschend und bequem... man erhofft sich dann ja doch eine logisch nachvollziehbare Erklärung, die man aber leider nicht bekommt. Mir haben auch die Metaphern, die Picoult in diesem Buch verwendet, weniger gut gefallen. Vielleicht bin ich aber nach so vielen Romanen der Autorin schon ein wenig "Picoult-müde" und sollte eine kleine Pause bis zu meinem nächsten Buch der Autorin einlegen. Insgesamt gesehen ist die Lektüre von "Leaving Time" sicherlich keine Zeitverschwendung, da das Buch durchaus fesselnde Momente hat und der Schreibstil insgesamt wie immer sehr gut gelungen ist. Dennoch finde ich, dass es eher zu Picoults "schwächeren" Werken zählt.

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