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A wonderful gift
The Gift - Cecelia Ahern
Member Name: katyj10
The Gift - Cecelia Ahern
Advantages: Unusual storyline
Disadvantages: Wanted it to go on a bit longer!
This is a review of the 2009 book 'The Gift' by Cecelia Ahern. Did you ever ned to be in two places at one time or wish you were somewhere else? In this book, Cecelia Ahern explores that possibility and the pros and cons that would come with it. As a reader you need to extend your disbelief and wonder at the miracle at Christmas.
The story follows workaholic (and womaniser) Lou Suffern and his high powered job in Dublin. A homeless man, Gabriel enters his life and changes it forever. Gabe taps into the softer side of Lou and draws him in until their lives are almost interchangeable.
Along side Lou's story is another story which is unfolding in 'real time' at the police station. A young boy is arrested at Christmas for chucking a turkey through his dad's window. He's upset at his dad playing happy families with his new wife and not him and his mum. Police officer Raphie tries to teach him a gentle lesson by telling him an epic story while they wait for his mum to turn up and rescue him.
This book really reminded me of several other stories, firstly, 'the cable guy' as Gabe's ever present and ability to be everywhere that Lou is, meddling in his life comes across as slightly spooky at times. Secondly, the Christmas Tale as Lou sees himself in client entertainment mode and is able to give himself some advice later on about listening more and not being too overpowering. Thirdly, the 'Time Travellers Wife' as Lou finds out how to multi task with the help of Gabe.
Lou is a quite nasty character and you rarely get to see his good side. It is there though, albeit deeply buried. He is known for being competitive at work, to the detriment of his colleagues, and also for getting off with other women at work and even the nanny at home. His loving wife and two children put up with his ways but it causes a lot of upset.
Gabe is a mysterious character and is always looking out for Lou and he tries to give him helpful advice but it often falls on deaf ears.
The themes covered by this book are work, family, relationships, infidelity, love, deception, temptation, competition, and self realisation.
The ending of this book was spectacular and unexpected but obviously I'm not going to give it away, you'll have to read it yourself. I guessed what turned out to be an alternative ending (i.e i was wrong!) earlier on in the book but I wasn't disappointed by the actual ending.
I loved reading this book and tore through it, only pausing to sleep in between the beginning and the end. Whilst it reminded me of the above, it really was original and unlike anything else I've ever read. The underpinning Christmas time makes the story more magical and somehow, believable.
I would recommend this book as a fantastic read and am awarding it top marks for being an entertaining, different and unique read which kept me page turning over a couple of days. I will continue to seek out further books by the same author.
Summary: Want to be in more than one place at one time? Talk to Gabe