srijeda, 1. ožujka 2017.

Review/recenzija: Judith McNaught: Remember When/ Sjećaš li se...



Recenzija na hrvatskom nalazi se ispod recenzije na engleskom ❤


If you've been following this blog, you may remember how the last novel by Judith McNaught left me all happy and amazed. A few months ago I was writing about Something Wonderful, so it was time for me to find yet another novel by this author. My expectations were high, because so far, Judith never left me disappointed. Until Remember When.




Diana Foster is engaged. She is to be married, until one day she finds out not only did her fiancee find another woman, he married her. She read about his nuptials in a magazine. He didn't even tell her.
Cole Harrison reads the same news and cannot believe something like that could happen to Diana. She was always nice, polite and loving. She didn't deserve to be treated like that. But then again, neither did he deserve things that are happening to him...
But what if their difficulties are actually a circumstance that could help both of them? Cole approaches Diana with an idea so crazy that it could actually work. Foster's Beautiful Living magazine and Coles business empire are both at risk and the only way to save them could be for the two of them to get married. 
Will the two of them say "I do" for the sake of everything they have been working for for their whole lives?


Similar description to the one I just wrote can be found on Goodreads, and it is what this novel 'is about'.  However, I have a question about it: why is it that we have to read more than half of the book (and the book has 418 pages!) to get to that story?
It all sounds so interesting, this thing between Diana and Cole, but before they even unite and the real love story emerges, I had to put up with more than 200 pages of what? An introduction into their lives? 
It's a pretty cute story about Foster family that McNaught have created, but why is it so important for the relationship between Diana and Cole? Honestly, I can't see its relevance, and therefore, for me it was unnecessary (read: boring). It looked like the author loved Fosters so much she forgot they are not the center characters of this novel. We (because we were promised a romance story) weren't her for Fosters, we were here for Diana and Cole.
So when they, in fact, start their relationship, it's all squeezed into the rest of the 200 pages. We have the first 50% of the novel with all the setting and no plot, and then we get the next 50% with all the plot, but  with no possibility to relate with the characters. Their love story got lost between dozen of other problems they had to work out first. There are no moments of emotional intimacy between the two of them so I couldn't take their 'love' seriously. Where is the romantic (interior) conflict of this novel? What scenes describe the rising action and the main (emotional) climax? 
The name of the novel, Remember When, was probably aiming to relate the young Diana and Cole with their older selves, to remind about what they had before. But what was that? It certainly wasn't love. 


The more I try to look at this book from different perspective, the more difficult it gets. I'd love if some of you, who absolutely loved this novel, to share with me your opinion about the first half of it. I'm not saying the first half of the book shouldn't exist, I'm merely asking why do you think it's so extensive? Why so long?

I'm a fan of Judith McNaught and have read many of her books, so I have to ask, Judith, ummm, what happened to this one? You left me with a bitter taste in my mouth.

What about you? Do you love it? No?


Rose 😘






Romani Judith McNaught na našim policama više nisu nikakva novost. Autorica je već odavno osvojila svoju publiku i to ponajprije povijesno-ljubavnim romanima u nakladi Mozaik knjige, tako da je Sjećaš li se... određena vrsta novosti- prvi njezin prevedeni roman smješten u suvremerno doba.


Dianu Foster ostavlja zaručnik tako da oženi drugu, što ona saznaje tek kad vijest o njegovom braku i njezinoj sramoti osvane u novinama. Cole Harrison tu istu priču čita s neugodnim osjećajem u želucu, jer Dianu poznaje od malena i zna da takvu nepravdu nije zaslužila. Ali istodobno, nije ni on zaslužio onu koja se njemu događa.
Neprilike u kojima su se oboje našli možda će se najlakše moći riješiti ako njih dvoje budu surađivali. Cole odlučno pristupa Diani s idejom koja je toliko suluda da bi zapravo mogla i uspjeti.
Na kocki je budućnost njezinog obiteljskog časopisa i cijelo Coleovo poslovno carstvo. Više od svega, na kocki je sreća jedne obitelji i dvoje mladih ljudi koji moraju naći načina da zaštite svoj obraz i nevinost pred licem javnosti.


Opis knjige sličan onome koji sam i ja navela može se naći na koricama romana i on jest problematika s kojom se protagonisti hrvaju, ali...
Zašto je potrebno pročitati polovicu knjige (a knjiga ima 488 stranica, ljudi moji!) da bismo do došli do relevantnih zbivanja?
Tekst na koricama zvuči zanimljivo, ali prije nego što se uopće dođe do toga da se Diana i Cole ujedine, znači, prije nego što uopće počne odvijati bilo kakva ljubavna priča, trebamo istrpjeti više od dvjesto stranica... čega? Bi li se to moglo zvati uvodom u okolinu zbivanja? Upoznavanje likova? Zgodna je to pričica koju čitamo skoro do polovice romana, ali gdje joj je važnost za vezu Diane i Colea? Djelovala je više kao da se autorica zaljubila u likove koje je stvorila pa je u opisu svih tih dirljivih obiteljskih odnosa zaboravila da je prvotni cilj bio napisati ljubavni roman. Kad se toga napokon sjetila, ode 200 stranica...😡
Cjelokupna slika toliko mi je rastegnuta da mi Dianina i Coleova ljubavna priča djeluje doslovno strpana u ostatak romana, pa imamo onih prvih pola knjige s doslovno 0% radnje i 100% okolišanja, i drugu polovicu u kojoj pokušavamo shvatiti zašto se odjednom oni uopće vole. Uopće nema vremena da se ta dva lika zbliže jer su zaokupljeni brigom da jedan od njih ne bude strpan u zatvor i desetak drugih problema. Mogućnosti uranjanja u romantične emocije nema jer nema ni pozornosti posvećene zapletu njihove ljubavne priče i samom klimaksu.
Roman je nazvan Sjećaš li se vjerojatno zato da se čitatelja potakne na stvaranje veze između tinejdžerskih emocija koje su likovi dijelili i njihove sadašnjosti, ali što to znači? Da autorica može zanemariti razvoj emocija među likovima u sadašnjosti s izlikom da je o njoj već pisala kad su bili mlađi?
Kako bi i to moglo proći ako Cole nikad nije bio zaljubljen u Dianu niti dijelio ikakve druge romantične emocije prema njoj?


Što više pokušavam pogledati na ovaj roman iz drugačijih perspektiva, time mi to slabije ide. Voljela bih da netko tko je u potpunosti zadovoljan ovim romanom podijeli sa mnom svoje viđenje pogotovo tih početnih scena. Da naglasim, nisam protiv njihovog postojanja, samo me muči što su toliko opsežne. Sve se to moglo strpati u puno manje prostora, a da se ne izgubi iz vida poanta. 
Ljubiteljica sam Juditheinih knjiga i pročitala sam svaku koja je dostupna na hrvatskom pa se moram pitati, Judith, dušo, što li ti se s ovom dogodi?

Nakon romana Nešto prekrasno od kojeg se nisam mogla odvojiti, evo me ovdje, zbunjena jer ne opet s vama podijeliti isto oduševljenje. Svejedno vas pozivam da pročitate i ovaj roman, pogotovo ako ste stari ljubitelj Juditheinig priča, jer možda vi u njemu nađete nešto što će vas osvojiti. Podijelite sa mnom svoja iskustva i ukažite na nešto zanimljivo što sam možda propustila.

Vaša Rose 😘





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