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The Wood of Suicides

READ Õ SALAMUSEO.CO É Laura Elizabeth Woollett CHARACTERS Þ The Wood of Suicides Laura Elizabeth Woollett É 1 CHARACTERS Pollo Steadman pursues and Laurel recedesLaura Woollett charts the course of their obsession with an unswerving eye describing their unbridled desire for one another and the reckless and tortured course on which they have embarked and of Laurel's unshed grief for her father whose absence will be either her salvation or her undoing. When I started The Wood of Suicides it was immediately clear to me that it would hold my attention to the very end Laurel is a character who while not uite endearing is very human and captivated me to want to get inside her mind and figure her out though it is certainly obvious why she is so unstable Her middle aged English teacherpursuer is one who effectively gave me the creeps and I thought it was a good choice that the author did not make him too multi dimensionalThe pacing of the book was right where it should be and the prose was uite beautiful I appreciated greatly the references of art and mythology It entwined with the story and was an important factorOverall The Wood of Suicides is one that you want to curl up by the window and have a cup of tea or coffee with though keep in mind that it has something of a dark cloud over it

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READ Õ SALAMUSEO.CO É Laura Elizabeth Woollett CHARACTERS Þ The Wood of Suicides Laura Elizabeth Woollett É 1 CHARACTERS E woods a flirtation develops between the two marked by hopeful highs and suicidal lows on Laurel's part Their romance is eventually consummated one November afternoon in the arbor where they first met But Laurel's middle aged teacher proves to be a violent lover than she ever anticipated Like the doomed chase between Daphne and A. Poetically cringe worthy this book paints a toxic picture of forbidden and condemned romance Beautifully written and compelling to read I found myself reading sentences I didn t want to finish but couldn t stop the freight train the doomed lovers had set in motion

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READ Õ SALAMUSEO.CO É Laura Elizabeth Woollett CHARACTERS Þ The Wood of Suicides Laura Elizabeth Woollett É 1 CHARACTERS Laurel Marks is a stunning repressed 17 year old schoolgirl She also has a weakness for older men most of all her father whom she'll do anything to impress After his sudden death Laurel is sent off to a boarding school where she shortly latches onto a new love object her English teacher Mr Hugh SteadmanFollowing an encounter in th. I m going to straight up admit to being a coward who nonetheless sometimes musters up the courage to overcome thatOne of the things I fear being on Goodreads is reading and reviewing a book by someone who has been on my friends list as Laura Elizabeth Woollett has for several years Earlier this year I overcame that trepidation and found I needn t have worried when reading a book by another friend on my list Lavinia Ludlow whose book altpunk proved to be a funny exasperating delight Luckily again I was not let down by a friend because Woollett s The Wood of Suicides seared my soul with nearly the same intensity as Joan Didion or Marguerite DurasSo let this be a notification too of potential bias which is something than we get from our purveyors of the so called news today because my rating is partly determined by Woollett s familiarity distant though that may be and partly because I have awarded the rating on a few extra literary concerns though not by very much truly And that is because Woollett is an incredible writer a young master of external description and inner feeling There were few times while reading this that I wasn t swooning inside at the deeply felt sadness and cosmic grasping in this story and in the hapless psyche of her protagonist Laurel MarksSo I am admitting up front that I m giving this book Woollett s debut novel from 2014 the highest rating partly to congratulate her for writing a book that is this bloody good one that for long stretches actually reaches perfection and also to counteract some of the reviewers on here who ve given it a one star assessment for fucking retarded reasons My real rating is four stars and my enhanced rating meant to encourage and support Woollett in her continued authorial pursuits is fiveYes this is another teacherstudent romance book and yes another one where the female student is the seductress The prevalence of these kinds of stories both in fiction and in real life take us into deeper sociologicalpsychological territory that won t be mined here for the sake of brevity but what always fascinates me about this phenomenon from the literary perspective is how so many readers hungrily eat up these stories and then after finishing them turn into Holy Rollers of outrage decrying the characters the author and the very fact of age gap affairs You d think that bursting enough blood vessels would cause them to stop reading these tales yet they come back for Wonder whyThe uestion really at hand is whether Woollett has written a good book with this dynamic and I think she has In fact the first 90 pages of this book are so good a meticulously detailed study in super concentrated obsession that I had already decided to rate it highly regardless of where Woollett took the rest of the story About halfway through the story does take its inevitable turn and I will admit that I was saddened to see the rather idealized feeling of the first part of the story turn into the sordid tale it becomes but that is the sad reality that Woollett forces us to confront the Byronic ideal versus the sualid mess borne of conflicting intentions and physical necessity Luckily I found that after some reluctance to accept this turn of events Woollett won me back as her protagonist comes to realize the sad truths of her life even as she finds a twisted comfort in them She often contemplates death not just actual mortality but the inevitable death of her first intense romance and the fragile ideals that gird it The story has all the familiar markers for stories of this kind Laurel Marks is 17 a studious intellectually precocious not like the other girls as she sees it boarding school loner with father issues that she transfers to her English teacher Mr Hugh Steadman a married father 25 years her elder She has eating issues which seem to tie into other Freudian concerns the idea of weight as a kind of marker of aging and time as well as of identity and control are actually explored rather deftly at times in the story though only fleetingly She wants to explore the power of her attractiveness with an older man boys her age she finds repellent and immature and thus begins what at first seems like a fruitless amusement even as the feelings in her grow real and painful and the power of her projections cast unwarranted motivations on her teacher Unwarranted at least until we later find out his true intentionsAs the forbidden romance is pursued and consummated mythological themes preoccupy the lovers the stories of fictional lovers such as Daphne and Apollo and real ones such as Abelard and Heloise and Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb as well as Ovid s tales of love and Dante s of death out of which is contemplated the wood of suicides One of the absurd criticisms of the book I ve seen elucidated here is that Laurel Marks is too impossibly intelligent and sports a too abundant vocabulary for a 17 year old girl as if studious well read young girls don t exist or that young girls are incapable of cerebral pursuits For one thing Marks is actually 18 and is telling the story in the first person in restrospect Considering that Woollett is infusing such a vocabulary into her character and given the fact that Woollett wrote the book when she herself was in her early 20s and obviously had this vocabulary herself the notion that her young woman protagonist can t have the same vocabulary is patent nonsenseI like it that Woollett makes use of a large vocabulary readers should be exposed to new words and I favor the propagation of same She does it for brevity succintness rhythm and yes for precise meaning not to show off Certainly there are many instances of authors particularly young ones shoehorning arcane words into their prose regardless of appropriateness Woollett is not one of those and her character Laurel in some sense must be this way since her bookishness has informed her ideals of poetic romanceLaurel tells her story with a sense of having lived given the reminiscence perspective but also with the sense of naive confusion of the pastpresent since she is also trying to convey how she felt in the past moment Her voice is earnest poignant erudite defiant tender and sadly resigned The teacher Hugh Steadman seems to us to be a bit of a cipher and in fact Laurel s peers have no interest in him He might in fact be a grotesue middle aged man that Laurel s idealized perception can t fully grasp By elevating him to a father god she discounts or morphs his least attractive physical traits coffee breath sagging waistline hirsuitness into charming onesWoollett Laurel Marks and indeed Steadman himself make no excuses for Steadman and his behavior and because we can only see him through Laurel Marks skewed prism and limiting filter he can t help but seem slightly cardboard repulsive uite apart from what he does Whoever or whatever Steadman is Laurel has filled in those gaps irrationally and intellectually tying him into something or someone larger something pseudo religious something Byronic and poeticInterestingly I kept thinking of the late actor Alan Bates when envisioning Hugh Steadman The Bates of the 1970s would have been a perfect bit of casting for a film version of this Bates had a sort of bookish bemused sophistication yet at the same time a distant uality an arrogant and slightly hulking aspect that suits Steadman I kept superimposing Bates over Steadman as I read the bookIt s hard to like Steadman for obvious reasons and most of the time he revulses us but there is a letter he writes to Laurel at the end of the book that is so touching that it humanizes him greatly Still Steadman is a transgressor a man whose faults actually in many ways mirror Laurel s own yet seem not to be informed by the wisdom of middle age Steadman is sewing a wild oat having a mid life crisis call it what you will and there is plenty to suggest that his behavior represents a pattern When Steadman pays for Laurel s first birth control pills it is not merely a reminder of the teacher s utilitarian selfishness but of Laurel s other concerns about death Her father is dead Hugh reminds her of him Her father had many pills for his illnesses she carries those around in case she decides to succumb to suicide The birth control pills evoke the other pills each in their way suggest death or a denial of lifeThere are many things like this in the book that Woollett introduces and ponders both explicity and implicitly She expects the reader to do a little work a little thinking for himself or herself At the same time Woollett never falters in the precision of her language and storytelling When she decribes a thought or a room or a scene we can grasp it and see it She made it so easy for me to visualize the spaces in which these characters walked and livedThe specter of suicide does haunt the book but mainly as a specter I think most or all of us in moments of despair and confusion have considered this as an option whether seriously or fleetingly to kill all the pains we ve had are having or inevitably will have Laurel Marks because of her limited views and options sees it as an option perhaps than most And as the story ends we are not sure how seriously she has come to discount it as a real option The story does not pander to our need for a pat solution and that is something I appreciateAs I closed this book I had tears in my eyes I was sad for the characters but happy for Woollett and this was a heady blend I loved itKRKy 2016


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    PDF DOWNLOAD [The Wood of Suicides] AUTHOR Laura Elizabeth Woollett I won this book in a Goodreads giveawayIt's hard to talk about the book without giving away some spoilers so read on at your own risk I'll hide the major ending spoiler thoughWhere do I start? I really really liked this book I finished this at midnight and stayed up for another hour just absorbing and thinking about everything that happened i

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    REVIEW The Wood of Suicides PDF DOWNLOAD [The Wood of Suicides] AUTHOR Laura Elizabeth Woollett Laura Elizabeth Woollett É 1 CHARACTERS I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early ReviewersWow I loved this book Both Laurel and her teacher were really strange but in a good way Laurel was a very fascinating character I also really loved the author's style of writing Very poetic This book also held my interest the entire time I couldn

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    PDF DOWNLOAD [The Wood of Suicides] AUTHOR Laura Elizabeth Woollett Poetically cringe worthy this book paints a toxic picture of forbidden and condemned romance Beautifully written and compelling to read I found myself reading sentences I didn't want to finish but couldn't stop

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    READ Õ SALAMUSEO.CO É Laura Elizabeth Woollett Laura Elizabeth Woollett É 1 CHARACTERS REVIEW The Wood of Suicides One of the better teacher student romance novels of the last few years dreamy eerie in places and narrated by a heroine it would be all too easy for me to fall for I certainly think I could develop a crush on the heroine myself however not? Li

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    PDF DOWNLOAD [The Wood of Suicides] AUTHOR Laura Elizabeth Woollett Laura Elizabeth Woollett É 1 CHARACTERS Reviewed for the Library Thing Early Reviewer young woman sets her desires on an older man and finds that her idea of love was than she bargained for with him This modern uasi YA story is long on prose and scant on reality Laurel a senior in an all girls boarding school has recently lost her father Her mother

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    PDF DOWNLOAD [The Wood of Suicides] AUTHOR Laura Elizabeth Woollett When I started The Wood of Suicides it was immediately clear to me that it would hold my attention to the very end Laurel is a character who

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    READ Õ SALAMUSEO.CO É Laura Elizabeth Woollett Laura Elizabeth Woollett É 1 CHARACTERS PDF DOWNLOAD [The Wood of Suicides] AUTHOR Laura Elizabeth Woollett This novel was not what I expected it to be The troubled teenager is obsessed with older men and after her father dies she seeks out the affections of a teacher 25 years older than she is Also he is a husband and father To make a long story short they become involved in a sordid romance which amounts to nothing I found t

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