The Stars in the Bright Sky Out of school out in the world gathered in Gatwick to plan a super cheap last minute holiday to celebrate their reunion Kay Kylah Manda Rachel Finn are joined by Finn s gorgeous friend Ava a half

  • Title: The Stars in the Bright Sky
  • Author: Alan Warner
  • ISBN: 9780224071277
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Out of school out in the world, gathered in Gatwick to plan a super cheap last minute holiday to celebrate their reunion Kay, Kylah, Manda, Rachel Finn are joined by Finn s gorgeous friend Ava a half French philosophy student are ready to go on the rampage.

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    1. a sequel to the great 'The Sopranos' ( no, not the US TV series but a book about Scottish schoolgirls, and tremendously funny and full of life: /book/show/41 )Of course his 'Morvern Callar' remains my book of the 90s /book/show/52I first came across Alan Warner when a Scottish temp at work lent me Morvern Callar in 1995 (I lent her Kelman’s ‘How Late it Was, How Late’, and never got it back). It (MC) was one of those books that I just started and had to continue, while walking or eating et [...]

    2. I came to this after deciding that ‘The Deadmans Pedal’ was my novel of 2012, pretty much. To Alan Warner’s credit, it’s one brave task to take on – a novel set overwhelmingly and claustrophobically in an airport, with a large cast of characters that are doomed to be marked down for not being likeable by the ‘likeability’ seeking Richard & Judy reader. To be clear, the dominant character is an irritating twat. My main criticism though centres around character interaction and vo [...]

    3. Alan Warner's The Stars in the Bright Sky is his sixth novel and the sequel to 'The Sopranos'. This was my first taste of the author and to be truthful, I am not a fan. There are many many great reviews for his earlier work and this one was nominated for the Booker Prize so I had looked forward to reading it.The story is set in Gatwick Airport - a group of twenty-something women have decided to take a last minute holiday - they don't have a clue where they are going, and are old friends with a l [...]

    4. Quite dull, and, apart from the dialogue, quite self-importantly and pretentiously written. Very endless -- only Manda emerges as a real individual, and she is relentlessly unlikeable enough for that to be problematic. The other girls remain much more indistinct (perhaps we are supposed to remember their characters from reading the Sopranos 11 years ago?), and the freshness of Warner's voice has faded a lot since the Sopranos and Morvern Callar.The inevitable "suprise" ending is not a surprise b [...]

    5. In Edinburgh, I asked a bookseller to suggest contemporary novelists, and Alan Warner was one of his recommendations.If this were filmed, it would look something like a Scottish version of Jersey Shore Goes on Vacation: Half a dozen 20ish women meet at Gatwick, prepared to buy tickets to the cheapest destination they can find; they get wasted and things go wrong. But the author's asides on philosophy, architecture, etc. make this so much more than a funny 'beach' book. Brilliant ending.

    6. Warner has a keen ear for language and doesn't shy away from issues such as class and monetary divides, but the focus of this book is simply people in all their messy complexity. This sequel to The Sopranos is a largely plotless novel about a vacation that never takes place, it's mostly about how the characters interact with each other. It avoids moralizing, and focuses on depicting instead. I liked it - not quite as much as The Sopranos, but still enough that I'll rate them roughly the same.

    7. Some very good writing in this book about five young Scottish women and their Anglo-French friend trying to get it together to fly off on a cheap package holiday. The characterization is very well done, and the individual voices of the six young women are so finely tuned you rarely need the author’s attribution to tell you who’s speaking. Alan Warner has a great ear and considerable psychological insight, and he understands young women very well indeed.Equally good are his descriptions of sc [...]

    8. Nine years after reading the Sopranos, I am reunited with the girls (less the unfortunate Orla).This time, they are meeting up in Gatwick Airport, attempting to book a last minute holiday. What could go wrong with this Gang attempting to organise anything.The story is told almost totally in dialogue. Warner does a great job of capturing the speech, the patter, the banter - and as a man, getting into the minds of young ladies.So Imagine 400 pages of women talking to each other. It is at times hil [...]

    9. The Stars in the Bright Sky see the return of the girls from The Sopranos or maybe some of them as I hadn't read that yet (just ordered on , fingers crossed I did the banner thing right at the top) and now I've read this one twiceIn this novel, the girls and Finn's friend from Uni Ava are going away on holiday but not sure where yet until they see the special offers the night before. Manda is there with Chell and Kylah who are all still in the same town, Kay is in university in Glasgow studying [...]

    10. The gallus, hellraising Catholic schoolgirls from The Sopranos have grown up, and are at Gatwick airport ready to book a cheap last minute deal and unleash themselves on some unsuspecting culture. Orla has succumbed to Hodgkins lymphoma and her place is taken by Finn's London flatmate Ava, extreme in her beauty and wealth. Warner's skill in this novel is extraordinary, the easy thing would have been to keep the girls moving through new experiences and display their character via their reactions, [...]

    11. A gang of over-excited women and Gatwick Airport - what could possibly go wrong?Like me, it may you a while to get into this; it took me a little longer to get the point. It's one hell of a point. Subtly written, excruciating at times, this is a book to savour and not rush. You'll find yourself thinking about it long after you've finished reading. One day I hope that Alan Warner will say he likes my books as much as I like his. Thank you, Alan. A masterpiece. I love Manda! - one of the most beau [...]

    12. As much as I loved The Sopranos, I think I enjoyed the follow-up even more. Seeing where the girls have ended up just a few years later, how they've changed (and not changed, in some cases). It's just wonderful and I felt so connected to the characters.The introduction of a new character -- Ava, Fionnula's friend from uni -- filled the absence from Orla's death while not displacing her memory. And Ava added an interesting dynamic to the way the other girls interact with each other.Overall, I wou [...]

    13. I came across this book in the library and picked it up without really thinking about it. This book was really boring to me. The only reason why I finished it, is because I don't like to start a book without actually finishing it. May I also say that I was freaking annoyed with the character "Amanda Tassy". I simply don't recommend this book and I'm sorry to say, but to me it was kind of a waste of time.

    14. This is the sequel to The Sopranos, published in 1998. It has not been published in the US, so I had to order it from amazon. I enjoyed it a lot, though it had less cohesion, plot-wise, than its predecessor. Regardless, there are beautiful and touching moments in this book, it it was wonderful to be able to 'catch up' with loved characters from a decade ago. If you like Alan Warner's work, this is definitely worth the special order from the UK.

    15. Going along so well until the last three pages then an awful, truly awful ending. An unnecessary ending, one with nothing at all to do with the characters or plot. I've been a big fan of Warner's for a while, but those three pages at the end were a big fail, in my mind. They redefine the book in an terrible, kitschy way.

    16. I'm on the fence about this one; having never been a late teenage girl Warner seems to live on the brink of fantasy regarding their language and sexuality. Is every 19-20 year old bisexual? I'm skeptical. He does keep the dialogue moving along and the ending was totally surprising and pretty fitting, given the way the whole novel went.

    17. A deeply moving experience. Warner's writing is profoundly authentic. He plays with language and syntax and structure with such artistry.From the thematic of the book, i was highly sceptical; quite simply, i didn't think i would enjoy interacting with the story and the characters it turns out i was wrong.

    18. I liked this one a lot, actually. There is no plot, so if you go looking for one you will be deeply disappointed. But it is never dull and Manda is a marvelous character. I was sorry to turn the last page.

    19. Huge let down compared to The Sopranos. Pretty repetitive and boring. Found myself just not interested in what was happening. I managed to give it three stars because I finished it. But overall just nothing spectacular at all. And the ending just seemed contrived and gratuitous.

    20. Absolute rubbish a complete waste of paper this was short listed for the Booker Prize Why?? From a set of annoying one dimensional characters to a completely uninteresting location and a predictable ending it was painful to read.

    21. Not as great as his other books but entertaining and nice to check back in with him and the girls. Three and a half stars.

    22. You can never go back. This is the sequel to The Sopranos, and while there are amusing moments, I found the book tedious and overlong as a whole.

    23. Agree with many of the reviews that this is not up to the same epic level as Sopranos but what awesome characterisation. I'll miss those girls big time and plead with Warner to give us a trilogy.

    24. An enjoyable read populated by familiar, lively and interesting characters but just not in the same league as The Sopranos.

    25. Disappointing follow up to 'The Sopranos'. Lacking Warner's usual story-telling invention 'Stars' is a series of uninvolving set pieces.

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