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Too ambitious at times Although he goes a little overboard in his descriptions of Brooklyn and New Orleans Girardi shows in his debut novel that he s clearly a talented his descriptions of Brooklyn and New Orleans Girardi shows in his debut novel that he s clearly a talented I hope to read some of his work Thanks to my friend Anne for recommending and loaning the book to me Girardi is a remarkable writer Ned Conti is a New Orleans graduate history student who has stalled on his disseration He s living in Brooklyn in a seedy apartment that he shares with a ghost Conti starts work for a local priest who wants a 19th century nun from his church to be canonized The story flip flops back and forth and even though you enjoy every page you begin to wonder how it s all going to fit together Don t worry it does I enjoyed this so much I m going to read it again in about a year A love story ghost story and mystery all rolled into one and set in the two cities with which I am most familiar outside of my own hometown New York and New Orleans It was this fact of the story s dual locations that caused me to pick the book up in the first place I love to read about places that I have actually visited I also love ghost stories so this was sort of a slam dunk for meThe author does a good job of painting the urban and bayou backdrops for the story without having location overpower the action The characters particularly the cohorts of Ned Conti the narrator of the story are vividly drawn I felt that if I did not precisely now them then I had at least seen them on my visits to these two colorful cities The story is good with an intertwining of past and present that eeps things interesting but is not difficult to follow Hey I m old sometimes I don t want to work that hard to follow a storyAnyway this one is a recommended read I debated between 4 and 5 stars but decided on 4 stars because while I liked the story it wasn *t so gripping that I just couldn t put it down which is *so gripping that I just couldn t put it down which is of my p I did not find this book to be engaging at all I thought the characters were weak and moronic The story tried jumping back and forth through times and locations but failed to flow nicely There was not enough Madeleine s Ghost to be called Madeleine s Ghost In my opinion it should have been called Ned the dumb and his stupid decisions The only redeeming uality of this book were the locations All in all I did not like this book I very rarely read novels written by men any but for some reason I picked this one off my shelf after a fifteen year snooze there and I am so glad that I did It is simply one of the best novels I ve ever readIt didn t strike me that way in the beginning though it was good enough We meet Ned Conti a rather directionless down at the heels graduate student who gets a job finding documentation to support the canonization of a nun who died nearly a century ago The past seems to have it in for Mr Conti his apartment is haunted by a female spirit and he himself is haunted by the memory of a short but intense affair with a woman named Antoinette in New Orleans ten years beforeAntoinette Rivaudais is indeed unforgettable A raven haired pill popping charismatic lost wayward rich girl she captured Ned s heart and mine as well She is so flawed but so heartbreakingly so In time the ghost reveals what she wants and Antoinette reappears in Ned s life It may ill him or save him to pursue the three interwoven storylines counting the nun to their resolution I ll just say that by the time I closed the book I new I would never forget it. Rits Ned will embrace a dead saint and a living sinneras a beautiful ghost offers him her desire And his destinySet amid the sleepless energy and seething passion of New York and New Orleans Madeleine's Ghost is a spellbinding novel of lost love history and desire a work of startling originality that is at once exuisitely written and compulsively readable.

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Madeleine's GhostIf you are interested in books about Louisiana and New York this book might be worth the read Unfortunately the setting is pretty much the highlight of this story The main character is a rather uninteresting professional student who doesn t really do much himself so much as respond to what happens about him sarcastically responding and giving a long winded historical viewpoint of things that rambles on and on Much of this could have been edited down without the story suffering at all I m not sure how I felt about this one I m giving it a 2 but I think parts of it were a 3 or 35 so maybe it s of a 25 275Overall I think Robert is a maybe it s of a 25 275Overall I think Robert is a good writer and paints a vivid picture of his characters and their lives I just don t now how I felt towards the main character though sometimes I ind of got him but other times he turned me off I didn t really understand where he was coming from and why he seemed so content to let his life pass him by Not that I cared he did I just didn t get his motivations for doing so I didn t think his relationships fully explained that partFrom a story perspective the book is about a guy living in New York who takes a job out of desperation of cash with a priest at a church in Brooklyn circa late eighties early nineties I believe The priest wants him to find evidence that a nun who used to work for the church should be named a saint This part of the story is interesting and I think had a lot of potential to be good and go into some background there Unfortunately that part is only touched on in the beginning and from there the author diverts from the story of the nun into the life and background of beginning and from there the author diverts from the story of the nun into the life and background of main character We get a little bit of the ghost that lives in his apartment but not a lot before we dive into his life in New York his neighbors friends and ultimately his former girlfriendThen the entire middle or of the book is part flashback of his time living in New Orleans and his relationship with this girl The other part is him going back to New Orleans supposedly because this is where the nun came from before she moved to New York but what he really came back for was to see the girl The problem with this part of the story is that the ghost is barely if at all mentioned and the nun s story gets very little coverage it s almost throwaway It s really not until the end that he gets back to the nun s story and then the story lines converge While I liked how everything came together at the end I ept thinking that this is what the majority of the book should have been like with him looking for and finding small clues to the nun s life Instead we find out that we were getting clues or parts of the story all along but the focus had shifted so much from the nun and ghost that I wasn t even thinking about them which made me feel cheated I like trying to figure out clues and how everything ties together but at very few points did I feel the author led us to believe we were getting further into the nunghost plot instead I felt we were losing track during the entire mid section of the bookI think I felt almost the opposite of what most reviewers felt It s hard to explain but to me it was as though the middle of the book was the real story the author wanted to tell and the beginning and end were just ways for him to make that part of the story interesting To me it should have been just the opposite The middle should have been built to make the ghostnun story interesting Maybe it s because the Brooklyn needs a saint Ned Conti needs a stipend So the struggling young historian agrees to trace the mysterious past of a Brooklyn nun for evidence of miracles Trapped in a neighborhood of cheap rents and failed promise in a rent controlled apartment suddenly inexplicably seized by a beautiful and angry ghost Ned's only refuge is the F train to Manhattan'. ,
Ook sells itself as Madeleine s Ghost my expectations were for that to be the meat of the story instead of what we got basically the story of this guy s life I don t feel the mystery of the book was played up enough to The Ring Of The Dove keep it interesting or much of a mystery at allAlso the book hadind of a depressed tone to it While I don t think the main character was depressed per se overall it was The Lost Literature of Medieval England kind of a downer as most of the characters were somewhat dysfunctional and floundering in life Which is fine but they all just seemed so ambivalent about their lives it made me feel that way as well there was nobody to really root for On a good note I do think the author is a very talented writer and has a good voice He really gets across the feel of a place and allowed you to build a good visual of New York and New Orleans To me that was the real story a tale of two cities in a way Perhaps had it been billed this way I would have liked it I was just expecting of a ghostmystery story than what I got There needs to be another option on Goodreads Gave Up This is supposed to be a story about a ghost and a saint in Brooklyn I actually rather liked the first person present manner of writing and the descriptions of place and detail in general are excellent But I lost the ghost and certainly didn t expect to get in back during Part Two set as it is some ten years before and in New Orleans Trying to be too clever I think and not what it was advertised as Too many books to try to waste Strangely beautiful A NYC story that turns into a New Orleans story that comes back to NYC travels back in time and returns to the present which seems to still be some sort of a past Or a slacker story that turns to love story to uest story to redemption story to love story again A story of a man named Ned Conti who starts off with next to nothing and ends up with his heart s desires there are enough grand themes and second chances to warrant a saga I don tnow if I m doing this book justice it was such a lovely thing to read almost hauntingly so to pun on the name There s just a ind of a terrific blend of hyper realism and supernatural that worked so well with such striking descriptions and such great writing Love a good with such striking descriptions and such great writing Love a good story usually the city gets so pretentiously glamorized but Girardi really depicts it as a Dantean circle terrible inhumane place to live Neither New York nor New Orleans have any appeal to me personally but they make for really epic literary settings This isn t turning out to be a very cogent review but point is I loved this book If I had to be specific I suppose it s about love and miracles in no particular order Terrific random library find Literate engaging enjoyable awesome writing compelling characters exactly what a book ought to be like Most enthusiastically recommended One of my favourite books I m not usually into ghost stories but the interplay between the two strands one in the past and the other in the present coalesce nicely at the end as all is made clear about their link to each other and the role that a lost soul from the past and the role that a lost soul from the past to play in the rehabilitation of two lost souls in the presentThe writing is concise but with a gentle irony that when combined with the first person singular voice makes the book human and resonant than conventional narrative devicesA cracking read and one which I always enjoy when I pick it up again 35 stars There s much to like in this New YorkNew Orleans ghost story but it s a bit. S East Village bars where he and his friends drown their sorrows in drinkBut Ned is about to heed another call the siren song of New Orleans where the history of countless lost souls seems to rise from the steaming streets and where ten years before he ended a brief passionate affair with a woman whose memory has haunted him ever since Here in a city of spi.