Gwen's husband, Edgar, walks out on their marriage in pursuit of excitement. The requisite red convertible, however, leads not to eternal youth but to a premature death by the 8.20 eastbound train. The story then follows Gwen and her uncharacteristic behaviour in the wake of Edgar's death....
|Title||:||Getting Over Edgar|
|Number of Pages||:||270 Pages|
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Getting Over Edgar Reviews
apparently I have (almost) read this, I don't really remember, but going through emails to delete I said this: I have ditched a novel – what was the recent one I did – Joan Barfoot’s Getting Over Edgar – but don’t like doing itso there you go..
From the back coverSeven weeks and three days before his death, Edgar walks out on Gwen and their comfortable, long-standing marriage. To aid his search for excitement, he has taken to driving a brand-new cherry red convertible. But it is not adventure that sweeps Edgar away when his car becomes stuck on a level crossing; it is the 8.20 eastbound train.My ReviewThe book is a tad confusing at times as it starts off with Gwen staring at Edgars dead corpse, her behaviour at his funeral and her demands at the undertakers. It then goes back and forth between Edgars leaving her, to present day and everything inbetween. Present day, she takes off from the funeral and meets a young lad at an unlikely place with unlikely behaviour which turns her future down a road she never expected.The book then jumps from Gwen and what is happening to David (the young guy from the bar) and we follow their lives in jumps which you can follow but it is very confusing (well it was for me). The end of the book on Gwens life answers questions and is even a nice ending but with David I was left hanging and with questions, I expected their to be more. I found closure on Gwens chapter but nothing close to it with Davids.The book is definately worth reading if for nothing else it is different but I certainly didn't love it like I expected. Maybe the problem is I had such high hopes for it (maybe too high). I liked it, but it isn't up there with any of my all time favourites and if I came across another by Joan Barfoot I would read it but I wont be actively searching it out. 3/5 for me.
Book club read. An enjoyable read, one I probably wouldn't have picked for myself, but glad I read it.
This was not at all what I expected - the cover, title and backpage all made me think it would be a silly, funny light-hearted read, but it was actually both more literary and more serious, which is not a bad thing at all, it just took a bit of adjustment. While it's written by a Canadian, there is very carefully no mention of any place names, so it could have been set anywhere in N America which I thought was a shame - I haven't read any other Canadian literature that I'm aware of.The David character was weird and felt a little unresolved, but I liked the way she ended it.
Great book about finally getting the chance to become who you want to be. Edgar leaves Gwen and then is killed while they are still married. The mystery of who Edgar is and why he did what he did is left unanswered as Gwen uses the resources he left her to move on.
Actually didn't finish - not my style of book.
Good, but wouldn't read again.Donated my copy to the library
really enjoyed this book