Read & download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Maggie ShipsteadG Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead and being similarly outraged This Book In A Word Is MISOGYNISTIC The Whole Premise book in a word is MISOGYNISTIC The whole premise INAPPROPRIATE I get that it s poking fun at a guy who wants only to achieve acceptance of his peers and values WASPy aspirations over any paternal or marital happinesses but jeez why does this book have to trivialize everything feminine Why do the sisters have to hate each other so palpably Why can t anyone show anybody any mercy or courtesy or chivalry Why is the message here I read so many great reviews about this book that I thought I has to be great Now having just finished I am wondering what all the hype is about Maybe I am not sophisticated enough to enjoy a book about a family that I thought were not very deep and so self involve they can t be bothered to think about anyone but themselves I don t know it was just a big let down The Story is about Winn a 59 year old married father of 2 daughters His oldest is getting married she is seven months pregnant His other daughter has just gone through a traumatic breakup and seems to be ite a wet blanket with major anger issues that are never addressed during the entire story I hate to read a book where the main character is a person I dislike I didn t find anything about him that was likable and it doesn t change Winn doesn t change He is too worried about status how things look to others fitting in with the right people His is a cold fish with the hots for one of his daughters bridesmaid Agatha Even Agatha is a complete bitch sorry I don t recommend this book *At All I Will Stick With My Less Sophisticated Novels *all I will stick with my less sophisticated novels people I can find sympathy with and or that I like UPDATE 199 special today This book is GREAT I should have given it a solid 5 stars when I read itas I STILL remember it The characters will make you cringe none of them are likable but you ll have soooooooo much fun with this story A wedding from hell lolMaggie is a wonderful writer I can t wait for a new release from her This book is worth jumping at for 19947 starsMaggie Shipstead s writing is explosive and excitingSeating Arrangements felt like a warm summer tropical storm with outburst of nature s groans of roaring wind and rain Yetits the people less anything to do with the weather that I m referring to Its not often I read a book THIS GOOD in where every character is annoying not easy to love yet I can say DAMN THIS BOOK CRACKS ME UP The writing the writing the writing Makes this story FUNI knew I was in for a hell of a ride early into this story when The Father of the Bride was remembering back to when his daughter was about 5 years old Here is a small part of the conversationDaddy Am I a Princess No Winn said you re a very nice little girl Will I be a princess someday Winn bent the top of his newspaper down and looked over it It depends on whom you marry What does that mean Winn explains to Daphne two different ways of how a woman becomes a princess I m leaving out a few details here Then Winn returned to his reading Daphne is not doneDaddyWHATAm I YOUR princess Christ DaphneWhat You sound like a kid on TVWhy Because You re full of treacleWhat s treacle Something that s too sweet It gives you a stomachacheShe nodded accepting this But she pressed on am I YOUR princessTo the best of my knowledge I don t have any princesses What I do have is a little girl without dignity What s dignity Dignity is behaving the way you re suppose to so people will respect you Do princesses have dignitySome DoWhich Ones I don t know Maybe Grace KellyThe conversation WON T stop Daphne won t let itlolDaphne keeps pushing ntil her dad gives in ALL RIGHT YOU ARE MY PRINCESSReally AbsolutelyDaphne nodded then ate a grape Then she cocked her head to one side Am I your FAIRY princessThenThere are powerful lines like this between girlfriendsIts been awhile since you ve talked to him right Dominiue pressed Just keep going with that Invest some time I mean think of it this way How do you think it looks if. Ull of champagne salt air and practiced bonhomie but long buried discontent and simmering lust stir beneath the surface Winn Van Meter father of the bride is not having a good time Barred from the exclusive social club he’s been eyeing since birth he’s also tormented by an inappropriate crush on Daphne’s beguiling bridesmaid Agatha. Boo hoo being rich is such a drag because sometimes your beach house on an exclusive island isn t enough and you want to get into a private club but they won t have youHere s an example of some really bad writing from this book The lobsters had turned the clownish red of death Blech Bad writing It ABOUNDS IN THIS BOOK NOT EVERYWHERE BUT IT S in this book Not everywhere but it s And it strikes you and you go What the and then you move on try to shake it off but you re still like What kind of stupid metaphor was that or Jeez she s painting the lessons with a really heavy hand but still you keep readingI didn t like this book The protagonist is a stunted old fashioned prudish guy who happens to have chased a ton of tail who is blind to his immaturity and selfishness and who thinks he should be entitled to what other people have I hated him I didn t really like anyone else in the book WASPy and elitist and not very well behaved all the characters were bland and obnoxious at the same time Don t bother reading it You ll be bored The weekend is boring Even with an affair and people falling off roofs and whales exploding it reads like nothing happens and it s just blah BLAH Seriously What a puzzle It s been a long time since I ve read a book about which I felt so little Seating Arrangements contains some beautiful writing and deftly woven dialogue characters who seem real enough if reassuringly nlike anyone I ve ever known and a few laugh out loud moments Why had this man of all men made so many sons who wanted to fuck his daughters We get plenty of viewpoints as the story reveals itself but the transitions between them feel contrived as though we re meant to be admiring artistry that disdains traditional immersion I certainly neither related to any of these narrators nor wanted to do so To be fair contemporary literary fiction is not one of my favorite genres and the subset of Brothers upper crust Cape Cod wedding gone wrong invokes a special brand of apathy I ve no doubt there s a market for this and it caters to aspirational women who correlate dissatisfaction and depth and wear a lot of sky sea sand and shell on the coast For my part I ll stick with Shipstead s short stories which have always been a delight In a strange twist of irony this book came to me as a recommendation from Sarah of at a time when I was literally working on seating arrangements for our daughter spcoming wedding SerendipityThankfully this group of pretentious shallow WASP ish characters in the book bears no relationship to my own family Bu A review of Seating Arrangements aka The Whitest Book I ve Read All Year And I read The Marriage PlotA few nights ago as I was preparing to check this book out of a venerable New England institution that shall remain nameless I felt the hand of a man I knew to be very elderly graze the entirety of my ass from left to right As if to explain the action the owner of the hand leaned in to whisper the title of this book into my ear Wine and cheese were had by allI recount this story because the experience of it was a lot like the experience of reading this book audacious and inappropriate but not without a weird sort
charm If you your protagonists to be well likable don t bother because the world doesn t need another reviewer judging an author for not writing characters of sterling character Maggie Shipstead has written a story in which those dudes you see in whale embroidered pants turn out to be exactly what one would expect from those dudes you see in whale embroidered pantsThe bad news is that the main character reminded me of Mitt Romney and there are sex scenes not in the right mood i guess Have I all of a sudden become 85 years old and intolerant of all popular culture Last night I gasped and tssked through the film adaptation of The Descendants sputtering that if viewers see that George Clooney s own children don t respect him then they re going to be all like oh well I guess it s okay if my kids don t respect me either And now here I am readin. A San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Candy Best Book of the YearWinner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to the impeccably appropriate Greyson Duff The weekend is You go around mooning over him for months after he dumped youOf Charm If You
Confession Time WHO Hasntime WHO hasn wanted to say this to a friend OrENOUGH ALREADY OrWho can t relate to a line like this at some point in your life Distant and time had been good for their friendship Dominiue had come to realize Daphne s life was not her responsibility and now in return almost a decade later Daphne seemed to
"value her precisely because she was less fun than Piper or Agatha because she was not tiny and blonde because "her precisely because she was less fun than Piper or Agatha because she was not tiny and blonde because preferred iet bars to lounges crowded with bankers because she tried to be honestSeating Arrangements is one LONG WEEKEND the wedding week end an aphrodisiac love was in the air weak and snappy as static electricity Andas for the characters themselves words like swine dirtbag and sleazebag might enter your thoughts from time to time This book is not for the innocent not a book for people who MUST love the characters A very yuppie edge Filled with self obsession people Yet within the ethics of behavior hedonism family fidelity this book has a very alluring ality about it I liked it and LOVED the author s witty writing style I should know by now that choosing a book because its cover is cute and pastel and featuring two lobsters in love is not reason enough And yet those were my main motivations in reading Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead Halfway through reading this book I stopped and asked myself if I was failing as a reader perhaps it was a satire and not meant to be read with an earnest eye It wasn t ntil the last sentence that I felt safe in saying that there was definitely some attempted criticism of the East Coast WASP contingent but it needed to firmly pick a lane The book spent far too little time on the interesting and sympathetic characters Daphne Dominiue Biddy and instead focused on Winn the stale patriarch of the family with short interspersed passages from the point of view of other self absorbed and detestable characters I also could not get past the character names I know it is a running joke that waspy types go by odd nicknames but in a group of twenty people how probable is it to find a Biddy Fee Dicky Jr Fenn Winn Teddy Tipton Greyson Sterling Oatsie and MopsyI d RECOMMEND PASSING ON THIS ONE AND passing on this one and picking p Gone Girl Prep or The Paris Wife if you need a light but still substantive read When WHEN will I learn to avoid these insufferable Iowa Writers Workshop books all of which blend together in a sea ocean analogy intentional of WASP despair I worry they must be arming these Iowa students with copies of Catcher in the Rye The Great Gatsby and enough existential end of empire ennui to fell a country club or this weary reader at leastSeating Arrangements is the story of the Van Meter family who is preparing for the eldest daughter s marriage at the family compound on a Nantucket style island More specifically it s a psychological portrait of the family patriarch Winn a grasping thoroughly La muralla verde unlikeable protagonist who has all of the aforementioned Gatsby ambition with none of the relatability The plot moves along well enough but it s cluttered with thesual distress signals gin Harvard boat shoes and overwrought ocean analogies True to cliched form everyone frets over imagined problems as they sense the world of privilege receding from the shoreline there I go again with the seafaring analogies thanks a bunch IowaMy bitterness aside Shipstead isn t without talent certain lines were laugh out loud clever and the story is engaging despite the alternately The New Competition unlikeable or bland there s no middle ground in WASP dom apparently cast of characters That being said I struggled to keep the supporting characters clear though that may have been an intentional move by the author to suggest WASPs are all interchangeably boring or bland either way it made for difficult reading at timesSkip this and read the far superior Prep if you re in the market for depressive preppy reads hailing from the vaunted why Iowa Writers Workshop. And the fear that his daughter Livia recently heartbroken by the son of his greatest rival is a too ready target for the wiles of Greyson’s best man When old resentments a beached whale and an escaped lobster are added to the mix the wedding that should have gone off with military precision threatens to become a spectacle of misbehavi.