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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel (original 2012; edición 2013)

por Maria Semple (Autor)

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Dónde estás, Bernadette es una historia familiar absolutamente original, emotiva y divertida. Bernadette es la madre, una arquitecto frustrada y excéntrica, Elgie es el padre, un exitoso directivo de Microsoft y Bee, una joven quinceañera. Bee adora a su madre pero Bernadette desaparece (la última vez que la vieron se marchaba hacia la Antártida). Bee debe averiguar qué ha pasado y lo hace a través de pistas en emails, artículos... Bernadette Fox es famosa. Para Elgin, su marido y gurú de Microsoft, es una esposa con mucho carácter. Para las madres del colegio privado de Seattle es una deshonra. Para el gremio de arquitectos es un genio y para Bee, su hija adolescente, es sencillamente Mamá. Pero entonces... Bernadette desaparece. Todo comienza cuando Bee llega a casa con excelentes notas. Sus padres le habían prometido que podría escoger el regalo soñado y Bee decide que quiere un viaje a la Antártida con ellos. Bernadette, entre muchas otras cosas, sufre de agorafobia y odia todo contacto social. Bee no acepta la idea de que su madre haya desaparecido por lo que emprende su búsqueda rastreando su correspondencia; emails, mensajes, cartas secretas, documentos oficiales...todo ello servirá para conformar una lectura hilarante, que entre carcajadas nos ayudará a reflexionar sobre la relación entre madres e hijos, amor, trabajo y amistad. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.… (más)
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Título:Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Autores:Maria Semple (Autor)
Info:Back Bay Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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Dónde estás, Bernadette por Maria Semple (2012)

Añadido recientemente porAnalilunardini, JillMcKiernan, sharvani, Elizabeth.Petruy, biblioteca privada, emrsalgado, SamBortle
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    LBV123: Rifka Brunt's novel similarly traces a complicated family history and the story of a complicated mother with artistic tendencies, and features an interesting and complicated teenaged narrator. While not as openly chasing the laughs as Semple's novel, Tell the Wolves is nonetheless humorous in its depiction of family politics--and deeply touching as it deals with both love and loss.… (más)
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    Microsiervos por Douglas Coupland (cransell)
    cransell: Two fictional looks at working at Microsoft.
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    Flavia de los extraños talentos por Alan Bradley (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though Sweetness is more of a traditional mystery, it shares with Where'd You Go, Bernadette an endearing, precocious, and entertaining young narrator who pieces together clues from the adult world to solve a mystery. Character interactions are delightfully, humorously depicted.… (más)
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I gave it two stars instead of one because I enjoyed learning about Antarctica, but that was it. All the characters were unlikable, narcissistic, unpleasant to each other and behaved in unbelievable ways, and the format was annoying, emails that sounded like novels, who writes like that? And everyone’s epiphanies were unconvincing. Some books pull off those transformations anyway, but this one didn’t convince me. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
AWFUL. A highly successful architect has a meltdown when a neighbor clandestinely buys and bulldozes her "green" project, and buys a decrepit home in Queen Anne Hill, Seattle, with her husband, a rising star at Microsoft. They are outsiders, refusing to be involved in their daughter's school, and everything goes upside down when a family trip to Antarctica is planned. Silly and stupid mostly, hardly funny at all, except perhaps for the plotline around the planner/assistant for $0.75 per hour from India. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
human comedy. A lovely story with delightful wit and hilarious quirks. one of my favorites of the year. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
A really enjoyable black comedy ( )
  SamanthaD-KR | Jun 10, 2021 |
Cell phones are the bane of modern filmmaking. It seems like at least half (if not more) of all major conflicts from classic movies could be solved with a simple phone call (or text message) between two people who have the ability to communicate almost literally wherever they are. Modern writers have taken to have the first character be tragically misunderstood, but get so frustrated they decide not to clarify things because they're SO ANGRY or the second character is SO HURT ... only for it finally be resolved a few months/weeks/one crisis later.

Or you could have the character go to Antarctica. I'm just saying, it's an option. Apparently.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is one young teenager's attempt to piece together where her missing mother might be. For out-and-out Seattleites (complete with a Microsoft Dad), they certainly have more adventures than you might expect.

The plot mostly moves forward through a series of miscues and miscommunications - some accidental, some not. I'm loathe to give away any of the plot points, really, because trying to muddle through what the hell happened is well more than half the fun.

I really liked the book, but I have the literary equivalent of part of a popcorn kernel stuck in my teeth that, no matter how hard I run my tongue against it, I can't quite seem to get loose.

As mentioned, the novel propels itself along with tufts and strings that hint at what happened, but only become fully fleshed out the farther you get into it: A murder mystery without a murderer. But if your whole book rests on the plot, all the dominoes you set up in the front half have to pay off with a satisfying topple in the end. In this case we get not a bang, but yet more misdirection and a plot hole between the dominoes you could fly a 747 or navigate an Antarctic research vessel through.

That's what knocked me down to a mild "you should probably read" versus a must-recommend. Regardless, though, definitely one to keep in mind. ( )
  kaitwallas | May 21, 2021 |
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The book stumbles a bit in the middle as it transitions from a scathing anti-Seattle manifesto into a family drama with comic undertones. But once the gears have finished their grinding and the shuddering subsides, Semple eases into her strongest work yet, allowing her characters to change in a way that suits the story, and not just shooting for an easy punch line or a sharply worded barb. In the end, with its big heart set on acceptance, Bernadette feels something like coming home.
añadido por Nickelini | editarthe Stranger, Paul Constant (Aug 12, 2012)
 
The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.
añadido por ozzer | editarNY Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 6, 2012)
 
Semple is a TV comedy writer, and the pleasures of Where'd You Go, Bernadette are the pleasures of the best American TV: plot, wit and heart. (There are places where Semple really wants to be writing dialogue, and stretches the epistolary conceit of the novel to suit.) It's rather refreshing to find a female misunderstood genius at the heart of a book, and a mother-daughter relationship characterised by unadulterated mutual affection. If Bernadette is a monster of ego, Semple suggests, so are most people, when they're being honest. In her spiky but essentially feelgood universe, failure and self-exposure open up a rich seam of comedy, but shame can always be vanquished by love
añadido por Nickelini | editarThe Guardian, Justine Jordan (Jun 29, 2012)
 

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Semple, Mariaautor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
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Chichereau, CarineTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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Monday, November 15: Galer Street School is a place where compassion, academics, and global connectitude join together to create civic-minded citizens of a sustainable and diverse planet.
The first annoying thing is when I ask Dad what he thinks happened to Mom, he always says, "What's most important is for you to understand it's not your fault."
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“Shh! She said. The waiter. He's about to take their order. She leaned back and to her left, closer,closer,closer,her body like a giraffe's neck, until her chair shot out from under her and she landed on the floor. The whole restaurant turned to look. I jumped up to help. She stood up, righted the chair, and started in again. Did you see the tattoo one of them has on the inside of his arm? It looked like a roll of tape.

I took a gulp of margarita and settled into my fallback option, which was to wait her out.

Know what one of the guys at the drive-through Starbucks has on his forearm? Bernadette said. A paper clip! It used to be so daring to get a tattoo. And now people are tattooing office supplies on their bodies. You know what I say? Of course this was rhetorical. I say, dare not to get a tattoo. She turned around again, and gasped. Oh My God. It's not just any roll of tape. It's literally Scotch tape, with the green-and-black plaid. This is too hilarious. If you're going to tattoo tape on your arm, at least make it a generic old-fashioned tape dispenser! What do you think happened? Did the Staples catalogue get delivered to the tattoo parlor that day?” 
― Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Our house is old. All day and night it cracks and groans, like it's trying to get comfortable but can't
Chihulys are the pigeons of Seattle. They're everywhere, and even if they don't get in your way, you can't help but build up a kind of antipathy toward them.
Like sick animals, everyone else had retreated into their warrens of misery.
Right before it shut, I caught a glimpse of the poor Japanese people. Nobody had moved. Some hands were frozen in midair, in the middle of doing a fold. It looked like a wax museum diorama of an origami presentation.
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Dónde estás, Bernadette es una historia familiar absolutamente original, emotiva y divertida. Bernadette es la madre, una arquitecto frustrada y excéntrica, Elgie es el padre, un exitoso directivo de Microsoft y Bee, una joven quinceañera. Bee adora a su madre pero Bernadette desaparece (la última vez que la vieron se marchaba hacia la Antártida). Bee debe averiguar qué ha pasado y lo hace a través de pistas en emails, artículos... Bernadette Fox es famosa. Para Elgin, su marido y gurú de Microsoft, es una esposa con mucho carácter. Para las madres del colegio privado de Seattle es una deshonra. Para el gremio de arquitectos es un genio y para Bee, su hija adolescente, es sencillamente Mamá. Pero entonces... Bernadette desaparece. Todo comienza cuando Bee llega a casa con excelentes notas. Sus padres le habían prometido que podría escoger el regalo soñado y Bee decide que quiere un viaje a la Antártida con ellos. Bernadette, entre muchas otras cosas, sufre de agorafobia y odia todo contacto social. Bee no acepta la idea de que su madre haya desaparecido por lo que emprende su búsqueda rastreando su correspondencia; emails, mensajes, cartas secretas, documentos oficiales...todo ello servirá para conformar una lectura hilarante, que entre carcajadas nos ayudará a reflexionar sobre la relación entre madres e hijos, amor, trabajo y amistad. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

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