Saturday 22 January 2011


Review: The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

My edition: Hardcover, published in 2008 by HarperCollins, 305 pages.

Description: Lou Suffern is practised in the art of concealment. He is, also, always overstretched, trying to do too many things at once. His overburdened schedule gives him few moments of peace, even in his sleep. And when he spends time at home with his wife and family, he is always distracted, and, mentally, somewhere else.

On a cold winter morning, Lou is on his way to work when he encounters Gabe, a homeless street dweller, sitting outside an office building. Lou is intrigued by him, and contrives to get him a job in the post room. But this act of charity rebounds on him, and Gabe’s presence begins to grate on Lou -- particularly when he discovers that the latter seems capable of being in two places at the same time.

Christmas is drawing near, and before the season is over, Lou’s life will be irrevocably change by the casual act of kindness he has performed.


The Gift is unfortunately not as good as the other novels by Cecelia Ahern I've read so far. This is for the most part due to the fact that the main character is highly unsympathetic (I in fact wanted to slap some sense into him on more than one occasion) and not deserving of all the patience and kindness the minor characters show him, let alone the gift he receives from the mysterious character Gabe. I mean, there are many people who go through the same experience as Lou and are much better human beings, why not grant them that one last chance? The idea behind The Gift is fascinating though and trying to figure out the truth behind Lou's 'gift' was what kept reading and finish the book.


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