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«Si encontráis este libro, por favor, leedlo. Querría que alguien supiera la historia de los Goldman-de-Baltimore.» Hasta que tuvo lugar el Drama existían dos ramas de la familia Goldman: los Goldman de Baltimore y los Goldman de Montclair. Los Montclair, de los que forma parte Marcus Goldman, autor de La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert, es una familia de clase media que «Si encontráis este libro, por favor, leedlo. Querría que alguien supiera la historia de los Goldman-de-Baltimore.» Hasta que tuvo lugar el Drama existían dos ramas de la familia Goldman: los Goldman de Baltimore y los Goldman de Montclair. Los Montclair, de los que forma parte Marcus Goldman, autor de La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert, es una familia de clase media que vive en una pequeña casa en el estado de Nueva Jersey. Los Baltimore, prósperos y a los que la suerte siempre ha sonreído, habitan una lujosa mansión en un barrio de la alta sociedad de Baltimore. Ocho años después del Drama, Marcus Goldman pone el pasado bajo la lupa en busca de la verdad sobre el ocaso de la familia. Entre los recuerdos de su juventud revive la fascinación que sintió desde niño por los Baltimore, que encarnaban la América patricia con sus vacaciones en Miami y en los Hamptons y sus colegios elitistas. Con el paso de los años la brillante pátina de los Baltimore se desvanece al tiempo que el drama se va perfilando. Hasta el día en el que todo cambia para siempre.


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«Si encontráis este libro, por favor, leedlo. Querría que alguien supiera la historia de los Goldman-de-Baltimore.» Hasta que tuvo lugar el Drama existían dos ramas de la familia Goldman: los Goldman de Baltimore y los Goldman de Montclair. Los Montclair, de los que forma parte Marcus Goldman, autor de La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert, es una familia de clase media que «Si encontráis este libro, por favor, leedlo. Querría que alguien supiera la historia de los Goldman-de-Baltimore.» Hasta que tuvo lugar el Drama existían dos ramas de la familia Goldman: los Goldman de Baltimore y los Goldman de Montclair. Los Montclair, de los que forma parte Marcus Goldman, autor de La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert, es una familia de clase media que vive en una pequeña casa en el estado de Nueva Jersey. Los Baltimore, prósperos y a los que la suerte siempre ha sonreído, habitan una lujosa mansión en un barrio de la alta sociedad de Baltimore. Ocho años después del Drama, Marcus Goldman pone el pasado bajo la lupa en busca de la verdad sobre el ocaso de la familia. Entre los recuerdos de su juventud revive la fascinación que sintió desde niño por los Baltimore, que encarnaban la América patricia con sus vacaciones en Miami y en los Hamptons y sus colegios elitistas. Con el paso de los años la brillante pátina de los Baltimore se desvanece al tiempo que el drama se va perfilando. Hasta el día en el que todo cambia para siempre.

30 review for El libro de los Baltimore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annet

    Great book! I like this writer (although others seem to have reservations, re. the first book The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, but I loved that one too). This book takes the reader through a tragic family chronicle... The Baltimore Boys. The Goldman Gang. It kept me intrigued from start to finish. Only remark I would make (think I made this one for the first book too), the text could have been edited in my opinion to make the book a bit more to the point and lean. Other than that, that' Great book! I like this writer (although others seem to have reservations, re. the first book The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, but I loved that one too). This book takes the reader through a tragic family chronicle... The Baltimore Boys. The Goldman Gang. It kept me intrigued from start to finish. Only remark I would make (think I made this one for the first book too), the text could have been edited in my opinion to make the book a bit more to the point and lean. Other than that, that's a detail. 5 stars and truly worthwhile to read. Slowly the story unfolds, you get pulled into the lives of the cast in Florida, Baltimore and New York, and you just know the outcome can't be that good.... Talented writer. Interesting to see most book descriptions here as well as the reviews are in different languages. I (Dutch) read the English translation of a French language book :-) So here is the description: Fresh from the staggering success of his book The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, successful singer and Marcus' first love. Memories of his childhood and growing up come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy, and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin.... The Baltimore Boys. The Goldman Gang. That was what they were called: Marcus and his cousins Hillel and Woody. Three brilliant young men with their dazzling futures ahead of them before their kingdom crumbled beneath the weight of lies, jealousy and betrayal. For years, Marcus has struggled with the burdens of his past, but now he must attempt to banish his demons and tell the true and astonishing story of the Baltimore Boys.....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    When you read a translated novel, you often worry if something has been lost in translation. Joël Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair had a ridiculous story, but also completely strangled prose and dialogue that no human would ever speak. The Baltimore Boys boasts a different translator, but has exactly the same problems as its predecessor. Translator Alison Anderson has also translated the works of Muriel Barbery, and those have read like … books. With sentences and dialogue a When you read a translated novel, you often worry if something has been lost in translation. Joël Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair had a ridiculous story, but also completely strangled prose and dialogue that no human would ever speak. The Baltimore Boys boasts a different translator, but has exactly the same problems as its predecessor. Translator Alison Anderson has also translated the works of Muriel Barbery, and those have read like … books. With sentences and dialogue and everything. The conclusion you have to draw is that Dicker is a stylist, but possibly one who has never read a book or had a conversation. Possibly this other worldly aura can explain how he has managed to sell millions of books, but otherwise there’s no reason for this diptych to be anything but tipped into a ditch. Where The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair was at least entertaining in its excesses, The Baltimore Boys is a long and meaningless dirge. Marcus Goldman, fresh off the success of his second novel, stays in Florida to write his third novel. After following a loose dog back to its home, he finds it belongs to his old girlfriend, Alexandra Neville, “the most celebrated female vocalist and musician in recent years. [T]he idol everyone had been waiting for, for so long, the woman who had revitalised the music industry.” The chance encounter leads to two things: Marcus steals the dog every day so that he has an excuse to see Alexandra, and reflects on growing up with his cousins, the Baltimore Goldmans. The book defines itself in temporal relation to what is ominously called “the Tragedy”. Unlike Harry Quebert, Marcus has no pressure from his awful publisher or agent (who still gets a page-long diatribe about the pull of television and movies dictating to people what to do, and the line “I called her agent and I said, hey, you, get rid of that fat sow and get out of here! This is a film set, not a pig farm.”) or mother (dialled back from the shrewish New Jersey Jewish stereotype she used to be), and no reason to write a book. Not that an author needs a reason, but Marcus has literally no drive across the book and no real character arc. In flashback format, Marcus is a passive observer of his frankly horrible cousins, Hillel and the semi-adoptive Woody. It would be wrong to say that pages upon pages are devoted to talking about how good the Baltimore Goldmans are, because that is actually the majority of the novel. Hillel is introduced as a snotty brat who grates against completely unbelievable authority figures (a private school headmaster who thinks children shouldn’t know the word “fascist”; a high school principal who declares Steinbeck’s work to be “a vulgar, blasphemous heap of slang”) and only has three friends, the third being Scott, a football obsessed invalid with advanced cystic fibrosis who sets up what would have been one of the stupidest moments in the book if Dicker didn’t eventually layer them on in such an incredible avalanche that they overwhelm and envelop the reader. As each character gets older, they don’t become less likeable but they do demonstrate increasingly bad judgement. To make a list of every incredible (in the literal sense of the word) moment in The Baltimore Boys would run 459 pages, because there is something on every page that defies both analysis and common sense. There’s a point where The Baltimore Boys stops being charming in its buffoonery and becomes openly irritating. By the time you reach the Tragedy, one of the most avoidable in literary history, you may want to throw your book across the room. The whole book builds up to it and it is something so stilted and foolish that the already thin scaffolding that supported it collapses entirely. Dicker has strange ideas about human nature, the endurance of childhood crushes into adulthood, and what constitutes reasonable behaviour. The only motivation that he ascribes to anyone is jealousy, and it clogs up the back half of the story. It’s a simple emotion, but the things that the Baltimore Goldmans do for it are so far beyond what anyone in real life (or in basically any other book) would ever do. The Baltimore Boys features a pointless support cast, including the improbably named “Sycomorus”, “a young black man who worked [at the supermarket]; he was as tall as a mountain and gentle as a lamb”, who promises his father he won’t “ever become gay” and then disappears for several hundred pages, and Marcus’ nosy next door neighbour, who constantly criticises Marcus’ work ethic; they don’t add atmosphere or further the plot, and are dead on the page. One may have gathered from the copious quotes littered throughout this review that The Baltimore Boys is not a masterwork of prose. Having a bad story is enough of a stumbling block, but having sentences that need to be read several times to be parsed is a major failing. The book is so long and so overstuffed with pointless dead ends that eventually it’s hard to laugh at non-sequiturs like “That’s life, old elephants die and the lions eat their corpses.” Rather than whatever the Swiss equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome is, you just want to be done with The Baltimore Boys. If you want to give up on it, even if you’re the sort never to give up on books, you would be entirely forgiven. The Baltimore Boys is a complete mess. Without a single naturally composed sentence or credible character in its 460 pages - that read like at least 200 more - it will be interesting to see whether it properly takes on the English reading book world. One gets the impression that The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair didn’t quite do the business that was anticipated for what was at the time the biggest acquisition in Penguin Books’ history; The Baltimore Boys is worse in every way, and might be enough to sink Dicker in English. Audiences are now quite used to reading novels in translation, but if a book was never good to begin with, there’s not much to be done about it. Special note: apart from having a general desire to finish most books, I felt honour bound to finish this one. It actually became difficult to reach the end, whereas normally even if I’m not liking something it’s just one word after the next. Dicker’s words never come in logical sequence, and they’re more like a burden on the soul. Sometimes you’ve got to do things; sometimes you’ve got to exorcise demons. Whether that’s by writing a dubious fictional best seller or simply by writing a lengthy review, you do it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    The Baltimore Boys by Joel Dicker is his second book translated from French. The first The Harry Quebert Affair, is one of my all time favourites. So I was eager to read this one. Three cousins Marcus, Hillel and Woody are bound together as the Goldman Gang. We live through their childhood, college years and start of adulthood. Hillel & Woody are part of the wealthy Goldman family in Baltimore and have a idilic life, massive luxury homes in Baltimore and Florida. However, Marcus is from the not The Baltimore Boys by Joel Dicker is his second book translated from French. The first The Harry Quebert Affair, is one of my all time favourites. So I was eager to read this one. Three cousins Marcus, Hillel and Woody are bound together as the Goldman Gang. We live through their childhood, college years and start of adulthood. Hillel & Woody are part of the wealthy Goldman family in Baltimore and have a idilic life, massive luxury homes in Baltimore and Florida. However, Marcus is from the not so wealthy Goldman family in Montclair living under the Baltimore Goldman’s ‘golden’ shadow. You know from the start there has been a tragedy and the story weaves through the years, to bring you to a neat conclusion. This epic family tragedy is seen through the eyes of one of the cousins, Marcus Goldman, who becomes an established author ........ the same author as in the Harry Qubert Affair (to be honest I didn’t realise until after I finished the book .... I am so hopeless at remembering names and characters 😊) Overall I was sad to finish this book and to be leaving the Goldman’s behind but I think it will sit just behind The Harry Qubert Affair in my affections!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Dorothea

    5 out of 5 stars! ⭐️ OUR APRIL 2018 BOOK CLUB READ: Joël Dicker did it again. No one writes as he does... I cried silent tears at the end of the book. I am so shocked in all the good ways though! What an epic book about a family tragedy and how well thought through the entire story was! A true piece of literary art. So here is what the family tragedy is about: Fresh from the staggering success of THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐️ OUR APRIL 2018 BOOK CLUB READ: Joël Dicker did it again. No one writes as he does... I cried silent tears at the end of the book. I am so shocked in all the good ways though! What an epic book about a family tragedy and how well thought through the entire story was! A true piece of literary art. So here is what the family tragedy is about: Fresh from the staggering success of THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration from a surprising source: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, phenomenally successful singer and Marcus's first love. All at once, memories of his childhood come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy, and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin. The Baltimore Boys. The Goldman Gang. That was what they called Marcus, and his cousins Hillel and Woody. Three brilliant young men with their whole lives ahead of them, before their kingdom crumbled beneath the weight of lies, jealousy and betrayal. For years, Marcus has struggled with the burdens of his past, but now, he must attempt to banish his demons and tell the real story of the Baltimore Boys. I loved this story about three charismatic boys growing to maturity in the 1990s and early 2000s with all the social and political changes of America in that time. I guess it must be true when they say that you haven’t lived until you have read and lived through all the emotions in a Dicker novel. What amazes me the most is that a person can create these types of feelings ‘only’ by using words and make such a crazy story so believable. It’ll tear your heart & your guts out, but it’ll be so worth it, I promise. AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!!! ❤️👍🏻📖 “Grâce aux livres, Tout était effacé Tout était oublié. Tout était pardonné. Tout était reparé.” - Joël Dicker, ‘Le Livre des Baltimore’

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I loved, “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair,” and I was delighted to read the sequel. Author Marcus Goldman is about to start writing his new book and has relocated to Boca Raton, Florida. Florida reminds him of his Uncle Saul, who lived there when he was older, and a chance meeting with his ex-lover, Alexandra, brings back memories of his youth and his cousins, ‘the Baltimore Goldmans.’ While his new neighbour, the elderly Leonard Horowitz, berates him for not getting down to work, Marcu I loved, “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair,” and I was delighted to read the sequel. Author Marcus Goldman is about to start writing his new book and has relocated to Boca Raton, Florida. Florida reminds him of his Uncle Saul, who lived there when he was older, and a chance meeting with his ex-lover, Alexandra, brings back memories of his youth and his cousins, ‘the Baltimore Goldmans.’ While his new neighbour, the elderly Leonard Horowitz, berates him for not getting down to work, Marcus spends his time recalling the past and tries to piece together what happened so many years before. This book goes back and forwards in time; taking us from 1960 to 2004. It is the story of three cousins; Marcus, Hillel and Woodrow Finn. Hillel is the son of Marcus’s Uncle Saul and Aunt Anita and Woodrow (Woody) is a young boy they adopt. Throughout his childhood, these ‘Baltimore Goldmans,’ seem to define success and happiness to Marcus. They live in a beautiful house, with a holiday home at the Hamptons and are wealthy, attractive and exude happiness and success. Marcus delights in staying with them, while, on his return home, everything seems slightly dull and tainted. His father is not as self assured as Uncle Saul, his mother not quite as attractive as Aunt Anita and he envies Hillel and Woody their closeness. As the story progresses, different characters enter the story; including Scott Neville, a school friend of Hillel and Woody, and his sister, Alexandra. We learn of friendships, relationships, family arguments and sporting ambitions. Along the way, we know from the very beginning, that there is a tragedy which unfolds. Obviously, I do not want to write any spoilers here, but we learn of what happened slowly and some readers may find the long, winding story difficult. Yes, this book could have been edited to be shorter, but personally, I really enjoyed learning about the Goldman family – even if my (dis)interest in sport was tested to the limit... Obviously, Marcus gradually learns that everything he thought was so impressive and, seemingly perfect, as a young man, could not possibly be so uncomplicated. Through learning about the reality of his cousins lives, he begins to come to terms with his own feelings of yearning to belong to the ‘Baltimore Goldmans’ and to be accepted by them. I liked Marcus very much and loved the way that the novel unfolded gradually to reveal the layers of complicated relationships beneath the façade. If you enjoyed the ‘Harry Quebert Affair’ then you will, undoubtedly, enjoy this. If, though, you have read the earlier book and found it a struggle, then will probably feel the same way about this as, in format, if not in content, it is quite similar. I will certainly read anything else by this author, which is translated, and I am confident I will enjoy it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna Karen

    This book is terribly bad. I had to read it (more like I skipped over most of it) until the end just to find out what the "TRAGEDY" would be. It´s so full of boring and stupid repetitions. Silly and ridiculous storyline. And the way the author writes most of his female characters should be addressed by his readers. They´re all either disgusting or completely unreal. Seriously, are we okay with all the women being vile or cringe-worthy? I can´t believe the reviews and adoration both the Joel Dick This book is terribly bad. I had to read it (more like I skipped over most of it) until the end just to find out what the "TRAGEDY" would be. It´s so full of boring and stupid repetitions. Silly and ridiculous storyline. And the way the author writes most of his female characters should be addressed by his readers. They´re all either disgusting or completely unreal. Seriously, are we okay with all the women being vile or cringe-worthy? I can´t believe the reviews and adoration both the Joel Dicker books get, they absolutely do not deserve it, although the first one is more of a fun romp than this one is. This one is like death. I read it for the popsugar reading challenge, as a book recommended by a librarian. I don´t think my towns librarian had actually read it herself, more like she was going by customers word of mouth. People actually think this is good, which is quite sad.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roman Clodia

    'In books, people who are no longer with us can meet again, and embrace' This is a long (over-long, really) book about family, brotherhood, love, lies, loyalty, rivalry and secrets: as seems to have become irritatingly de rigeur we have a fragmented narrative where Marcus skips between 'now' and various moments in the past. We know from the first page that his cousin Woody is going to prison and that a tragedy follows but the events are withheld until the end (the narrator speaking only of 'The T 'In books, people who are no longer with us can meet again, and embrace' This is a long (over-long, really) book about family, brotherhood, love, lies, loyalty, rivalry and secrets: as seems to have become irritatingly de rigeur we have a fragmented narrative where Marcus skips between 'now' and various moments in the past. We know from the first page that his cousin Woody is going to prison and that a tragedy follows but the events are withheld until the end (the narrator speaking only of 'The Tragedy' - cute or frustrating?). There's so much smart writing here that it's annoying when Dicker gets it wrong: the first section, for example, is far too drawn-out for what it needs to do. We 'get' the points he's making sooner than he seems to think, whether his narrator is conjuring up, Proust-style, his childhood with his cousins, or faffing around in the present with an annoying next-door neighbour and re-meeting his one-time love. That said, the characters are attractive and once the boys move into adolescence and early manhood things pick up. There are lots of misunderstandings that don't get cleared up till the end, but also some lovely portraits of male friendship and love, rivalry and brotherhood. The end manages to be both moving and also melodramatic: I 'bought' it when caught up in the book but when the covers are closed it seems unconvincing and a bit over-heated. So a book overall which I liked rather than loved: but it's interesting to have a kind of family saga/coming-of-age written with a masculine focus and sensibility. Review from an ARC courtesy of Amazon Vine

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I am still under the spell of the Goldman cousins, so it is going to be hard to rate this book. I don't know if it is great or just average, I'm not sure if I have fallen in all the writer's traps or if I was able to see them in advance. I guess it is like chocolate, you know it is not the healthiest thing you can eat but you try a little and its so bittersweet, so milky that without realising you have eaten a whole bar. I enjoyed "The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair" -it was such a page-tur I am still under the spell of the Goldman cousins, so it is going to be hard to rate this book. I don't know if it is great or just average, I'm not sure if I have fallen in all the writer's traps or if I was able to see them in advance. I guess it is like chocolate, you know it is not the healthiest thing you can eat but you try a little and its so bittersweet, so milky that without realising you have eaten a whole bar. I enjoyed "The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair" -it was such a page-turner - but I didn't know what to expect when I first lay hands on this one. I just knew Marcus Goldman was back, he was trying to write a new book again and that something wrong had happened "The Drama" What Marcus Goldman is trying here is to untangle his family history, explain the deeds of the two branches of the family the Golden Baltimore and the "grey" Montclair. To do it he makes use of flashbacks and moves through different time lines narrating the story of three cousins who love each other more than anything in the world: Hillel, Woody and Marcus: their childhood, teenage years and early youth. Their loves, their dreams, their friendships and their ambitions are shared with us. But we always see the gang through Marcus's eyes and that's when I have to face my reading demons: I always trust the characters, I always believe what they say and see the world though their eyes. Therefore I got as infatuated with Hillel (the skinny weak only son turned gifted teenager with leader aptitudes) and Woody (the outsider and disfunctional kid/Hillel's shadow/future football star). As Marcus, I believed love and friendship lasts forever and that it can overcome everything and that when it appears at a very tender age it doesn't faulter through the years but grows stronger and stronger. So when Marcus's gaze gets more mature and objective, wiser because he gets all the pieces of the puzzle and all the sides of the story I get a slap in the face. Because it doesn't matter if it's in books and real life I hate reckoning that "heroes" more often than not have feet of clay. As I said at the beginning I might be under a spell with the book.Maybe it is not perfect, there might be stereotyoping and a certain dislike of the female love interest -which reminds me of Taylor Swift- but it is a sweet story, weirdly warm and familiar. Maybe within a few days I will see the truth, and the mask of perfection will fall but it still will be an enjoyable reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mauricio Gomez Ormeño

    This novel lives completely on the shadow of “The truth of the Harry Quebert affair”. Plain storyline where the only action is found on the last 50 pages.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ana // TheBooktarian

    Actual rating: 3,5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    i.

    This is the third book by the French author and the second I've read. I was a bit reluctant to read it since I hadn't liked The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair so much, despite its international success, because of the way the plot unfolded. However , I really enjoyed his writing style. In The Baltimore Boys his writing is even more appealing and although the plot is intriguing I think I would have read the books even if it had been about the most boring characters and ideas ever, that's how This is the third book by the French author and the second I've read. I was a bit reluctant to read it since I hadn't liked The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair so much, despite its international success, because of the way the plot unfolded. However , I really enjoyed his writing style. In The Baltimore Boys his writing is even more appealing and although the plot is intriguing I think I would have read the books even if it had been about the most boring characters and ideas ever, that's how wonderfully he writes. I am eager to read his next novel! If you like reading books about coming of age and family relationships , The Baltimore Boys is for you too. www.theleisurediaries.blogspot.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rita Costa (Lusitania Geek)

    I love this books, shame it didn't come up first this one, as the time that occurred was way before Marcus entered in the "picture´" of Harry Quebert Case. which by the way I loved it that novel too. I like the background life of Marcus Goldman, the famous writer who was struggling to create a new novel, after find that his teacher/academic mentor had been murder, he tries to investigate which will end up as a novel. This book tells about his love life, the Goldman gang during his childhood-adol I love this books, shame it didn't come up first this one, as the time that occurred was way before Marcus entered in the "picture´" of Harry Quebert Case. which by the way I loved it that novel too. I like the background life of Marcus Goldman, the famous writer who was struggling to create a new novel, after find that his teacher/academic mentor had been murder, he tries to investigate which will end up as a novel. This book tells about his love life, the Goldman gang during his childhood-adolescent times, his uncle, his luxury life...It is a great novel. I've heard there will be a mini-serie about "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair" in motion picture...that definitely will see it. Both books of Joel Dicker are excellent, but in my personal opinion i would prefer the "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair" novel. I do recommend to read first this book before reading the Harry Quebert case thou...if you already read it, oh you know what you have to do. 4.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    I loved The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair and it was great to meet Marcus Goldman again. I didn’t think this one was as gripping as HQ but it did have a lot of lovely moments and some beautiful characters and one delightful dog. The downside of the book was that it was long winded and the storyline went backwards and forwards to such an extent I felt dizzy! I loved the strong friendship of Woody and Hillel which shone through the prose. Hillel’s parents (Saul and Anita) were lovely and do I loved The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair and it was great to meet Marcus Goldman again. I didn’t think this one was as gripping as HQ but it did have a lot of lovely moments and some beautiful characters and one delightful dog. The downside of the book was that it was long winded and the storyline went backwards and forwards to such an extent I felt dizzy! I loved the strong friendship of Woody and Hillel which shone through the prose. Hillel’s parents (Saul and Anita) were lovely and downright decent. I loved the fact that they extended their family to Woody and treated him as their son. Thanks to Woody the extreme bullying that Hillel experienced from Porky stopped. Although they were an ‘army of two’ Woody and Hillel fully embraced and included their cousin Marcus to create The Goldman Gang. They also included the delightful and brave Scott Neville (and his beautiful sister Alexandra) who suffered from cystic fibrosis. He was a shining and brave human being and I loved that the football team had the humanity to include him even though he was physically incapable of keeping up with them. His death was sad but he died doing what he loved best. The book dealt really well with the love and rivalry between the members of the Goldman Gang . The glue that held them together was their dreams and once those were shattered so their friendship lost its gloss. They were eventually reunited as Woody’s life deteriorated and they stuck by each other until the end. Ultimately their tremendous bond meant they could not live without each other. Hillel and Woody were also the glue that held Saul and Anita together and once they left for college the only thing they had was silence. They only sprang to life when they came home. Saul’s jealously of Patrick Neville led to his undoing and the end of his relationship with Anita. The book is really a voyage of discovery for Marcus. His love of the Baltimore Goldmans led him on a journey to piece together what caused their downfall. His love of Alexandra was a constant although that relationship not only had its ups and downs but it went through many changes due to the events beyond their control. Overall an interesting read though it isn’t always easy because of the meandering path it takes through time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    I'm rating it 1 to counterbalance the 4.08/5 that – in my honest opinion – this book doesn't deserve. The story has some interesting swings and it's a really easy read. I found the part that revolves around the "drama" near the end of the book to be a bit more interesting than the otherwise quite banal story. Now, as far as I'm concerned that's about it for the good points. I read it in French as it's my mother tongue. The author has no style. The prose is quite flat and descriptive. The dialogue I'm rating it 1 to counterbalance the 4.08/5 that – in my honest opinion – this book doesn't deserve. The story has some interesting swings and it's a really easy read. I found the part that revolves around the "drama" near the end of the book to be a bit more interesting than the otherwise quite banal story. Now, as far as I'm concerned that's about it for the good points. I read it in French as it's my mother tongue. The author has no style. The prose is quite flat and descriptive. The dialogues are neither realistic nor believable for most parts. The first 60 pages of the book didn't arouse my interest at all, actually I had to concentrate to force myself into it. Also, I didn't understand the need to constantly jumping in time – it killed the flow of the story and confused me more than anything.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophia B

    A good book about the perception we have of others and all the hidden fissures, wounds and conflicts we don’t see. I didn’t like the last part of the book. The unbelievable part. But then again - almost everything is possible. But thw novel didn’t gain from it. If he had focused more on the story and less on being a bestseller it could have been even better. A great summer-read nonetheless.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hermien

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It reminded me of John Irving at his best.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Campbell

    I'm giving this four stars as a reflection of how much I enjoyed it. Objectively speaking it probably wasn't much above mediocre, but then again I'm no arbiter of quality; I likes what I likes. I'm giving this four stars as a reflection of how much I enjoyed it. Objectively speaking it probably wasn't much above mediocre, but then again I'm no arbiter of quality; I likes what I likes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tanja Berg

    Read in Norwegian. Marcus Goldman is back and this time he is ready to tell the story of his cousin's family in Baltimore. The golden, rich side of the family. Succesful lawyer uncle Saul, talented doctor wife Anita, their intelligent son Hillel and their sort-of foster son Woody. It ended badly for the lot of them and little by little the story is pieced together through different timelines. There is a lot of hinting at "the tragedy" that eventuallly becomes really annoying. When all is reveale Read in Norwegian. Marcus Goldman is back and this time he is ready to tell the story of his cousin's family in Baltimore. The golden, rich side of the family. Succesful lawyer uncle Saul, talented doctor wife Anita, their intelligent son Hillel and their sort-of foster son Woody. It ended badly for the lot of them and little by little the story is pieced together through different timelines. There is a lot of hinting at "the tragedy" that eventuallly becomes really annoying. When all is revealed, I'm a little stumped. I never would have guessed. I'm also a little perplexed by the themes the ending throws into the mix. "The snake in the garden", "nature versus nurture" and other things I didn't really think this had been about. This is no where near the heights of "the truth about the Harry Quebert affair" which was a true master piece. What this book does have is sympathetic, honest characters. There is a richness in the descriptions of relationships that I rarely come across. Other than this, "the Baltimore family" (or whatever this will be called in English) is a fairly run-of-the-mill coming of age story. Except two of three cousins never really come of age, so maybe it's not quite the common variety after all. Anyway, absolutely recommended. Already available in several languages, but not English.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

    8.5 out of 10 I liked it a little less than the first book. Maybe I missed a thriller since it was a pure family drama. Maybe I like Marcus older. Maybe I don't share all the characters' admiration towards Anita, especially regarding her behavior during the bullying of her son. Maybe I'm shocked to see Marcus's ss mother being rational and not annoying. But don't get me wrong, this story is awesome! It's only a comparison to the previous Dicker's work. I even consider this part being deeper o 8.5 out of 10 I liked it a little less than the first book. Maybe I missed a thriller since it was a pure family drama. Maybe I like Marcus older. Maybe I don't share all the characters' admiration towards Anita, especially regarding her behavior during the bullying of her son. Maybe I'm shocked to see Marcus's ss mother being rational and not annoying. But don't get me wrong, this story is awesome! It's only a comparison to the previous Dicker's work. I even consider this part being deeper on the emotional level. While reading this, you become a family member, not just a citizen. You won't be stunned by revealed secrets, but you will certainly feel something. ps: After a few days, I got what bothered me in this book. Alexandra. I don't like her character.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Philippe Malzieu

    Markus life continuation. Family, cousins, grandparents, friendship, love, jealousy, teenagers pact, the passage to adulthood, love, death...(ce n'est pas tout) It is less magic than the first one but the charm always operates. Markus life continuation. Family, cousins, grandparents, friendship, love, jealousy, teenagers pact, the passage to adulthood, love, death...(ce n'est pas tout) It is less magic than the first one but the charm always operates.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarika

    I really enjoyed Harry Quebert. Baltimore, however, is a horse of a different colour. I had a hard time believing it was written by same guy. The way I read books is I picture a building in my mind to match the book. The construction of the story, the depth of characters, the twists and quirks (not necessary but sometimes nice) become a house of my own imagination. Sometimes I can see the house very vividly, sometimes it's more of an impression, like a building seen through a fog or rain. Baltim I really enjoyed Harry Quebert. Baltimore, however, is a horse of a different colour. I had a hard time believing it was written by same guy. The way I read books is I picture a building in my mind to match the book. The construction of the story, the depth of characters, the twists and quirks (not necessary but sometimes nice) become a house of my own imagination. Sometimes I can see the house very vividly, sometimes it's more of an impression, like a building seen through a fog or rain. Baltimore is an empty, sadly neglected mansion. Built with a flash and flare but not enough care was given for the maintenance. Think succinct, think concise, and please do not narrate your own text. Ugh, I have spoken. I think Dicker has yet to learn the golden "it's the quality, not the quantity" rule. I was bored rigid while the praise of money and status just went on and on... why I ever saw to story to the end is a mystery to me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grace Daniels

    I read up to page 160 and just HAD to stop. It was very repetitive and dull. The writing read almost like a script and the characters had no personality or chemistry. The conversations were unrealistic and/or cliched. Not sure why this got such rave reviews. It's very rare that I don't finish a book, especially when there is a jaw-dropping 'tragedy' just a few (hundred) pages ahead. When I decided to stop reading I couldn't care less about the tragedy or what happened to the characters involved. I read up to page 160 and just HAD to stop. It was very repetitive and dull. The writing read almost like a script and the characters had no personality or chemistry. The conversations were unrealistic and/or cliched. Not sure why this got such rave reviews. It's very rare that I don't finish a book, especially when there is a jaw-dropping 'tragedy' just a few (hundred) pages ahead. When I decided to stop reading I couldn't care less about the tragedy or what happened to the characters involved. I very highly don't recommend to all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hastings75

    Picked this book up from my favourite book shop, Time Out in Mount Eden, and had high hopes. It was a good, but not amazing, read. The story of three boys - and a girl - as they grow up and deal with the trials and tribulations of youth and adolescence. All in all, a book I am pleased I have read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    I really enjoyed Joel Dicker's first book and I was excited to hear about this new one. I was a way into it before I realised that this book is a continuation of the story of the main character of the previous one. It feels very different though, but he does keep with the structure of looking back on a series of events. It is interesting structure, you feel very much like you are being told a story from memory. Marcus our main character is working on a book in Florida, he ends up encountering an I really enjoyed Joel Dicker's first book and I was excited to hear about this new one. I was a way into it before I realised that this book is a continuation of the story of the main character of the previous one. It feels very different though, but he does keep with the structure of looking back on a series of events. It is interesting structure, you feel very much like you are being told a story from memory. Marcus our main character is working on a book in Florida, he ends up encountering an ex girlfriend through her dog, which he basically kidnaps in order to having to keep encountering her. Alexandra and Marcus have known each other since childhood. They were part of a group which included Alexandra, Marcus and his cousins. The book details their childhoods, their parents stories, their ongoing relationships and the successes and tragedies of their lives. You get a lot of detail and you come to know everyone in his family very well. Some of the things that happen to people are shocking and sad. It is a big sprawling book and the sort of thing you can get lost for days in. There are lots of layers of story, as Marcus reflects on his story up to now. I really look forward to reading more of Joel Dickers books. Where will he take Marcus next. In the same way that Harry Qubert was a book within a book, so is this one. It makes it interesting and clever.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Wonderful and convoluted. Another great story from this fabulous author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maryna Semenyuk

    Joel Dicker is definitely a great author and his style captivates and intrigues a reader during the whole book. This book is a wonderful journey thought the lives of three generations of Goldman family and is full of love and hatred, friendship and betrayal, happiness and tragedy. I loved the book and almost cried at the end.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nikola

    You can find this review on my book blog. After a month of being completely cut-off from reading and blogging The Baltimore Boys was the perfect first book to start my summer filled with amazing to-be-read books. I have been reading it for a while but in the last 2 days I have completely devoured every word of it. As I’ve given the synopsis above I won’t be revealing much about this book. To people who have read The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair the character of Marcus Goldman will be f You can find this review on my book blog. After a month of being completely cut-off from reading and blogging The Baltimore Boys was the perfect first book to start my summer filled with amazing to-be-read books. I have been reading it for a while but in the last 2 days I have completely devoured every word of it. As I’ve given the synopsis above I won’t be revealing much about this book. To people who have read The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair the character of Marcus Goldman will be familiar and in this book we learn more about him and his past with this sequel/prequel to the first book. I will note that this book can be read as a standalone. I have known about Dicker’s first book for a while and do own it but haven’t gotten to it yet. I am curious to know how I’ll perceive The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair now that I’ve read The Baltimore Boys – we’ll find out when I find some time in the future to read it (it’s very very long). I have to say that I loved reading this book so much! I was invested in the story and followed every single one of the happenings – I gasped, I rolled my eyes, I felt sad. There’s no doubt that Dicker is a brilliant young writer whose imagination easily translates into words with such depth. The book deals with two families – The Baltimore Goldmans and The Baltimore Montclairs – (it’s more centered around The Baltimore Goldmans) we experience the youth, adolescence and life of The Baltimore Goldmans through the lens of Marcus Goldman and occasionally we see the narrative change to some key events which are very insightful and keep the reader fully invested in the story. I have to compliment the way Dicker crafted the characters of Woody and Hillel (as well as other characters) because I loved the way they came into each others lives and it made them more real. The way the author made characters have flaws and their own issues made me want to keep reading even though I found some parts to be a bit dry I still fully appreciated the book. The book alternates between past and 2012 (present) and we see Marcus tell his story as well as dealing with the return of his old flame Alexandra Neville. The idea that people who are very close can still have many issues with each other and not really know each other is something I find interesting to read about and this book was the perfect portrayal of that. I have to add that the last 100 pages were jaw dropping – just as you think that the author will give the reader something satisfying all changes and quickly becomes dust. This proves that the author has skills to write a great plot twist which (after finishing the book) leaves you emotionally empty. ‘Everything begins the way everything ends, and books often begin with the end.’ Overall this was a fantastic book about love, betrayal, closeness, loyalty among two families which will make you want to pick up more of Joel Dicker if you haven’t already read his first book. Seriously, this one needs to be on your shelves! I would like to thank the publisher (Quercus Books – MacLehose Press) for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura Spira

    I sat reading this book to the end because it was too hot to do anything else but I didn't enjoy it as much as its predecessor "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair". It's basically the story of three boys growing up, embellished with a couple of plot twists and some shifting time frames to keep the reader interested. The same conceit of the writer character writing the book you are reading is used as in the previous book. But the characters of the three boys - Marcus, the writer, Hillel, th I sat reading this book to the end because it was too hot to do anything else but I didn't enjoy it as much as its predecessor "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair". It's basically the story of three boys growing up, embellished with a couple of plot twists and some shifting time frames to keep the reader interested. The same conceit of the writer character writing the book you are reading is used as in the previous book. But the characters of the three boys - Marcus, the writer, Hillel, the weedy intellectual, and Woody, the physically tough protector - are two-dimensional, as are the rest of the family to which they belong. There are peripheral characters - a next door neighbour, an abused wife - who are poorly integrated into the main narrative. The narrative shifts not only in time but in place and I found it quite difficult to distinguish between the places as they were so sketchily described, which contrasted uncomfortably with the narrator's avowals of attachment to the various houses. We know from the start that a tragedy takes place and can guess at its nature quite early on I really didn't care what happened. The loose ends were tied up far too neatly. As with the previous book, I think the translator deserves considerable credit.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah 🐙

    Joel Dicker has become one of my favourite author. I fell completely in love with La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert, and Le Livre des Baltimore convinced me of Dicker's genius. The style is the same one I fell for in the first book, but here the tone is totally different and it was still perfect. You have all those pieces of family history and different timeline that mingle, like stars. You have to take a step back to see the whole constellation (pretty cool analogy amiright?), but that does Joel Dicker has become one of my favourite author. I fell completely in love with La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert, and Le Livre des Baltimore convinced me of Dicker's genius. The style is the same one I fell for in the first book, but here the tone is totally different and it was still perfect. You have all those pieces of family history and different timeline that mingle, like stars. You have to take a step back to see the whole constellation (pretty cool analogy amiright?), but that doesn't happen until the very end. So, if I have any advice to give you, go read La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert, and then go read this one. Those books are worth every minutes you spend reading them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vix Standen

    I'm hesitant to compare anything to 'A Little Life', a book I loved with all my heart, but 'The Baltimore Boys' definitely evoked similar feelings. I finished it on my lunch break this afternoon, and had a little cry into my sandwich. I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters. I'm tempted to re-read the whole thing again, just so I can have a little more time with them. I'm hesitant to compare anything to 'A Little Life', a book I loved with all my heart, but 'The Baltimore Boys' definitely evoked similar feelings. I finished it on my lunch break this afternoon, and had a little cry into my sandwich. I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters. I'm tempted to re-read the whole thing again, just so I can have a little more time with them.

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