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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (482 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lan Samantha Chang Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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At their renowned writing school, every student is simultaneously terrified of and attracted to the charismatic poet and professor Miranda Sturgis, whose high standards for art are both intimidating and inspiring. As two students, Roman and Bernard, strive to win her admiration, the lines between mentorship, friendship, and love are blurred.

Roman's first book wins a prestigious prize. Meanwhile, Bernard labors for years over a single poem. Secrets of the past begin to surface, friendships are broken, and Miranda continues to cast a shadow over their lives. All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost is a brilliant evocation of the demands of ambition and vocation, personal loyalty and poetic truth.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 2/9/2014

    " A novel about the academic writing life as lived by a successful poet and professor that manages to be neither snarky nor shallow? That alone is amazing. But in a mere 205 pages this marvelous novel stirs up a longing for soul, for pure commitment, for passionate dedication to friendship and to the written word while demonstrating the protagonist's failure in all of these areas. And yet, Chang never tempts us to indulge in the kind of smug judgments that are so common when we encounter a character a little too much like ourselves. And that is a genuine miracle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/31/2014

    " 3-1/2 stars for this book about a trio, or rather, a triangle of poets. There were many lovely aspects of this book I enjoyed, and I certainly respect Chang's talent. The writing was elegant and the characters well-drawn. Some of the questions raised about working in the arts, professional self-doubt and professional jealousy, whether poetry can be taught, and art vs. craft were intriguing. It also thoughtfully explored the difficulties we can have navigating our most important relationships. I just couldn't get excited about it. Those in academia may appreciate it more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 1/23/2014

    " The title of this short novel drew me in. It is poetic and intriguing. The story has four basic characters, all budding poets of one sort or another. It follows them from graduate school through life, mostly through the eyes of one character. As the story unfolds, it reads as a send-up of writing schools, the students in them, and the awards they all covet. But then it turns into a story about relationships and, possibly, larger questions in life. Interesting questions about life and career. But those questions are posed, not developed. And somehow even the main character remains two-dimensional in my eyes. Overall, this is a quick read, but it does not live up to its own seeming aspirations and ultimately feels underdeveloped, which may not be surprising for a novel this short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/15/2014

    " Poets across the lifespan avoid relationships to protect their ability to create. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/12/2014

    " I liked the setting, a university creative writing department. But depressing really. Overwritten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/11/2014

    " I loved this stark little novel with its beautiful images and wisps of dialogue. It left me with questions and made me want to write poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/9/2014

    " With prose as finely crafted as the as the most seamless of silks, Chang's talent ceasessly fails to leave me breathless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dottie | 10/28/2013

    " Students in a renowned writing school compete for their professors' (female) notice.....again, another highly rated book about relationships and ambition... While I finished the book, I did not find any of the characters sympathetic, or particularly interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wally | 10/19/2013

    " Roman's ambition and arrogance made me examine myself, and recalibrate life more in the direction of Bernard and Lucy. It is a shame that Roman separated himself from Miranda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora Malone | 10/1/2013

    " This is about everything that is right and everything that is wrong about academia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 4/29/2013

    " The book is a sometimes hopeful often depressing look at the education and life of a poet, but the writing itself is absolutely beautiful. There were some sentences I would stop and reread several times just to appreciate them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/15/2013

    " Read in under 4 hours, shed 2 tears at the end. A wonderful read for the evening! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mishelle Rodriguez | 1/29/2013

    " slow starting, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neal | 11/22/2012

    " This was a 3-star book for me all the way until the last 30 pages or so. Then all the little things Chang had constructed throughout the book, things that had made it feel slight and at some points a bit boring, came crashing down and were lent a resonance and heft that was simply heartbreaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Schwartz | 8/30/2012

    " Loved that it was a short novel and that the words were carefully chosen. I'm having difficulties reconciling the title with the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalie | 5/4/2012

    " The writing often felt disjointed, but more than anything I didn't like the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 3/3/2012

    " This book is written for every serious writer, and for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kj | 10/7/2011

    " This was a good read. Unusual characters working at their craft. I read it fast enough that I never managed to get it on my list of books I was reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Godley | 8/24/2011

    " Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Beautiful writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigette | 8/21/2011

    " OK, I know someone might shoot me for saying this, but something about this reminded me of John Fowles' The Magus? Smart guy with a lack of humility. Very entertaining. (And really much better than The Magus) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geraldine | 8/4/2011

    " Slight, like the second draft of a novella by a first year MFA candidate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/15/2011

    " I don't even have words for how breathtaking this book is. Highly highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 3/16/2011

    " Even a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet can be plagued with self-doubt. Where do love and ambition fit into the poet's life and work? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 3/3/2011

    " The best thing about this quiet little novel wasn't it's convincing description of the academic poet's life--although that was excellent--it was the understanding this fairly young author convincingly conveyed about the nature of aging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louie | 1/17/2011

    " a total snooze fest till the last 30 pages or so "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/1/2011

    " This book was ok. A bit disjointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/31/2010

    " I liked this bleak little novel very much. A slow start but it certainly packed a wallop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 12/31/2010

    " The end was worth the slow parts of this novel. I'm sucker for a story about good friendships. "

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