Free Read [Fantasy Book] ☆ The Broken Teaglass - by Emily Arsenault ¸


  • Title: The Broken Teaglass
  • Author: Emily Arsenault
  • ISBN: 9780553386530
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback

  • NATIONAL BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE CRIME BOOK OF THE YEARIn the maze of cubicles at Samuelson Company, editorial assistant Billy Webb struggles to focus while helping to prepare the next edition of a dictionary But there are distractions He senses that something suspicious is going on beneath this company s academic fa ade What s , his possibly flirtatiouNATIONAL BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE CRIME BOOK OF THE YEARIn the maze of cubicles at Samuelson Company, editorial assistant Billy Webb struggles to focus while helping to prepare the next edition of a dictionary But there are distractions He senses that something suspicious is going on beneath this company s academic fa ade What s , his possibly flirtatious co worker Mona Minot has just made a startling discovery a trove of puzzling citations, all taken from the same book, The Broken Teaglass Billy and Mona soon learn that no such book exists And the quotations read like a confession, coyly hinting at a hidden identity, a secret liaison, a crime As Billy and Mona try to unearth the truth, the puzzle begins to take on bigger meaning for both of them, compelling them to redefine their notions of themselves and each other.The Broken Teaglass is at once a literary mystery, a cautious love story, and an ingenious suspense novel that will delight fans of brilliantly inventive fiction.
    Emily Arsenault
    I haven t had a terribly interesting life, so I won t share too many details But the highlights include When I was a preschooler and a kindergartner, I had a lazy eye and I was Connecticut s Miss Prevent Blindness, appearing on pamphlets and television urging parents to get their kids eyes checked I wore an eye patch and clutched a blonde doll wearing a similar patch I imagine it was all rather maudlin, but at the time I wouldn t have known that word I wrote my first novel when I was in fifth grade It was over a hundred pages and took me the whole school year to write It was about five girls at a summer camp I d never been to a summer camp, but had always wanted to attend one When I was all finished, I turned back to the first page, eager to read it all from the beginning I was horrified at how bad it was At age thirteen, I got to go to a real sleepaway camp It was nothing like the book I had written I studied philosophy in college So did my husband We met in a Hegel class, which is awfully romantic I worked as an editorial assistant at Merriam Webster from 1998 2002, and got to help write definitions for their dictionaries My husband and I served in the Peace Corps together, working in rural South Africa I miss Losasaneng, miss many of the people we met there, and dream about it often I am now working on my third novel It is tentatively titled Just Someone I Used to Know, named after and old song Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton used to sing together.


    Commentaires:

    Emily
    Ok, but not great. Mostly, I didn't like the voice of the main male character. It's one of the most commonly made mistakes in writing from the viewpoint of the opposite sex and in this case it was really obvious. If the author had made the main character female instead of trying to force a false male voice out of the narrative, maybe it would have given her a few extra points over all. The book itself--eh. The plot sounds intriguing enough, two people find a hidden story among their work as lexi [...]

    Elizabeth
    I am so caught between three and four stars for this book. It was unique, and intriguing. I learned something new about a field (lexicography) about which I knew nothing. The story was compelling, and although I unraveled some parts of the mystery at about the same time as the main characters, I never felt I 'knew' the ending - key for me in a mystery. I especially liked the clue searches.The one major fault with the book is this: No character ever asked the one question I was burning to know. " [...]

    Dinyah
    Tahukah Anda bahwa ada sebuah profesi bernama Lexicographer? Jika tidak, berarti Anda sama dengan saya dan semoga Tuhan mengampuni kekhilafan kita ini. Memang rasanya profesi ini tidak popular dan kedengarannya cenderung mengada-ada. Apalagi kita tinggal di sebuah negeri seperti Indonesia, negeri yang sejarah modernnya tidak mendorong rakyatnya mengakrabi bentuk-bentuk dokumentasi tertulis, apalagi kamus. Leksikografer adalah penyusun kamus, orang yang berkutat mencari definisi kata. Kata-kata y [...]

    Chris
    I feel like a complete heel. I won this book though a giveaway. A two paragraph review in this weekend's New York Times Book Review liked this book. All the reviews here seem positive.I couldn't finish it.To be fair, I don't think it is Arsenault's fault. In fact, I would be willing to give her next book a try. I think it comes down to bad editing.The premise behind the book is interesting. Two workers at a dictionary publishing house discover what appears to be a murder mystery buried in word [...]

    Andrea
    I think I may be giving a higher rating than it deserves, but I really really enjoyed reading this book. Arsenault's novel deals with the life of a lexicographer and how he tries to solve a "mystery" that really isn't a mystery in order to make his life bearable and less lonely. I know this sounds a bit off putting, but, for whatever reason, this book touched me a on personal level. I think everyone (literally everyone) goes through a point in their lives where there is a stand still and you nee [...]

    Reading Sarah
    Billy Webb has just taken a position at the largest dictionary company in the US. Unfortunately the company is in the armpit of Massachusetts, but Billy is gung-ho about his first job out of college. The job is about as exciting as one might expect. His first day of training consists of reading all of the "front matter" of the dictionary. His coworkers field phone calls about Scrabble fights, and none of them talks to any other lexicographer much, until Mona talks to him. Mona is about Billy's a [...]

    Angie
    There will be spoilers here, but I will mark them with a warning.This is a pretty good debut novel. It'd make a great gift for lovers of words, although the whole "mystery" thing in it felt a little lacking. It'd also make a great gift for a recent college grad, since that is the age of the two main characters.In that sense, while I felt like I could relate to the characters, I also felt the characters weren't realistic enough, although I did like Mona's character and thought Billy related to on [...]

    ConnieKuntz
    Mona and Billy aren't really friends but they aren't exactly boyfriend/girlfriend, either. They are intellectual coworkers who spend their free time with each other piecing together an unlikely mysterious cold case with dated lexicography citations. Their time spent together isn't romantic or hilarious or rowdy, but is instead peaceful and provocative and intelligent and amusing. Emily Arsenault brilliantly wrote Billy and Mona as young twenty-somethings who are thoroughly lovely. I loved readin [...]

    Sarah
    My expectations for this book were clearly far too high. I don't remember what review prompted me to buy it, but the combination of lexicography and mystery with a positive review seemed like a winner. There's a blurb on the back that should have set off alarm bells right away: "Charming and witty are not the usual adjectives used to describe a mystery novel". Maybe if you mostly read from the gritty end of the mystery genre, but I would say that my favourite mystery novels are by definition cha [...]

    Jim Leffert
    Here’s a mystery story by a first-time author that adds a new twist to the genre—a mystery that unfolds at a dictionary publishing company. (With its deep delving into the quotidian workings of lexicography, it was a little reminiscent of a story that I imagined as a teenager: Murder at the Cereal Factory, by Agatha Krispie.) The book plods on for a while at a slow pace, but eventually it gathers force and reaches a satisfying conclusion, in which the resolution is revealing of character and [...]

    John
    Two young lexicographers, Mona and Billy, working for a venerable dictionary company, discover something odd in the company's citation files: every now and then there's a citation that comes from a nonexistent 1985 novel called The Broken Teaglass, written by a nonexistent author. As they come across more of these citations, they realize both that there's a pattern to where the citations might be found and that, taken together in the right order, these little snippets of text might actually tell [...]

    Chel
    I can't remember how or why this book came to be on my shelf. Possibly it was on one of those racks in Barnes and Noble where you can buy 3 books for the price of 2, and I needed a filler. Anyway, I finally shoved it in my shoulder bag because it was the right size.I was initially charmed. The action (such as it is) is set in the day to day life of a team of lexicographers ever updating the dictionary and responding to really wacky letters and phone calls from word geeks like me. The enchantment [...]

    Laura
    Billy Webb is starting his first "real" job as an editorial assistant for The Samuelson Company, publishers of an English dictionary. At work his days are filled with answering letters from members of the public and researching unusual or new words and documenting their usage. At home, he struggles to find meaning in his life and to keep himself occupied. The discovery of some unusual citations in the company's old files leads him to join with a co-worker in attempting to solve a mystery. While [...]

    Ruby
    An intriguing story for any "word person" as the narrator, fresh from getting a philosophy degree, gets a job in a dictionary publishing house. His job is to look for unusual words or usage of words and write up the "citations" for the editors to consider for the next edition. Currently of course the "cits" are on the computer, but there are voluminous paper files of all the pre-computer cits. He and coworker Mona discover in the old files, a series of cryptic cits that seem to refer to a crime [...]

    Hilary
    This book started out really interesting, and then kind of stalled. Although I never put much thought into what goes into creating dictionary definitions. At first, it's rather interesting to learn all about the process. Then, with the mysterious citations that show up in the files, the mystery becomes intriguing. However, after awhile, the story just kind of stalls out, and it's not so much about a mystery as about something else that I never quite figured out. Although the mystery is eventuall [...]

    Madison Turner
    To my mind, the idea of a mystery in which the detectives are dictionary lexicographers seems rife with possibilities. Playful linguistic comedy, a meditation on identity (what *defines* us) or even the nature of language itself come to mind. Failing that, a cozy page-turner that hinges on some curiosity of definition or etymology would certainly be appreciated. This novel delivers none of the above. Instead we get a handful of underdeveloped, bourgeois pseudointellectuals going through the moti [...]

    Miriam
    I picked this up because I was looking for a fun, light mystery. I loved the premise--a mystery set in the office of people who write dictionaries. As I write that, I realize it sounds dull. But for a person who loves words and mysteries, it seemed like an ideal combo. And yet, every page of this book was a struggle for me. The mystery wasn't compelling, the characters were whiny, the way the "clues" were rolled out didn't make me think I was figuring out anything but just that the writer was ho [...]

    Jennifer
    Ugh. I wish this book was so much better for me than it turned out. The threads of the story just did not come together well, and the characters were not well developed. This book felt more like a missed opportunity and it was, unfortunately, a slog to get through. (Sorry!)

    LJ
    First Sentence: I lifted my head when I heard her knocking.Billy Webb is a young man, recently graduated from college, joins a dictionary publishing company and begins work as a lexicographer on their annual update. His job is to research possible words which should be added. There he meets coworker Mona who keeps coming across slips of paper with words that seem to be bits of a story. The citation for each is a book entitled “The Broken Teaglass”, which doesn’t seem to exist, but sets the [...]

    Yvann S
    "How does a clod like me end up in training to be a lexicographer?"Billy has landed a job at Samuelson Dictionary Company, researching new words, defining a few for the annual Supplement, and answering letters and phone calls that come in from inquiring patrons. He stumbles upon a mystery in the reference files, and slowly, with help from the petite lexicographical prodigy Mona Minot, puts it together.There are two very distinct elements to this book. One is the life of Billy, newly out of colle [...]

    Carrie
    I have two words that describe my journey with this book: slow and irrelevant. The book itself took a very long time with irrelevant information to get to anti-climactic findings. There were back stories of characters or inklings that some characters may be more than what they were to later realize that no such surprises were going to wet your whistle. The main character, Billy, had cancer in the past. This fact was dwelled on but did not seem to enrich his character in any way or let you in on [...]

    Vivian
    It's difficult to imagine that work at a dictionary company and word definitions and citations could be mysterious. But these are the elements that Emily Arsenault quite artfully combines in THE BROKEN TEAGLASS.Billy Webb is a new hire at Samuelson Company, an esteemed dictionary publisher in New England. Billy recently graduated from college and is now working as an editor. Parts of his responsibilities include obtaining new citations or "cits" for word usage, as well as checking previously fil [...]

    Marlyn
    There's been a lot of discussion about whether or not this book is a mystery. I don't think it really matters how it's classified, but readers looking for a traditionally constructed mystery novel won't find it here.What they will find is an extremely well-written story about a young man named Billy Webb, recently graduated from university with a degree in philosophy, who takes a position as an editorial assistant at a dictionary publishing house.One of his tasks is to respond to letters with qu [...]

    Heather Sunderland
    The Broken Teaglass is a beautifully written and quirky mystery by Emily ArsenaultIn the stifling boredom of a dictionary publishing house, Billy and Mona find snippets of what appears to be either a confession, evidence of a crime or a work of fiction dotted through the otherwise dry citation files – small snippets of text which put the words into context in sentences.With little else to entertain themselves they begin unearthing and piecing together the Broken Teaglass citations and being dr [...]

    Kristen
    This book sounded intriguing, especially for an admitted "word-nerd" like me. Set at a dictionary company full of lexicographers, where new employee Billy meets Mona and the two discover what appear to be clues to a mystery or crime in the citation files used to create new dictionary definitions and update existing ones.Unfortunately, both the mystery and the characters in this book are all dull and plodding, with virtually nothing to connect you to them. I found the whole book so difficult to g [...]

    Suzanne
    Initially, I thought I was going to be raving about this work, but by the time I finished it, my enthusiasm had waned. The setting is certainly unusual, and that is probably what held my attention in the beginning. I could not help but compare lexicographers and the lexicographical process and setting with librarians and libraries. However, the story-within-a-story detective plot was clearly influenced (not to say inspired) by "Possession," and ultimately, it just felt derivative. The resolution [...]

    Margie
    I really enjoyed this.It started off a bit slow (I was thinking, "Eh, first novel."). But I got quite absorbed in the mystery.Some reviewers have mentioned that they didn't like the characterizations, but that was actually one of the things I really liked. A lot. I could totally believe in these characters. There might not have been a lot of interior motivation for the characters who aren't the narrator, but isn't that a bit like real life? We can only know a limited amount about other people.An [...]

    A.M.
    While the first 50 pages literally put me to sleep, I am so glad I stuck with this well-written, unique and enjoyable novel. What I love most is the subtlety: essentially, it is a story about the everyday lives of two young lexicographers who recently graduated college and are trying to decide if this first academically prestigious but unusual job is right for them long-term. In the midst of what could be construed as a rather tedious job updating definitions for the nation's premier dictionary [...]

    Margaret
    An interesting, cerebral mystery, the main characters of which work at a fictional dictionary company. The two junior lexicographers, Billy and Mona, discover in piecemeal fashion a story, apparently of a murder, among the company's citation (or cit) files and piece the story together, literally, discovering along the way that the story itself takes place in part at a dictionary company. The narrative is well told and the topic unusual. I've probably been reading way too much suspense and shoot [...]

    Carolyn Stein
    It's pretty good. If I could I'd give the book a 3.5 because it doesn't really have a strong ending. However it was gentle with me and lightly humorous; it was fundamentally about words and meanings and how we construct our own meanings. The main character's own plight is essentially unresolved. Even the mystery (while completely known by the end) feels unresolved at the end. I enjoyed it.

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