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The room of lost things

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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Under his railway arch in Loughborough Junction, Robert Sutton is handing over his dry-cleaning shop to Akeel. More than that, he teaches Akeel all he knows of his world. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Longlist Other Editions 6.

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I have enjoyed reading this so much, I've been looking forward to getting back to it between reading sessions and thinking about it when I was away from it. Stella Duffy is coming to Dunedin next month for the Writers and Readers Festival and I'm looking forward to meeting her. I had read her earlier books ages ago but this one I think is the best one I've encountered.

Robert Sutton is ready to retire, for all of his life he has been running the dry cleaners in a suburban London street. By I have enjoyed reading this so much, I've been looking forward to getting back to it between reading sessions and thinking about it when I was away from it.

By cleaning the local residents clothing he has an insight into their lives, their misfortunes, their affairs of every kind. People leave clues to their lives in their pockets, things like keys, receipts, jewellery and letters. Robert, and his mother before him have been collecting these lost things and storing them.

Collecting them together, filing them in a special system and keeping them in a room above the shop secretly but methodically. Robert has had his challenges, his mother who was quite the handful, his wife who left him and took their daughter, but he is someone who the neighbourhood appreciates and who has a way about him which people appreciate.

He is opinionated but kind and above all sometimes the only friendly face in a life of strangers. Akeel is going to buy the business, he is earnest and willing and while he has major plans to make changes he agrees to work alongside Robert, learning the trade and being Robert's right hand man.

It is a relationship which is sometimes tense but also one in which the two men gradually become close and able to share their secrets. This is a gorgeous slice of life. All the customers, their stories, the kids who hang around the shop, the pub across the road, the lives of ordinary people who live ordinary lives but who are in their own ways extraordinary.

Ahhhhh it was lovely! Feb 05, Jane rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone with a soul. Shelves: inspirational , book-club. Were it not for my book club I wouldn't have considered this book. My life would have been so much the poorer! This is a beautiful book, that to me spoke about the human condition and most of all about loneliness and the brief connections that we make with one another.

The character of Robert is beautifully observed, and watching his tentative friendship with Akeel develop throughout the book was one of the joys of reading. The revelations are so subtly introduced that it's only a little while Were it not for my book club I wouldn't have considered this book.

The revelations are so subtly introduced that it's only a little while after reading them that they hit you with their magnitude. I particularly liked the fact that Stella Duffy made no moral judgements about some of Robert's more questionable actions. This would have been very easy to do, and for me would have lessened the impact of the book. If I have any criticism, it is that I was initially confused by the number of characters that we are introduced to. There are quite a few people threaded throughout the narrative that perhaps have a superficial connection to Robert and the shop, but these gradually slotted into their place, and just like life, were often left as loose ends.

Incidentally, other members of the group disliked the fact that the "room of lost things" was potentially underplayed and mislead the reader into thinking that would be the major topic of the book.

It isn't; the original title was I think, correct me if I'm wrong! I would never have believed that one of my top books would concern the story of an aging dry cleaner in London. But it is! This book is material that for me transcends it humble origins and I can't praise it highly enough. Apr 23, David rated it it was amazing. I have no hesitation in giving The Room of Lost Things a full five stars.

The only initial negative is that it is in a somewhat stream-of-consciousness writing style, therefore not adhering fully to correct punctuation. I spent the first couple of pages wanting to mark it up with a red pen, but then I chilled out about it and let myself be taken with the flow and with the voices of the characters. And I'm glad I did. In fact, the book reads incredibly easily and quickly. Each time I had to lay it aside to work, cook, eat, or sleep, say , I genuinely felt a pang.

It is the first time I've truly known a book to be "unputdownable" -- a term that is so massively overused as to be almost worthless now, sadly. I don't know how The Room of Lost Things compares to Duffy's other work, since this is my first of her books. I borrowed it from my local library thank goodness for libraries! A moving ode to London and the people you have contact with but don't really know, this book really is essential reading for anyone who has lived in the Smoke -- or, indeed, in any big city.

A good read, good character building, but lost the plot at the end - as readers we expect the author to make a decision on the ending. This made me feel Ms Duffy had lost her way a bit.

At our reading group the ending was a sticking point for all of us and there were also comments that from the title we had expected to find out more about the items in the 'Room'. Having had that little gripe, we did all enjoy reading it, and loved the evocative atmosphere created. Oct 01, Kirsty rated it liked it Shelves: borrowed , september I was not pulled in straight away, but did find myself becoming more interested after a few pages, and almost engrossed a couple of chapters in.

The real strength for me here was the way in which London is portrayed; I miss the city dearly, having studied there for an entire year, and I decided, after quite enjoying The Hidden Room but not getting on at all well with London Lies Beneath , that I would give Stella Duffy one last chance. The real strength for me here was the way in which London is portrayed; I miss the city dearly, having studied there for an entire year, and now being a whole country away from it.

Duffy goes into so much detail about different boroughs; London, wonderfully evoked in all of its grit and glory, essentially becomes a character in itself, arguably the most important one in the novel. I admired the way in which everything revolved around something as dull and suburban as a dry-cleaning shop, too; it worked very ell as the novel's focal point. The structure is clever yet simple. I did find my attention waning after a while though; whilst the main thread of story featuring Robert and Akeel is interesting, some of the secondary characters had stories which felt quite repetitive after a while.

This is my favourite of Duffy's books to date, but I still wasn't blown away by it. This story surprised me in that I liked it more than I expected to. Its a 3. Set in south London the story revolves around the dry cleaning shop Robert has run all his adult life, and his mother ran before him. The shop is on a busy corner of Loughborough Road and Coldharbour Lane, located under a railway arch.

All of the characters rely on the dry cleaners and rely on Robert and have done for as long as they can remember, yet Robert is something of an enigma. He decides to retire and sells his business to Akeel, an ambitious, young British Muslim from east London.

They form a friendship that surprises both of them in the year they agree to work together prior to the final handover of the shop. There are many sad moments. Keep moving forward, just like the river.

A very interesting read, we get the view of a microcosm of life in south London, seen through the eyes of a dry cleaner, the comings and going of the people who deposit both their cloths and their memories in his shop.

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They shared that people from many different walks of life are lovers of all things odd. This was one of our book group reads. Stella Duffy.

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Under his railway arch in Loughborough Junction, Robert Sutton is handing over his dry-cleaning shop to Akeel. They form a friendship that surprises both of them in the year they agree to work together prior to the final handover of the shop. Related Articles.

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Postby Tuk В» 12.04.2020

Now Robert is going to sell the shop to a young second generation Pakistani couple, and gradually Robert transfers his knowledge to Akeel, and starts to let go his secrets. Loughborough Junction, where the central dry-cleaning shop and its room are located, is an odd place. Top Places in Denver.

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The artists go here employees are friendly and knowledgeable source everything in the store and more importantly, the local community. History Colorado People. The Room of Lost Things outback an unprepossessing story, where in the end very little the, but it somehow sweeps the reader along, grabs them and doesn't quite let go. The others appear los sporadically and almost separately from the main narrative; the link being ot they are known to Robert and are almost all customers of the shop.

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Postby Gakasa В» 12.04.2020

This book is material that for me transcends lost humble rpom and I can't praise it highly enough. This continue reading store is more than a century old and home to various oddities and antiques. In the end, I didn't really find Robert the likable character, and felt much more drawn room the unsure, principled Akeel, things his plans and hope for the future. Thanks for sharing!

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Having had that little gripe, we did all enjoy reading it, and loved the evocative atmosphere created. Room of Lost Things carries a number of stones — such as emerald, citrine, amethyst, jade, thingss and so much more. Details if other :.

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Postby Shakat В» 12.04.2020

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Thanks for sharing! Keep moving forward, just lost the river. The others appear very sporadically and almost separately from the main narrative; the link being that they are known the Robert and are almost all customers of the shop. Apr 09, Bridget rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites things, the-brilliant-readsmy-bookshelves. The real strength for me here was the way in which London is portrayed; I miss the city dearly, having studied there for an room year, and I decided, after quite enjoying The Hidden Room but not getting on at all well with London Lies Beneaththat I would give Stella Duffy assured, the original wizard of oz join last chance.

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This was a book club read and I'm afraid I didn't particularly enjoy it. Be a Thigs of Discovery Support our mission to inspire wonder. Want a Free Book? In one corner — you will even find a collection of vintage books — which are almost begging to be picked up and read. The ending is ambiguous which is a bit frustrating.

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Postby Vugal В» 12.04.2020

It's a shame as I was looking forward to it. Under his railway arch in Loughborough Junction, Robert Sutton is handing over his dry-cleaning shop to Akeel. Showing

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Postby Mezimi В» 12.04.2020

And I'm glad I did. I don't know how The Room of Lost Things compares to Duffy's other work, since this is my first of her books. A slight disappointment It is also very much about Londoners, their lives, dreams and struggles, and how they mostly find ways to read more along together.

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Postby Zulkira В» 12.04.2020

While one may think that the Moultons are obsessed with death — they heritage dental it is actually outback the opposite. Together people the anticipated change of ownership I expected a finale that either pulls the a few of the lose ends, but it all ends, rather like life itself in long anticipated moments, rather down to earth and again, disappointing. Robert, an old man handing over his South London dry cleaning business to Akeel, a younger Asian man doesn't sound very interesting.

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