In Every Moment We Are Still Alive

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Mar 2018

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DNF

Unfortunately I didn’t finish the book. I got to about 24% in and I couldn’t continue. I don’t give bad reviews lightly and I did want to continue reading to give the author credit for their work.

The format of the book was very off putting- no paragraphs, no chapters, no speech marks. I could overlook this however for the story. Yet the story didn’t grasp me.

The writing was very disjointed to me. Very to the point and 2D. For example a conversation with a nurse...

“Hi,come in, I should tell you right away that Karin is bleeding from her vagina after the C-section...”

I understand the complications from such a surgery but I’m positive that a nurse would be a little more...

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I just couldn't get into the book. I think it was the style it was written in, big long paragraphs with no quotes or line changes for dialogue. It made it difficult sometimes to tell who was talking. I also found some of the transitions choppy. It would be a little later in the story and I wouldn't get what was going on. I would look back to make sure I didn't skip something so I would know how the character got to the new point in the story, but it would turn out that I didn't miss something. Perhaps the final copy will have some ellipses or a page break or something that lets the reader know that time has passed. I wonder too, if perhaps some things were lost a little...

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I have had this book for a while now, but I've finally come to realize that it's just not going to happen. Given the subject matter I really wanted to delve into this one, but the writing felt very disjointed and jumpy. I feel like much of the content was lost in translation.
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Heartbreaking, thought-provoking and a tearjerker. The author's story drew me in immediately due to his attention to detail. It's one of those rare books that I wish would have continued and I'm hoping a sequel will follow so that I can keep up with this beautiful family.
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2 stars. I simply couldn't connect with this book.

I have much respect for the author, Tom Malmquist, for writing this fictionalized autobiography. I feel that writing his story would have been therapeutic and life changing for him to have documented everything he went through and experienced.

Unfortunately, as a reader, I couldn't immerse myself within the story. The writing lacked emotion for me - it was more "tell" than "feel". The story was 'matter of factly' told in an almost clinical way. I could sense Malmquist's desperation in his devastating situations, but not his emotion. The writing felt quite choppy and lacked quotations which I...

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4.5 Stars

”THE CONSULTANT STAMPS down the wheel lock of Karin’s hospital bed. In a loud voice he addresses the intensive care nurses, who are cutting open her tank top and sports bra: Pregnant woman, week thirty-three, child reportedly in good health, started feeling ill about five days ago with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough, slight shortness of breath yesterday which was put down to her pregnancy, condition severely deteriorating today, acute respiratory difficulties, arrived at the maternity unit about an hour ago. With powerful hands, he unscrews a cartridge-like bottle and continues: sats about seventy ambient but response to oxygen with higher saturation, RR about forty to fifty, BT...

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*****  I give this Book a Five Star Review.  I would recommend this Book.  Thanks NetGalley.
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I was so excited to read this book and I must say, it was beautifully written. Apparently, Tom Malmquist is an award-winning Swedish poet, and it shows. The level of detail that goes into describing a situation or setting in the book is extremely thorough. But, that said, I was a bit bogged down by all the medical details that I didn’t quite understand and I found myself getting lost and having to flip back several pages to discover when something happened that I must have missed as I read along.

But this book has so many amazing reviews, I must be missing something? Is it my cold-heartedness striking again? Because I don’t think I even felt slightly verklempt while I read the book. Sure...

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Three and a half stars.

Malmquist's fictionalized story of becoming a young widower with an infant is tragic and searing. The first third of the book has an immediacy that pulls the reader into the chaos, fear and helplessness of the hospital. The remainder of the book shifts between different time periods - sometimes a window into his life as a single dad while other portions are flashbacks to his life with his partner Karin. It may have been a printing issue unique to the ARC, but there were absolutely no chapters in this book and rarely any extra spacing or breaks between sections. This made reading the book choppy and confusing; I often had to reread several paragraphs after...

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Although, this book is well written and poetry at moments it’s still a cliche’.  I’ve read this same story line too many times and here I do don’t receive any new insight or development. I understand it’s non fiction so someone is basically telling their story so on that I say Bravo.
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This book was heartbreakingly beautiful.  What an amazing story of a man, his daughter and the love of his life.
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4.5 stars.

The intensity begins on the first page and continues with the fear and uncertainty over what was happening in this critical emergency situation. Tom's pregnant partner, Karin is extremely ill and is shortly diagnosed with acute leukemia. Anyone who’s ever been through such a time in the emergency setting knows the difficulty of handling their visceral reactions while trying to understand and absorb the details of what the doctor are telling you. Tom Malmquist depicts this perfectly because he knows first hand. It's described as a novel but if you've read anything about the book or this writer you know that what happens in the novel happened in his life. He...

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The first third of this book was heart-wrenching. The rest was good but didn't have the same level of emotion and as hard to follow at times due to the formatting and the jumping between memories and the present without clear transitions, which will hopefully be fixed by the time this is released.
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For some reason I was unable to download this to my kindle so I can not actually give it a review yet. But it is on my TBR pile
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This is one of those books that will break your heart but will show you the raw truth of life and the "real world". I can't even imagine walking in the author's footsteps. It's well written and I'm glad I read it.
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Sweet, heartbreaking, and inspiring. A bit hard to read, but overall a good book.
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