Swans Are Fat Too

Swans Are Fat Too Natalia Lanska formidable Polish pianist is dead No one is really sorrowing except maybe her granddaughter Hania whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight proble

  • Title: Swans Are Fat Too
  • Author: Michelle Granas
  • ISBN: 9780988859289
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her granddaughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, andNatalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her granddaughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, and refuse to return Hania s situation is at first improved and then complicated when a neighbor the very correct, very austere descendant of an old Polish family asks her to proofread an amateur history project Hania sets to work with a will, and Pan Doctor Prince Konstanty Radzimoyski is surprised when his ideas get editing than he bargained for Typing pages of the past, rediscovering her native city, and playing the piano all contribute to taking Hania s mind off her problems, but can t change her awareness that the children need help and that her growing attachment to her employer will only give her pain The summer Hania spends between love, hostility, and the weight of history tests her resourcefulness, but her fresh ideas and readiness to carry on brighten the lives of her new acquaintances Still, no one, least of all Hania herself, expects that her beautiful qualities will make Konstanty forget her figure and other excess baggage This book contains a history of Poland in a nutshell and is about seeing beyond the conventions.

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    1. This was a beautiful well written book, that entwined a slightly unconventional love story, together with a history of Poland ( very clever ). I never realised just how much trouble this country had suffered over the centuries. Michelle gave us such vivid descriptions of Poland, that it has a left me with a fascination for it that I didn't previously have. I loved Hania & Konstanty. The kids however, who were left in the charge of Hania,were a nightmare, which of course made the story that m [...]

    2. I first saw this book listed on First Reads and the title instantly caught my eye. I saw it had no reviews, but the blurb was just as attractive as the title, so I went over to and surprise, surprise! It only cost U$ 1.00! What. A. Gem. It left me with a couple of tears in my eyes after the last chapter, which I was reluctant to finish, simply because I felt that I had not had enough of Hania. What a lovely book! A real find from a new author. So very well written and engaging! The characters [...]

    3. I was unexpectedly delighted with Swans Are Fat Too as it is a lovely story of a frumpy, overweight maiden aunt being effectively dumped upon from a great height by her family, yet ending up gaining the confidence to go for her dreams. I think I first found the novel via twitter and had it on my wishlist for ages before buying. To be honest, I wasn't expecting such a good book. I'm not sure why!Hania is a world class pianist but has failed to make a career of this in America because her obesity [...]

    4. An alright slice-of-life romance, although I’ve read better from Michelle Granas. Michelle Granas usually writes intellectual romances – romances of minds, and this is no different. That was certainly the most enjoyable part of the book.Hania is making the best of what she's got. And what she's got isn't the best. She's been told she can't be a pianist despite her tremendous talent – simply because she's very obese and the public won't like looking at her. Hania's also been thrown into a f [...]

    5. There are a couple of factors in this romance that appeal to me such as the female character Hania is an ordinary woman who has a dysfunctional family who take advantage over her. I think alot of us know what that feels like. She realizes the flaws in her family and does have trouble standing up for herself but she is a nice, giving person. At times this tendency to be nice does give the advantage of her family to take advantage over her. Despite all that she still loves her family and tries to [...]

    6. Swans Are Fat Too is a delightful book. It is thought-provoking and full of humor, with very engaging characters. Hania, the young pianist, or former pianist, has a lot of reasons for dwelling on her own problems, but instead she puts her feelings aside and concentrates on other people. The romance develops not as a result of physical attraction but because of a similarity of minds, and is no less real for that! Unusual characters and an unusual setting come to life for the reader. I felt as if [...]

    7. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this. At first I did not like the writing at all. However just when I was about to give up, I found myself absorbed by the story. The historical interludes and discussions about Polish culture and national identity were quite interesting. The family dynamics - well those were screwed up but interesting too. On the one hand Hania seemed to allow her family to ride roughshod over her, but on the other she faced her crises on her own (without rushing to her "knig [...]

    8. I received the book through First Reads. This book is BEAUTIFUL!Brilliant Extremely well written by author who really is an artist with words.It made me cry, it made me laugh Hania is an interesting character,I love the European background I was able to see Warsaw buildings rooftops trees swans absolutely everything.This is a must read.

    9. A marvellous book, hard to write down in words.A simple plot, that doesn't sound too promising turns out to be one of the best books I've ever read.After the death of Natalia Lanski, a great Polish pianist, her granddaughter Hania flies back from New York, where she works as a piano teacher to - initially - attend the funeral and spend some time with her Polish family, with whom she hasn't been since she was six.She finds the house upside down with two chaotic children - Maks and Kalina - to be [...]

    10. I’m not sure how i feel about this book focusing so much on her weight as the Terminator of All Dreams. Perhaps it reflects the ‘real world’ and its prejudices. But in a woman as bright and intellectually unconventional as Hania i would have hoped to have found some body positivity by this point in her life.The History of Poland being written within the plot was clever; a way to pose philosophical questions (why are all the statues in Europe men with weapons, or weapons and crucifixes, who [...]

    11. This is the second book i've read from this author and once again loved it. It's one of those books that makes you feel warm and tingly inside knowing that in just a little while you'll be getting back to itke when as a kid you know there is ice cream for desert if you eat your peasIt's a history of Poland, it's a story of love of music, oneself and unexpectedlyothers. Hania is a talented social pariah due to her excess weight, the piano becomes her true love. She thinks she is going to Poland f [...]

    12. This book is an exciting find for me and one of the best novels I have read recently. Hania is a talented classical pianist whose career is damaged by her being obese. She is told that though she is gifted she can not have a career as a concert pianist because “you are not charismatic, not eccentric and you are fat.” Ouch. She travels to Warsaw to visit her aunt and uncle and they disappear and leave her with her two young cousins who have been abandoned by their lousy parents. Hania is tend [...]

    13. An out of the ordinary wonderful paperback extremely finely on paper, appealing, interesting along with chock-full of the funny side with an exceptional intertwine of Poland's times gone by in the midst of an avant-garde modern-day fairy-tale of adore and sacrifice. The attractive temperaments were exceedingly finely depicted, especially down-to-earth in their imperfections as well as strapping sentiments.

    14. Charming and entertaining tale, very unexpected altogether. The overweight heroine was beautifully drawn and I completely empathised with her. I liked the way the children were apparently ghastly until one came to realise why they behaved the way they did. And the hero's gradual build-up of interest worked well. The end absolutely charmed me. A gorgeous literary romance.

    15. This was an unconventional love story.I was very captivated.I loved the Polish history that was included. It was very well written and kept my attention.I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    16. Swans Are Fat Too is by Michelle Granas. I didn’t think I would like this book at first. I thought it started out rather slow. I continued reading it because it was about Warsaw, Poland. I had visited there and wanted to see how detailed the setting was and if I remembered of the names of the buildings. I was amazed at how the places came back to me as they visited different places. The story itself became more interesting as I read and became acquainted with the characters. It turned out to b [...]

    17. Note : A Review of this book is up @ Readers' MuseThe protagonist, Hania is an "healthy" ex-pianist who arrives in her homeland, Poland to attend the funeral of her Grandmother. Fate has other plans for her for her uncle has left his kids alone in his house thereby forcing Hania to baby sit them. Hania adapts to the situation and takes care of the kids until her uncle returns. Along the way she meets the much eligible bachelor Konstanty who happens to be a doctor by profession. Konstanty is on a [...]

    18. Hania è una giovane e talentuosa pianista che però è costretta a insegnare musica in quanto è considerata troppo grassa per avere successo intraprendendo una carriera da concertista.Alla notizia della morte della nonna, famosa nell'ambito musicale e terribile in quello famigliare, decide di tornare in Polonia, patria d'origine della sua famiglia, per partecipare al funerale.Quello che non sa è che sarà costretta a rimanere lì ad occuparsi dei suoi strani e a volte inquietanti cuginetti in [...]

    19. I got this book through a GiveawayOk, so this is a nice reading. Not sure how to catalogue it (romance, comedy, anthropological and a bit of historic novel about Poland) and not my favorite kind of book, but good anyway.The fact the main character is an overweight young girl is interesting, although not specially original come to this point, but at least the author achieves the not so simple task of turning Hania into a charming character full of personality; and even when she's pretty naive an [...]

    20. Fat. This word crushes, demeans, destroys. One hears it whispered, giggled, cruelly taunting. But this comes from the blind, the intentionally blind, the selectively blind who manage to see past their own more than skin deep ugliness. Hannia hides from the world with clothes that cover her shame but more than that, she hides her gifts, her music, her love because all people see is the facade. Her family uses her shamelessly because in their eyes she has no value. She allows it but makes more tha [...]

    21. I won a copy of this book on First-Reads, so thanks to the author (Michelle Granas) for send me a free copy. My writing in english isn´t good enough but I´ll try to make an acceptable review.I started this book with any expectations on it. I hadn´t heard about it and the only thing I knew was the synopsis. The plot didn´t interest me at all but I wanted to learn something about Poland since I had read anything about this country. I was right, the plot is simple and I didn´t really enjoy it [...]

    22. This book is just begging to be made into an incredibly charming rom-com. A very pleasant and surprisingly thoughtful romance, the novel tells the story of Hania, a heavy-set, former concert pianist who returns to her native Poland and gets roped into caring for her cousin's children. She strikes up a friendship with the upstairs neighbor Konstanty, helping him type up his manuscript history of Poland. Chapters of this history are cleverly woven into the story, giving the reader a genuinely inte [...]

    23. Really enjoyed this book. Some terrific characters and interesting to read a novel set in Poland which I have not done before. The history bits were fascinating.Pasted from my review -I stumbled on this book because the title appealed to me. I quickly checked the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting (and not self-deprecating chick lit as possibly, the title may have hinted) - I had not read a novel set in Poland before.I am glad I picked it up!The story is really interesting (I won't rei [...]

    24. I absolutely loved it !!!It was a bit slow at first but then it turned amazing, it was a quick read ( i read it in one sitting) i couldn't put it down, it was really funny at parts especially with Maks's pranks;and The fact that Hania was overweight And she was the heroine was very refreshing and different from what we see in other books.I also enjoyed the historical part, i didn't know anything about Poland before; The family issues and the struggles she faces were so realistic and easy to rela [...]

    25. This is a beautiful book. I especially liked it because there aren't many non-self-pitying (or I guess I should say non-overly self-pitying, since characters has their woe-is-me moments) obese, female protagonists out there in the world of fiction, so Hania was a breathe of fresh air. Maks was a trip! I loved that little guy cause he KEPT me laughing. I wasn't really that much of a fan of Kalina (she was too much of a sullen teenager and she wasn't as developed as the other characters to me) or [...]

    26. This was an unusual novel. Michelle Granas deserves congratulations for tackling a delicate subject: that of obesity. But it's more than just that; it's how she helps us see what it might be like, particularly as a woman, to be obese & to deal with that & people on a day to day basis. She goes even further in developing how an obese person might actually defy society standards & find a deep relationship, with all the implications that has for anybody. What the character Hania is up a [...]

    27. Hania never achieved success as a concert pianist because of her weight problem. When her Polish grandmother, a famous pianist dies, she leaves New York to attend the funeral in Warsaw. Instead of being welcomed by her relatives, Hania finds herself in charge of her two young cousins for the summer. She finds employment with a neighbor, editing his historic works of Poland that give her a greater understanding of her country.Hania gets more than she bargained for when she finds herself falling i [...]

    28. *Disclaimer-I won this book in a Givewaway*This a fabulous book. The setting is modern Poland with a look back at the history of the country which makes for insightful reading and gives the story an interesting dynamic. The novel itself is full of interesting somewhat flawed characters who are all searching for love in its many different forms. An excellent book with which to spend a lazy afternoone read will certainly be worth your time. Granas is now a new favorite author of mine!

    29. I have received a copy of this book on kindle in return for an honest review. I can't wait to read and review it.

    30. I loved that this is about Poland. I hardly know anything about that country and this was basically Poland's history in a nutshell.The story itself is great, too. Hania is an obese woman who learns a lot about herself, her family, and her country and grows (though not in size) over the course of the book. She meets a man she had met once as a child, Konstanty, who happens to be a doctor, but is descended from Polish aristocracy. Now he's just an ordinary-ish man, but he wants to write a history [...]

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