While the beginning was very slow, this ended up being one of my favorite novels that I've read in a long time. It's a tale about destiny...and one man's run in with destiny throughout his life.
Has multiple wonderful love stories are very differing, drama, and while it has a lot-a-bit of heartbreak it is still uplifting and has glimmers of hope and destiny weaved throughout.
I would recommended reading it and just make sure that you don't stop until you get to after the twins are born!
I decided to give this a try based on a NY Times Review and the fact that it was on sale for 1 credit. I'm not put off by mammoth texts, but I just couldn't feign enough interest in any of the characters beyond the first few chapters. I was expecting something akin to "The Poisonwood Bible," one of my favorites. Instead, this is an inflated soap opera based in Africa. I actually think I might have enjoyed it more if I had read it. Then I could have glazed over some of the wordy sections. Part of my dissatisfaction also came from the narrator's voice and tone. It didn't add anything to the text and quite often I found myself falling asleep.
The story is interesting but lacks any real excitement. The daunting details associated with the medical procedures add little to the story. Some medical practitioners would appreciate these long winded passages; however, it was overly clinical for my taste.
If you need action and a fast moving plot- you probably won't like this- BUT if you love the types of books where the characters stay with you forever and the story lulls along and weaves itself into your soul- then you'll love this. Haima, Shiva, Marion, Ghosh, Thomas, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, Matron etc. All will be with me for a long time.
When I first started listening to this book, I was unsure if it was going to be a good listen. It was not! It turned out to be a great listen with the characters and narrration complimenting each other. Great job both author and narrator.
This was a good book. I would reccomend it to anyone who likes learning about other cultures while also getting a good story. I wish the accent wasn't so heavy.
This is a wonderful story about the type of life we all lead. It's a story of love, forgiveness and decisions that will have you deeply involved in the characters. Several reviews complained about the amount of medical jargon, but I didn't mind it and felt I may have learned a little something too.
Superb character developement and the author's ability to transport me to a world I never knew existed and yet was at the same time familiar, make this a delicious read. From the pain of secrets kept hidden, to the joy of forgiveness and personal redemption, this story has changed me.