Throughout this book I would tell my husband I didn't think I liked it but then would find myself telling him about it in great detail and he'd point out that it sounded like I liked it. Even at the very end I'm questing myself - did I like it? Based on the ending, that literally made me gasp while driving, I decided I did like it and have since recommended it to 2 friends.
teacher & book lover
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. There was an interesting dynamic between captors and captives. Together they created a sort of utopian community from what could have been a hellish situation.
This was a magical story about how music can transform a situation. However, the infidelity towards the end was very disappointing. It diminished the beauty.
This is an extremely engaging and well written novel. The characters are each completely realized and I felt more and more connected to the individuals as they intertwined.
Patchett went to Sarah Lawrence College, of which I am alum. She's remarkable and easy to recommend.
Exceptional storytelling of very unusual circumstances that lead to love and loss. The most memorable moments were the vivid descriptions of the music and how mesmerizing it was. The narrator was exquisite!