I was bored for much of the first half of this book, maybe I was distracted or stressed. But it snuck up on me. I truly could not predict the ending, and that is rare for me. Lovely writing.
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.