This book is a treasure. The characters are so rich and colorful, they will be friends of mine forever. I agree with someone else that time spent with them is so much more pleasant and worhtwhile than that spent with those in "Corrections". You'll be sitting in your driveway, not wanting to leave their company.
I loved everything about it. Only down side was that, as usual, the narrator tried to hard to come up with different voices for the characters - I usually prefer that they not do that b/c I can listen to the story and come up with what I think the characters would dound like. But the story was amazing and I'd read it again - a great book.
I am amazed at the number of good reviews. I made it about half way through the first half, and never even bothered to download the last half. I would listen to all of it if I were stranded on an island with nothing else to do. The form won't let me give it no stars.
Although the author "writes" well, this was the most disappointing book that I have read in a long time. I found it very confusing going back and forth between present and past. You only received glimpses of things, but the author never tied it all together.
Additionally, the reader does not become invested in the characters, except perhaps in Fenno somewhat and that only because he is present throughout the book. The book feels like three short stories (and Fenno just happens to be in each one). The last section - about Fern -- was totally useless and served no purpose other than to take up space.
I read the book to the very end hoping that it would all somehow come together. WRONG! There were too many unanswered questions and unresolved issues. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
I had no idea that this book was about homosexuality. I do not care to read about or see homosexuality. I do not care that some follow this practice, it is just of no interest to me and I do not feel comfortable hearing about it or seeing it on the screen. Sorry, this is just my preference, do not recommend any further books on this subject to me as this was not something I liked.