i recently attended my 35th college reunion
tom perrotta and i went to the same university
he read from this book as part of that weekend
as he read i had the impression of a screenplay
it seemed, he wrote the book with the plan of a later movie
female suburban angst must be a very reliable subject
? is this book any better than a made-for-TV movie
? is peeling the veneer off comfortable suburbanites helpful
mr. perrotta seems like a nice man, but this isn't his best book
Little Children manages to make you feel sorry for its characters without ever particularly rooting for any of them. Perrotta's prose somehow manages to be sympathetic and sarcastic at the same time. His words are consistently fresh, but his ensemble cast often flirts with the suburban cliches they're trying to avoid. Perhaps that's the point. I found the story entertaining from beginning to end, although the narrative arch of the romance was fairly predictable. I thought the narration by George Wilson was fantastic.
I didn't find the narrator to be distracting at all. He reminded me of the narrator of the movie. I would recommend watching the movie and reading the book for comparison of the two. Both are fantastic.
I like this book because its fresh and it covers the topic of adultery with real emotion and humor. I think cheating on your spouse is wrong, but I found myself sympathizing with the lead mom. I like that the author shows her flaws as well as those of other moms in the neighborhood who seem to have everything going for them.
The book has suspense with a strange happening towards the end. I didn't expect that, but the author did a good job tying it into the story.
The narration is done so well. I wish more audio books were like this one!
I kept thinking surly this will be more interesting... it has parts that were well written/read, but the parts that were boring out numbered the interesting ones.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were rich and colorful, and the way their lives intertwined was actually believable. The story was entertaining, if depressing at times. My only disappointment was the ending. I wanted more closure than it offered. All in all, I recommend as an entertaining read.
I thought the narrator did a great job with what he had to work with. Boring with no redeeming value or lesson. Not my favorite book by far.