Felt the tension from beginning to end. Wanted to yell STOP to the bad behavior resulting in worse behavior resulting in ......you have to read the book... Good.
Did an excellent job of holding my focus, but was dissatisfied with an unredeeming end. I don't have anything against sad endings, but this one revealed no grace whatsoever and left a few unanswered questions.
This is one of the best audio books I have ever read. Beautifully written, perfectly narrated in two voices, timely in its content (politically and economically). Oprah comes through again with a winner.
It starts out very promising; good, believable characterisations come out through the narrations of the two main characters. However it all comes unstuck in the most awful way in the end, just too over the top for words. I won't be listening to it again.
Having seen the movie and loved it, I was afraid to read the book thinking it would spoil some of the visuals from the movie and the wonderful casting. But I was wrong, the book added another dimension by giving more insight into the characters state of mind. A and the extended ending was important. It gave a little more finality to the story ending.
While listening to this book, I was struck by how likeable and unlikeable each of the characters were. They were a great commentary on every one of us. We all make bad choices and have paths to take to make them right. How often do we all take the wrong path?
Dubus tackled many distinct voices and personalities--each a victim of life circumstances, but not one giving up until the end. My sympathies shifted from character to character as the story unfolded. I was moved by the hope expressed in the midst of hopeless situations, the continued efforts to look for one more solution--one more choice. Great Story!
I, too, could not put this book down. The characters are fascinating, edgy, and rich with detail. The juxtaposition of two cultures was beautiful and well done. It was also very well read. Bravo!