A very dark, cynical, sad, and erotic piece of writing. The characters are weak, the story lines thin, and the narrative predictible. To support the sagging book, sex is used indiscrimately and becomes offensive. Any dignity of life in old age is stripped away. Every relationship fails. All people of faith become disillusioned. Not recommended on any level.
Overall it was pretty good but this is one of those rare instances where I actually liked the movie better than the book. For those, like me, who liked the movie so much they want to read the book it might be disappointing.
Tone of the book is very different than that of the movie and I am sorry I saw the movie before reading the book. Book characters are very one dimensional, quite the ideal of the little old men and women. Much criticism of the British health system, which is true, but no positives about it at all. Cynicism everwhere and just not the type of book I prefer to read. Really had to buckle down and force myself to finish the book. Good ending, however, despite the negativity of the book as a whole.
yes. so many subtleties, good to listen again to pick up different notes and directions
she was amazing, I have been a fan since childhood