The part where she says that in the beginning saying you were Christian was enough brings up fear of the modern GOP and Conservative Religious Right.
I bought this book on a lark and when I first started listening I thought I'd made a mistake. It didn't seem like my kind of story at all. Kind of a 'chick' book, I thought. Maybe it is, but I ended up being engrossed by the character and the story. I loved it. Great narrator as well.
It was impossible for me to like this book in the end because I could never fully buy-in to its premise, which is not surprising since it was so loosely weaved to begin with.
I would recommend this title strongly. it's well read and compelling.
Pacing and emoting were phenomenal. She did a wonderful job of distinguishing characters without going over the top.
I enjoyed having Clare Danes read this book as she has a way of giving this book and the subject a direct account, which makes it more abrupt and direct and in your face.
There wasn't anything I didn't like about the book.
It hits hard as there are so many people tearing this country and the world apart because of their own thoughts and beliefs of what the bible, their bible, in their language, says that this book echoes that and thus is still relevant today!
I believe this should be taught and studied in higher English and composing classes in school!
A worthy book I somehow had not read prior!
But should be on everyone's must read list!
I'd always heard about this book and was eager to try it. But overall it seems very dated today. Not to say that women's problems are over, but the vision of a future where women are thoroughly dominated just didn't resonate the way it must have in the '80s, when the book was first published.
About the performance: I like Claire Danes as an actress, but she didn't really seem committed to the idea of being a great narrator. Instead of acting out the characters and giving them distinct voices, as most good readers do, Danes just reads all in her own voice. It grows monotonous.
The story was very thought provoking. The style of the narrative kept me interested throughout. I especially liked the inclusion of the historical narrative at the end. Well written.