No. I loved all the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and I love animals. I concluded that Alexander McCall Smith would brighten my day with this book. I could not bring myself to finish it. The cruel treatment of the dog, removing it's legs, was beyond my sensibilities. He lost me during surgery and I will warn anyone else who wants to read it.
Merl's Door by Ted Kerasote. I was not disappointed. I learned a lot, and enjoyed the story.
Accent was appropriate.
Maybe Paul Hecht deserves better than a 3, but I was thoroughly disgusted with the book, and everything about it.
Yes, eliminating the death of her mother's horse.
Cheryl, of course. Clearly, the story was Cheryl's story.
When she met the young boy, and his mother, on the trail. Cheryl seemed to reach out to him, while not becoming absorbed in her own self.
Someone once said that we live 2 lives: the first began on the day we were born. The second began on the day our mother died. How true for Cheryl, who struggles with the death of her mother. I can look back on the day my mother died, almost 20 years ago. I walked on without her but I miss her still. Cheryl grieved, loved, forgave, and loved her mother again, while hiking the PCT.
I loved the humor, but I loved the tender moments, too. The story was so honest, and Ron McLarty was perfect, and delightful, as the audio narrarator.
How do I pick only one? Maybe the story with the priest, in the beginning, when we first got a glimpse of Smitty's non-judgmental personality. Every phone call with Norma was memorable, too, so sweet and sincere, but I guess the last scene with Norma was my favorite scene. Oh yes, one of the funniest ones was when the man hit him in his truck, and the following mistaken-identity passages. So funny.
I couldn't leave the "memorable moments" section without mentioning the scenes with Bethany, and their Mom and Dad. "Is that you, Hook?" How ordinary, and yet how special this family is, struggling along, not knowing what the next step is, but loving each other, no matter what!
I felt like, since he wrote the book, that he knew exactly where he intended us to go. The hard times, the good times, the dark times, the illumined times, all were so believable. I wanted the book to be based on a true story. In fact, I'm choosing to believe there is a Smithson Ides out there now!
Again, so many parts moved me, but to mention only one, I guess when he left the bikers, in paticular the one biker, and headed on his mission. He couldn't quite articulate the dilemna to himself, but he did say "Norma" at one point, and you could tell he was attempting to clarify, mainly to himself, where the conflict rested.
Stephen King's comment, "Best book you won't read this year" initially prompted me to take a look at the book, but it was so much more than I anticipated. Did I mention that I loved this book?
The audio was very well done. However, I needed the book to help me reflect on passages that I cannot grasp in a fleeting moment. Don DeLillo is so precise in his choice of words, that I found myself wanting to stop, often rewind, and listen, once again, to what he said. Using a book along with the audio helps me to do this.
My favorite story was Angel Esmeralda, and both the nuns were my favorite characters.
Expression, intonation, and understanding of what the author intended in his writing.
I found myself being caught up in the writing of the stories, DeLilo's masterful expression and command of making the words say what he intends audiences to hear and feel. Usually, I prefer getting engaged in the story, noting authors talent secondarily.
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