This book builds the characters so that when WWII comes about you are going through their struggles with them. I was a little disappointed with the ending but the reader did a good job bringing out the personalities of the characters. It is sad and depressing and a difficult subject to read but the author did an amazing job.
I usually like fantasy in fiction. But this story was too vague and really I was sorry I wasted my time finishing the book. There is nothing to pull it together or give you insight into why the magic changed the mans life. I would stay away from the pond he calls an ocean. This little story does not fill an ocean.
This is about an interesting period in American history. There was a real effort to deal with orphans and as the book demonstrates we as a society, have made little progress. I found the story interesting but unrealistic. The 90 year old woman only described the part of her life relevant for the book. The foster child was not well developed. I thought the read was ok.
While I finished this book I cannot recommend this book to anyone except fans of the author. The subject matter was very sad but the trial and investigation were too long and drawn out and the character development was weak.
This is the best book I read in so long. It is among my few favorites. Enjoy and give yourself a treat
I recently heard the author, Dennis Lehane, speak at a literary society and wanted to listen to the book badly. He is a wonderful speaker. The book jumps around to too many different scenerios and never lands on its feet. The beginning was OK but the middle and ending were uneventful. Recommend his other books but not this one.
Through the characters Jeffrey Eugenides is showing the change in our society toward the dissoving of the traditional marriage and the underlying sacrifices of true love. It is a beautiful story that reminds us of the social pressures "to get married" and then all the illusions are broken to give us a deeper meaning into relationships. Great Job. A must read for all who are waiting to get married and live happily ever after.
This book had a profound inpact on me. First it deals with a family women going off to war and being a woman myself I really identified with the main character. It then dealt with the diability of losing a body part and the recovery process and the effects of war on the "soul" causing PTSD. The author did an amazing job and changed my whole reality of war and the heros that come home and have served our country. I salute them all!
I started reading this book and was not taken away with the plot but as it further developed it became more and more interesting. The characters in the story all had to face dilemmas and were well developed so you were really interested on how everything would turn out for them. The story became interesting and I have not listened to anything better in a long time.
This book strikes the moral question of how far science can go to cure the living with cloning. It is very interesting and disturbing to look at this issue. Well done in presentation and well written.
It is a very good read.
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