Kind of low on the list--White Teeth and On Beauty were so amazing, so I had high expectations.
Not as listenable--maybe because it's more postmodern.
The characters are like real people and the story is pretty exciting.
I don't want to put in any spoilers, so I can't say. There are plenty of intriguing surprises.
The character narrated by Wally Lamb himself is a little bit unimpeachable. His vulnerabilities should emerge sooner in the narrative--that's my only critique. I love all the other characters.
The tone of the story is so subtly emotional; it's beautiful in a way that is not sentimental or overwrought.
Several moments repeated, and the very idea of memory or of the way one small event can change the course of your life is in itself memorable. Particularly when Ursula avoids disaster and her life takes a better course, the story becomes more memorable.
The awful Maurice was so well done, as was the heroine, Ursula.
It's very thoughtful and lovely. It reminded me of Virginia Woolf for it's subtle power and existential questioning of individuality and interpersonal relationships, to put it in a way that robs it of its aesthetic wonder.
her husband--she's very nice about it but he's obviously a tool
first visit with the mother in law
Probably--it's a wittier version of Augustine Burroughs with no smut. But I like Burroughs--this is even better.
A wonderful inflection of voice.
I haven't read the print, but it's such an amazing story what difference could it make?
The other two in the Millenium trilogy--that's a dumb answer but they're hard to compare.
I listen for fun. The book is so descriptive and captivating I would say it's better to listen to it than see the film, especially the American version of the film. Great fun.
The magic, the setting, and the ever-so-real yet very unusual family of characters.
The touch of magic realism in the Canadian back woods--this is something that hasn't been done before! And it's not as in-your-face magic and supernatural as Charlaine Harris, Twilight, and all the wanna-be authors. Dare I say it's as refreshing as the literary magician of our time--J.K. Rowling?
I don't want to spoil it, but when they spared the dog during a long winter and found a better source of sustenance for their canine and themselves.
Winter magic in the north woods.
One of the best. It's a provocative, witty, and really engaging story.
The characters were terrific, and the intellectual questions in skirts are quite compelling. I am going to teach it in a college course because it's so thought-provoking and I want to discuss it extensively with a group.
The main professor guy.
What really matters?
Now I do love her. She's so honest--she used to be a bit of a jerk, now she's accepted herself and enjoying life's surprises. A rather smart bildungsroman. This is funny and authentic and makes you think about mistakes you have made, but also makes you think about accepting them and getting on with it.
Maybe Rachel Dratch? Lynch is less performative and a bit less funny, but more down to earth in a fun way.
Jane. I might even watch Glee now. Definitely Best in Show.
Yes--it made a very long road trip relaxing and even reinvigorating.
I stole this when it was on sale--it's definitely worth a credit!
Probably not--I know everything I wanted to know about wheat and more.
I would have liked to hear the recipes and dietary suggestions that are supposedly in a .pdf I can't find.
A bit less clinical
Definitely--I am drinking the kool-aid instead of eating the wheat.
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