Only read a few, but I liked it.
It is hard to compare this author to anyone else.. He seems to ramble from subject to subject within a single family context. It has something for the Capitalist mindset as well as for the environmentalist. I personally feel this kind of thinking only works in a frontier type society, however, one like America and Australia had in common. The book is jam packed with information that is presented in an entertaining format. There is a wealth of information on botany, the early fashion industry and the garbage and transit industries. On the other side of the spectrum, one can learn a lot of World War II facts, most especially concerning the concentration camps and the emigrants created from such upheavals. There are Japanese POW camp experiences along with his bush fire tricks to be shared by the main character's alcoholic father. Be prepared to be interested. It also touches on the Catholic and Protestant rivalry as well as small town conspiracies and aristocratic meddling.
The narrator does a great job, but the accent will help to soothe you to sleep if your habit is to listen at bedtime.. Of course, you will have to rewind though as you wont want to miss anything.
The most interesting characters may be some of the minor ones, most especially the Indian healer and the emigrants from the concentration camps.
If you are in the learning mood, then this is the book for you. In fact, the best way to learn is to do so while being so thoroughly entertained.
I would listen to this again because the character was so fully formed and I am sure that knowing the ending now, I would have missed some key clues.
The total story was memorable, even his prior life experiences which were necessary to set up the plot.
There were so many favorite scenes that it is impossible to pick one over the others.
It took several days and hours to finish this book, and it was way too deep to listen to in one setting.
I really loved the story and I cannot imagine the movie living up to the story with all its nuances and emotional components.. I felt like the narration was outstanding and kept my interest.
It was only my second so I am unsure
Lou was definitely a hero who sprang from lower middle class roots.
Ed Hermann's performance was good, but not as good as the reader of Life of Pi.
It took several hours to listen to this, but since I was recovering from some surgery, it was a good entertainment.
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