First let me say that I usually love Louise Erdrich's novels and writing. I was so disappointed in this novel, however. The story was so very dark with emotional abuse so intense that it was often difficult to listen to. Obviously the author's skill in drawing me into the story was good, however, I found the lack of redemption in the story disturbing. Real life has enough of this. I also was disappointed that she missed the opportunity to expand and educate the reader about spousal abuse. The ending was to say the least unsatisfying and disappointing. When I think of The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse for example, I cannot believe it is the same author. She must have been going through a very dark time, indeed.
Audrey Neiffengger is a skilled writer. Unfortunately for this book, she forgot to develop the plot. The book meanders through the characters lives and this is where she spends her efforts. The author forgot about the story. It has about as much substance as the ghosts she writes about. Again, meandering is the essence of this book. It passes time, but leaves the listener-reader nowhere at the end.
Barbara Kingsolver has written an amazingly beautiful book which is thought provoking through out it's rich account of the main characters life. The main character retains an innocence and goodness despite the many ups and downs in his life. The author has also managed to convey important 20th century history with out a history lesson but as a backdrop to the main characters life and interweaves that history seamlessly. Bravo!
This is Dan Brown at his worst. There is no point to the sick and twisted story.
This is obviously a talented writer. She develops her story beautifully. And yet, after all of her work in developing her story, she wraps the book up abruptly and with little of the attention she gave to the rest of the book. My hope is that this author will realize her shortcoming and go on to write the truly wonderful fiction she is capable of.
This author writes beautifully descriptive novels. She has obviously researched her writing and develops her characters. Her characters grow and change through the book. Yet, in both this novel and the Alchemists daughter, she wraps the book up in 3 minutes after spending hours with the body of the book. It left me feeling that the book was unfinished and I was unsatisfied.
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