Not a Jewish American literary masterpiece like Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth nor does it contain the wit of Jewish comedic geniuses such as Woody Allen or Seinfeld, but a still, a good listen. I was moved by the realistic characters in the audio with all their flaws and imperfections. Each character is lovable perhaps because each could rise above their individual condition of being imperfect. I didn’t find this audiobook funny. It’s depressing. I chuckled but barely a few times throughout. So if you are looking for a good laugh, laugh elsewhere. I wouldn’t pass it up though. If you’re a Jewish woman as I am you’ll relate. If addiction runs rampant in your family you will relate. If you’ve witnessed or experienced betrayal or its opposite, loyalty and love, you will relate.
I thought the narrator, Linda Lavin, did an excellent job. Her voice was very fitting.
It was a fascinating look through the life of an eighty-five year old Jewish grandmother describing her history, her world to her granddaughter. I could relate on many levels. This is a lovely, sentimental tale if not a little dull at times. It's not an exciting read/listen but it is interesting. I learned a lot and wished that my grandmother had sat down and told me everything about her life before she died. Perhaps I'll get this chance with my own granddaughter someday.
I love the concept of the "Great Perhaps". I'm a young adult at heart. This book worked for me. I would have liked something more or something different as the ending of the book. That's my only complaint. The book kept me totally engaged and was well written. However the book faded in the end. I need a great beginning, middle and end.
I laughed out loud when the author described first sexual encounters. Hysterical. There were unbelievably sad moments in this book as well. I love a book that takes me through a wide emotional gamut.
I loved this book. I haven't loved a book this much since listening to/reading Skippy Dies.
I was reading a New York Times book review last week about Peter Heller's latest novel, The Painter. I never read anything by this author. The reviewer said that they like his first novel The Dog Stars better. So I decided to give it a try.
Heller's writing style is very different. I think it's very artistic, beautifully written.
His characters are wonderful especially Hig the protagonist. I love his sensitive description of this man and his dog.
I don't like fishing but I love art. He made fishing feel like art.
This story is believable.
I am now reading/listening to The Painter, Peter Heller's second novel. I'm hoping to love it as much.
Are you writing this review or am I?
I found this book charming, intriguing, profound at times, sad, original and creative.
I thought the author who was also the narrator did an excellent job reading aloud her story. Her pronunciation of Japanese was so helpful and exacting.
The book was written with such an original format, concept.
I was disappointed. The narrator's voice was grating and I only chuckled a few times. Overall this book was pretty predictable from beginning to end. I've listened to a lot better.
And a good teacher is always a student. However when boundaries are lacking between student and teacher there is certain and immediate upheaval, chaos, risk and enormous pain. It's a dangerous pastime and there are laws prohibiting it. Affairs between students and teachers is real enough in our world and has been for ages.
Growing up, coming of age is necessary, painful, sometimes without grace. Coming of age is a mixed up mess. Add the student/teacher affair and this mess multiplies tenfold. If there is anything good that comes of it, it's the learning and growth, the should haves and shouldn'ts. But so much risk, betrayal, damage, loss of innocence.
This book has it all. It felt long however it kept my interest. I found each character real and lovable, with so many flaws yet so convincingly lovable. It all seemed plausible in a fantastic sort of way. I also thought the narrator expressed each character well.
The title of this review is a quote by Paul Klee. It helped me to know and like the work of Paul Klee. This book discusses the artist, Paul Klee, (his thoughts and work) a lot. I agreed with the author about the genius of Klee.
This book is esoteric and obtuse but as an artist it kind of made sense to me. I liked all the artistic references. I felt at home. I remember looking over all my father’s gigantic art books too. I also know cancer having witnessed my sister dying from cancer and both my daughter and mother being diagnosed with cancer at different times and stages in their lives.
Not the easiest listen. But extremely interesting as this author must ponder his own dying and not dying. The book has some humor, humor in the face of adversity.
My own son’s name is Joshua like the auther’s name. I could relate to the diaries of the author’s mother most. No one can bare to see their children suffer. The author deals with and thinks about family a lot. He ponders his relationship to his father in moving ways.
It’s an amazing run on sentence, a jumble of thoughts, feelings, actions juxtaposing art, philosophy, pain, suffering, strategies for surviving cancer, hallucinations, sex, relationships with women in his life. The author pondering am I going crazy or dying? The book feels a little like madness. Almost dying of cancer must feel like going crazy.
I would rather have had a less ostentatious reader. The reader was good but I wanted a more humble reader. I would much rather have had the author read this aloud to me.
"It Didn't Take". This line is a direct quote from this audiobook and the line is repeated several times. It stands out as one of the only effective sentences in the story. This describes how I felt about listening to The End of the Affair. I found it pathetic, dull and uninspiring. Character development? Each character was a suffering narcissist who never got out of his/her own way. Lots of interesting questions were asked, none were answered. My question is why did Colin Firth read this aloud?
This was a riveting tale of parallel journeys. I thought the author wrote an amazingly believable story except for one part. I don't want to give anything in the story away, however, I want to warn you that toward the end of Vivian's tale, she does something that I can't believe any adopted woman, no matter how distraught, would ever do. There were many ways to keep us interested and I'm sorry the author decided this approach. I was really loving the Vivian character till that part.
I still highly recommend the audio despite that one part. Mostly the characters captured my heart.
My grandfather had a premonition and fled Germany before the war. My mother was ten when they emigrated to the United States. Our family lost a lot of family and friends.
When I listened to this memoir Wanda McCaddon's voice brought back memories of my grandmother's voice. My grandmother taught me to sew.
This is a truly riveting story of one woman and her family's survival during the Hitler regime. I've read a lot about the war. I have to keep reading about it. It's part of the fabric of my people. This history must be kept alive.
I am a seamstress and sewed the whole time I listened to this audiobook. My latest quilt got wet from all the tears I shed listening to Sara Turvel's story. I'm so glad she had her story finally published.
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