A book that challenges social conscience.
An illegal immigrant and his young pregnant wife strive to survive while staying invisible in a wealthy southern California. They interact with other immigrants, unscrupulous and sometimes predatory employers, the authorities, and the wealthy citizens of the area. We see how one of these citizens, who at the onset is a supporter of America as being a land of opportunity for all, by the end sees the squatters as the cause of problems complicating his family's life and damaging the ecology of their land. Its possible to sympathize with both sides and realize there is not a simple answer..
Well written with convincing characterization of people and place.
My complaint is that the constant emphasis is on the horrors of life for these people.
The unjustness is noted in seemingly ever aspect of life.
Yes we who live in so much better conditions need to know but there is too much of
the "Behind" and not enough of the "Beautiful Forevers".
More subtlety or write a sociological essay.
This is a story of rather disgusting bad behavior in men.
From the East India Company commander who incites a war with a Maharajah to win personal laurels, to a British officer who arrogantly makes bad battle decisions, putting his men in grave danger, and then blames others for the result. Worse still the "hero" of the book is offered refuge by the Maharajah when he is found guilty of impersonating an officer and repays the Maharajah's kindness by betraying him to the British and then leading the fight against his seemingly justified cause.
Gory and inglorious.
An uneven book with some quite interesting and exciting portions mixed with protracted dull parts that do not contribute to the main story. The dialogue is at times repetitive and dull.
Old British Empire superiority and a short anti semantic portion are a little hard to take.
I don't recommend it.
an interesting group of short stories with color and character.
they are not all perfect but enjoyable
I was disappointed in this book.
The writer, instead of being invisible, was too much center stage.
We found out too much about the life stories and personalities of the researchers.
There simply wasn't enough interesting material about animals.
The narration droned on and on. Perhaps that was more the material than
I couldn't keep at it and did not download the second of two parts
Yes it moves along quicker than I could read
the insight into animal mind, correct or not, is interesting
Great voice though didn't like the talk to dog voice a lot.
Love crosses borders
I have read the author has said "Growing up in a strict, punishing church-run orphanage in South Africa during the apartheid era... ‘I know all about the God of wrath but have never met the God of love"
Unfortunately this has lead to a narrow and flawed view of Christianity reflected in this story.
Among the vast number who loved the book, another reviewer commented on bigoted treatment of religion.
That is my biggest problem with this book though I disliked, what I felt, was excessive detail of the cruelty and squalor of the time.
From the author not the genre
I enjoyed this story of a ex cop resettling in Florida and trying to live alone in peace after trauma in his personal and professional life. He has about a year of solitude but no peace, and then things go bad.
When its all over there is a glimmer of hope for him.
I enjoyed the local color and character development.
To me the narration was honest certainly not the worst I've heard.
Even found them a bit thought provoking
The writer warns you very little is really known about Billy and then writes a book to prove it.
There is a lot of western lore that may or may not have anything to do with the Kid.
But its repetitive and doesn't do what it proposes to do, that is provide a history of character in question. And if that's what you want, this isn't it.
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