Gresham, OR, United States | Member Since 2009
I really don't mind seeing the seedy or unattractive parts of any country; I think that sugar coating things makes them unreal. However, while I bought the book with the hope that I would hear some of what I heard (insights into the English, some day-to-day realities of living there, their culture and their sociology) it seems like most of it is one massive whinge. She does make a point in the beginning of pointing out good things about the country, bringing fairness to her criticisms, but somehow when the book is done, I was left with a feeling of disgust towards the British. And I am a total Anglophile! Re-listening to try see if my first impression was accurate.
I would have loved for the story to have stayed true to the end. Having woven the fabric of the story in intricate detail, it seems like Wouk left off in ribbons at the end, and that was pretty disappointing. However, having said that, seeing parts of the war and the Holocaust revealed that I've never encountered before was a feat in and of itself, as I am a war-history person and the Holocaust is pretty ubiquitous (deservedly so). It was wonderful to learn new things within the context of such a great story.
Of course, I loved it. How can you not? But I'm hoping that the movies do more to show the other side of the story - that in and of itself would have been a GREAT plotline to follow. I am aware that the surprise was Collins' device to keep you spellbound, but I love a good open plot. In any case, well done, and great story! I was hooked from the first.
I thought this would be a treatise on the cross, a full book on the theological implications of the cross on life in general, or on humanity. Instead, it is a series of letters from Mark Driscoll, written in the tone and spirit of those written by Paul, Peter, Luke, etc., in the New Testament, to people he has either counseled or knew personally. They are enlightening, especially as you are bound at some point to hear a letter that you very well yourself could receive. Those which you might not have received yourself are illuminating in the sense that they give you a good idea of the tone of mind to take with other people, and their sins. Very Christ-centered, and an excellent device by which to display the different elements of the cross and redemption. Well done, MD!
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