The writing is pitch perfect. The characters are so well painted. You can hear their voices. They are real - not villains or heroes, but people struggling to do their best, given their live's struggles. As always, Kingsolver weaves these individual perspectives against a backdrop of the social, environmental and political aspects of climate change - allowing us, through fiction to see the potential losses heading our way.
In some ways, this is one of her sadder stories. But she brings hope into the picture as well, and a touch of redemption too.
Normally, I'm wary when an author reads their own work, but she did an amazing job bringing her story and characters to life.
Ultimately, a very satisfying listen!
Sometimes magical thinking works. Harold sets off to save a friend in a way that makes his wife question his sanity, but his quirky quest leads to more being saved than either could have imagined. Sweet, funny, moving. Loved it.
Just the right pacing, great exploration of a precocious kid's perspective. Love the quirkiness of Bernadette, the exploration of "crazy" vs. eccentric, the rejection of norms that keep people boxed in to small lives. Great tale of personal and artistic freedom in a world where most people cling to security.
It takes forever to get going. Interestingly, there is a passage when an adult is reading a story to the kids, and the narrator comments on how slow the story is, and how they need to adjust to the speed of it. Is this meant to be an instruction for us too? If so, it just doesn't work for me.
Great accents and conveyance of emotion.
To buy another book instead ;-)
I know a lot of people LOVE this book, and I know there are times when I read something and it doesn't work for me, then a few years later I read it again and it does. So take my review with a grain of salt. It's not a bad book in any way. I'm just not into a slower moving story right now.
If you LOVE Diane Keaton, you might like this more than I did.
Keaton tries to integrate her mother's biography with her own, comparing their lives, dreams and journals as well as their experiences as mothers. It may be different on the written page, but spoken, the two stories feel disjointed. Diane seems to think of herself as a plain ordinary girl, and so the story comes across as plain and ordinary.
Wonderful characters, vivid descriptions allow the listener to experience the character's lives. One of my favorites.
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