Maybe it's because I needed to just fall into a book that the premise of this book appealed to me. And fall into it I did. It is magical, well-written and lyrical. I am not one to give a plot summary - if you choose this, you will find out soon enough. But I will tell you that you probably won't enjoy this book if you can't let yourself be taken away by some elements of fairy tale. The plot is not completely improbable, it just stretches you to let go of the realism of your own life and step into another place and not judge how you got there. A truly wonderful winter read.
I have always liked Jon Krakauer for his ability to investigate with honesty, clarity and attention to detail - and keeping my interest throughout. I remember finishing Into Thin Air at three in the morning because I couldn't stop.
Missoula is in the same category as the rest of his books - riveting and solid. The story isn't easy to read but it sheds light on such a fundamental problem in our culture that it is critical that we look at it head on. I had barely finished it when I sent it to my 26 year old daughter because she too will come upon this in her life and the book might help.
Be prepared for a hard ride but I am glad Krakauer took it on.
Literary junk food - I longed for a good salad of a book afterwards. Don't bother.
The power of this book is in its characters that you grow to love. Hannah is masterful in how she builds the characterization amidst the difficult descriptions of the Nazi occupation. This book is very similar to All the LIght You Cannot See in that it takes loving, strong and compassionate people and places them into this time frame. But the story is different - as if there is another road we can all go down as readers to see yet another glimpse of this horrific time and how people survived.
I loved this book -- capturing any time I could to put on my earphones and listen for more. I knew I would be sad when it ended and I am. That is the best kind of recommendation I can make.
I found myself smiling at the strange juxtaposition of walking on a ferry (with all the various activities that go into loading a boat) and the narration of this book as I did so. It was comical because this book ought to be accompanied by a symphony playing while you listen to the exquisite writing that emerges as you put together the very unusual story. Sarah Waters has the gift of language combined with the ability to lay out a story in a way that pulls you in at every page.
And then there is Juliet Stevenson whom I consider the very best narrator at Audible. I think she might be able to read the phone book and I would listen -- but know this isn't the phone book so the combination is riveting. Not to be missed.
I started to write that anybody over 50 ought to read this book, but that isn't true - everybody ought to read this book and wrestle with the idea of the end of life either for ourselves or our parents. Gawande is a superb researcher, a clear writer and he never loses the reader as he educates us about the american way of the end of life. A must read.
This book chronicles a wonderful story about a chance encounter between a homeless boy and a magazine executive. Unfortunately, the writing is so weak, including grammatical errors, that I couldn't concentrate on the compelling nature of the story. It should have moved almost by itself - just needed a really good editor. Not my favorite.
I don't remember how I found this book, but it popped into my life and, as soon as I finished it, I started it all over again. I know now that I have many other Toibin books that will sustain me through the dark PNWest winter which makes me very happy.
First of all, the narration on this is phenomenal. I had thought it was more than one person until I went back to check. Fiona Shaw makes this novel come alive and Colm Toibin gives her a lot to work with - beautifully drawn characters, simple but compelling story line and an undercurrent of sorrow turning to coping turning to joy. I loved it.
I have liked Jane Smiley in the past - A Thousand Acres was one of my all time favorites. This story is SO slow, so cumbersome and so full of unnecessary detail that I want to scream from the sidelines - "Jane, get on with it!" The premise that she would think her characterization of a child's view of the world would sustain us for a very long time was, in my mind, not a good calculation. I didn't even want to finish this. That doesn't happen very often with me.
I never would have read the first one of Rob Lowe's books but I did because my daughter told me I would like it. I loved that one. This one not so much -- I still think he is a great writer and his self-effacing manner in regards to describing his life is so delightful, so one might say "what is there not to love?" It's the story - he preaches a bit too much. He took a good thing and stretched it too thin on another attempt. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for him because I learned quickly in his first book that he is waaaay more than just a pretty face, but this one didn't measure up.
I loved this book. I am not sure I can articulate everything about why,but I will try -- it is a wonderful story and pulls in many,many layers of human angst and resolution at just the right time while keeping the story line sane and magical at the same time. Ruth Ozeki reads it beautifully (not always the case with authors) and the characters are well drawn with a clear and significant plunge into new worlds. It was this - the fact that the book took me to another world. that captivated me
The fall season is a good time to be transported to another place while a transition is happening before our eyes. Don't miss this one.
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