Introspective, sad, eye opening
This book made me think of Martin Amis books but it was much easier to understand and relate to. The atmosphere makes this book and the lead character is completely believable. It is this easy and intimate relationship one feels with the main character that makes the book so interesting and then makes the reader examine her/his own life and the stories we tell ourselves.
Tony - the main character - carries the book.
When the main character is told that he never got it and he never will, it leaves him and the reader desperately trying to figure out what is there to be gotten. Once the reality becomes clear, the reader has the urge to go back and re-read. The delusion of the main character is the delusion of the reader.
I found it hard to believe that the book taking place in 1st century will be easy to relate to. I truly enjoyed how the book written about time long ago brought the issues and relationship of women so close to a woman driving down busy freeways of today.
The characters carry the story. None of them are good and none of them are bad. Their lives are shaped by circumstances as much as their own choices.
Shira was my favorite. Forward thinking, powerful and intelligent yet making some good and some terrible choices.
Fun, whimsical, fable
It made me think of Terry Pratchett books although it is closer to reality. The characters are fantastical but the plot and relationships are easy to relate to the real world.
The accents! He is marvelous and really gives the feeling of the characters. I particularly enjoyed how he portrayed the old ladies.
Sometimes you need a brother to be complete.
It is middle of the road. Entertaining for sure but not spectacular.
The story is slow at times but I felt that the aspect of drug development in the story was implausible, unbelievable and a bit shallow.
She is a great narrator. I think I listened to her narrate The Fear of Flying and find her very enjoyable.
I still can't believe that she left the mute kid to the cannibals! I guess this could be a spoiler or a hook - depends on how you look at it.
It is a great and gripping story while teaching you a lot about the disease and Hawaii culture.
I listened to this book for a book club and because I listened, I got all the names and pronunciation correct. You can hear that she is Hawaiian.
I cried three times. While driving. Twice because of unbearable sadness and once because of happiness.
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