Although the writing (reading in this case) was lyrical and well done, it just never grabbed my attention. I kept waiting for something to happen and nothing did. The ramblings were occasionally moderately interesting but not much else. If you like differently told stories and literary fiction then you will likely enjoy this as it seems to be much celebrated. Although the narration was great, the book just didn't do it for me.
This book starts way back in the beginning, talking about the early history of the area and the rock carvings and archeological impacts in the area. It slowly moves up through history sharing both oral and written sources and talking about the West’s interactions with the area and how they slowly increased. The book did have a heavy Western orientation as a lot of what it covered and discussed was the West’s meddling in Nigeria and the perspective of the Europeans.Overall this was an interesting book that covered a lot of history, but it was very dated. It was originally written and copyrighted in 1992, and is in desperate need of an update.
I loved this book, and especially loved it on audio. The book is told in three parts with each part having a different narrator. I loved the way that this was done. The first part was told by Tasha, the second by Rodney, and the third by Octavia. I loved Tasha’s section the best and Rodney’s the least, but even he grew on me until I couldn’t help but really feel for him and care about him and his story. The three lives are intertwined in more ways than they realize at first, and this becomes more clear as the story progresses.
Through the work we learn more about the awful spate of child murders that plagued the black Atlanta community from 1979-1981. Through the murders of the black children Jones is able to explore the racism and injustice that was faced still in the southern states in the 1970′s. Very glad I listened to this one.
Each monologue was interesting, many were funny, many made me stop and think. I really enjoyed the collection and how varied it was in terms of the ages, races and class backgrounds of those discussed. It also included both heterosexual and homosexual essays and never felt biased, to me, toward one or the other.
The story is a kind of grown-up fairy tale with all the necessary elements including the land of faerie, mythical creatures, struggles, morals, and more. Through the story Tristran slowly learns more and more about himself and comes to trust his instincts, and to trust others. I really enjoyed this tale, the world that Gaiman created was fantastic and there was always something new. I found myself rooting for Tristran and his star, even as I was frustrated by the things he was doing. I especially liked how some of the nursery rhymes came into play in the tale in faerie.
This book was read by Neil Gaiman which only made it better. He was a fantastic author and definitely made the story more enjoyable. The edition I listened to also included an interview with the author in which he talks about how he got the idea for the book.
I’ve seen this novel described as fantasy, and it is in a way, but to me it is simply general fiction. The fantastical elements are purely imaginary and are shown to be such. Terabithia is the kingdom they create and rule to give them some control over their lives, and to have fun. This is the imagination at it’s best and is sorely missing from kids play these days. I can remember my sisters and I going on long ‘adventures’ as we called them through the back woods – though never created any magical kingdoms that I recall…
Either way, a great story about the importance of friendship, kindness, and seeing things through another’s eyes. A lot of great lessons in here for all of us. Leslie is often referred to in reviews as a lesbian though there was no mention of her being a lesbian and I couldn’t find anything solid that referred to it. Her love of sports, dislike of dresses, and active mind were all likely considered gender non-conforming and so she gets the lesbian title given to her. I’d like to hear more on this from those in the know…
Because this was a collection of short essays written over a long period of time, and written for various reasons and events, there was quite a bit of overlap. The same event or story would be mentioned in a few different essays, though each time a different part of it would be expounded upon. While the repetition could have become grating instead I found it really reinforced the messages Achebe was making and worked to draw the disparate essays together.
As always, Achebe delivers with every well-chosen word and perfectly crafted sentence.
I wish there was more complexity to the characters and the story in this series. I enjoy it, but the characters tend to get on my nerves with the things that they do. While it isn’t that they go out of character, it is that they are too simple sometimes, they do the predictably stupid things that you know they will, and they don’t have a lot of depth. That being said, I do enjoy the mythological aspect. I find the series aimed more toward a younger audience than most YA books that I read – more middle grade than high school, perhaps. I am still looking forward to the next in the series though.
It was a very light, easy book so it was easy to listen to, though the voice was a little too annoying to listen for long periods.
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