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Rachelle

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  • The Red Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Nancy Travis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    From the town’s founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives.

    Carol says: "pleasant but unfulfilled"
    "Amazing book - I listened twice!"
    Overall

    You have to go in to this book knowing it's episodic - it covers about 250 years in the life of the town, and each chapter skips ahead to another generation. Knowing that, you let go of your expectations for a "regular" novel and just go with the flow.

    At first I had a hard time getting into the book. But once I understood the structure and got about three chapters in, it completely hooked me. I loved every bit of it. The characters are so rich, and the town itself develops a personality and becomes a character we root for. Alice Hoffman has such a terrific insight into human nature, and in this book she examines all kinds of people, allowing the reader to understand each of them, in their weakness, in their nobility, in their humanity.

    I listened to this book twice through, then listened to my favorite chapters a third time. It wouldn't let me go!

    This isn't for someone wanting major action or romance. It's not a genre novel, but more literary. I think you have to allow yourself the time to sink into this one, and when you do, you'll be glad you did.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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