I found this book disturbingly powerful, soul searching and convincing. The thesis is that government portrays the idea of a unified country with a common identity and and National Interest& in order to perpetuate a system where the rich stay rich and benefit greatly and the lower classes of people are kept subservient. The wars since WWII have been to perpetuate the interest of large corporations whose policies place greed above human life, working conditions rights and freedoms. Wars are fought by poorer classes of Americans and the myth of National Interest& is used to motivate them. Wars also serve to distract those being taken advantage of at home from realizing this fact. There are grave injustices against blacks, women, Latinos, gays etc in this country as well as the people in the countries that we attack. The money that could have been used to improve the plight of the underprivileged is instead being used to make arms for the military to fight these wars. The ultimate suffering is by children. Children killed and mutilated by wars, children born in poverty in this country and children of immigrants who are denied services in this country by the lack of social programs. This book makes you want to fight for social justice. I highly recommend this book.
It was very realistic. He did not hold back at all in describing the horrors of what he went through or what he saw, felt, smelled, etc.
The evolution of Sledge from fresh out of training to becoming one of the "Old Breed", that is an experienced combat veteran. This was not a moment, but rather a gradual process throughout the fighting of the two epic battles described in this book.
I have not listened to other performances by this narrator but he did a fantastic job!
This is a very memorable book. The descriptions of what it was like to be on the battlefield for many gruesome days in the Pacific seemed authentic beyond dispute and gives one an appreciation of what sacrifices the men made who fought there.
The main character, Doc, did not come alive for me with the reader.
More character development. I expected more. It concerns Cannery Row, the part of town of Monterey California where many poor people lived. The story was from many years ago. The pace was rambling and slow, Steinbeck could have picked up the pace. The character development was lacking, the characters were shallow for the most part.
not if I had a choice
I think that at the time it was written it provided insight into a strata of life which many people were not aware of.
Continuation of the action and themes of THE POWER OF ONE.Powerful and heroic characters. Some important themes concerning race relations in South Africa.
The most interesting aspect of the story is the color of the many unique characters. Several present insights into race relations in South Africa and human nature in general which really carry the novel beyond a simple story.
Many of the characters are unique and woven together into an interesting, at times exciting story. The performer, Humphrey Bower does an absolutely 5 star performance with all the characters, from English, to Indian, to several African tribes, to German, to Afrikaner, etc. As with THE POWER OF ONE, the central hero of the story is P.K. and his persona and the devotion and inspiration he commands of the Africans remains the central part of the story. I would not read Tandia without Reading The Power of One first.
The reason that I do not rate this novel higher is mainly that it is a long sequel to a long original novel. If one is looking for a sequel to the Power of One, it great.
First of all I should say that I drove around the country alone in a Van approximately 1970. I think this book was one of the reasons I did it. I was approximately 23 years old at the time. It was Just like he says in the book:
you don't take the trip, the trip takes you.
I have now reread it at the age of 66. At this time in my life it was pleasant, albeit somewhat rambling, containing some humor, some profound insights, some lighter insightful comments and some parts that made the book longer without adding value at least to me.
I think not. There is really no story to it. While some of the observations are interesting, his trip happened a long time ago and much seems dated. Having said this my number one piece of advice for young people who are single is to save up a little money and drive around the country, or at least out west (I live in Ohio) so they can have their own experience of this type. However, I am not sure a 23 year old today would read this book and get filled with desire to save a few bucks and drive their car alone around the country. Perhaps If I run into a recently retired friend who is hinting about doing something like this I can suggest he read this book.
for me, yes. for the average reader, no
Nothing. The reader was excellent. It was the constant detailed imagery which made me uncomfortable.
I am not sure what genre to put this book into. It if full of images of death, filth, ugliness. The protagonist, Suttree was mired in this. There was little humor and little to which the reader (listener) could relate.
Suttree was the only character who had any of his inner traits revealed. Any even this left me confused as to his inner drives and motivations.
It gave a presumably somewhat accurate of what the very poor of Knoxville in the early 1950s lived like. In that sense, it was a learning experience. You really were immersed in the poverty of that city. At times focusing on the ugliness and filth of a city is of value. Most of us go around photographing or "focusing" our attention on the beautiful. McCarthy focused on and described in detail images of ugliness, filth, decay and death. Also, the writing style was at times very poetic. Many times I felt like I was listening to the Walt Whitman of the ghetto. Lots of invented words and phrases which sounded like some kind of modern poetry.
It may sound paradoxical but what I liked best was how disturbing the book is. So much about The Vietnam war was senseless, so much was driven by bad decisions made for personal politacal reasons and so much needless suffering occured due to these decisions. I felt as if I would reacted in a similar way to the protagonist of the story only I am quite sure I would have not been able to stand it.
His style was quiet and reserved, which seemed to match the protagonist's personality well.
No way. It was much too painful to take in large doses. I listen in the car in 30 minute doses which gave me a chance to recover between listens.
The book is a must read (listen) for anyone contemplating a career in the military and a strong argument against fighting wars in foreign countries trying to change other nation's cultures.
The book is a series of relatively brief myth busting type insights into human nature. First, what you might think is true. Then why what you think is intuitive is wrong along with how this has been proven. Finally some commentary on the observations.
Soft, droll, understated.
Not really. Each chapter stands independently of the others. I listen to books in the car the separate chapters worked well for me, perhaps even better than a single long read since the gaps gave me a chance to reflect on the individual area discussed.
Hard for me to say. Perhaps a pre teen or early teenager. It seemed too long for bedtime reading to a younger child and not deep enough for adult reading. I gave up on it after a few hours.
yes. Clearly not in the class of books like Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies and way to long to read with an eye to scouting out books I could read to my grandchild in a few years.
it was ok. I don't think reading it faster would have helped.
Just a sense that I did a bad job of picking the book.
Weak plot, poor character development, lots of unoriginal cliches. At best a light summer read for young women, but not too young because of some sexual innuendo. Definitely not for men. Lots of detail about clothes and furniture, but no artistic descriptions of anything.
Solomon's song by Bryce Courteney
Performance was ok altho some of the character's accents were not consistent or believable.
Improved my insight into women who judge other women by the clothes they wear.
This is an autobiographical account of Hemingway in his earlier years. It was published posthumosly and given the revelations about his personal life I can see why he never published it during his lifetime. Alot is revealed about his sexual experiences but it is so subtle that it is easy to miss alot of it. He tells as a subplot some of his experiences in Aftrica Big Game hunting with his Father. I rate the book as 4 stars.
The reader (Patrick Wilson) did a fantastic job of portraying the characters, which added to my enjoyment of this novel. I rate his reading of this novel as 5 stars.
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