I did not expect a gripping story after reading the synopsis. It surprised me with more action than I've expected. The focus of the book is still an internal life of a smart, gentle young woman and her coming of age in NYC in late 1930s.
It is beautifully written, the characters are nicely developed. You feel like you are reading one of the great classics the main heroine admires so much, but with a very modern twist to it.
If you like Jane Austin and Charles Dickens, this is a book for you.
It is a typical Philip Roth book. Powerful, well-written, has multiple narratives, presents different points of view.
It is never about who is write or wrong in the conflict. It is not "who'd done it". Roth tells you how the story ends in the first part of the book. No surprises in actions. It is the characters who surprise you after you get a deeper glimpse into their internal world.
You need to get used to the narrator, the slight frustration I had went away after the first 10 min.
I absolutely loved the book, one of the top 10 reads ever. However, as a mother of a tween who loved the movie, I feel like I need to provide this warning.
After all the commercials for the Ang Lee's movie, I guess most people know the plot. Comparing to the movie, the book has more of the back story about the young character exploring religions, his growing up at the zoo, and the unique time in India.
The initial time on the boat with all the animals and their demise is longer. The story of how there is only the tiger left is much more visceral, bloody and heartbreaking.
The final revelation of the "real story" tears your heart out, I felt stoned and overwhelmed at this point. It is present, but somewhat brushed off in the movie.
The movie managed to get the PG rating and create a magical fantasy, while the book has a much harsher, almost graphic nature. If followed completely, it would be an R-rated movie.
It is a life-affirming and uplifting story, just not for 10-12 year olds...
Ishiguro is a master of detail. His research artfully brought to life in this book truly immerses you into the post WWII England. It is a requiem to the end of an era of british aristocracy and the "gentlemen who serve gentlemen".
The first person narration demonstrates the depth of delusion and the disconnect between the protagonist and the reality. It can frustrate you at times.
At the end, it is a beautifully written book, but its point is as old-fashioned as its hero.
I was intrigued by the name. I am in the business, work in marketing for one of the large media companies, and was looking forward to exploring a scientific side of information and get a glimpse of the future. I am sorry to say that I could not get past first 30 minutes, my mind kept wondering, and I had to rewind multiple times to follow the story (or what the author uses instead of one). Boring. Disappointing.
Wolf Hall is a substantial commitment of time and patience. It describes the amazing rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in 16th century England. Although a fiction, it gives a strong factual foundation of historical events and attempts to unveil the insight into the psychology and brain of this extraordinary man. His relationship with his family, a series of personal tragedies, support of his mentor cardinal Wolsey and ultimately the relationship with Henry VIII (the one with many wives) and the Boleyn family are described from the Cromwellls perspective.
At the end I felt historically enriched, but the book did not leave a lasting impression, which is unfortunate after 24 hours of listening...
Couldn't stop reading. The author laid it out as is, the good, the bad and the ugly. There is a clear admiration for the subject, but without trying to cover up for his numerous character flaws. You follow the birth, the growth and the ending of the genius. It has a lot of educational and encouraging messages for all.
The narrator is great. The only thing I wished for is to have photos that are part of the printed edition to be somehow digitized and downloaded with the audiobook.
The book gives a great overview of humanity understanding, experimenting and fighting with the disease. Although the writing flows nicely and there are a lot of real human stories and anecdotes, you get somewhat tired by the middle of the book.
The author has a somewhat unhealthy admiration for the enemy he is trying to conquer, and the conclusion that we need to learn how to live with cancer better since it is not going anywhere, is slightly on a philosophically depressing side.
I would not recommend it to readers who fight with the disease right now and have a “religious” outlook on life, or especially their very close and emotional relatives. You have to be a pragmatic and a philosopher to take the book straight.
Mockingjay is very different from the first two installments. The book's structure is different, not centered around the games. It is slower, reflecting the mundane life in a confines of a secluded district. I would encourage you to look beyond your expectations of the action-packed events set up in the first two books. The main fire is burning inside our heroine. She does not know it yet, but from a clueless survivor she transforms into a solid, contemplating, mature human being.
The ending is beautiful. The last main event questions everything and puts everything in its place. Oh yeah, and she ends up with the “right” boy and for the right reasons.
PS By the third book I got used to the annoying narration by Carolyn McCormick. And her voice and pace finally fits for the last 20 minutes of the book
Just when I thought it will be a Harry Potter-like model all over again - the same structure of the story (summer, train, school, end of school year in HP, here - life in the districts, game announcement, games and post-games), the book turns itself into "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"! You have to read the last installment, since "Catching Fire" ends in a massive cliff-hanger. After several weeks you can even forget there the 2nd book ends and the last one begins in the story.
You will enjoy it. I flew through it in 2 (working!) days on my way to the great ending
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