This is my first experience with Mary Doria Russell. The book was recommended by a friend who read both The Sparrow and Children of God. Initially the frequent changes from past to future made it difficult to follow the thread of the story. This continued throughout the book and the manner in which the changes were made was very disconcerting to me. The story held a lot of promise for me initially because I really liked the characters as they developed. I'm not a prude by any stretch but as the character of Anne developed and so much of her character was about her sex life and discussion and thoughts with the priest it just didn't seem to be really connected to the story; like a movie that has more sex thrown in to sell more tickets. The sexual discussion and the big part it played in the tragedy of the main character and his rape along with extensive focus on sex lives of the aliens seemed to be at the loss of further development of the story and other characters.
The book spends about 2/3 of its focus in character development and about 1/3 on it's ending of the lives of the main characters after they have arrived at their destination. Overall I was disappointed and am not a fan of Ms. Russell's writing style. I do plan on listening to Children of God that I have already purchased. The storyteller was difficult to hear at times when the voice lowered and also seemed to increase reading speed during the last few chapters. The overall audio quality was the poorest I have ever experienced on an audible book.
Ms. Chua suffers from Narcissistc personality disorder.in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity. She uses her cultural background as an excuse to use a parenting style that is emotionally abusive. Even when her husband and parents caution her on the direction she is headed with her daughters, her self-centered personality allows her to convince herself she is always right and only considering her daughters best interest.
The story was fascinating in its brutal honesty. This is also testimony that Chua does not believe there was anything wrong with her cruelty and has no regrets. In the last chapter she brings in her daughters statements about the book and comments on her parenting methods. At this point her daughters are still in high school and appear to be defending their mother. It would be interesting to know how they end up parenting their own children and what their thoughts and comments will be on their mother at that time.
Jed, Chua's husband is mentioned frequently and praised highly in the book. She also discusses his outstanding achievements. At the same time she is determined to prove that her harsh "Chinese" mothering is the correct and only way to raise outstanding, high achieving children; she continues to discuss how opposite her husband was raised by her in-laws.
Overall, the book is worthwhile if only to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of this family. Every educator should read it to assist in identifying this type of abuse and the emotional problems that can evolve from this kind of home environment. Parents should read it and ask themselves if they truly believe ends justify the means when it comes to your child. Do you want your child to be a happy, well adjusted, caring person, capable of making good decisions for themselves, or is it more important to have "trophy" children that reflect your own personal desire for recognition and insecurities?
Having read Rosenberg's fiction series on the middle east conflict, I was very much looking forward to listening to some of his non-fiction work. Unfortunately, his preachy and repetitive style in this book was extremely boring and uninteresting. Much of the book made me feel like he was preaching to an uneducated child. As someone who is relatively educated on the middle east and the world political situation I expected more. I am a Christian and was looking forward to an educated viewpoint of a fellow Christian but this book fell extremely short of that. I won't be reading any of this other non-fiction works based on this experience.
The series was top notch in all categories but unfortunately the ending did not live up to the rest of the book. Will not specify because I don't want to spoil it for those who want to finish the series. I have found in these types of series that as exciting as the authors tend to make the plot and characters they frequently don't continue that challenge to the end. Really too bad because this series had such potential and deserved more effort in it's finish.
I tried to engage in the characters and story of this book.because I wanted it to be a book that helps the understanding of people with Autism. Unfortunately, it just didn't happen. The extreme details and repeating of the side story of the main character's distorted thinking was just too burdensome to be able to enjoy the plot. Also the way the story presented this it became obvious that the author was presenting this distorted black and white reality as truth, especially the ideas about religion and God. It became so boring and repetitive that I just couldn't finish it, even though I really did want to know the ending.
I was determined to finish this because I was suspending judgement out of admiration for J.K. Rowling. I chose to read it in spite of the poor reviews I had read. Unfortunately, the reviews were kind if anything. I was not expecting anything similar to Harry Potter but on the other hand was not anticipating the totally negative depressing life perspective portrayed from beginning to end. None of the characters were loveable only sad and depressing and the story itself never lightened up to show a glimpse of hope for any of the characters or community portrayed in the novel. Most depressing book I have ever completed and if it weren't for respect for the writer would not have finished it. So happy that she has chosen a different track for her future writings. The Cuckoo's Calling is delightful and she has created another loveable character in it.
Sherly Sandberg has redefined feminism to what women of my generation had always hoped it could become, a movement that gives people of both genders the freeedom to become all they choose to be. The book is well written and honest with specific suggestions on how women and men can make the workplace and home more supportive to allow for these choices. She shares her own personal experiences and success without arrogance, but in a manner that shares her learning with others to support them in their own journey.I bought the book in print for my son and daughter-in-law who are expecting their first child in July - a daughter. I bought the book for my daughter and all of her friends. She is early twenties just beginning her career. Sheryl has provided a road map by sharing her knowledge that will provide young women with information many of us wish we had had during our careers. Outstanding book which I believe will become a turning point in the feminist movement world wide.
This story was one of those that you kept hoping would get better but after forcing yourself to get through most of the book it doesn't. The story idea had potential but was so bogged down in uninteresting characters and details it just never went anywhere.
Develop the characters in a more interesting exciting manner and tighten up the long drawn out story into a fully developed concept.
It was as overly melodramatic as the book.
Too many to count but definitely about the long drawn out story of Pat the son. It was just boring.
Wouldn't read another book by this author.
No, I would not!
The ending was so anticlimactical! It was very difficult to sustain interest for the first few chapters because the characters were so shallow and incipid. The mystery of the disappearance intrigued me enough to finish the novel, but there were so many editorial errors in dates and ages througout the story that it was hard to follow. I am not a detailed person but even I caught those and was distracted. The condescending attitude of the author as expressed through the characters was annoying.
Didn't have one that had that effect on me.
All of part three.
At least I know not to read anything else by this author. Definitely not my taste!
The plot and the way the story unwound made it interesting from beginning to end.
I enjoy books that continue to unravel a story without giving away the end.
Definitely enjoyable escape and would enjoy more from this author.
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