Michigan, United States | Member Since 2013
This story totally deserves the international bestseller title. With infectious characters and delightful dark humor Jonasson has brought a very unique telling of some of modern history’s darkest moments to the table. Karlsson’s a protagonist you can really stand behind, his ever-constant jovial perspective on life seeps into your head as you read - reading just a chapter easily turned a few of my own sour moods around! Through lies, deceit, and unbelievable outcomes of some of the stickiest situations imagined it’s odd that friendship, however short-lived on occasion, abounds in this story. Its appearance brought this hilarious tale, down-to-earth and let the best of human nature shine.
I don’t think I’d have enjoyed this book as much as I did if it weren’t for my digesting it in an audio form. The narrator did a marvelous job and the story unfolded so perfectly, it just felt like a story that needed to be read aloud. Highly entertaining and laugh-out loud funny.
After scanning through several reviews I observed a running theme with statements from readers of this book: "this is not a romance, this isn't chick lit, the valentine's-esque cover of the book is a false alarm," etc. All of which were high praises in this context and peaked my interest. So after being on the fence, I was sufficiently left with the desire to actually read it. I still didn't know a. what the story was actually about. b. how impacting said story would be.
Moyes covers a lot of ground in this novel. Her characters, physical and emotional, flaws are melancholy yet inspiring. She elegantly delves into a topic riddled with controversy, allowing the reader to truly examine both seemingly hopeless options at hand. Dramatic, but without Hollywood glamour, this novel is a challenging story that will make you question your moral understanding of life. As other reviewers have previously nailed on the head, this is not a romance. But it is a story about love and the human spirit.
The narrators did a lovely job as I listened to the book in two long stretches is was quite a wonderful show!
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