los angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2005
Maybe it went over my head. The only thing that surprised me about this book was how much sex there was, since so many contemporary authors don't even bother with it. Of course, this being Franzen, the sex was not enjoyable to read, being a lot of pathetic, compulsive masturbation, men being led by their d---ks and people so caught up in their own misery and self consciousness that they can't enjoy it. This is my biggest problem with Franzen's writing -- he very much dislikes/holds at a distance/tortures his characters. So why should I care about them? However, after slogging through, albeit skimming a bit, the ending did get to me, but maybe it was due to the sheer relief that it was over.
I had forgotten so much about the hunt for an MLK's killer that reading this was truly eye opening. Highly recommended with many twists and turns and interesting historical details--Like the fact that several wealthy Klan Organizations had bounties placed on MLK's head, and how J. Edgar Hoover, who hated King and had tried to get him to commit suicide, was then was placed in charge of finding his killer.
One of my favorites for the year. It's an amazing coming of age story, a good mystery, and an interesting and deep portrait of reservation life with elements of magical realism. What more could you ask for in a novel? She deserved the National Book Award.
Foraging for wild greens, forbidden love, separation, prison camps and brainwashing. This reads like a dystopian novel and although it gets tough at times, you know that since their stories are being told, the people in this novel eventually escaped. Truly mind blowing and highly recommended.
This book has almost zero twists or turns. It is a character study of a family of criminals, and not a deep one at that. I had to force myself to get to the end to see if there was something I missed, but even the ending was disappointing.
This was a strange book. It was in diary form where all the action takes place in someone else's life as the narrator figures out a mystery in his own extremely desultory way. There was no danger or suspense and I had to put it down. I'm sure this author has written better books.
I gave this book a good shot by listening to over half of it, but still was not drawn in by the writing and the narration was absolutely distracting to no end.
Although the writing and the narration was good, the story just did not hook me. It seemed too predictable, but I have high hopes for this author.
I had trouble caring about the story and the character to the point where I skipped many chapters and jumped to the end. There, I was quite surprised that the book had turned into a romance that reminded me of the Outlander series, which I couldn't get though either.
I thought the book bogged down in the middle and Craig Wasson read the book so slowly that at times I turned it up to double speed. However, there's no mystery why King sells so many books. I guess in the end, I would have liked a more complex plot and characters, but, I did cry...
This insanely unique novel is hard to describe. Its a literary thriller, a modern-day Casablanca, a character study and a unrelenting bleak and painful portrait of a Country (North Korea) where people are forced to live according to a script written by their sadistic leader, and one wrong word could land you in a prison camp. The pace doesn't let up for a moment as the author explores the effects of constant propaganda, deprivation, and the pain of having to hide your true self or risk torture or death. He weaves his story around a man who starts out in an orphanage, becomes a spy, a kidnapper, and ultimately, an imposter who takes on Kim Jong Il. It's beautifully written, brutally realistic and definitely not for the squeamish.
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