I really wanted to like this book. Turns out I like the idea of the book more than the book itself. Time and again I found myself rolling my eyes at Sarah's behaviour. She just doesn't really seem to have much passion for life and I can't imagine her ever having it even before her divorce. She even admits that she never would have left her husband but just stayed in her unhappy life because that is what is expected. And you can imagine her doing just that time and again for the rest of her life. If the author's point was to show 'boring girl next door gets guy despite herself' she has succeeded. We really don't learn anything about most of the characters and the ones we do learn about aren't really the interesting ones. The novel is fun, just not very involving. I like something I can sink my teeth into - this is not it. Go see the movie instead.
Thank goodness little Frankie McCourt made it to America. A friend recommended this to me, but I was reluctant believing it would be depressing. And it is, at times, but it is also funny and uplifiting. I cried and laughed! And I feel very lucky to have heard it directly from the author's mouth -- he brought the characters alive, but with no hint of judgment -- just told with "this is my life" clarity. At some point we all realize that we are who we are because of our life experiences. Instead of letting his poverty defeat him, Frank McCourt found a way to triumph from it. I loved this story and highly recommend it.
You would never guess that a story that takes place almost entirely in the confines of a small boat could be so engrossing, funny, sad ensightful and entertaining. The reader makes the story jump from the pages. What a lovely person Pi is...someone we would all want to know. A wonderful story that kept me glued to my iPod!
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