This book made me miserable, BUT true to contemporary literary offerings, it gives alot to consider about the lives and times of these baby boomers. In the end, I'm glad I read it and glad Meg branched out and wrote it.
Here is the unlikely premise, which allows us to explore the thoughts and actions of this generation: Sad and ordinary girl meets the "it" brother and sister at summer artistic camp and is invited into their click of friends. One of them will eventually become the Bill Gates of a Hollywood Cartoon Empire, one will be accused of a crime, one will almost always do the right thing and end up marrying well but will have other sorrows, one will face being gay and get over a childhood trauma, and another will remain the source of comfort in her bitter ordinariness. But they will remain friends throughout the twists and turns of life.
This was very interesting and thought provoking. I love books that teach me while giving me a story to digest. Well written -- Mary is thoroughly believable as the character that she must have been, as is the man who is essentially her common law husband. Can you imagine being told that you are a disease carrier, so many have died because of you, and in a time when many didn't have much training, told that you can't do your job, the special job you are good at? Can you imagine being basically imprisoned without a trial? Can you imagine wondering, but not being really convinced, that you were responsible for many, many deaths? This book helped me really imagine all of that.
Oh and the narrator, with her Irish defensive accent, was all that! Sounded perfect.
I loved this book until the chapter on justice. It seems like Gladwell always does this to me, I just love what he does and then he jerks me back to reality when he throws in a chapter at the end that he wants to make into something, but doesn't have anything to back it up. Even so, its a worthwhile book, so let me tell you about the good in it.
"David and Goliath: The Truth" will make you think outside of the box. I love that. Give me a new angle, a new perspective, a new way to look at / solve a problem. This book even goes further, it helps you see that what you may perceive to be a disadvantage, while very difficult, can strengthen you to help you succeed. You may not want to have to travel down the road, but guess what, you are on it so here is what you might find on the other side. (Boy do we all need that. Life happens, sometimes in an oh so hard way!) Also -- the other side of it is that some advantages actually weaken you, we all know this to be true. So next time you are in a difficult situation, look for the silver lining, think outside the box, consider the weaknesses on the other side, and have hope.
Now for the dislike. The chapter that lost it for me was the one on justice. The comparisons just didn't compare. You can't take one response to a murder that is solved close to the event and compare it and the outgrowth from it to another response to a murder where the perpetrator was not found for twenty years. Apples and oranges, and besides -- the man that was free for twenty years was finally caught because he kept doing it. Also, I didn't hear data to back up the hypothesis on why the three strikes rule didn't work for society as a whole. I also didn't hear how the other response work for society and recidivism. And it isn't because I am biased to the three strikes rule. I was fully engaged and excited to hear a better rule of law that maybe Texas needs to try, but none was offered.
Anyway, still loved the book and Gladwell. Recommend!
The last half of this book drug and was challenging to follow, until the very end. I can see how Hilary Mantel has really grown as an author, but the magic dialogue and characterization are definitely pure Hilary Mantel and make it worth the labor. I thought I knew a lot about the French Revolution, but I didn't know much about Danton and Camille. These characters were so alive they were practically there in front of me. (What loud lawyer does Mantel live with?) The ending -you know what is coming - was superb.
Entertaining, but not as meaningful to me as her past novels. Still, I think Kent is onto a good character here, and may get quite a good following if she continues with him (and her?). SO -- I say if you like mysteries and westerns, go for it!
Surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Fantasy, historical, cultural, and I really cared about the characters, plus magically well written. Great summer read, highly recommend. I'd rate 4.5 if I could.
Sadly, this has not been my favorite of his books. Good but lacking in the urgency of his other books. Probably more of a literary splash though, due to all the unique voices telling the story.
Ann Lamott strikes again. Very inspirational for writers. Thanks, Ann! You always know how to take me where I am and put me back in perspective.
Absolutely loved this book. I actually clapped when the audio was over. Not a political book at all, this is the ultimate Bronx / legal version of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "The Glass Castle." I want to read more books like this. Thank you Judge for writing it. I hope that men will also read it, I've asked my husband to - no pressure there, babe! Also, the narration was so perfect, and comforting, just love Rita Moreno, very fitting that she read this.
Very enjoyable sweeping historical novel on WWII. Again amazed at Folet's ability to write a compelling story on so broad a subject in such an engrossing way. He's definitely grown as a writer. Also, I liked the narration.
Decided to revisit this since it is the 200th year of its publication. I very carefully selected this audio version (a good narrator is a must). It was excellent, again, how about that? I marvel at how Jane Austen can be poking such fun at her society without sounding snarky, and while still delivering a fun, romantic story. I recommend this particular audio version.
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