I feel misled by all the talk of it as a "beach read." That implies a fun book, light hearted, romantic maybe intriquing. But this book was about family problems that never get fixed. And there is a huge logic problem that is never addressed. Grandma's big sacrifice to make up for past sins isn't a sacrifice for her, just for the rest of her family.
Alice needs to be set straight.
Performance was great.
I thought I already knew Scientology having watched TV programs about it and read a few articles. But it is far more sinister than I realized. I was glued to this audiobook. The story was layed out beautifully and the picture painted is shocking. I watched a documentary obout the Catholic church covering up for pediphile priests at the same time I was listening to this book and I was struck by the similarity, organized religions so corrupt and dangerous. It is so important in this life to be an imdependent thinker and not look fopr some group to validate your existence because soon they will be doing just the opposite.
I read this book when I was 15 and then read it again and again and again. I was curious if it would have the same effect on me 40 years later and it did! I was glued to the story, though I knew it by heart, rooting for Katherine, John and the children. And fascinated by what life was like back then. And strangely enough, I am not otherwise a fan of historical fiction. This is a rare gem, to me.
I have loved every book by Barbara Kingsolver, but I was half way through this one still waiting to love it. I couldn't stand the main character and her endless whining about her life. It all seemed to trite. And the names of the characters were so absurd it made me feel like the author was making fun of the poor, that they would name their children such stupid things. I just felt angry listening to the book and not at the book "bad guys." Every character was either good or bad, ignorant or brilliant .One dimensional. I gave up.
I loved this book. It was so fresh. Like nothing I had read before. I was so attached to the characters, on the edge of my seat about the ending and always wondering how anyone has the imagination to think of what "life" would be like for an imaginary friend. The mark of a great book is I miss the characters now that they are gone.
It was a compelling family drama but a pivitol point happening in an ICU couldn't happen. The phrase "pulling the plug" on a critically ill patient is just a figure of speech. All the equipment has battery back up built in, plus any nurse or therapist could tale over manually. It made me mistrust other "facts" legal facts and about the wolves.
The characters are all weird, The story takes some completely unexpected turns. But for some reason, I loved everyone and couldn't wait to see what happened tp them next. There was humor with the shocks and sadness. What an imagination this author has!
I loved the surprise twists and turns.
If I could have, I would have.
I am recommending it to everyone.
I identified with Emily, for better or worse, because I am getting up there myself. It seemed an accurate description of life at the end.
There were times when it made me angry because she was a good person, but forgotten by most people. It was true to life as you get old.
I don't know if younger readers would get it, or care, but anyone approaching or living in old age would be pleased to read about an everyday woman at this stage of life who is not boring or feeling sorry for herself but speaking the truth.
I wouldn't know.
My goodness, there were so many. The whole book was memorable with characters to love and root for, a difficult story and lessons learned as seen through the eyes of a dog. I thought that aspect who be weird but it wasn't.
I was sad when it ended. I felt like I knew the characters and would miss them.
The characters were really fleshed out and real, but so melancholy. So many missed opportunities for each of them. They could have changed each other's lives but didn't have the courage.
I was interested enough in what was going to happen next that I was drawn back to listen when I had other things to do. But I wished someone got their happiness in the end.
I never listen to the same book twice but I could see making an exception. This is the kind of book that a book club should read and then REALLY talk about it. Russell Banks is so good at showing you the heart of someone whose heart you didn't think you wanted to see. Until you did.
Oh, THE KID, of course.
He did a great job of it, subtle changes for different characters.
The book was great as far as making you rethink your opinions, but it was also full of mystery, trying to figure out who the PROFFESSOR really was and what motivated him. I think it was right up there with RULE OF THE BONE, one of Bank's earlier books that I have given as a gift a dozen times.
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