I love Jane Smiley, but I don't love this book. Jane tries to combine family dynamics with a murder mystery and she doesn't succeed here. Characters are developed, but don't seem to evolve. And, the mystery drags on and on and on.
I wouldn't listen again because I typically listen to any book only once except for textbook types, but hardly ever fiction.
This book follows a predictable story to some degree, but learning about class differences in Great Britain is interesting. Beautifully written
Great wedding scene
Yes! The language is frequently surprising. How often do you think as a teen boy would? His observations are hilarious and honest. The author narrates, so the delivery is indeed what the author intended and authentic. The story is of a Native American boy coming of age and recognizing his intrinsic worth and place in the world. We get to listen to the private thoughts of a boy who sees his future.
Wow - don't know how here - Hunter Thompson and Mark Twain and Malcom X.
The lilting song of his voice and the heartfelt insistence of his joy, pain, and cynicism.
Listen to it over and over again
I would recommend listening to this book because it lasts long enough. Have you ever been sad a really good book ended? With this trilogy, you can be Pippi for several days at least.
The Hobbit or Gormenghast - the main character is intelligent yet flawed, and there are plenty of adventures
The sound of Pippi's voice
A Study in Perserverance
You can guess the ending 20 seconds into the book. I thought this book was going to be a fresh take on romance and well written. Instead, it was trite and rote. Don't waste your time.
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