'we are the sum total of all our ancestors' so the saying goes, and this is really what this portrait of family is all about. The story of several generations and branches of a family as they evolve through time, the things that they take with them from generation to generation, patterns, emotions, even smiles and gestures, and the things that they lose. The history that is behind the macro accounts provided by books and museums. As the characters say "the past is something you leave behind" "no the past is something you take with you" -both are true and amply illustrated by this engaging and entertaining account. I am very pleased that I downloaded this book and would particularly recommend it to anyone interested in family history and tracing their own ancestory.
What if you could live your life all over again? Turn a different corner, change one small thing, and everything would have been better.........or would it? Would we just encounter different sorrows or challenges, would the overall outcome be just the same?. Sometimes life is just so random and for all our planning, chance still has a powerful role to play. This is Kate Atkinson at her very best, cleverly and brilliantly written, and set during a fascinating period of history. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, I will definitely be listening to this book again!
This is a lovely book on many levels. Harold Fry is an ordinary man, with an ordinary life. Hardly interesting, hardly worthy of a second glance. Then one day he embarks on a journey to see an old friend, and in the process he embarks on a journey that helps him begin to find himself again. We all have complex histories, moments of triumph, moments of extreme pain and sorrow. We are none of us as we appear on the surface. Sometimes we hide behind the ordinary things in life because remembering who we are, and the losses we have experienced is just too painful. However, it is also a story about how human spirit and love can triumph over adversity. This is a lovely story, and a reminder that there is more to every one than meets the eye, and that love, compassion and small acts of kindness can make all the difference. Beautiful.
I read reviews of this book exclaiming what a powerful exploration of female anger it was. At the end of this book I think I was only marginally less angry than Nora the lead character. If you want to waste 11 hours and 1 minute of your life listening to endless descriptive passages about self obsessed, nacissistic, whining, whinging characters then this is the book for you. If you come across enough unlikeable people in your real life to keep you going and dont need to fill your spare time with even more then i suggest you dont purchase this title. This would have made a good short story but 11 hours!!....i might ask audible to refund my credit, too bad they cant refund my time.
I tried to get into this book, but I couldnt.
I love Sebastion Faulks, but this didnt engaged me. I will try to come back to this novel at a later date. Listen to Birdsong instead - that really is Mr Faulks at his best,
This is a very rich story. The histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual people are so often hidden and untold. When their stories do appear in mainstream fiction more often than not they appear in order to add a 'tragic' sub plot. It was refreshing and inspiring to listen to a story where LGBT characters not only existed, but were they were presented as well rounded hero's of the plot. Following the main character from childhood into his sixties we see both his personal journey and societies journey towards celebrating and valuing divesity. A great page turner, which was well worth the credit!
I feel ambivalent about this book. It was quite engaging in parts, and at times I felt transported to the little Italian village where it is set, but there are long sections that are not so much about "beauty" and are more about the "ruins" of love and relationships. I found it left me sad, with little reward as there were no great insights or meaningful reflections. In fact although i downloaded it as a "vacation read' I actually had to stop listening to it as I felt it was bringing my mood down and ruining my vacation. I did finish it on my return home, and the story does eventually all come together, but the main beauty for me, was when it ended...
An enjoyable murder mystery for a road trip. Its not art, Its not outstanding literature, but it passed the hours along the highway very well.
197 listens and this is one of my favourites ever - I loved this book, highly recommended.
This book takes time to get into, but once I did (after the first couple of hours) I was gripped. This is a powerful 'story', - her real life story. It is a journey of self discovery which she shares with the reader, she also shares poems, literature, and psychology that she has read, and that have brought insights to her experience. I felt as if I was being 'told' and 'taught' at the same time and came away with many reflections and insights about my own past, as well as hers. Most of all the book left me thinking about how we all have conflicting feelings about our history, and everyones journey is about trying to integrate these. What an amazing story of survival - respect to your Ms Winterson.
Ideal for a long car journey or trip, this kept me hooked and guessing all the way through. It isn't 'great literature' but it was entertaining certainly compelling stuff!
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