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!
it went on and on and on, i couldnt wait for it to end
This was an intriguing tale, but though i am a devoted audible listener, I actually resorted to downloading a kindle copy of this book and reading it. This was because i found the tinkling music between chapters / sections was quite off putting, and for me it made the story rather hokey............. Overall - good story, but too much tinkle!
An inspiring story about the triumph of the human spirit, and a great history lesson.
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