I like history; I like Shakespeare and I like Italy. You would think that this book would have been just perfect for me. Not so. This book seems to have been written for sexually frustrated females with no experience of foreign travel. The author goes on about fashion, shoes, girl talk and other chick oriented muck. The story goes on with two Juliet???s; one in the present and one in 1340 Italy. Neither story has any substance. Character and plot development are uneven and farfetched. Don???t look for any clever twist or turns. Everything is boring and predictable. As an extra bonus you are subjected to second rate poetry from Romeo, although I suspect that the author just paraphrased most of it from other sources. This is certainly true of Shakespeare. She mangles the old bard???s words many times and shoves them into her characters mouths. This book is just dreadful.
It's been a long time since I've read a really good book. It always catches me by surprise when I do finally do come across a really great book. The beauty of language in the hands of a skilled writer is a joy that is hard for me to convey. I'm not a skilled writer, unlike Marcus Zusak who makes the words sing and fly like a great artist. Even if he were sallow, his use of language alone would make this book worth the read. But he is not sallow. This is a book that will reach into your soul and show you your heart. It's a book about the universal human condition. It's life and love. It's death and sadness. It's hope and dreams.
I'll not give any spoilers, I'm sure you can find plenty if you look. This isn't a book that should be described; it should be experienced. Treat yourself and read the Book Thief.
No regrets or disappointments, you'll love it.
While the story is pretty good, lot's of twist and turns, it's still the story of an immoral drug user. If you're OK with drug abuse (lots of graphic details about the effects, ups and downs of various drugs) this isn't such a bad book. If you strongly object to drugs; give this one a pass.
The author really fails here. The book is over. The points made in the extended ending only offer excuses , not any new depth to the story. There is a difference between a true work of literature and a fluff novel. This is fluff, not literature. Too bad the author didn't come to grips with that before writing the ending.
This was a great audio performance. He never slips up with voice or accent. Even if you don't like the book so much, this audio performance is well worth the listen
Yes, this one is worth the time. Even if you are not carried away with the book, the performance makes up for it. Add this one to your list.
It's difficult to enjoy a book fully when you just don't like the central character. Lazy, drug using, self centered and immoral main characters just don't appeal to me. Sure, there is the flip side of his character: charming, conflicted, tortured by guilt, intelligent and lonely. The glue that holds him and the other characters together is his appreciation for art and beautiful things. It's not enough in real life and not enough to really work in this novel.
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