This "road trip" book was written by an English journalist that was taking one last long look at a country that he has spent years living in and reporting on for NPR before ending his foreign assignment and returning to England. Very interesting insider look at the development of China without forsaking the past of 'old hundred names'. The author (with an excellent narrator) speaks fluent Chinese and intersperses the story of local people with his own personal thoughts of what he sees and how he feels about China, the people who live there and their struggle to not only survive, but thrive.
I like Joe - his head and heart are in the right place, and who doesn't need to have a lawyer in the family?
The ensemble narration underscored the personal and intersecting perspectives and individual motivations.
Luke, of course was the most memorable character for me. I can picture him with blood on his face, and imagine what he must have looked like as he emerged from the Canadian forest after 2 years in the wild.
For Jodi Picoult fans, this book doesn't disappoint. No preaching, but a very interesting observation into wolf pack behavior and end of life decisions; likely two things you never thought you'd say in the same sentence. The process of contradiction, compromise and truth telling (something most families will have to face at some point) was heart wrenching at times. Awesome story - I enjoyed every minute!
The tenor of this story was just so sweet. The protagonist is clearly sympathetic. The last track of the audio-book is an epilogue from the author, where she reveals she had a much loved black domestic in her life, a woman that worked for her grandmother. The love and respect she had for this woman oozes from this book. I loved every minute. The narration absolutely makes a great story even better. Kathryn, don't stop...
one word review: excruciating. I almost gave up on this; the story is strange, too many weird things happen (without merit), not one character was 'endearing' and the prose is wwwaaay theatrical. This might be better assimilated being read rather than listened to. This cost two credits (that's $30) for this gold member. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this.
Diana, I hope you are busy with the sequel to An Echo in the Bone. I loved this book as much as the first one (and second and third, et al). I love Jaime and Claire going back to Scotland (I haven't finished the book, so I don't know EXACTLY what happens), but their adventures are so much fun to hear about - gray hair and spectacles not withstanding. Don't miss this series - not one of them. Diana Gabaldon - - - I hope you are busy! We're not done with the Fraser's yet!
I must have missed the 'religious' denotation about this book in the review. I've listened to other authors that used religion as a basis for their work, such as Jan Karon. In the Karon novels, you feel the love and the neighborly support, but I didn't get this one. I've never written a negative review before and I'm sorry to have paid for this book, which I didn't finish. If you want a book to tell you GOD is the reason why, this is it.
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