Not so exciting. Could have skipped this one. I enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love. This one, not so much.
I had low expectations and was still disappointed. The story is old, often told, and poorly written, really poorly written. This Cinderella sex story could, convincingly, have been written by a semi-illiterate 15-year-old. The heroine is insecure, and overwhelmingly dull. The language is preadolescent. The sex, is disappointing. It is supposed to be interesting because it is told by a female first person narrator. It is difficult to fathom that this Cinderella, who has never experienced an orgasm or masturbation, is suddenly able to climax in any position and with minimal stimulation. Skip this one and head for romances that are better constructed and more stimulating.
Worth the time. A nice blending of history and mountaineering. At times, I lost track of characters and geography. But worth the time to hear.
The characters fall flat. We listened to the whole book because we were driving.
After listening, I wished I had read it in print and gave it as a gift to several folks. A wonderful tale in audio, or print.
About 10% of the book is worth the price of admission. The rest is selfserving and tiresome.
The story gets a bit impossible. But the tale is wonderful. I learned about Japan, and about the Dutch and about the history. All in all, well worth the time.
This is a good memoir. I loved listening to the story. Definitely worth a listen.
I read it years ago. So much better in the text. Not a great Matthiessen. Suggest passing on this one.
Freedom is amusing. Franzen captures the time, the mood and the causes well. The story, however, didn't need to meander down every scene in the 1970's, 80's, 90's and turn of the millennium. Brutal editing would have improved the tale. Still, it is worth a listen.
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