Fresno, CA, USA | Member Since 2009
I had seen the movie long ago, but it was only memorable to the extent that I recognized a few key actors; otherwise it meant very little to me. Once I began listening to the book, I found the story to be so eerily similar to social issues we face today. Not to mention it was engaging and very beautifully written.
My favorite character was by far Homer. I felt his genuineness and the complex internal struggle that he had for what he wanted to do versus what he was innately called to do.
I loved how engaged he kept me.
Both! I laughed and cried.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would gladly read another John Irving novel anytime, as this was my first.
The description of Lyndon Johnson
Yes, I have. Very comparable
The scene in which George moves to save a small girl from the water cannons
I've listened to the two previous books and was so incredibly drawn into the historical elements of the story. The rich characterizations of the time periods, places and people became so vividly imprinted in my mind that I could hardly wait for this book to be released. And once again, Mr. Follett delivers an expansive story that spans years, continents and characters. I loved it!
I didn't read the printed version
The Help... the stories are not similar in their structure or the stories that are told. However, I couldn't help but relate the struggles of Heddie and Charlotte to those of some of the main characters in the Help. Perhaps that it is due solely to the content matter and less about the characters themselves.
The voices... Listening to a book that is narrated by multiple readers brings inflection and emotion to the words; transforming them into something far more personal and meaningful.
Charlotte... I find her heroism to be so profound and it really touched me.
As I listened to this book, I found myself grieving for the characters in the book; and grieving for the acts perpetuated upon them. I also found myself feeling quite ashamed of being white and knowing that these times were so incredibly different to ours, but ashamed nonetheless for the brutality so often visited upon people who had no rights or repercussions to bring justice upon those whites who were so cruel and ignorant. In the end, I cried at the reunion of the beloved friends, in part because it was people like Sarah & Nina who paved the way for both the cause of abolitionism, but more so because they all took their lives into their own hands in order to be free.
This book was the most fantastic I've read/heard since A thousand splendid suns. So, so good. I recommend it highly!
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