I was often irritated by choices the characters made, by their apparent flaws and expectations. At the same time the story made me think how much our cultural and family background influences those thoughts and responses. Best of all, I liked how the characters, in the end, sacrificed and changed to create a different (better?) life for themselves.
I've loved Fannie Flagg books in the past. This one had so much hysterical stuff happening that I was impatient for something real to happen. There were some really excellent moments but in this novel they were milked dry. Everything was OH-MY-GOSH-WHY-IS-THIS-HAPPENING-TO-ME? Too much wailing and gnashing of teeth for my tastes.
Shute is always a wonderful listen. This story with its conjecture, just missed the mark by a little. When it was written I think it would have felt fine. Loved the characters, the descriptions and the overall feeling of awe in such a story. I admire him for taking on such a novel. I like the political ideas postulated in the story.
I wish children didn't have to parent their parents but Bee does in a most entertaining fashion. I could practically smell the mold in that house and see the vicious school moms deciding who is not up to snuff.
I'd read this as a young adult and couldn't remember why I liked it then - but I loved it again and thought the performance was especially fine. I tumbled down the rabbit hole into another world. So glad I satisfied my curiosity.
this was a breezy read and had some valuable research findings. it was longer than it needed to be (could have been said in fewer chapters)
this book reminds me of the value of community and how much family and friends mean to all of us. Central character is delightful - imperfectly perfect and those who revolve about him both support and challenge him in ways that are realistic. I didn't want it to end.
I wanted to be part of this story with it's quirky characters and oddly charming blend of mysticism and computer technology. It was almost believable but the fantasy of it was charming.
I was kept guessing (usually wrong) until the very end so I definitely liked this story. I thought the descriptions were good and each time a new character was introduced there were reasons for the character. this story surprised me on many levels - my pleasure in it and the clever arrangement of generational stories kept me engaged.
I liked the characters most of the time and there was room for change. There was movement towards accepting the hand that was dealt and coming to terms with long held secrets and lies. Did I love listening to it? No, not really. I thought the characters were dreadfully slow in seeing what was real and the emphasis on a new culture diluting the character of the a staid little town just felt overblown to me.
... a fairly realistic account of how a despite our impairments and limitations we seem to mostly muddle through. This was not an uplifting novel.
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