Nothing about this book was interesting. There was no story. I had the impression that I was listening to somebody's diary.
Ms McMillan, wisely waited a few years to submit this new novel. In my opinion, she had rushed a few of her previous books and only two were to my liking. Not so of this one. I found myself, chuckling several times as I moved about the house, cooking or doing odd chores. And then, of course, as I grew into the story, I found myself in total agreement with experiences in my life that I could identify with. My only concern is, I wish Phylicia Rashad had a greater input. I never understand why authors always want to read their novels and not leave it to the professionals. I'll never get tired of Ms Rashad's speaking voice. She makes me feel as if I know EXACTLY where she's coming from. I enjoyed this novel very much.
I was really looking forward to Mr. Grisham's latest novel; and I wasn't disapointed. Mr. Grisham writes stories that make me want to prolong the endng. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest modern day authors. Whenever I finish his novel, I have an overwheming urge to want to write him and ask for more. He also chooses his, 'reader' perfectly. The southern accent is done with perfection. It is impossible to find one flaw with this new novel. It is filled with sadness, humor and redemption.
Twenty-two hours of nothing. This is a story of a superficial family, growing up in a small town and constantly worrying about appearances. Mrs. Mulvaney was moving about with her head in the clouds. She seemed more concerned about the farm animals than she was about her husband and children. She chose to hide behind her faith in God with the expectation that her family would take care of themselves. Not having parents to guide her, the daughter was left floundering and on her own. The father was no better with parenting skills. He focused on having a successful business and living a superficial life, even to the point of joining a country club where he was only tolerated. One act of violence, eventually forced this family to realize that they had no foundation to keep them strong.
I would advise listeners not to give up on this story. It appears to be a little confusing in the beginning with an inference of being a story about a 'zombie.' But, it is not. It took me several chapters to really get a grasp of the storyline. But when I did, I found it to be very interesting. The people involved seemed to be very real and ones that were truly identifiable. I found myself thinking, 'I know people like this.' Unfortunately, toward the end, it became a little too graphic for my taste; but I enjoyed this book.
Clearly, this book was written by an author who appears to be condescending to weak-minded females. No one spoke like that in that time period. I have seen the silent screen films and even those corny epics of the thirtes. But, no one in the forties would speak in such patheticf, flowery phrases. As far as the story goes, it added nothing new. Two lonely people abandon themselves to one night of passion. The end result is admirable and one of sacrafice. The story moves from one generation to present day life. I admit to having wasted time on this nonsense.
I was engrossed with this story and felt empathy for all the characters. There were periods when I felt the author endulged in being too, 'preachy.' But, overall, it was an interesting tale. Nevertheless, no amount of explaination could justify such a ridiculous ending. I would not trust this author again.
Sorrry to say, try as I might, I could not get past the reader's voice with her annoying inflextions. She seemed to be in love with her own voice and exagerated British accent. It wa too distracting and I gave up after the second chapter. I downloaded this book after reading a few previous reviews and regretted it, immediately.
I actually found myself talking out loud as the story progressed. Rule number 1, don't move out of your house. Rule number two, secure your savings account immediately. Who can admire a female who admittedly left ALL financaial decisions in the hands of her husband? I found no redeeming values to the main character; and that's important to me. I want to empathize with a main character. If anything, her cheating, guileless husband showed that he was smarter than his wife. Nevertheless, I did not give up on this book. But, I would not recommend it.
Ruby Dee is one of my favorite artists. As usual, her chareacters seem to come to life. Only one flaw, she sometimes sounds too breathless and it is distracting, I'm questioning exactly when this nove was written because years ago, I remember a movie that portrayed that incident on the train with the ring. Nevertheless, it is a story worth enjoying.
The reasoning of the main character to walk across the country was unbelievable to me. What was the point? Realizing that he's had a brain tumor and his father and two women who love him, fails to change his mind for the 'walk.,' made me less sympathetic to his 'cause.' Okay, he was devoted to his wife and mourned her passing But, she'd urged him to go on with his life if anything happened to their relationship. His father beggeed him to give up his strange obsession to walk across the country using a credit card and depending on the elements and the kindness of strangers. More descriiption was given to his daily menus than his purpose in life. I kept wanting to find some purpose in this story. But, all I ended up with, was just one more ideological theory about God and the bible. Religion took over several chapters of this book and only tried to serve as one man's theory about God. It was boring and pathetic The end just left the door open for yet another book with no end in sight. I'm sorry that I wasted my time.
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