Perhaps. But, this is a book, in my opinion, written for female readers who would like light reading material. It is laced with sex, with blood and gore, in between. I also enjoyed the bantering that went on between the main characters. I would not call it a 'page turner' because except toward the end of the story, everything was on the whole, predictable.
I found that Laura Hick's performance, enjoyable.
This book needs no folow up because there were no unanswered questions for the reader.
I did not choose this book because I was looking for a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It held my interest and did not challenge a desire for deep thinking. It also made me curious enough to choose another novel written by this author.
I happen to admire Lou Gossett as an actor. But, it has always been my opinion that only PROFESSIONAL narrators should be used for audiobooks. Mr. Gossett is a perfect example of lacking the ability to tell the story without it seeming to be a lecture. (Each sentence begins and ends with the same reflections.) Had I listened to this book first, I would never have seen the movie. (It was much better.) Sadly, this being a true story, I found it very disappointing that the main character, thriough the years of slavery, seemed to mellow and rarely showed his desire to flee or rebel against his inhuman condition. To witness such cruelty and yet, even when he was about to be freed; he says good-bye to his, 'masters.' Clearly, all of his pride and sense of honor had been beaten out of him. Worst, were his discriptions of the 'good masters,' who once a year gave a Christmas celebration for the slaves. Where in his life could a relatively intelligent young man, find any justification for one race holding another race in human bondage, allowing one race to become rich through the toil, sweat and sorrow of people working for scraps and treated worst than animals? That question was only asked by the white man who succeeded in helping him to return to a family who had not seen him for twelve years. He did express his frustration; but never the anger he should have felt.
This is a very touching story although sometimes, too hard to digest. Mixed equally with the sentimentality, is brutality beyond belief. But, halfway through, I began to understand for the first time in my life, the reasons why people kept repeating the same things; not realizing the eventual outcome. It was not just a story of the class system that was put into place. It was the realization that women of any color, had no control of their lives and their destinies. Everyone had a, 'place' and the invisible line was never sucessfully crossed. Real love, never took prescidence over tradition. My impression was that females of any color were invisible human beings, who only clung the the one thing that made them endure; and that was their offspring. I thought the story was well written and read, to perfection. Hard to believe that it ended as well as it did.
I try to find something about a main character to admire or empasize with. But, in this story, I felt nothing but disgust and loathing for him. Having walked in on his wife in their marital bed, vigourously engaged in the arms of his boss, naturally was devastating. But, farther into the story, I began to feel empathy for the wife. The main character was so busy describing how perfecect he thought his relationship was with his wife, it became clear that he hadn't a clue as to if she was just as pleased with their relationship. She married into an extremely dysfunctional family, who each were content to distance themselves from each other for various reasons. With the death of their father, each of the syblings, grudgingly agreed to participate in a seven-day ceremony which forced them to be together. The author went out of his way, in my opinion, to shock the readers by describing the most intimate and sometimes, disgusting sexual topics in every paragraph. Nevertheless, I didn't give up on the story. And, as I suspected, even at the end, I was blessed with yet, another shocker.
I have always been a Lawrence Sanders fan. True to form, he doesn't disappoint in offering this story. Try as I might, I could not help feeling sympathy for the killer. If ever there was a need for psychiatric help, this story screams for it. I love the way Sanders manages to include his teams' efforts in discovering the serial killer by hard work and dedication. Also amusing, is the time spent in enjoying the various appetites of the Captain. (Makes you want to pause and go to the refrigerator.) Still, I could have passed on what I thought to be a little, 'preachy' about the plight of women in this country. (We already knew that.) And, as much as I admire the main character, I don't always agree that everything in life is black and white and no gray areas.
Although I saw this film several years ago, the story was just as exciting. Anyone who likes puzzles will truly love the way this story comes together.Sometimes a little too erotic for the sqeemish, but I think it was necessary to bring out the true character of the main character. I highly recommend this one for those who enjoy, 'page-turners.'
This is a story of, unforgiveness. Two young girls, accidentaly caused the death of another child, much younger, who was foolishly left in their care. Those that should have been blamed, went free and the burden of responsibility for the death, was unjustly applied to twelve-year-old girls. Several years passed and the 'convicted' girls, who are now adults, have made a valiant effort to go on with their lives. When another tragedy strikes, they are thrown together again, to face the horror of being in the spotlight of an unforfiving and judgemental society. .
It has been many years since I've enjoyed a novel as much as this. It is a story that make you cringe, but cannot bear to not contine until the end. Beautifully written and narrated. No one can listen to this story without feeling it's power or cheering these brave women who, in spite of the odds, bravely strove to bring their story to a world who dismissed females as not being worthy of contributing to, change in this country.
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.
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