This book is one long history of Vanderbilt's business deals. Deal after deal, pulling himself up each rung of the economic ladder, happily defrauding anyone who gets in his way.
According to this book, he has no personal life, no friends, nothing but business.
I tried to get into this book for the historical time, but after a few tries, it just felt like a waste of time
Honestly, I could not get started with this book. I tried several times. None of the characters were engaging or interesting, just plain weird.
Interesting idea. So much foreshadowing. The author tells you time and time again what is going to happen so there's no surprise when anything does actually happen.
This story is the typical chick story, all throbbing muscles, beating hearts and no story. Don't waste your time unless you like books with little or no plot and beautiful people.
This story, set in the the thirties, in New York City, is about how a poor girl with little education can ratchet herself up into an editorial position for Conde Nast and a first class blue-blood husband to boot. The book is written in a very flat style with virtually no peaks or crescendoes. The only action takes place in retrospect. The reader is treated to copious descriptions of food, flowers, and living rooms that do nothing to advance the plot.
There is no motivation given for the main character's decisions or actions, or of those around her. It feels like the author has just gathered a handful of characters, thrown them in a pot, and stirred them slightly with a spoon. Unfortunately, the book remains undercooked.
The narrater does an admirable job with such weak material and presents the different voices well.
I suppose if you are into stories where the different religions argue and compete, you would find this interesting. I chose this story because of the historical content. Immediately, the story starts in about how the girl killed her mother because she believed in the wrong god. Pleeze.
I started this book with high expectations, but the pace is so draggy. Things are described in such minute detail that they kill any progress in the plot, if there was any to begin with.
I quit after the first part.
This book was so poor; actually boring is the word that comes to mind. The characters are clumsily constructed and unrealistic. I want my money back!
Year of the Flood is a wonderful crafted, multi-faceted story. I loved all the characters and the interweaving. Also the slight reference to Oryx and Crake (another novel). The book shows the deep thoughts and considerations that Margaret Atwood gives to her novels. Her timeliness is right on the money.
I was totally captivated for the whole 35 + hours. Great story.
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