The description is better written than this novel.. .I was very dismayed to find it a very silly story of a daughter and a mother both terminally devastated because they'd lost their men. I was attracted to the novel because the central character sounded like someone with a career and a novel to write. That was absolutely secondary and the novel became little more than a saga of women set adrift until they found new men. . .haven't we gotten beyond that in this day and age?
Murial Spark is a pro and she doesn't disappoint. An excellent study of interactions and dynamics and very well done. I enjoyed it.
Not suprisingly, since this is Frances Hodges Burnette, there is a fairy tale element to this story. I have long been a fan of her children's books but had no idea she'd written a fairy tale for adults in effect! It is a fun and engaging narrative and, even though set over a hundred years ago, in Edwardian England, is suprisingly sophisticated in its psychological observations and "modern" elements in the drama. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
And I found the narration just fine. There are actually two separate narrators for the male and female voices and, while this can distract at times, it also works well at others. And I did find that the female narrator made a satisfactory distinction between the British female voices and the several American female characters. Well enough done, in my opinion to add to the story rather than detracting.
I really enjoyed this biography. One of those where you drive one more time around the block to hear a little more. . . It describes the rich and very unconventional life of Doris Lessing in full and well-chosen detail and the narrator is excellent. I found it particularly rich as a narrative of what it takes to live a fully creative life as a woman. I recommend it very highly.
I both loved and hated this book. The writing and narration are both superb, and the plot, overall, is compelling. I agree with the reader below, who feels that some events in the second half can stretch patience and credibility. And, by the time we get to the ending, it seems a little rushed and pat. Also, I'm with the dog lover below who found some scenes to be almost unbearably painful. But, all in all, I guess I recommend it. . .it does provide some fascinating observations of psychological dynamics, and it is compelling enough to keep one listening, even if with a bit of frustration at times. (How's that for a mixed feelings review. . .?)
This is an enjoyable and interesting narrative and it provides a good view of the Dalai Lama and his life. I found, however, that it was at least as much about Victor Chan, the interviewer and narrator, as about the Dalai Lama--while this wasn't all bad, he and his life are very interesting as well, it left me feeling a little like my view of the Dalai Lama was a little peripheral. .. maybe that is just a reflection of Chan's relationship with the Dalai Lama. I still would recommend this book very highly. . .it is interesting and entertaining and provides many fascinating vignettes of the man and his life. . .but I was just left wanting a little more depth.
Since I began a yoga practice almost a years ago, I have been looking for ways to extend the physical benefits to my mental practice. While I found the Autobiography of a Yogi very good, and also some of Deepak Chopra's writings, this book really crystallized what I have been intuitively moving toward with my mental and physical practice. It is so compelling I have now listened to it two times and am beginning the third. I cannot recommend it too highly. . .if you are ready. . . I don't think I would have been a year ago and without the foundation of the yoga practice.
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