Denver, CO | Member Since 2004
My 8 year old received an assignment to do a biography on a famous person. Of course looking to Mom for direction I search my memory for a name and a face of a person I would consider a hero...ah John Kennedy. I listened to the book and gave my daughter tibbits, and then at the end Robert Dallek answered a nagging question for me... Why would I choose Kennedy? (I barely knew him, and I was only three years old when he died.) I enjoyed this book...and my daughter talked about him like an uncle.
"River God" by Wilbur Smith... it is about an Egyptian slave named Taita, a eunuch, who is quite a remarkable man... It's interesting how early in the novel Taita speaks briefly of his accomplishments, and then as the book goes on he gets more and more vocal about is personal accomplishments, including his beauty... However, as the reader, you get the sincere impression that he has earned every praise he bestows upon himself... a sequel highlights the remarkable second 100 years of his life in a book called "Warlock." So what do you call someone who is very accomplished, does what he says he will do, and does it well, and sometimes acknowledges his accomplishments to others, but in a very matter of fact way? That is Taita Great Book... the beginning of the novel is a bit choppy (I read the other reviews), but you soon get into the characters and their world.
I picked up this book becasue I had just finished The Passage (narrated by Scott Brick) and I missed his voice! Of all things... Now I say "Scott tell me a story"...
However, this book was beyond my expectations....great character development... excellent plot...all the while your saying No..No don't go there! A must read.
There is no doubt in my mind that the author lived through many of the experiences he writes about. Further, I felt a times he was telling my own story; love for people yet unable to understand love.
For the entire weekend my family and neighbors though I had gone mad. Yes, she finally had done it I am sure they all were thinking. Our in the yard working, my Audible Otis strapped to my side, earphones on, and laughing as Stephen King entertained me. So personal, that New England voice of his. My delight came from a combination of his characteristic wit, his ability to tell a good yarn, and the similarities in our past. I would have liked The Vomit.
Ah Stephen, you didn't waste your talent. Your right were you should be.
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