Very well written book, it kept my interest in spite of material that could have been very dry. I think everyone should read this book.
The story starts out as a simple recounting of the the life of Zeitoun and his family/ I thought it was like reading a history book, not that interesting. But then it grabs you and doesn't let go.
This book gives a damning account of how civil rights can be COMPLETELY ignored in this country when ignorant, thoughtless people who don't care about their fellow human beings and can make their life total hell and don't care at all. It's incomprensible.
The performance was good
This is basically an interesting story, but sometimes is just a telling of the facts. But I enjoy reading about this period in history, so I stuck with it.
I am not a fan of the woman narrating this book. I have listened to a few books she has narrated and don't like her voice.
This is one of the best books I have ever read or listened to. I would seriously give it 10 stars if I could. It's like the perfect storm of literature, an autobiography written by a fabulous writer in an amazing India. The imagery the writer uses are spectacular. If I had read it instead of listened to it, I would have done a lot of underlining so I could go back and reread some of the passages. The narrator is VERY good, wonderful Australian, American, Indian accents, plus a few others.
It was a long and complicated book, but so enjoyable that as soon as I finished it, I started it all over again and enjoyed it just as much the second time, and also recognized all of the instances of foreshadowing.
Not much substance to this book, but lots of fun. A great read for the beach. All the bad characters get what is coming to them.
I can't believe this book was on the NYT best seller's list for 13 weeks so far (Dec 2010). The story is full of dysfunctional familes spitting out poorly adjusted people. Someone even put this book on the 100 books we all must read before we die. I listened to the whole thing, it never got better, never had any redeeming qualities.
The characters in this story are a little too shallow, or plastic for me. Everyone does what is expected of them, the siblings with huge chips on their shoulders are instantly turned in to normal people after one or two encounters with the main character. It was just a bland story in spite of some "scary" events, which just seemed gratuitous. I did listen to the whole book, but I could have given up on it any time.
I love historical fiction, and this is a great story, based on the tragic story of people being persecuted and killed for being different under the cloak of being called witches. Interesting perspective. Will man's inhumanity to man ever stop?
I don't want to listen to the pretentions and supposedly esoteric musings of this woman, or the girl, although the girl was easier to listen to. I didn't have a problem with the narrators as other people seem to have had. I thought the ending was horrible and sudden. I am shocked this book has been on the NYT best sellers list for months. I can't explain why!
I kept having to learn a whole new set of characters, with this boring ordinary woman coming in to each story. I really don't understand how it was on the NYT's best sellers list for so long. I really didn't enjoy this story.
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