Much richer and fuller than any movie or adaptation I've seen before. It is an epic and long but well worth it. Who knew...
Classic period piece of adventure, intrigue and a love story too. The writing and performance is tight and gripping and doesn't dawdle so you are on the edge of your seat all the way through. I've known this title for ages and now I know what it means. A good read.
Gripping Crime Drama
The crimes were never really solved till everything comes together. Then it all made perfect sense
Mr. Lee is my favorite narrator. He reads with restrained passion. He also speaks Austrailian superbly
I'd just finished "In a Sunburnt Country" by Bill Bryson. His travels thru the land down under. The Bat takes place in Austrailia so I got to stay in character for this book or in country you might say
OK so we're on Mars, the planet. Once you believe this here's your likeable flawed charming babe chasing guy trying to do right for his clients. The writing is classic light noir, so prepare to chuckle a bit. Easy reading
The narration was clear and entertaining. Very good character voice and emotion.
It ain't Tolstoy but it isn't trashy either. A good romp on Mars in a good guys (gum) shoes.
This is the second book in a huge trilogy. I read it withought reading the other book first. If you really want to invest a massive allotment of time I'd read them in order. Wiki the author and you might even start with a smaller monograph prior to this writing.
I like this style characters sketches and stories of real people living life up hill. He captures, like the faded sepia photos of the dust bowl farmers , the character and times his actors are living in. The action is believable and the emotions true.
His narrative is punctuated with real news flashes and song and a variety of period headlines which complement the naratives of the protagnists. At a later date I'll explore the other writings of this lesser known contemporary of Hemmingway, and Fitsgerald.
Seriously entertaining, enchanting.
OK first John Lee can read a phone book and it would be worth listeng to. This tale is about a person who spends time at THE SEASHORE, not at sea. He has a troubled tragic life and time and remembers it all with you as he writes this. He does not however remember it in any logical form but rather changes time and characters extensively. This left me as the reader lost to figure out what was what and when it all happened. This detracted from whatever story he was trying to tell. In movie form you might have visual cues as to where the pieces of his life fit together but I didn't like it here. Now you may say that I have no appreciation for his artfull stream of consciousness and rich descriptive language. The former no the latter yes.
So we did forget as a nation the accomplishment of the Dutch to the America you and I know today. Not just cole slaw and tulips but the beginning of the demand for redress of government in constitutional form. Similar to Kurlansky Mr. Shorto writes the extensive and somewhat recent (1972) discovery of the documents left by the Dutch East India company. He animates history in a most interesting way and fleshes out the characters believably. Why didn't they let us read history like this in high school. If Kurlansky's Cod or Salt interested you, then you'll love this book. Now it does help my understanding of the narrative because I used to live in the Bronx. All the names of places well known to me were derived here. Bravo Shorto!
OK so I worshiped her work in Anatomy of Healing or what ever that book was a decade or so ago. This guided meditation just didn't get it done for me. Her voice was irritating and she did not sound like she really believed her own words. Take a walk after dinner instead and skip this.
OK so I worshiped her work in Anatomy of Healing or what ever that book was a decade or so ago. This guided meditation just didn't get it done for me. There is only so much of this preaching a person can take. Worse yet her voice irritated me. If you are a devotee of her approach go for it. Otherwize have another cup of coffee.
I took the bait and decided to believe the entire thing and I enjoyed the adventure. I think if you are going to argue about finding reality in this you'll miss the point. It is all a dream and this dream seems very real. It may be a "boy" book because of the unknown and the adventure and the danger and the survival and yes the futility of it all. Think of it as Huck Finn and Tiger Jim or Robinson Crusoe goes to Seaworld.
I loved Owen Meany and it was good to hear that John Irving loved it to. Short interview but worth getting an insight into Mr. Irving.
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