In my opinion Munro is a good story teller, and I have yet to read something she has written that I did not enjoy. However, this partially autobiographical work was not one of her best.
My least favorite.
The last chapter was my favorite.
I felt that the narrator was the most memorable character. She holds the work together and in the end we learn about her life, which to me was the most interesting of all.
Gripping, real, heartbreaking
In retrospect, I think what I liked best was discovering how closely the novel followed the actual historical events. The story was entirely engrossing and kept me attentive and unwilling to set the book down.
There were many scenes that I enjoyed, as I totally enjoyed the entire book. The story of how a young woman comes to see slavery as wrong and how this conviction grows in her as she reaches adulthood while being raised in a slave owning, Southern family is a fascinating one. I was chilled by the scene involving Sarah and her father in his library following her declaration that she wished to study law. The same goes for several scenes involving Charlotte, who abhors her slavery and never comes to peace with it.
I found listening to this book to be a completely positive experience that I can highly recommend from every standpoint.
The story moved ahead at a good pace, and I found myself wanting to listen longer in order to know what would happen next to both of the book's heroines.
I found the narration to be satisfactory, but not more than that. Sometimes a narrator makes the book, but in this case I found it to be only adequate.
The obvious answer to that question is Vivien, the old woman. I would be interested to know more about her decisions throughout her life. For example, why did she never try to run away from unbearable situations.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The story is compelling. I have no idea how representative it is of the actual conditions and situations of orphans at that time of American history, but it was certainly a realistic picture of how life is for children that lose the love and protection of caring parents. The two heroines are well developed and I found myself anxious to discover how their lives developed.
One of the enjoyable aspects of this book was the interconnection of the various characters that were gradually introduced to us. Though at first glance they were not obviously connected, the binding threads began to appear relatively quickly and worked well to hold the story together.I also found all of the characters to be well developed. I could identify personalities that everyone has probably known among their own friends and relatives, which made the story believable.I felt the author did a great job of conveying the feelings of love that parents have for children and how this affects their lives.
The Time Traveler's Wife. Two things make me think of this book, though the stories are very different. First of all, both do a great job of portraying love and how it drives and directs lives. And secondly, both bring in the element of time and how it affects life. In the Husband's Secret one has to ask again and again, what might have been if ...
I also really enjoyed the epilogue which added another dimension to the story.
I would highly recommend this book. It is beautifully written and tells a story about a place (Cambodia) and a time, the violent era of the 1970's, with which I was almost totally unfamiliar. Through the story I learned about both and suffered with the very true to life characters
I have tried to think how to answer this question without giving away important parts of the book, and feel that I cannot. Instead, I will say that what was memorable for me was the way in which a very young child was forced to mature and take responsibility at way too early an age.
The main character, a 7 year old girl called Rami.
At times I felt that Rami was actually too mature for her age, but the horrors of senseless cruelty and depravation can be very maturing factors in one's life. Even had she been twice her age at the onset of the book, the story would have been no less dramatic and touching.
Yes, the length of the book and the ending, which I felt was a huge let down after so much action and drama.
I am sure that had I read the book rather than listening to it I would have put it down after the first 50 pages. The performance was so excellent, though, that I listened to the entire, long, dramatic, unbelievable thing only to find that the ending was a total let down.
Yes, it was fantastic.
This memoir is a real eye opener. I am embarrased to say that despite a visit on my part 26 years ago to Victoria Falls, I knew next to nothing about the ongoing drama of life in Zimbabwe. It is a nightmare - only real. Because Zimbabwe has no natural assets that draw the interest of the world's businessmen, the ubelievable horror of daily life continues with no intervention and little concern from countries in Europe and North America. The book is well written and the narration was excellent.
I enjoyed this novel from the inception. The narrator does a wonderful job, providing a realism that adds to the story. The characters are well formed and sympathetic. I found myself listening way past the allotted time of each session and was sorry for the end.
I found this book much more surprising revealing than I had anticipated. I was ready to dislike Ambassador Dod and his daughter from page 1, but was surprised by how, despite their many failings, this look inside their lives in Germany during 1938 - 1939 provided a totally different perspective. As their naivete diminished I gained an appreciation for how difficult it must have been for the Ambassador and how daunting a task he had to face.
The book is well written and entertaining while informative of the horrible events of that era. The narrator did a good job. I highly recommend it in every aspect.
I am relatively new to this genre and did not suspect that I would enjoy it so much. The story is engaging, exciting, crazy, unbelievable and scary and the characters ring true. I found my self wanting to listen way past my 40 minute drive home. In fact I whizzed through this book so fast that I know I will be looking for another Peter Clines book soon.
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