LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States | Member Since 2010
This was a terrible story - can't figure out why anyone recommends it. One of my friends told me to read it - said she reads it every year to
This book takes place over a dinner hosted by a famous politician for his wife, brother and sister-in-law. It's narrated from the brother's point of view. The family keeps up pretensions all while a dark secret slowly emerges over the course of the evening. It has some humor, it's well written, the narrator is good, and the plot is unique and fresh, but it was just not that entertaining or thought provoking.
I tried hard to like this book but ultimately found no redeeming value. The advice was sometimes ok, often impractical, and occasionally ridiculous. In a nutshell relax, look into the other persons eyes, and speak slowly. That's about it. Please save yourself respect, career and friendships by not following the more outlandish advice this book offers. Better yet, don't buy it at all.
Loved this story - never predictable, refreshingly well told tale, twists and turns aplenty that never ceased to surprise. Definitely recommend for anyone who appreciates well crafted fiction. A combination ghost story, historical fiction, and tale of redemption.
Harold Fry's 600+ mile walking pilgrimage across England from Kingsbridge on the Southwest coast of England to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Northeast coast starts humbly and slowly ... and so does this intriguing story. Harold's journey is as emotional as it is physical and evolves along a jagged path as he explores and comes to understand the essence of what we really need - be it other people or physical comforts and moves from being emotionally bereft to a place of new hope. The book picks up speed and comes together in a thoroughly satisfying way - I gasped a couple of times as the truth of Harold's life revealed itself. Very highly recommended.
Moloka'i was a fascinating story about a young girl who contracts Leprosy and is exiled to the Moloka'i Leper colony. It tracks her through the rest of her life and describes the challenges, experiences, and sacrifices made by those native Hawaiians who contracted the disease. I thought the story moved too slow on occasion and was anxious to get on with it in the middle .. but the end picked up and I felt the story ended well. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the subject matter.
Really enjoyed this thought provoking book. I found the story to be fascinating and entertaining. I finished the book several days ago and find myself still thinking about the story. I noted that some other reviewers did not like the performance but I thought it was excellent. I never tiered of the narration - Janet Song's style was perfect for this Chinese story line and I really thought she was excellent for this genre.
This book compared the south pole exploration in general and the race between the Norwegian and English exploration teams in particular. The book emphasizes the careful preparation and thoughtful approach taken by the Norwegian Amundsen contrasted with the amateurish ill-prepared English team lead by Scott. Both teams reached the pole but the experience and outcome were completely different. Very good lessons for business and life.
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