Although this book was entitled "Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search" this book only contained 1/4 (at best) the work from Philomena's perspective. The bulk of this literary work is about Michael A. Hess (Anthony Lee) and his plight throughout his life as an adoptee and not knowing his mother.
I cannot imagine that a large part of this book, the part that depicted his personal life, was supposition of what his personal life might have been. This supposition is based upon interviews and data gathered by Sixsmith. I am extremely disappointed that so much of this work was based on Hess' journey and really Philomena Lee's perspective seemed to be thrown as an after thought. I do hope the movie delves more into Mrs. Lee's perspective and her experiences.
This is a prime example of the fact that I will read just about anything. This book targets young readers, but this avid reader could not put it down. Although this book is historical fiction is deftly captures the distinct essence of a time period and place. The essence of the story is inspired by Prohibition, when liquor was illegal and there were many
I had no anticipation of what to expect when I began listening to Water for Elephants. The most enlightening aspect of the story was the education I received about the hierarchy of employees within the circus. From an outsider who has always been taught (but never believed it) that people in the circus where of lower class than others, I had no idea there were different ranks of people within the circus. Life behind the scenes at the circus was crude and inhumane. From the beginning the book was colorful with characters. The transitioning between the past and the present with the main character was an interesting transition. I try to approach a book with an open mind and throw other opinions out the window. I am pleased I have done this because the people that I know who have read this book have ranged from horrible to excellent. I found this book entertaining and engrossing. It was never a book that I just could not put down, but I enjoyed read it. Because the era in which the reference of the circus occurred the comparison of food lines and the great depression was evident. Although the inhumane treatment of the people and animals undoubtedly occurred during this time period, it wasn't easy to read it. Although the hierarchy of the class of people was evident within the circus, it was not unlike how society actually was during this time period. The author clearly did research to solidly base the sad realities of the treatment of people and animals during the depression era. The author weaved a story with vivid characters and animal characters in a sympathetic and favorable light. Sara Gruen's engaging
With the number 17 book, I declared I would not read the next installment. Being the curious yet fickle reader I am, I could not resist giving Explosive Eighteen a chance. After just finishing this installment of the Stephanie Plum novels, I realize I should have buried my curiosity with energies devoted to other books. I had been enamored with all the characters of this series. As the episodic installments of this series continued, the characters have not evolved, but rather there has been devolution of these once rich, full of potential characters. The initial installments of this once potentially multi-layered series were full of whacky humor, suspense, drama, and excitement. As each installment rolled off the press into my hands, I was in anticipation of what adventures Stephanie Plum would encounter. But as I progressed with each book, I grew more disenchanted progressing to this installment of being gravely disappointed. The book begins disjointed and as it continues only grows more disjointed to the conclusion that really left me empty, wondering where Janet Evanovich's talent for story telling disappeared. The obvious lack of suspense and absence of whacky humor usually intertwined within Stephanie and Lula's adventures was blatantly absent. I grew more anticipatory that there would have been some humor surrounding the other ancillary character of Stephanie's grandmother, only to be even more disappointed. Alas I suppose it will only be my last resort to read any more of the Stephanie Plum novels and if I may be so bold to recommend Janet Evanovich that she put this series to bed...as in my eyes, it is stale, cold, and concluded.
The quality of writing is even more superb. The descriptive of the scenes, time of year, and time of year is outstanding. The conversations and dialogue are so real and strong--no fillers, no fluff, just strong material. As you listen to the book, you get lost between fact and fiction - the topic is appropriate for the 21th century and the world on terror. I found this book a real page turner, suspenseful, and thrill-a-minute. This is my first book writing by Daniel Silva, I am already engrossed in his talented writing, and I can't wait to read more.
99% of all of Janet eEvanovich's Stephanie Plum series have zany, crack-up scenes. This one did not - it was flat. It is as if she had a ghost writer on this one. Not the usual humor, the funny sayings. If it was Janet writing this one, it is as if she did it out of obligation, nothing else. The plot was scattered, the characters were disjointed. The characteristics of the characters were flat - no smokin' hot ranger, no Italian Stallion, no crack-up Grandma, even Stephanie's father was uncharacteristically talkative. Glad I didn't buy anything but the audio and kindle release. Sad to see this series stoop to this level. Maybe it is time for Stephanie to retire. I am giving this book 3 stars, but really, it is between 2 and 3 stars.
As I approached this book, I thought I would give this autobiography a chance. Alas, I couldn't even make it through the first 1/3 of the book. The writing rambles. Twain encourages everyone to write their life story, whether it is published or not. It is clear that in this case it should not have been published. Although there were sprinkles of expertly written descriptive short passages, on the whole I found her writing boring. Not only boring, but a tale of "oh whoa it me." Whether it was her goal to elicit sympathy from the reader and public or not - the part that I was able to make through this book - her goal was accomplished to some degree. This sympathy is folded into feelings of Twain whining and having her own pit party. This could have probably have been more of an entertain autobiography, and perhaps it gets more interesting as you continue on with the book, but I won't discover that because I won't go back to this book unless I absolutely have nothing else to entertain myself.
Ann Patchett writes lyrically in all of her descriptions, the eloquence in which she uses the written word to bring to life this memersizing story is beyond reproach. This is the first works of Ms. Patchell I have encountered and it has created a hunger in me for more. Absolutely worth the time to drive into this wonderful piece of work.
Rob's writing is intelligent, witty, and strikingly honest. Merely based on his vocabulary, he is a man of above average intelligence. His ability to descriptively paint a picture as he is telling his story is remarkable. He wrote is such positiveness, it was nice to not hear negativism, whining, and bemoaning. He is fortunate and he understands as well as appreciates this. He characteristically brings his story full circle to give these small chapters of his episodic life closure. He has always been an actor I admired. Now it is clear I have yet another reason to admire him. As a novice writer myself, his talent of writing and telling a story engrossed me. His interpretations and insightfulness contribute to his remarkable talent. It isn't every day I read (isten to) a book written by someone who is popular in Holywood. It is clear that I made the right choice in reading this book. My Thanks to Mr. Rob Lowe for giving me the opportunity to hear those stories you only tell your friends. Thank you. I look forward to more writing from you in the future.
Although this book was orginially written 1973, it's relevance persists. The winding mystery can be compared to a beautiful winding road with many forks, not knowing which way it will proceed and when. It is fascinating to see how the story unfolds, how little evidence evolves in surmounting evidence and the ultimate conclusion. It is gripping and most definitely worth the time it took to enjoy it.
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