There is a tremendous amount of detail in this novel.....and, I'm a Dickens fan! I just didn't get the point of all that detail unless it was to point out the mundaness of life in rural Iowa in the 1970's.
Have the grown women stop calling their father "daddy" every two paragraphs.
It has been
It's most definitely a 4 out of 5 stars. At first, honestly, I was thinking 3 - the narrator's voice was flat, but it began to work with the story. The voice sounded Native American (I know - however that is "supposed" to sound).
As a coming-of-age novel, it compares to lots of novels - from Great Expectations to Catcher in the Rye, but given that it happens on a Native American reservation, it is a whole different experience.
Absolutely! The reader was wonderful. Not only did he do a great Russian Boris, but was able to convey the sophisticated Hobie as well as the up-town Mrs. Barbour and the charming Pippa.
The diversity of characters was Dickensian, as was the plot twists. I - who read all the time - kept asking myself questions about "what's going to happen next?" and laughing aloud when my predictions came true ....or not.
The diversity of voices and. thereby, characters.
So good...haven't felt that connected with a work in a long time. Every time i finished reading, it was like resurfacing. The last day, all I wanted to do was read. Impatient with everything else. Can't remember feeling that way for many years! :)
The narration totally bums this version out....it could almost be a computer reading this...is it?
I have tried unsuccessfully several times to read "Remembrance of Things Past." It's on my list of books to tackle....again. Knowing that Virginia Woolf was (apparently) totally taken with this book (at least for a period of time) helps....but then, one would have to know who Virginia Woolf is/was. So, therein, in my mind, lies the problem. The author makes some really interesting connections between Proust, his novels and real life. Some are "tres amusant." I learned a lot about Proust's life. Like many geniuses, he was outside the range of "normal" (however one defines that). Notwithstanding, there are many allusions and references to people, places and things that many folks would not know (trust me; I'm not assuming. I teach high school...people don't know a lot). So, it's funny, but you have to have a really, really, really good liberal arts education (a bad word these days0 to get it.
The subtle humor and the unlikely visual image of this man walking to Berwick on Tweed could definitely entice me to read this again. It's
Not only did I love the different voices the narrator used, but I loved the slightly slower pace and cadence which suited the main character totally. Being both a fast reader and a fast talker (albeit NOT in the negative way), at first, I was a little off-put by the slightly slower, almost hum-drum-ness of the Harold Fry character's voice (and of his wife's), but then, I realized, that is Harold (AND his wife). Then, again, as readers will know, there is uniqueness in every day life (Harold muses something to that effect around chapter 12.
The Slovakian doctor....although I would hate her word choices!
It's funny....and it's poignant....and it's heart-wringing. Pilgrimage....Harold....I was expecting something English and Canterbury Tale-ish and perhaps that's what I got. Loved it.
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