I didn't intend to like this book, but I couldn't stop listening and ended up loving it! We're actually thinking of adding it to our reading list at the school where I teach for American Lit. This is an incredible story of a man and his child's journey to survive in an America we hopefully never have to experience. The fear of evil, and the light within us carries the reader through. In some ways we can all identify with the narrator, a man trying to survive and learning to parent in a world where there is little good except that in his own child. A beautiful story, and it's not overly "sci-fi-ish" so anyone can really enjoy it. I think it's a book anyone of any age or sex can really enjoy.
I liked this, but didn't love it. The historical pieces cover significant violent parts of our inception from early colonial days to the post-revolutionary NY. The characters, although interesting, seemed incomplete and too many pieces of their stories were left unresolved at the end of each section. When it shifted time periods I felt like it took 20 minutes or so for me to make the connection from one section to the next. I needed to know why some characters disliked relatives and felt unsatisfied in understanding their motivation. It was a nice story, but not great.
What an incredible first line of a text! I really loved this book because it is a reminder about the power of words (said, unsaid and written). I was pulled in immediately by the absence of truth and recognized how that absence surrounds each character. An aptly named title for a book about how what we don't say can hurt as much as what we do.
The book is great! I absolutely loved the story. I am stunned about the Essex and am interested to see how the movie handles pieces of the text. My only complaint is that the recording is really sloppy. The change in volume and intonation when the narrator must have stopped and restarted is so obvious it almost sounds like a different narrator and it is jarring. Even so, listen to the book or read it because the book is so interesting.
I love historical fiction and I love learning about the history of NYC; this book covered both. I am secretly hoping this becomes a series because I will read them all.
Yes! Although the book began slow and I thought it just might be a little mild of a drama once the action begins you can't stop listening. Tim and Valentine's struggle to find the truth in a city filled with lies is incredible.
His accents and his attitude were spot on!
I loved Tim. He was just so pure even though life had wronged him. I learned to love Valentine.
If you enjoyed the movie Gangs of New York, you will LOVE this book.
The main character Peekay's mix of childhood trauma and unintentional humor make him heartwarming and beautiful. His adventures with Grandpa Choock (which made me laugh out loud), Hoppie, Doc, and finally Hymie and Gideon show that family isn't always made by the blood running through us but with the head and the heart. I fell in love with the beauty of South Africa, the tadpole angel, and began to understand a little of life during the Aparthide. A beautiful work, I can't wait to recommend to someone! (BTW my mother swore it would be a religious text because of the title, and it isn't).
The unity and colorless love of the African people.
The voice gives Peekay shape
Not exactly, (it is quite long) but I couldn't wait to find time to go back to it.
Although I somewhat enjoyed this book, it just wasn't all that great. The story is completely unbelievable and has giant holes that don't make a whole lot of sense. I kept waiting for the story to get better, but it didn't. It tried too hard to mix too many ideas together in one place, and the mixing of the stories didn't come together like a beautiful ballet, but more like a forced crash. There were some redeeming factors, and I did enjoy some parts of the story, but it was too much for one book.
Cupcake Brown is a woman I couldn't help but cheer on. Her ability to change her life and make me take a look at my own was unforgettable. Everyone who is over-priviledged and ignorant should be required to read this book. Everyone who wants to teach should read this book. I was so moved by her story and so angry at a system that would allow this to happen. Listening to Cupcake change her world, made me want to make changes in mine and help others. We need voices like hers to create change and increase understanding.
I truly loved this novel. The two "voices" of the twins were so unique and individual that you almost forget that they are conjoined. The story at first seems like a dumb premise, but it is beautifully done and I'd compare this reading experience to The Secret Life of Bees, one of my favorite narrative novels of all time. The author writes a very unique and poingnant story that has many universal and heartfelt themes. Have tissues, you'll need them.
I liked the book, but I think I'd have liked it better reading it rather than listening to it. The author reads the book, and although he is a good storyteller, he reads as if he's reading his memoir to a group of 1st graders. His tone and pacing is somewhat irritating and I felt like in some senses it was like being read "down" to. It's hard to explain, but if you listen to a sample you'll understand.
The book is great, the reader is not. Buy the actual book, it's soooo worth not listening to him read it.
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