I love David Sedaris. I'd listen to him read anything, especially his own non-fiction. I don't enjoy the fiction as much, but appreciate his imagination.
I enjoyed this book because it reminded me of my friends and me growing up. Just a bunch of friends who stay pretty much who they were throughout their lives. We're all supposed to grow up and live and learn, but in the end, do we? Well written and fun.
I'm sure the title of the book has more people reading it, but it is ironic that the fact that the model was Adele Block-Bauer was intentionally obscured by history, and is then perpetuated by the title of this book, I enjoyed reading about Klimt and his contemporaries, and the struggles of the Bloch-Bauer relatives who never gave up to uphold their rights. It's a sad story about injustices in the world, set against the amazing artwork of Klimt.
I had no idea this was going on during WWII. I'm glad the author researched and shared this story with us. The forward alone is worth the price of this book. You can look up images of the art works he writes about, to understand the scale of their project. I didn't enjoy the movie at all, and am glad I read the book first.
I loved reading about a part of the world I know little about. It much be beautiful geographically, even if it is in turmoil politically. I have encouraged the teens in my life to read this, because I shows us in the US how differently life is for boys and girls elsewhere. Well written, and provides a great insight into the background politics and religious evolution of a troubled place. Look up images of the Swat Valley in Pakistan and you'll want to read this.
The reviews of this book show that people seem to love it or hate it, or have either feeling at different times in the book. I've never read abridged books, but this one could be a candidate. There is much repetition, to the point where several times I thought the recording had skipped back to something I'd already heard. But, the story is interesting and very well written. All the characters end up having a purpose, even those who you can't imagine why they are getting so much air time. I do wonder where Kivrin's parents were, though.
After finishing listening to the book, I read many of the reviews hoping to figure out what I missed. I didn't find the book or the characters engaging or sad. The character of the author was particularly annoying, and yet the plot needed him to work. Mr. Green does give us a very satisfying ending, unlike the character of the author. It was a tough topic, and I appreciate the author's respect for the subject without being sappy.
The bonus material at the end of the interview with the author was interesting, although I wondered if the woman asking questions was actually interviewing him. The interview seems very disjointed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great insight into the lives of the rich and famous, who somehow don't forget that they came from humble beginnings.
This is a classic that should be read by all free-thinkers. Particularly relevant in these times of a increasing reliance on the government.
This book is sad and dark. The author, although torn apart by grief, is hard to like, but her story is compelling. The reader is excellent.
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