I enjoy clean language narratives that are clever and layered without reverting to off color themes and descriptions! I will invest in other Heyer books!
The reason I gave it only 3 stars and not 4 is because it was memorably tedious in places. That being said I adored the story wholistically; the time period, characters, story line, conflict, and ending! Glad to discover Heyer!
so, her story did not resonate with me.
It is always interesting to have an author's person revealed, sometimes disappointing.
Just because one can turn a word doesn't make their word laudable.
I selected this book because it was promoted as the next "The Help". Not even close! This book was not epic, it wasn't even great. A good read, maybe.
To be fair, it just was not my style. It is a bit raw and crude for my taste. I tend to find this in male writers.
The complexity of the plot and characters was average. The end was somewhat redeeming in that it resolved in a satisfying way, but not worth the journey. I don't regret the time spent but I will not recommend it and probably won't remember the story in time.
I enjoyed this story. Not an epic read but fun and enjoyable. No regrets.
Thank you Mr. Frankl for sharing your innermost pain and shame using your expert literary, philological and theological talents. I am encouraged, strengthened and guided to higher plains through your transparency. Indebted.
I loved this read! The adept storytelling, the grand improbable scenarios and the descriptive settings gripped me! I was reminded of Forrest Gump, however, instead of a learning disability, our central character is acuminous.
So enjoyable! Bryce Courtenay could have taken me anywhere with his mesmerizing pen! I could not stop thinking of this wild tale long after it was told. Bravo!
This novel is like a rag rug, pieces of other people’s masters. Alexandra tries to create an interesting and complex fiction but ultimately bores with too many conflicts, characters and ideologies!
Silver Wattle’s conflicts journey along; murder, mental illness, polio, tuberculosis/consumption, high risk pregnancy of twins, murder AGAIN, and (I jest not) a snakebite. Besides the protagonist, characters comprise in part of, sister, mother, father, step father, step father’s girl friend, aunt, uncle, uncle’s wife, nephew, landlord, boyfriend, husband, lover, sister’s husband, landlord, camera man… and sooo many more. Everyone is proficient! There is a prodigy piano player, renowned interior designer, expert doctors, brilliant photographer, successful scriptwriter, movie producer, biologist, entrepreneur... REALLY! I wished there had been an accomplished author.
The locations that are expounded on are Checkesolvokia and too many places in Australia to care. We encounter a castle, a shanty, a shack, a cinema, a mansion, a cottage... are you beginning to feel the groan?
We visit social concerns like animal cruelty & vegetarianism, racism & discrimination, woman’s liberation, high society, philantropy & poverty, greedy Americans & altruistic Europeans, Catholicism & spiritualism (complete with ghost and apparition), wincing yet?
The inappropriate lover vs. husband tension is simply resolved by the death of one them. Writer’s copout! Which brings me to the lack of strength and morality of the protagonist, perpetrating such betrayal and dishonor on her husband. Albeit, she would never have acted that way towards an animal!
Lewd writing was minimal but that “rag” was in there too. A descriptive scene of touching a naked body part cheapened the read, in my opinion, to porn.
In conclusion, Narrator Caroline Lee did a good job except for the fact I could hear her eyes rolling to the back of her head. Too many words, no respect for words and certainly not a master of them! Avoid at all cost.
I read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and was touched by the profound richness of the story! He brilliantly interweaves characters in a historical time, encapsulating it all with a stick to your soul love for humanity, life and its challenges. Have I said brilliant?!
Alas, I Am The Messenger, though smart writing, pales . . . The story however entertaining was not deep, profound or memorable. I found the ending a predictable writers copout.
The language of curse word after curse word cheapened the story. Simply I don't want such garbage in my mind. Sure it may paint the picture of poor, uneducated, simple people but I feel it lacks ingenuity from the writer.
There are no long detailed graphic pornographic sex scenes, thankfully! However, the main character has an obsession with sex. He is not getting enough sex, being bad at it, not getting it with the one he loves, and other details and descriptions than I care to read about... Not for your teens and well, those who are virtuous.
I would recommend this book to a 26 year old, never married male who is home from work because of a herpes flare up.
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