OK, I purchased this one based upon the glowing reviews. I wish I had not made that decision.
The plot drags on and on. It doesn't live up to my expections for a good book. I can't think of a good thing to say about the book... Other than to thank God that it was not any longer than it was. I would not reccomend it to anyone.
Best account yet.
Grant was a great commander in the Civil War. In his memoirs, he discusses his successes and surprisingly is even more frank about his failures
The book takes him from a militia Colonel all the way to a Lieutenant General commanding an Army.
What brought him success was meticulous planning, a great understanding of how the terrain shaped the fight and an ability to accurately assess what options were available to his opponent.
If you study the civil war or study the art and science of command, then this book should be one to own. Keegan's book was really good. Lee's Lieutenants really good, But Grant's Memoirs is in a class by itself.
A rewrite would have helped immensly. The subject matter of Henry, Cromwell, Wolsey and the court is intriguing but this book failed.
Someone less into the drama of it, more in the style of a reader than an actor. The narrator was distracting.
What an interesting book. The author weaves the story of Eastern Russia, China in all its splendor, geographic, cultural, political in this story of tigers, people and the boreal jungle. This book is very well written and tells congruent stories interwoven in the fabric of the area south of Vladivostok. Take your time with the book. This could easily be assigned reading in a literature course. A combination of Moby Dick, The Guns of August and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. A pleasure through and through.
The characters are incredibly detailed in this suspenseful novel. This is NOT some yarn in which the moves are telegraphed chapters in advance. Extremely well written and suspenseful. The breadth of human personality and motivation is amazing. This is one good book. No cliches in the story lines or characters. My only criticism has to do with the narration by Scott Brick. His default reading persona is that of a cynical slightly sarcastic story teller. It was not a good fit for this book. His tone is better in police procedurals than in this type of book.
Hosseini has done a superb job of storytelling with The Kite Runner. His characters are absolutely alive and believable. This novel is a story told at many different levels. On the surface, it is a story of a boy coming of age in Afghanistan. At other levels, it is a story of relationships, love, betrayal, the measure of worth of human beings. This book is like a bowl of delicious fruit. The words should be savored and not rushed. This is the best book that I have read this year, bar none. This book will hook you from the start. The descriptions of Kabul and Afghanistan, and the Pashtun culture are wonderful, in and of themselves. I don't believe that you can go wrong with this book. I only hope that the author has another book left within.
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