I feel the information and the observations back and forth were enjoyable but it was hard to follow the logic at times. I do not recommend th audio however the book it's self may be more enjoyable when you have time to absorb the arguments.
This story was a historic cultural and life lesson kind of a book. Not quite a biography however it read as a life story/recollection. It's about two girls in a world rich with tradition and cultural history. I don't know very much of Chinese history or if lives are still impacted by the lifestyle describe in this life recollection, but it's very full of traditions not normal to current day generalized families. It covers all the emotions, relationships, requirements/expectations and understandings of the day. It's one you get involved with right away and you need to find out how and what paths were chosen for these girls.
I liked all the different facets of the story and though some of it was a little predictable but there are a few surprises and it works well for an easy listen.
I started listening to the story and I have to be honest I was thinking I wouldn't finish because they were dwelling in the uncomfortable area of loss and how realistically people go through sorrow. However as the story progressed and interesting twists and turns relieved themselves much like that are in all our lives some way or another. I could see the subtle intention of the story and the meanings we all can see once we step back and analyze the situation later. Life isn't always pretty and God does let our lives play out for the oddest reasons. The ending was a little too fast and a little too tight, however over all it really was a very good story and a nice listen.
I enjoy the idea of what the story describes. I enjoy tales of science fiction in the midst of history and it adds to remembering actual and true facts. It's also fun to add a little because I know true history has left out much of the personal feeling an true intentions of our past. It's too black and white at times and the gray leaves everyone to their own experiences unless they were there.
I did struggle in with this and lost who was good, bad, friend and acquainted. But it may have been more because I was listening not reading.
I liked the questions raised in this book.
It leaves a lot for each individual to evaluate and digest how or what they may do in such a position as some of these characters. It lost it's interesting edge when the authors personalities of the characters twisted the story and made it somewhat predictable - most common views in movies and books... (The "special" or unique view of a Jewish Lawyer or a Priest) - a more common majority stance may have added more.
This was a book selected by our book club. If this was made into a movie or TV series I would suggest the personal views of all sides of the situation be truly researched out bit more. For example: I definitely feel the the Catholic Church may have some conflict with the beliefs portrayed by the "father" in this book. And not to say that the "person" couldn't have those views however it's rare to imagine that someone, to dedicate their life to a faith, would have such conflict with some fundamental view of that faith. (I'm not Catholic) but I feel a little more research on that character could even add more to this book and the many questions and feelings it proposes. Also a little more development on the lawyer in similar aspects could enhance the process the book goes through. If the book played more to the commonality instead of the unique few of some of the publicly focused on characters I think the book would even pose more conflict in people and evoke the odd cross of feelings even better. Just my thoughts. I liked the ending and where it stands. I'm trying not to give anything away but it's worth a read for sure. Thanks
I don't write too many of these however I'd like to share I was surprisingly drawn into the story quickly. From the description I thought it sounded new but similar to some movies I'd seen and yet it was something, for me, I enjoyed. The only thing I would say was the ending left me a little unsatisfied. Whether that be by design or not ... I recommend this book for a change of imaginary pace.
I've started several times over and picked up the hard copy too but I'm missing something in the story. An outside look into new life maybe reincarnation or what I'm not following well this odd view of the characters.
If you can stick it out past the first quarter of the book you may find something more than I did. I was trying to be open to the idea and creativity of the story but ultimately I couldn't connect with anything in the story.
As I saw the reviews on the book I became very interested however the summary of the book didn't appeal to me.
The first hour of listening I felt the book to be very slow. Once I started moving through chapters though, the different voices representing the different angles views and understandings, I found myself drawn into the lives of all the people in the book. I found myself tear over the hardships that I will never understand and the author truly transported to a time, alien to me.
I recommend this book if anything for the rich history of raw feelings and emotions of a time not so far away.
I didn't like the end. I wont go into detail because it doesn't spoil the book. However, it was a book of these women's lives beautiful, ugly and real as life is, and that may have been the point.
A little predictable however enjoyable.
I thought it was exciting. Not one of the best but it kept me interested.
I had a hard time getting into the book however once the main people were developed it got better. It was a little predictable but it was enjoyable.
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