This is a book that all Americans should read. Be prepared to come away feeling ashamed of being American. Well written and researched, Michelle Alexander minutely details the justice system in America in the aftermath of the War on Drugs. Whatever your politics, you owe it to yourself to understand the economic and social price that we are paying for incarcerating so many of our young black population.
The narration gives the book just the right amount of pathos.
This is a book that questions faith; characters who kill have faith, idealistic nuns have faith, alcoholic priests have faith. Yet faith does not play itself out in the narrative. This book is unfulling, but expertly handled.
This will be my first and last Robert Stone book.
I first read The Return of the Native when I was 14 years old. I fell in love with Eustacia Vye then and she will always be my first love.
The narration is perfect, capturing the characters on the heath in all their nuanced glory. Simon Vance is the best Audible narrator.
A perfect Audible experience.
I am old enough to remember the tragedy that was Biafra. Told from an Upper Class perspective, this novel is an excellent historical novel, accurately described with nuanced pathos.
The narration is superb, although I can't comment on the accuracy of the dialects.
I gave the novel 4 stars because the relationship between two of the protagonists did not entirely ring true for me.
My headline says it all, unless you want to hear a religious angle to Mindfulness, complete with Budha quotes.
A bit too preachy sounding, although I am not questioning the lectures sincerity.
It did get me back to meditating again.
This book is science fiction, with fiction emphasized. Margret Atwood gets the science of genetics all wrong, but that is part of the fun. It is a parable of sorts, loaded with winks and smiles.
Unfortunately, one does not feel anything for the characters, nor does one care.
I was disappointed because I was expecting another Handmaidens Tale. Atwood is a formidable social critic but Oryx and Crake was simply cagey.
I did not finish this book.
I felt an overall dishonesty throughout the book, which the author himself points out. It reminded me of a comedian who laughs at his own jokes in an effort to get the audience to laugh with him. The difference is that Tim O'Brien wants you to cry with him.
It simply did not work for me.
This is a dated look at the Middle East. It is sexist, with all the woman and men behaving as if they were in a 1950's Hollywood war movie. The many pages are simply rewritten sections geared to the new historical event being written about.
Herman Wouk is a much better writer of this genre and his stories are far more balanced than Uris.
I gave it 3 stars because of the historical influence this novel had on popular opinion in the western world.
This is Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece. Having said that, the you must prepare yourself for the violence. If there ever was a parable for the constant state of war in which mankind finds itself in, this is it. The characters and episodes border on the edge of realism / surrealism. If you are a fan of McCarthy because of the "The Rosd", this book is a must read, as it lays the foundation of his world view.
Blood Meridian is a difficult read under the best of circumstances. Richard Poe's reading captures the spirit of the novel and helps the listener get past the technical jargon that McCarthy uses so well. I had read the novel many years ago and find that it is best not to worry too much about McCarthy's dense language.
A tough listen, but worth the effort.
I tried to like this book. Perhaps it was a poor translation.
Its a marvelous feat of story telling that flies around leaving bits and pieces of realism amid a chaotic surface of magic, love and passion. Unfortunately, the characters take on these same characteristics and I was left with a feeling of ambivalence about their lives.
Magical realism is not my cup of tea.
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