Of course, 10-year-old Griff knows none of this, only that her father is dead and her mother has bad taste in men. But once she encounters this grandfather she'd never heard about, and the black cowboy confined to the bunkhouse, with irrepressible courage and great spunk she attempts to turn grievous loss, wrath, and recrimination, to which she's naturally the most vulnerable, toward reconciliation and love.
©2004 Mark Spragg; (P)2004 HighBridge Company
"Generations come of age, each in its own way, as tenderness survives stubbornness, pain, and silence. Each word counts for more than it says in this achingly beautiful story of courage and endurance." (Booklist)
I am not good at this but liked this book enough to give it a try. It is a simple story that has no surprizing twists along the way but the narration is very good and the characters are people you can like. The 10 year old girl that is the central character is a treat and so are the two old men in her life. I enjoyed it and hope others will get the same good feelings and enjoyment from it.
I live in Wyoming. I definately feel a "kinship" with the main character in this story. Sadness prevails here where I live alone, because I lost my son also, August 2008.
Although the movie is very good, played by my favorite movie actors Redford & Freeman, I feel the book is much better, and I wish the movie had stayed closer to the way the book was written.
I hope no one ever has to go through the loss of their child. As was said in the movie, "We (parents), are not supposed to outlive our children".
To bad I don't have someone like Morgan Freeman to lean on. You will enjoy this book.
It's funny, you know, that most of the time the movie is not as good as the book. This is true because of many reasons, but most of all because it is difficult to interpret and compress the book into 2 hours of visual screen experience. The book can easily get inside the character's head and for the movie, it is not so easy. You have to show and not tell, etc. Now having said that, I think Lasse Hallstrom's film version is far more accessible, compelling, and just a more complete story than this book. The reading is pretty good, though I'm old fashioned and prefer a solo reader than the book being read by two people--a man and a woman. I think that it would have been a better presentation with just the male voice. The inclusion of the female voice feels like it reaching too hard to be gender correct with a story that is partly about spousal abuse. The film is very well cast (R.Redford, M.Freeman, J. Lopez) and the story feels more complete and resolved. The book seems too be missing elements (unusual) and just kind of ends. Yet this is a decent read and a recommend, especially if you like to play the game of book/film comparision.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt connected with its characters. Very imaginative tale of forgiveness, family, and friendship.
Sometimes, I will get an audiobook because I don't have time to read the book. This book has been sitting in my Audible library for a while, without listening to it. For the last few weeks however I have been listening to the novels in my Audible library that I haven't listened to. This is a great listen, it is only about 8 hours long, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The narrators were great for this novel and they made it come to life; I haven't seen the movie made of this novel but I have to say there is no way that it could be better than this Audible reading. This novel is about coming of age, loss and family, the way that it is written is engaging and I recommend it highly.
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