Saying I enjoyed this book is not quite the right word. It was thought provoking, interesting, I couldn't put it down. I was unsure the viewpoint it was coming from. The frustration I felt at how their faith impeded so much usual parental responsibility that would be considered norm was frustrating and alarming. The sheer neglect of the family which they themselves could not see made harrowing reading - and as for the justified "consensual" sex with a wife in a catatonic state - that part was simply harrowing. Instead of nurturing natural talent in a son gifted at soccer but taking an opportunity away ... heartbreaking. But I laughed out loud at times. The resurrection of the goldfish was hilarious as it unfolded and thought this book was remarkable. It didn't criticise or judge, it simply told a story and left the reader to make whatever they would make from it. Those with a religious persuasion similar to the family would I am sure see all of their behaviours as reasonable and appropriate. Those without a faith would see it otherwise and require a social services intervention to protect. Great read.
Good to read a book about the impact of grief and I think the setting shows how faith doesn't make us immune to grief in any form ... reading about my own faith community is always a challenge ... it's difficult not to feel the characters are cliched or stereotyped to appeal to those who like to see the wackyness of religion. Not because the stories of things like dressing up in wedding dresses never happen but more because they feel unusual rather than the norm ... certainly entertaining though. Having said that i l loved al's 'stupid stupid twat' answer to prayer ... that had me laughing myself to sleep .... I think the young folks were more real somehow.
I learned a lot about the Mormon faith in reading this book. The lives of these people seem controlled in a very unhappy way. The book is very sad and especially as it relates to the role of women. I found the book fascinating.
I loved this book. The writing evoked tender memories of my childhood as a Mormon girl. The author wrote so eloquently of this mother's grief, I found myself crying and mourning with her. I highly recommend this book. I also recommend having a box of Kleenex handy while reading it.
An interesting look at how different family members cope with loss and grief. The family's membership of the Mormon Church adds another interesting dimension to the story. I did, however, find the ending a bit unsatisfactory -- left too many unanswered questions.
This deeply felt narrative, elegiac in some ways, should not be construed as an indictment of religious faith, but instead a meditation on the intricacies and intimacies of faith. It has been said that God has his secret stairway into every human heart. All members of the Bradley family are lacerated by Issy's death, and because they are human, each laments in her/his own unique way; none is more sincere or hurt than any other. The beauty of Carys's prose poem is that Love never ends, and in the work's conclusion, Ian is empowered to step into the ocean of love into which beloved Claire has preceded him. This exquisite novel evokes, for me, Emily Dickinson's poem, "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant --"
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant -- Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind --