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Preview — Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
In December 1953 Anthony Amedeo's world is nested in his Bronx neighborhood, his parents' Studebaker, the Paradise Theater, Yankee Stadium -- and in his imagination, where he longs for a st...more
We watch as the family grows and changes over the course of th ...more
So why only three stars? My main complaint (and call me a prude, if you must) was the excess of SEX in this b ...more
Good writing, but not a compelling story, and the title doesn't make a ton of sense.
There were portions of this book that I really liked. I felt the first section, set In the 1950s, was by far the s ...more
Sacred Time is the story of four generations of Amedeos in the Bronx. Grandmother Riptide and her husband have an amazing love story beginning with their ...more
It's wonderfully written and the descriptions of emotions and events are outstanding. Hegi really has a way of bringing pictures to your mind.
However, there's so much pain and sorrow that 2 of the viewpoints were really, really hard to read. With the wonderful wording, the pain really came through.
Also, there were times where Hegi dwelt ...more
Now that I'm finished.... I liked this one. The story and the main event are told from each of the main character's points of view. Each character is an interesting character, and of course, affected by the focal event of the book. Ursula Hegi is on my list of au ...more
This was the 3rd book I've read by this author and while I recognized the deft touch with the characters and ima ...more
The story is shaped from episodes of different family members' lives across generations of time with large gaps between. This structure didn't hang together well for me.
The highly analytical style of introspection is quite a wade.
I did find the ending a surprisingly good resolution.
SECOND READING: My second reading slightly elevated my opinion about the readability of Hegi's novel. She explores those broad, important themes of guilt and forgiveness, manipulation and passivity, loneliness and fidelity, but her characters just don't capture me.
I was a little worried to find the characters were an Italian family but by the end of the book I saw how this resonates for everyone. A good read. Couldn't put it down.