Един незавършен живот
It’s a story of pain and separation and getting back up on your feet. Because that’s just what you do. Life knocks you down. You get back up.
An Unfinished Life contains a cast of quirky individuals who immediately became part of my consciousness. Nine-year-old Griff is the centre of the story and through her eyes I experienced life with a mother who has bad taste in men. Griff's morning ritual sets the tone of the tale wonderfully. Her small expectations transported this story straight to my heart.
Griff's grandfather and his best friend bring to mind some of Lar ...more
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A solid 3.5 stars for this book!
It took some time for me to get used to the tone of this book, however the second half of the book really gripped my attention.
Sometimes books have a certain mood about them, which is mostly brought about through an author's unique prose. To me, the writing of this book wasn't something to write home about, but the characters in the story definitely added a lot of color and shade to an otherwise bland plot.
Each chapter is told by a different ch ...more
Тя се събира с все един и същ тип мъже, които живеят в каравана, пият и я бият. Един ден взема дъщеря си и си тръгва завинаги от поредния. Няма пари, няма къде да иде, затова се сеща за своя роден край и за ранчото на свекър й, бащата на починалия й съпруг, който не бил като другите. Свекърът не може да й ...more
Jane Gilkyson has finally decided to leave her abusive boyfriend. With her 10-year-old daughter, Griff, she takes off in her ancient car, headed for the Pacific Ocean. But when the car dies and she’s left stranded, she has nowhere to turn but to her father-in-law, a man who blames her for the death of his son, and who is living his life in bitterness and misery on a small ranch in Ishawooa, Wyoming. Einar Gilkyson would probably be dead by now ...more
Read~October 29, 2010
Basically, I am giving this book 4 stars for two reasons. #1 is that this is a really well-written book. The author is able to convincingly convey the emotions of each character, which isn't always the easiest thing to do, especially when one of the characters is a 10 year old girl.
#2 is because of said girl. Griff. The author has created an amazing character in this child. SHE is what MAKES this story. Griff is what MADE me continue reading this story!
This I ...more
I agree with much in the other reviews here. I found this story to be a very visual experience, a testament to Spragg's talent in describing the Wyoming landscape. The characters are interesting and believable, but not always predictable (in other words, ve ...more
A story of family and friendship and the paths to forgiveness but all the while refraining from becoming a sentimental, mawkish pile of goo. My kind of book.
the story's themes seem to revolve around freedom, or more specifically freedom from pain. all of the characters were dealing with some kind of emotional/psychological or physical issue that kept them from being completely whole. Einar lost his son to a car accident, Jean is running from an abusive boyfriend, Griff hasn't had a stable home, Mitch is physically disabled. through a series of e ...more
An Unfinished Life follows on the heels of Spragg's memoir about growing up on a Wyoming ranch, Where Rivers Change Direction, and his Western debut, The Fruits of Stone. This latest effort, which raises comparisons to Kent Haruf's Plainsong and Eventide (*** July/Aug 2004), delves into the world of fractured families. Memorable secondary characters contribute a great deal of spirit to this emotionally charged story of love, loss, betrayal, and reconciliation. Although most critics adored An Unf...more
Update: Watched the movie finally. It followed very closely with the book - even using the same dialogue. However, it is a sketchy version of the book so the impact is much ...more
An Unfinished Life
I’m rounding my grade of 7/10 up to 4 stars out of five. There are a few memorable characters in this novel and on their strength, the story works. But there are some pathetically one-dimensional characters who need more depth. Also, the plot is frought with cliches and seems a little "Lifetime." Even though no one spoiled the ending for me, I had to keep telling myself,"OK, enjoy the story. So what if there is only one conceivable solution to the plot."
Jean is a very attracti ...more
I'd already seen the excellent movie. But I think this is
one of those rare instances in which the movie is actually
better. However, since author Mark Spragg and his wife wrote
the screenplay, I don't mind so much. ;-)
To the book's credit, all the subtle thoughts of the taciturn
characters are right there in print, requiring absolutely no
thought on the part of the reader. You may even pick up some
information that you might miss by just ...more