When Anthony Doerr's The Shell Collector was published in 2002, the Los Angeles Times called his stories "as close to faultless as any writer -- young or vastly experienced -- could wish for." He won the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Discover Prize, Princeton's Hodder Fellowship, and two O. Henrys, and shared the Young Lions Award. Now he h...more
About Grace opens as its protagonist, David Winkler, a fifty-nine-year-old scientist, especially f...more
Where the book falls flat is in the exploration of its themes. So, the character gets visions of the future, got it. But then the character can avoid those futures. The main character is clumsy in wielding fate as...more
I think this author's style is much better suited to short stories. I loved his collection "The Shell Collector". This book was written in sections, almost like short stories, but there were inconsistencies between sections --author is a handyman for 20 years in one section, but clueless when the generator st...more
One could argue Winkler is one of the unluckiest men alive - he almost drown...more
The book is set in 5 parts, describing different stages of his life. I really enjoyed the first three quarters of the book but then it started to lag a bit. It did pick up pace towards the end though.
It was certainly an interesting book about relationships and good intentions that aren't always perceived as such.
Doerr takes the reader...more
The mythology of the Great Flood still lives in our heads. The fear and awe of water and waves and violent whitecaps. "We live in the beds of ancient oceans." Water and its transformation into snowflakes form the basis of this novel. The water in each of us that longs to return...more
The book is about David Winkler a man who has a vision of his daughter's death, which he sees himself causeing. This vision causes him to then spends his whole life running to avoid it. It follows the path he takes and the people h...more
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The novel is broken up into different books following David Winkler. David has dreams that are kind of like visi...more
In his award-winning short story collection The Shell Collector (2002), Doerr drew a vast, gorgeous portrait of the natural world's effects on the human condition. Here, he pays the same painstaking attention to detail, from descriptions of snowflakes to "tiny particles of dust drifting in the air between her ankles." Yet, the intricate, nature-driven plots that captivated readers in The Shell Collector fall short here. Critics agree that Doerr sacrifices a plausible storyline, which takes place...more
aboit a man who is trying to protect his family, and doesn't always make the right choices
in the process. Rich in description and covering a wide range of geographic locations
About Grace also explores the thinking of a man estranged from his family and emotionally
Here's one thing though: Mr. Doerr is quite awesome at making lists. When I write (nowhere near as well as he does mind you) I love to make lists. And he's turned it into quite the art form. Well done sir. And in actuality I think this s...more
Well written, powerful imagery, and it keeps you curious. By the end, the book begins to lag a bit--most of the book's main questions have been resolved, but it keeps on going. I wish he'd cut it off about 70 or so pages sooner--but it was still worth the read.