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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  3,344 ratings  ·  511 reviews
Goana dupa licurici: Un roman al descoperirii

Au doar o vara ca sa gaseasca ceea ce s-a pierdut cu mult timp in urma.

"Niciodata sa nu accepti nimic altceva decat adevarul," i-a spus ea. Dar cand nu stii nici macar cum te cheama, adevarul devine ceva mai complicat. Acesta se poate cuibari atat de aproape, incat e greu de perceput. Poate chiar sa infloreasca intr-o minciuna.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published 2011 by Kerigma beletristic (first published January 1st 2007)
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Charles Martin, the author of this book, is an extraordinary writer. In a previous review, I compared his writing to that of Nicholas Sparks's; however, upon reading this book, I think he is a much better writer. The story does meander frequently, one chapter dipping into the past while the next continues the present, but the tale plays out so beautifully it is worth the journey. I loved this book.

Some reviewers have noted that Martin did not include many mentions of God or Christianity througho
I love books about contemporary American people going through real experiences. I am not into books about perfect people, cops, crooks, athletes, or rich people.

I like books about people who are flawed, people who have quirks, people who live contradictions, people who try to be good but sometimes fail, honest people doing the best they can with what life dishes out, people who sometimes can't resist temptations and people who maybe don't understand themselves fully. Those are books I can relate
Audiobook. A mystery, with strong characterization and varied themes: overcoming anger, dealing with long-term ostracism, parental love, second chances, baseball (Atlanta Braves), redemption, acceptance of suffering, child abuse, the foster care system, and the ravages of HIV and hepatitis.

Set in Brunswick, Georgia, on the Atlantic coast, and in nearby St. Simons Island and Sea Island, and in the Buffalo Swamp marshlands. Takes place in current time and in the past. Told in first person POV, by
A good read. Martin is a young, prolific writer who is articulate and very talented. This story is very strong and I probably wouldn't have read it if it hadn't been recommended to me by a friend. The setting is a Sea Island, and thereabouts, Georgia and invites the reader into the lives of those whose grandparents came from Europe to settle the marshland of that area. Martin includes a surprising wealth of historical information in this short book, so that the reader becomes well acquainted wit ...more
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Robin Patchen
I've now officially read all of Charles Martin's books. This is one of the best, and that's saying something. The characters are so real, I feel like I have a bunch of friends hanging out on my bookshelf, waiting for me to pick them up again. I will, someday. I promise.

I particularly loved the relationship between Chase and Unc and the picture it paints of what the father-child relationship should look like, juxtaposed with that of Jack and Tommye--the ultimate "what not to do." This lends cred
Dec 23, 2008 Denise rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pat Conroy fans who need a break from his heart-wrenching drama
Recommended to Denise by: Heather
I'd give this 3 and a half stars. It was like a Lifetime movie but without the romance and the eye-rolling. Predictable, but worth the read because it was more about the drama and the feel-good than the mystery. And a little tip to any movie producers: Tommy Lee Jones should DEFINATELY play Uncle Willee. (A small beef with the author that dated him: he said "Sheryl Crow wrote a song about 'The First Cut is the Deepest'..." Sheryl Crow did NOT write that song if Rod Stewart sang it before her and ...more
Charles Aartin is one of my favorite authors and he proved himself again with Chasing Fireflies! What an incredible book!! Martin's gift for storytelling and character development are phenonmenal.
It seems that with each of his books, they start out a bit slow as he is setting the foundation for the story and each of the characters. But once that is set, I have found each of his books to be well worth the effort of sticking with it for the first maybe 100 pages or so!
Chsing Fireflies is a haunn
I chose the book because of its high rating and a title which attracted me and seemed inviting. Knowing very little of what the book was actually about when I first started reading it, I was not sure that it was going to be my "type" of book. I quickly got over that thought as I became caught up in the story and grew to love the characters. It was easy to root for each of them as they struggled to conquer their demons. There is a lot of pain and heartache in the story, but there is also a lot of ...more
Marci Glasgow-Haire
The story begins with the dramatic scene in which a young (8? 10?) mute boy is savagely kicked from a car just before the driver parks on the tracks in front of an oncoming train. He is discovered two days later when he climbs out of the ditch covered in ant bites...and lots of old scars. A young journalist from the town's newspaper, Chase, is tasked with finding out who the boy is, and more importantly, whose the boy is.

OK, stop right there. The police are too busy to bother with figuring out
Tawni Williams
I honestly can not say enough good things about this book!! I have 'loved' characters in books before... but I grew to love, respect and genuinely want to meet 'Unc' from this novel. It's a wonderful story, but it also has powerful teaching moments about forgiveness, love, and the impact a parent can have on a child (for better or worse). I borrowed it from the library, but I will be adding a copy to my permanent collection. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book
Loved, loved, loved this book. Maybe Unc is too good to be true, but I don't care. I was hooked in the first chapter.
The Prologue was fantastic. It was exciting, it grabbed my interest and had me wanting to know more. Even the first couple of chapters were okay. But then the book went from being mostly about the boy at the train tracks to being about 100 different things. There were too many side stories taking place and the one thing I was curious about - the history of the train boy - kinda fell by the wayside. His story really wasn't all that exciting & left me disappointed.

For the most part, this book
Lana Jackson
My husband and I both read this, and neither could put it down. Compelling story about a newspaper reporter, with childhood history of living in foster homes, is assigned to interview a mute 10-year-old boy who has been found after his adoptive mother kicks him out of the car just before she pulls in front of an oncoming train. The reporter's foster parents take in the 10-year-old and healing begins for all concerned.

The characters are rich and relatable. The foster father, Uncle Willee, was my
Yet again, Charles Martin amazes me--there aren't enough adequate adjectives. Having said that, I will quote a section of this book that I just loved. It is in response to what Michaelangelo did with his sculptures--keep in mind this is a "monologue" of sorts, by Unc, one of the fabulously rich central characters in this book.

Inside you is a thing worth putting on a pedestal--worth putting out there for all the world to see. That piece of rock might been knocked around, roughed up a bit, conside
Feb 01, 2010 Kristi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: books-i-own
I feel emotional even now, as I write a short review. This was such a beautiful book. A star rating system really does it no justice. I beleive that Charles Martin's books come from his soul. His writing is never jumbled. It never skitters off on spidery trails. He does not bore us with repetitive inner dialogue. Martin's books get right to the heart of the story and we immediately fall in love with his characters.
Chasing Fireflies is a poignant story about the healing powers of a loving father
May 28, 2010 Alicia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alicia by: Stephanie
Shelves: read-in-2010
Chasing Fireflies was a beautifully written novel with so many stories told throughout. The underlying story is one of relationships - be it friend, family, blood-relation or not. This story is full of twists and turns and it does jump back and forth between past and present. But it is such an amazing story to be read. Chase Walker, the main character, is a journalist at heart, so the story unfolds layer by layer as more details are uncovered. This is my first book by Charles Martin, but I certa ...more
A very enjoyable novel reminiscent of John Grisham in style and setting. The story takes place in Brunswick, Georgia and weaves themes of family, both the ones we are born into and the ones we create, with the eternal struggle of good vs. evil. A mute, abandoned boy with no name and seemingly no past is the central character. His fate and interactions with the other characters reveals family secrets, truths and lies, and makes for a spellbinding story of hope, redemption, and love. It is an easy ...more
Martin's characters are rich and interesting in this book, except for Lorna who was two-dimensional and seemed to contribute nothing to the story but an occasional knowing glance and a couple of good meals. The author rambles at times, and I found myself more than once wishing that Martin would get to the point and "reveal the secret already!" To me, the book was unnecessarily confusing in the way it was organized and in the way the important details were divulged. In by opinion, the book needed ...more
This is the second of Charles Martin's books that I've read, and I love his writing. I was surprised to read in some review that he is considered a "Christian writer." As far as I am concerned, Martin writes intriguing stores about people of integrity and strong moral principals. There isn't a "preachy" tone to his writing and I don't even recall the Bible even being mentioned in this book. So if you have avoided Martin's books because of a label, I encourage you give them a try. This story deal ...more
Jennifer Fromke
Wow. This was my first Charles Martin book, and I'm officially hooked. Stunning work. Amazingly deep characters, and extraordinary insight. I was struck by the beauty of the writing, and more than anything else, the truth revealed in exquisite manner. Blown away. Can't wait to read the next one.
Judy Adamic
A delicious read. A story of family, pain,laughter! Gives you insight to troubled abandoned children, and great people in this world. It has it all, mystery, laughter, makes you cry, and LOL. I CAN'T FIND WORDS ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE IT, JUST TRUST ME, A MUST READ!!
This book had a great plot that kept me in suspense the entire time. I especially loved the character of Uncle Willie, and how he had been through so incredibly much, yet continue to treat others the way he would want to be treated.
Camille Eide
Excellent story, excellent writing, just the kind of book I look for. Well drawn mysteries to ponder amid relational drama, and very distinct characters. I have several Charles Martin books on my TBR list now.
A very nice "Oprah-esque" story.... takes a while to get to the good stuff but has some beautiful lessons about the struggles and rewards of family membership. I loved the Georgia coast local color.
Aug 01, 2011 Reynie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reynie by: Matt Lane
Sweet, heartwarming book about boyhood, manhood, and the importance of fathers in the lives of their sons. Thankful my husband recommended this book to me.
Child abuse, scandal, brother against brother, aids, heartbreak, this story has it all with a twist at the end and a message of redemption.
Eleonora Craciun
"Intrebarea nu e cand, ci ce facem cu timpul care ne-a mai ramas"

"Ceea ce era extraordinar nu era faptul ca stinsese toate limanarile dintr-o simpla suflare sau ca ii tine amana lui nea Willee in a sa; era zambetul care i se intiparise pe fata. La fiecare cateva secunde, devenea constinet de el, se forta sa il sterga, dar apoi uita de el, lasandu-l sa rasara inapoi pe obraji. Era un zambet pe cinste"

"Viata mea a fost cu totul diferita de ce mi-am imaginat. Nu a iesit asa cum am sperat...sau visa
If I could just say, "Wow" for the description of this book and have that be adequate, I would. I don't believe I've ever read anything by Charles Martin, nor do I know a thing about him, but I will pick up anything he's written after having read his "Chasing Fireflies".
This was one awesome book. You can't help but make Uncle Willie your favorite character. His wisdom, his strength of will and integrity, and his deep love are unmatched. His life was harder than most people can imagine, yet he ta
I read this in 2 Days. It is another "winner" by Charles Martin. I loved it. Charles Martin always keeps you guessing throughout the book. I have to admit, I was surprised by one aspect at the end of the story. I didn't see it coming, but the rest I could kind of figure out. I won't tell you so I don't ruin the book for you.

The story is about a man named Chase who is a reporter in a small town in Georgia. He is working on a boy found by the railroad tracks who can't talk, has ant bites all over
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