A best seller in France, with over 400,000 copies sold, and currently being translated into eighteen languages, Fault Lines is the new novel from internationally-acclaimed and best-selling author Nancy Huston. Huston's novel is a profound and poetic story that traces four generations of a single family from present-day California to WW II era Germany. Fault Lines begins wi...more
The reason I only gave it three stars is that each chapter is told from the POV of a 6 yr old. And, I just didn't buy it. The language was wrong for a 6 year old, and I felt that a lot of the feelings were wrong for a 6 year old. Had she made the characters 9 years old, I could have felt more comfortable with it. It just really prevented me from completely buying in to the thoughts and feelings as being honest and true.
Our story begins in 2004 where we are introduced to Sol. This kid was creepy. He is obsessed with the Iraq war and the internet. I found his narration unbelievable and uncomfortable for a 6 year old but then again, he is beyond his years. I did feel some sympathy for him as his family felt he was destined for greatness and he lived with this constant pressure. His father is Randall...more
Huston's novel is a profound and poetic story that traces four generations of a single family from present-day California to WW II era Germany. Fault Lines begins with Sol, a gifted, terrifying child whose mother believes he is destined for greatness partly because he has a birthmark like his dad, his grandmother, and his great-grandmother. When Sol's family makes a...more
The book itself was okay. It seemed to emphasize more on parent-child relationship than anything else. It just showed each child from each generation at the age of six. I don't understand why Huston made them six years old; the language was no way that of a six year old. Nor that of a 12 year old, for that matter. I found S...more
The book is divided into four chapters, each one narrated by the voice of a different family member, and in this way the story spans four generations.
The first chapter is narrated by Sol, six years old, in 2004. This was the part that was most difficult to r...more
The novel is told from four different viewpo...more
The book is told in 4 parts, each written by a different generation of the same family. The...more
Give it 3 stars. Intriguing look at four generations of the family though the eyes of very...more
It is written from the point of view of four six year olds-all one generation apart in the same family-in reverse chronological order. So first Sol, then his father as a six year old, then his grandmother as a six year old...more
Some of the language attributed to six-year olds was unbelievable and even annoying at times, and for this reason I think the story would have worked better if the children were older. Here's an example: "Thank you very, very...more
A friend recommended the book while she was reading it, so I put it on my list, not having any idea what it was about. I don't read jacket covers or blurbs, so I usually go into books totally blind, to be able to enjoy the journey without any spoilers at all.
This one gave quite a journey. The first part is written by a possibly sociopathic six-year-old, Sol. His sophistication and self-perceived heightened intelligence are believable as maybe part of hi...more
Without giving away any spoilers, th...more
Sol was a disgusting perverted sociopath with a severe God complex. I would guess that he is destined to become a serial killer who maims, tortures and rapes his victims before murdering them in the most painful way possible. His story was first, and I almost stopped listening during it.
Once I got past Sol, it was Randall's turn. Randall...more
Huston lived in Calgary until age fifteen, at which time her family moved to Wilton, New Hampshire, USA. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was given the opportunity to spend a year of her studies in Paris. Arriving in Paris in 1973, Huston obtained a Master's Degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, writing a thesis on swear words und...more