He tried too hard to be creative and original, and failed. It was a waste of time; I can't believe I spent 6 days on this thing. It was a waste of papHe tried too hard to be creative and original, and failed. It was a waste of time; I can't believe I spent 6 days on this thing. It was a waste of paper (I don't even mean because I didn't enjoy it; I found the pages with barely anything on them annoying and wasteful, not "creative"). The pages with barely anything on them become even more annoying considering how huge and heavy the book needlessly is, which makes it really cumbersome to read. I don't understand what everyone seems to love about this book. It was an interesting idea, with a horrible execution and mediocre writing....more
**spoiler alert** This is the second novel by Lisa See that I have had the pleasure of reading, and though I did not enjoy it quite as much as the fir**spoiler alert** This is the second novel by Lisa See that I have had the pleasure of reading, and though I did not enjoy it quite as much as the first (Snow Flower & the Secret Fan), I was not disappointed.
Weirdly enough, it was a recommendation by Amazon for "Shanghai Girls", which I have yet to read, that brought to my attention Lisa See's work. I thought it sounded interesting, so added it to my wishlist, and then started browsing through her other work. That is when I came upon both "Snow Flower & the Secret Fan", as well as "Peony in Love". Both of these books caught my interest immediately. Though they both share some common attributes, such as their cultural relevance & discriptiveness, they are quite different.
I found "Peony in Love" harder to get into. The story starts off at a slower pace, but as you get further into the story you realize why, as the simple start to the story is the anchor that ties it all together. The pay-off with this novel is to stick with it. As you get past the beginning, a different world of Chinese belief & tradition is explored than that in "Snow Flower & the Secret Fan"; the afterlife.
Though the plot of the novel is about how Peony dies, and how she continues to watch & influence the lives of those left behind, that is not what I personally felt was the basis of the novel, rather that it is the catalyst for the exploration of the beliefs the people of China have about life, death & the afterlife. The way the world of the dead & the living is intertwined in this novel is a remarkable glimpse into the traditions and beliefs of the Chinese people concerning death. See was able to achieve this while also telling an amazing & historically significant story based on something that really occured....more
"The Nine Lives of Clemenza" appears to be a short & simple read on the surface, and it is. The short novel is not full of a bunch of pretentious"The Nine Lives of Clemenza" appears to be a short & simple read on the surface, and it is. The short novel is not full of a bunch of pretentious words, or long-winded prose. It has no twisted plot line to follow, and is written in very plain, simple language that gets the point across. Yet, the lives that Clemenza leads, and the message behind the book are anything but simple.
Clemenza's journey through her lives, from her first life as air to her last life as a guardian angel, all lead to very important lessons for Clemenza & readers alike, and carry a message to be absorbed. Each time she reincarnates, she learns new things, and meets new & old friends alike, showing how unknowingly interwoven life can be, and how each seemingly small action can cause reverberations through other lives, and affect other souls.
Holly Christine was able to recreate some very clever & interesting lives for Clemenza to lead. The world that is explored by Clemenza has elements of both fantasy, and reality, and sparks a vivid image of what life, or rather lives, are like for Clemenza.
I noticed that "The Nine Lives of Clemenza" was a self-published novel, which is evident in some cases where there are errors, or problems with continouity that an editor would likely have caught prior to printing. For example, prior to her first life, Clemenza does not even know what air is, yet she knows what gender is & what a doctor looks like. These are small things that do come up through-out the novel, but do not take away from the simple, thought-provoking style of the novel. I feel as though this would be a good book for young adults, and that a somewhat shorter & more simplified version would also make an excellent children's book....more