May I just say that I realy love Audrey Niffenegger as a writer! I have only read a few characters and already I am completely invested into this sto May I just say that I realy love Audrey Niffenegger as a writer! I have only read a few characters and already I am completely invested into this story. I think her humaness is my favourite aspect of her characters and her wrting - I truly feel for each one already and I am awed by the scenes of these characters lives that she has chosen to show us. Everytime I read one of her stories, even in each new chapter or scene, I think "not every author would think to show/tell us this. I really feel closer to this character now" it's chilling.
It doesn't hurt that she continues to remind me of Edward Gorey though...
The ending had an interesting perspective. A bit of a nice wrap up, but unlike Time Traveler's Wife, it felt as though it was rushed. Overall a very good read that introduced some difficult questions of separation to me. Particularly "if I had the opportunity/choice, would I want to be haunted by someone I loved?"...more
I like the method in which Kij Johson adapted a well known Japanese fable into a novel, but I had a difficult time feeling any empathy for the cmain I like the method in which Kij Johson adapted a well known Japanese fable into a novel, but I had a difficult time feeling any empathy for the cmain character. I suspect that was not really the point of the novel though.
I did find that I was more interetsed in the stories and point of view of the side characters than I was the main plotline, especially those of the brother, Josei and Kaya no Yoshifuji's wife.
Overall though it was a joy to read and I would like to read more from Kij Johnson....more
I have read multiple reviews that basically say "his book is good, but it wasn't as good as his first book." My opinion n that is that the first book I have read multiple reviews that basically say "his book is good, but it wasn't as good as his first book." My opinion n that is that the first book has real heart, and that is a difficult shoe to fill. Every single character in Bridge of Birds has something to share of themselves and most had a story to tell. Even those who you thought were just a minor character became someone you could sympathize with (my personal favourite character was Doctor Death).
I think where this book has trouble reaching its audience is that there is very little to tie us to the characters in this novel. I admit it! I was hoping to learn more about ur main characters and possibly to see cameos from some of the side characters from before. I am always impressed when an author can include a very minor character from the first novel in the series and enrich the story's world more by letting that character have further involvement with the sequels plot, but there was nothing like that in this novel! There is absolutely NO repeating of minor or side characters from the first novel, and what made the book a little more bland to me was the lack of real connection to the new existing side characters, which really surprised me because characters SEEM to be this author's strength.
We don't learn more about our main characters, Master Li and Number Ten Ox; they do not evolve or grown in any way and to top it off the quest is somehow less noble and feels a bit more forced. At times I have wondered what the actual quest WAS, not because the author really stirs away from it, but rather because it isn't as firmly reinforced to the reader as the previous novel. Please don't misunderstand, there is a plot and they DO let us know what it is - but ... somehow I find myself wondering - is that really all we're doing here? It just didn't seem like enough to me, but perhaps it was enough for Master Li.
Having said all of this though, I must also mention that it's strength lies in the fact that Mr. Hughart is a very entertaining writer who created a wonderfully rich world where fable saturates everyday life. What it lacked in substance it made up for in enthusiasm for its own story. There is still something of merit within the novel's walls and I would still make a recommendation of this book, however I might suggest that one reads this book (and possibly the third) before Bridge of Birds. ...more
This book was so fantastic I asked the library to give me then next two in the series IMMEDIATELY! ...I am STILL waiting (it is very difficult). If y This book was so fantastic I asked the library to give me then next two in the series IMMEDIATELY! ...I am STILL waiting (it is very difficult). If you love classic Chinese novels, or even just anime 'based' (however loosely) on Chinese classics then READ. THIS. BOOK! It is mesmerizing. I had trouble putting this book down and that hasn't happened in AGES!...more
My favourite thing about this book was how much I appreciated Ozu Yasujiro after reading it. I was already a fan of his work, but after reading the d My favourite thing about this book was how much I appreciated Ozu Yasujiro after reading it. I was already a fan of his work, but after reading the description of the Munekata Sisters I was completely hooked.
This novel really does its best to make you think and feel, but I found the parts I liked best were the feeling bits more than the thinking bits (which I felt were a little too pendantic for my taste). ...more
While I believe in a world of equality and enjoy having a real partner of my own, I do find myself longing for an age long since passed where women b While I believe in a world of equality and enjoy having a real partner of my own, I do find myself longing for an age long since passed where women bonded through hardship and happiness. The Red Tent provides its reader with a sense of the journey and the family required to help one live through it.
The main character of Dinah is such a strong, rich voice that I immediately felt connected and safe with her. It was as though I had known her for years as the family story-weaver and through her words I felt immediately included as one of the tribe.
I loved every part of this book. I loved the expression and development of its characters and the growth between their interpersonal relationships. I loved learning details about their trades and lives that are so personal and intimate they belong only in one world: Family. From the strength and connection of the women I met to the presentation of an era’s culture that has long since passed, Anita Diamant does an exquisite job setting a rich world before us and including us, not just in the inner workings of a family, but of entire generations and their culture. ...more