**spoiler alert** The title comes from I Corinthians 13: " When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; w**spoiler alert** The title comes from I Corinthians 13: " When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways."
Vilhelm Moberg was a Swedish author and wrote about the Swedish- American dynamic. This story is written from the pespective of Valter, youngest child in a family of 7 kids, whose siblings all emigrate to America when they reach the age of 18 or 19. It takes place in the early 20th century. Valter has to make the hard choice of whether or not to leave Sweden, and his mother, when his time comes to emigrate. Moberg writes powerfully at times, especially when Valter's father dies and a funeral is held. The story follows Valter as he grows up and his many choices along the way, including socialist ideas vs. traditional roles in society; he goes through stages in his understanding of women; questions on the meaning of life, especially when one of his brothers is killed in an accident in America. ...more
Lois Barker goes to Green to run a newspaper. Ownership was given to her by a dear friend that died suddenly. Apparently, she has lots of trials and tLois Barker goes to Green to run a newspaper. Ownership was given to her by a dear friend that died suddenly. Apparently, she has lots of trials and tribulations but is guided along by God. The writing seems to me to be in the Romance novel style. So many books, so little time.......more
I read Portrait of a Lady, which I really liked, so I decided to read one of James' early novels. Washington Square was a disappointment. I was engageI read Portrait of a Lady, which I really liked, so I decided to read one of James' early novels. Washington Square was a disappointment. I was engaged with the story in the beginning, but then the story slowed and I was impatient to get to the end. I hoped that Catherine would wise up and understand her father's position as anti-Morris Townsend for that man's pursuit of his daughter's fortune. I suppose Catherine loved Morris endlessly because she never had any other attention from a handsome, charming man. But, it was sad to me that she locked her heart away and did not take advantage of two other opportunities for marriage....more
I enjoyed this story quite a bit. Anne Bronte writes lovely, wise paragraphs on getting along through life. She believeably depicts the life of a womaI enjoyed this story quite a bit. Anne Bronte writes lovely, wise paragraphs on getting along through life. She believeably depicts the life of a woman as governess in the mid-1800's. Agnes has to submit to domineering behaviour from the parents that hire her as well as the children she is to instruct. Despite having to act subordinately towards all the family members, Agnes is her own person. As in Tenant of Wildfell Hall, the story took a little too long to come to a conclusion. But, I like reading the 19th century novels for the insights in human behaviour that illustrate, in many ways, people have not changed. ...more
Wow. This is a good book. You can read other comments on Good Reads to get a summation of the story.
I found it to be engaging on many levels. The writWow. This is a good book. You can read other comments on Good Reads to get a summation of the story.
I found it to be engaging on many levels. The writing and descriptions of people and places is terrific. Ethiopia's flowers, food, music: all are so alive as described here. Verghese puts in comments on feelings and behaviors that are so thoughtful; he is a wise man.
As an internal medicine doctor on his day job, his passion for medicine is profound. This comes through in his fiction. I think as this book is more and more widely read, it will open dialogue among physicians as to how to treat their patients more as people and not simply problems to solve.
Comment on his Acknowledgements: I think it is very cool that he provides sources on some of the quotes he uses from other authors - in essence a bibilography in a work of fiction.
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this story for its depiction of a woman's life in the mid-1800s. Women had no rights when it came to leaving their husband**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this story for its depiction of a woman's life in the mid-1800s. Women had no rights when it came to leaving their husbands even when the guy was totally irresponsible, a drunk, constantly with other women and very cruel. By law, the men could retain custody of any children, too, if the wife decided to run away. The Penquin edition that I read had notes by Stevie Davies and she does an excellent job of explaining the historic significance of the times as well as detailing Anne Bronte's personal experiences as integrated with the story. It is a didactic tale. Of course, Bronte had to publish under a man's name: Acton Bell. The story itself is written from the point of view of the two main characters: Helen Graham and Gilbert Markham. I did tire of Markham's perpetual habit of assuming motives on the part of others without finding out the truth behind their behavior. It really stretched the story out near the end; I was very impatient to finish the book and get to the conclusion. Helen Graham's portion of the book was more interesting and compelling. When I started reading Wildfell Hall, I had an immediate sense of comfort in the language - anyone who enjoys Jane Austen and the later Victorian authors may feel a similar sense of recognition. ...more
This is a very sweet recollection of childhood visits to Kooser's grandparents' place in Guttenberg, Iowa, in and around 1949. It recalled to me the lThis is a very sweet recollection of childhood visits to Kooser's grandparents' place in Guttenberg, Iowa, in and around 1949. It recalled to me the land along the Mississippi River. He writes about a lifestyle that is gone forever: as each generation passes away and the world changes. Kooser chooses words in a wonderful way - I like his poetry, too....more
When I was about three quarters of the way through this book, I found myself wanting to read straight to the end. I really wanted to know how things wWhen I was about three quarters of the way through this book, I found myself wanting to read straight to the end. I really wanted to know how things were going to turn out for Connie. Would she leave her husband and go on to a life with her lover??! The book is good on many levels. It is set in England shortly after WWI. Many people have scars from that war. Lady Chatterley lives with her wheelchair-bound husband (war injury) on an aging estate near a village populated by colliers (coal miners). Her husband runs the mines. There is much discussion on the class system of England as well as the degradation of the natural beauty of the landscape. This true-to-reality aspect of industrialization apparently troubled Lawrence very much. It is the background of this story. An uncensored version of the story was not available in England until 1960 due to the nature of its graphic descriptions of sex. The book was published in Italy. I found these scenes to be far from pornographic. Perhaps the English (and many other places) were not ready in 1928 to read about a woman's enjoyment of the sex act and its most intimate moments. Good book....more
**spoiler alert** I have not figured out why this book was one that I felt detached from while reading it. I do know that I was very frustrated early**spoiler alert** I have not figured out why this book was one that I felt detached from while reading it. I do know that I was very frustrated early in the story when trying to follow the history of the Korean royal family in the chapter called The Last Palace. I took notes to try to sort out who-was-who and how they connected to the protagonist, Najin, who became a playmate for a princess. OK - maybe not so important as the princess was only in that one chapter and the gist of the chapter was to explain the end of the royal family in Korea. I longed for a geneology chart to clarify it. I also think that a map of Korea and nearby China and Japan would be useful as there is travel up and down Korean peninsula. As an historical novel, I did learn a lot about Korea and its occupation by Japan in the 20th century. It also clearly portrays the relationships and roles of family members in a traditional Korean family. At least I assume it is an accurate description. The mother-daughter relationship is strongly depicted and the most engaging for me. It is interesting that the story is based on real life events of the author's mother. I found some things hard to believe: the mother's defiance of her husband in such a strict, paternal household when she sends Najin off to Seoul rather than have her be married at age 14 to her father's first choice of bridegroom; that Najin was excused from physical abuse in prison because she could tell Major Yoshida stories from the Bible for three months and then be released; that she took all the blame for the loss of their ancestral family home because of the time in prison with Yoshida; that her younger brother would turn out to be so selfish and useless to the family in a culture that demanded the devotion of men to the family. These aspects keep the story moving along, however, so were necessary, I guess. Also, hard to swallow was the way Najin and her husband were so perfectly matched, described as finding respect and passion in an arranged marriage and then so suddenly torn apart for 11 years after one day of being married. I knew that because the relationship was described with such beauty that it set up some sort of catastrophy to come. But, apparently that sort of separation happened for her parents so I should not be such a sceptic.
I had to persevere in the beginning of the book despite the story itself which began in a manner that would usually keep me reading. The problem was MI had to persevere in the beginning of the book despite the story itself which began in a manner that would usually keep me reading. The problem was Mantel's style of writing that refers to Cromwell as "he" in paragraphs that have other people talking or doing things. I had to repeatedly re-read paragraphs to get the meaning and finally understood that "he" nearly always referred to the protagonist. This became less distracting and easier to follow as I went deeper into the book. There are also many, many characters to keep straight. The lists of them and the geneology charts in the beginning of the book do aid in tracking. I found this a challenging book to read for those reasons. I had to read it mostly during the day when my brain had the best chance for following the story - even though the story and the people are well known figures that have been written about many times. That fact is one of the interesting aspects of the book: an old story, retold from Cromwell's viewpoint, is, in the end, a good story. I am glad I read the book! ...more