I didn't want this book to end! Every time I opened the book, I felt completely immersed in Sarah's world -- the wild American frontier in the 1880s aI didn't want this book to end! Every time I opened the book, I felt completely immersed in Sarah's world -- the wild American frontier in the 1880s and the trials and tribulations that were inherent in an early settler's life. I LOVE Sarah's character. She doesn't know it, but she's one of the strongest, wisest and purest women around. Those who make assumptions about her quickly learn what a grave mistake they've made.
Here are some of my favorite excerpts:
"The likes of her isn't going to listen nor be changed in mind just from hearing sense. Some people sense is wasted on and that's purely a fact."
"Sometimes I feel like a tree on a hill, at the place where all the wind blows and the hail hits the hardest."
"I know all these people are so busy because they love each other and me. We are a noisy crowd of love."
"It is funny how much more proud people can be of themselves if they never step back and take a good look in a glass."
"It seems there is always a road with bends and forks to choose, and taking one path means you can never take another one. There's no starting over nor undoing the steps I've taken."
"As soon as I hear from her, I will just tell her I love her and they should come visit any time, as I will not turn them away for this. I will never turn away. How fragile our lives are anyway. How quickly things can change forever."...more
A little too fantastical for me. I liked the history that was woven in, but felt most of it was lost In the unbelievableness of the story. Also, the cA little too fantastical for me. I liked the history that was woven in, but felt most of it was lost In the unbelievableness of the story. Also, the constant change in POV was very frustrating. One paragraph would be in third person, the next would be in first person and to make it more confusing, towards the end, the POV would switch between the characters from one paragraph to the next! The ending, too, was disappointing. Do you really think Lincoln would have tolerated that life? He couldn't even kill a turkey, but the author expects us to believe that he somehow comes to terms with killing people?...more
I loved loved loved this book! It may be my favorite book ... The complexity, the writing, the emotions .... I've highlighted so many passages that moI loved loved loved this book! It may be my favorite book ... The complexity, the writing, the emotions .... I've highlighted so many passages that moved me or that I thought were especially clever. The ending had me balling in tears. I'm always a sucker for a good ill-fated romance and I love how the ending is shrouded in mystery .. was it an accident or intentional? I also loved the historical perspective -- a peek into the complex, egotistical game that society played and how the sole goal of all young women was to marry as wealthy as possible, no matter compatibility. The book was just fascinating on so many levels. I look forward to reading it again!
A few of my highlighted passages:
"She knew that she hated dinginess as much as her mother had hated it, and to her last breath she meant to fight against it, dragging herself up again and again above its flood till she gained the bright pinnacles of success which presented such a slippery surface for her to clutch."
"The people who take society as an escape from work are putting it to its proper use; but when it becomes the thing worked for it distorts all the relations of life." ~Seldon to Lily
"But suddenly she turned to him with a kind of vehemence. 'Why do you do this to me?' she cried. 'Why do you make the things I have chosen seem hateful to me, if you have nothing to give me instead?'" ~ Lily to Selden
"It is less mortifying to believe one's self unpopular than insignificant, and vanity prefers to assume that indifference is a latent form of unfriendliness."
"Where a woman is concerned, it's the story that's easiest to believe. In this case it's a great deal easier to believe Bertha Dorset's story than mine, because she has a big house and an opera box, and it's convenient to be on good terms with her." ~ Lily to Gerty
"That's Lily all over, you know: she works like a slave preparing the ground and sowing her seed; but the day she ought to be reaping the harvest she over-sleeps herself or goes off on a picnic. ... Sometimes, I think it's just flightiness -- and sometimes I think it's because, at heart, she despises the things she's trying for. And it's the difficulty of deciding that makes her such an interesting study." ~ Mrs. Fisher...more
Good read, huge cliffhanger ending ... from the author's note in the book, it sounds like he never intended to write a sequel but ended up writing thrGood read, huge cliffhanger ending ... from the author's note in the book, it sounds like he never intended to write a sequel but ended up writing three sequels ... DON'T BOTHER READING THE SEQUELS. Huge waste of time. The writing in the sequels is absolutely horrible. He cuts and pastes large portions from earlier sequels into later ones -- I found myself skipping entire chapters of repeated information. And most frustratingly of all, the details of some of the most pivotal events CHANGE from sequel to sequel. Example: All of a sudden in the fourth book, we find out that the formation of Berkman out of dust was recorded by cameras. Oh how convenient. Back when it actually happened in book 1, everyone thought Poole might have been hallucinating or making it up. Nice to know it was recorded on camera but no one apparently knew it was recorded until book 4?...more
Fabulous book about women's life in 17-century Persia. Unfortunately, it ends abruptly without resolution. I would have given it 5-stars if not for thFabulous book about women's life in 17-century Persia. Unfortunately, it ends abruptly without resolution. I would have given it 5-stars if not for the ending....more
Sweeping Up Glass is a good summer read. It has mystery, intrigue, action, romance, racial tension, and the drama that's only possible in a small townSweeping Up Glass is a good summer read. It has mystery, intrigue, action, romance, racial tension, and the drama that's only possible in a small town. That said, it felt too fragmented, like it was trying to be too many things. What I liked most about it was how it reminded me of the movie Winter's Bones. The characters are so consumed with just getting by, with having enough to eat, that it's nearly impossible for them to think about bigger issues....more
My reading of this book was completely by accident. I got the book from my book club's annual book exchange and it sat on my shelf collecting dust forMy reading of this book was completely by accident. I got the book from my book club's annual book exchange and it sat on my shelf collecting dust for a couple of years. Alas, having recently finished my masters I was reading any non-textbook I could get my hands on... and my hands happened upon this. And, I'm so glad they did!
This book was a page turner! In interviews, Barbara describes the book as a lot of things (juicy, a fun read, a story of struggle), but the one thing she doesn't mention is how rich it is in political history. Over the past several decades, she has been intimately involved with the world's most significant political developments. Her stories made me realize how little I know about recent political history. Why don't the Palestinians recognize Jerusalem? What was Watergate all about exactly? How did Fidel Castro overtake Cuba and why have we repeatedly tried to assassinate him? This may make me sound ignorant, but prior to reading this book, I'd heard the headlines growing up, but as an adult, I never really explored the issues. Hearing it from Barbara's point of view made it so much more interesting to me.
The book also spoke to me as a woman. The struggles Barbara went through as the first woman news anchor sounded like they came straight from the script of "Mad Men". It is so shocking to think that just 20 years ago, men felt a woman's professional place was as a "tea pourer" and looking pretty. It made me realize how much I've taken for granted, having been raised in a time where "equal opportunity" was the term of the day... and it also put some things into perspective by giving insight into the beliefs many of the older men we work with today were raised with.
Overall, I am very glad to have read this book. It made me appreciate Barbara Walters and I would love to read this book again....more
"Of Mice and Men" is considered to be a Classic. It's about two men who travel together, finding work on ranches and living hand to mouth.
This story"Of Mice and Men" is considered to be a Classic. It's about two men who travel together, finding work on ranches and living hand to mouth.
This story starts off slow, with a detailed description of the Salinas River. (boring!) But as soon as George and Lennie reach the ranch, I became engaged in the story. Steinbeck paints such rich and vivid characters that it's hard not to get caught up in the drama of life on a ranch.
The story quickly became suspenseful, because the two men are just a month away from finally having a home of their own but foreshadowing led me to fear that something will go wrong. What starts off as a dead mouse unravels into a problem bigger than both men.
I liked that this book had many layers to it... the theme of death, the universal loneliness, the commonalities between women, blacks, and poor men, and the burning desire to share life with another being.
As an animal lover, it was painful to hear how the men treated animals. It wasn't that they didn't appreciate, or in some cases even love the animals... but I think what bothered me is how we humans tend to view ourselves as gods... we feel we have the right to decide between life and death for others. Is it morally right to decide death for another being because we think we would want death in that situation? And where are the boundaries to this sense of entitlement? Does our "right" to decide when animals live and die extend to fellow humans? I think this is what the story is really about... Was what George did the right thing to do? Some would even argue that it was the noble thing to do... I'm not so sure.
A nice, easy read set in the medieval period. The two main characters, notorious thieves Royce and Hadrian, take a job that lands them accused of murdA nice, easy read set in the medieval period. The two main characters, notorious thieves Royce and Hadrian, take a job that lands them accused of murdering the king. As they struggle to save their own hides, they surprisingly find themselves engaged in the honorable act of defending the prince and princess' lives. I loved the touch of magic and the legends laced into the story added a nice depth. Add to that the political intrigue and MacGyver-like puzzles, and this was a fast-paced novel that I finished in a few days--great for travel!
My one disappointment is that the characters became oversimplified towards the end of the novel. I would have preferred for the villains to remain more cunning and deceptive (they showed their hands too easily in the end) and for the thieves to have remained less altruistic....more