Added 1/31/17. Published September 6th 2016 by Viking. Recommended by Nina of my GR book group. Nina posted: "So far after the first section of "The GeAdded 1/31/17. Published September 6th 2016 by Viking. Recommended by Nina of my GR book group. Nina posted: "So far after the first section of "The Gentleman in Moscow," [it] remains one of the best books I've read ever and we'll see what I think after Part Two which I am into today."...more
Added Nov. 7, 2016. (Published September 13th 2011 by Scholastic Inc.)
Suggested by Werner at the Goodreads "Litwit Lounge" group. Also liked by JackieAdded Nov. 7, 2016. (Published September 13th 2011 by Scholastic Inc.)
Suggested by Werner at the Goodreads "Litwit Lounge" group. Also liked by Jackie of the Goodreads "TV We've Just Watched" group. This would be my first graphic novel. Looking forward to it. The book description sounds interesting. You can "Look inside" the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/054...
Nov. 16, 2016 - This book combines graphics and text alternately. An interesting approach. It's holding my interest because of good story-telling, even though the plot seems simple so far.
============================================ Nov. 21, 2016 - I finished this book a few days ago. It held my interest but the ending was a bit strange. I guess that's the surprise for the reader to find out. (view spoiler)[ It would help if the reader realized that part of the story told in graphics, is about the paternal grandmother of the boy in the part of the story told in text. As he is having an experience in New York City, his paternal grandmother, is shown having a similar experience years before. (hide spoiler)]. I suppose if I read the story over again, it might have more meaning for me now that I know the ending. However, there would be less suspense. Suffice it to say that I kept wondering who the little girl in the graphics section was. Even at the end, it took a while for me to digest the information. That part at the end was in italics and that seemed to make it harder for me to read."
PS - THE FOLLOWING GOODREADS REVIEW (written by Goodreads member, Unitaga) DESCRIBES THE PLOT FAIRLY WELL (although it might be considered a spoiler): LINK TO Unitaga's REVIEW: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... BELOW IS THE REVIEW (by GR member, Unitaga), COPIED & PASTED HERE: (view spoiler)[ "I wasn't really a huge fan of this book because I found it to be pretty slow and choppy. It did, however, have a nice story. The story is about a young boy named Ben. Ben is deaf in one ear, but he can hear well with the other. Ben has never met his father and is extremely shy. One day, Ben's mom dies and he no longer has any parents except for his missing father. Ben finds his fathers # and a dress one day when he is going through his dead mother's clothes, and he picks up the phone to call him. At the same time, lightning hits the telephone pole and shocks Ben, leaving him unconscious and deaf in both ears. Ben runs away from home to find his father and ends up at a museum. At the museum, he meets a boy named Jamie who hides him and feeds him. Eventually, Jamie tells him where his dad works, and Ben leaves the museum in search of his father. He gets to the store and finds out that his grandma works there and his dad had already died of heart failure. Ben's grandma takes care of him and they live happily ever after." ---[This summary/review was written by GR member, Unitaga. See link above.] (hide spoiler)]...more
Added 9/14/16. (first published 1964) Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (1965) Recommended by Jim in my GR group. See Jim's review at: https://www.goodreAdded 9/14/16. (first published 1964) Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (1965) Recommended by Jim in my GR group. See Jim's review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Neither of my 2 public libraries have this book but they do have other books by John Brunner....more
Added 3/17/15. 4/18/15 - I read only the first 16 pages and bailed out. I should have realized from the title that I would not like the story. AnythiAdded 3/17/15. 4/18/15 - I read only the first 16 pages and bailed out. I should have realized from the title that I would not like the story. Anything about housewives usually bores me. What turned me off completely was the introduction of so many characters in the first few pages. There was no time to internalize who was who and there was very little fleshing out. In other words, there was nothing to hook me into reading more.
PS - One reviewer (giving it ONE STAR) said: ================================= "I wouldn't have finished this is it hadn't been a bookclub book. Changing perspective every chapter between seven different characters is bad enough, but some characters were written in first person and others in third person? I felt like the book tried to cover too many issues and several things didn't seem realistic." FROM: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ================================
Another ONE STAR review said: --------------------------------- "The sound you're hearing is me running, screaming, from this charmless mess of a book." FROM: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... -----------------------------------------------
PPS-Also see the following ONE STAR REVIEWS:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... FROM ABOVE-LINKED REVIEW: "I did not enjoy this book at all. I thought it was very predicatable and lost interest several times, having to go back and remember what character went with what story..."
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... FROM ABOVE-LINKED REVIEW: "...Not too particularly thrilled with storyline. I kept putting the book down after every chapter and when I started reading again I had to figure out which of the 10,000 characters the chapter was about. ... "
Added 2/19/14. Recommended by Nina of my GR group. I couldn't get into this book. I decided not to read it.
Below are links to a couple of GR reviews aboAdded 2/19/14. Recommended by Nina of my GR group. I couldn't get into this book. I decided not to read it.
Below are links to a couple of GR reviews about it:
GR review by Chad: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The above-linked GR review says: "...while Danticat did provide a look inside the culture of Haiti, the constant changes of character perspectives and reversals in the timeline of the story made it difficult for me to ever connect with any of the characters. In fact, the Claire of the title may be the least important or interesting character of them all. Claire of the Sea Light felt like a collection of short stories that are stitched together with clever little ties, but ultimately I became disinterested in all of the characters and their stories. Danticat simply didn't provide anyone to root for. While there is nothing flagrantly wrong with the book, there really isn't a compelling reason to recommend it either. "
GR review by Rebecca: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The above-linked GR review says: "...entails giving Claire up for adoption to bereaved Mme Gaëlle. Yet Claire, as cheerful but elusive as her middle names (“sea light”) indicate, runs away before the exchange takes place, leaving Nozias and Mme Gaëlle to ponder all that they and the other townspeople have suffered. ... Almost like short stories, the individual chapters are vignettes linked by themes of parenthood, love and loss, birthdays and dying days, with the town’s radio station and seaside scenery providing common ground."/...more
Added 2/12/14. (first published December 17th 2012) This book deals with the Underground Railroad. It "traces the journey of an English Quaker who becoAdded 2/12/14. (first published December 17th 2012) This book deals with the Underground Railroad. It "traces the journey of an English Quaker who becomes engaged in the work of the Underground Railroad in Ohio." (See article at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles... )
I found the writing easy to read and it kept me engaged, although I could have done without the details about the making of quilts. However, since the book is considered a historical novel, that information is fitting. I thought that the main characters were fleshed out pretty well.
There are quite a few sections in which the story is told in italics via letters back and forth across the ocean. This was OK but those parts weren't as interesting to read as a direct story-telling in the usual font.
I wrote the following at my Goodreads group: ================================== ABOUT THE WORDS "HONOR BRIGHT": I've been reading The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. The name of the main character is a Quaker girl named "Honor Bright". Up to now I had never heard that name before. By coincidence, today, while streaming a 1948 film called "So This is New York", I came across a racehorse who also has the name "Honor Bright". This aroused my curiosity. After much searching online, I found the following:
1. In an article online entitled "Tracy Chevalier's Novel on Ohio's Underground Railroad", [ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles... ] Chevalier states: "All of my characters are made up. Honor Bright started with her name ..." (However, Chevalier doesn't say where she got the idea for the name, "Honor Bright". )
2. At Wiki, I learned that "Honor Bright" is a 5-piece pop punk band from Syracuse, New York. The band's Wiki page says: "The name Honor Bright comes from the short story "Rocking Horse Winner" by DH Lawrence. It's English slang for being honest."
3. There is a 1950 film, "The Rocking Horse Winner" adapted from Lawrence's story. The film is a fantasy about a young boy who can pick winners in horse races with complete accuracy.
Added 10/25/13. I ordered a used copy of this book via an online bookstore. It's a perfect book for the boating people in my family. Jim of my GR groupAdded 10/25/13. I ordered a used copy of this book via an online bookstore. It's a perfect book for the boating people in my family. Jim of my GR group recommended it....more
Added 10/6/12. November 2012 - I started to the audio version of this book. December 2012 - I didn't finish listening but I covered quite a bit of the mAdded 10/6/12. November 2012 - I started to the audio version of this book. December 2012 - I didn't finish listening but I covered quite a bit of the material, enough to understand the points the author was making. But other books called to me; so I never finished listening, especially because, at times, the material seemed dry. However, the author makes some important and enlightening points about the inequalities in our society and culture and how they are fostered, without us even fully realizing it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BELOW IS FROM: http://www.indiebound.org/book/978030...
“Engrossing….thoughtful critiques of what's gone wrong with America's ruling class.” – The Atlantic.com
"A powerful and original argument that traces the roots of our present crisis of authority to an unlikely source: the meritocracy." (from the Indiebound description)
“In a very good new book titled Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, Chris Hayes offers one of the most compelling assessments of how soaring inequality is changing American society.” – The Economist.com
“Make[s] you think in new ways about why we tolerate such vast and growing income inequality….an extended meditation on why the great hope and change revolution of 2008 has so far left the inequitable status quo a little bit too intact.” – Salon.com
“In Twilight of the Elites, Hayes shows us ... : our core institutions are no longer self-correcting, and have become committed to protection of insiders at all costs. Read this and prepare to be enraged.” – Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus
“Twilight of the Elites by Chris Hayes may change the way you look at the world….[It] almost single-handily undermines virtually every precept we’ve come to accept about life in the modern age. It also may well turn out to be the seminal treatise for the so-called ‘FAIL’ generation, a term that loosely connotes everyone who graduated since the beginning of the 21st Century.” – Good Men Project.com
“[L]ively and well-informed….Offering feasible proposals for change, this cogent social commentary urges us to reconstruct our institutions so we can once again trust them.” – Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Chris Hayes has given us the kind of book people don't write any more: a sweeping work of social criticism like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Michael Harrington's The Other America that take the failings of an entire society as their subject. Those books brought grand movements of reform in their wake. Would that history repeats itself with Twilight of the Elites—America ignores this prophet at their gravest peril.” – Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland and Before the Storm
SEE MORE OF THESE SHORT CRITIQUES OF THIS BOOK AT THE INDIEBOUND PAGE LINKED ABOVE. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This book was recommended by Trevor (at the comments to his review of _Outliers_). ================================== TREVOR WROTE: "What is really interesting is that Gladwell found pretty much the exact opposite of what you are quoting here - many of the successful people he interviewed said it was more a matter of time, place, circumstance rather than innate ability. And thus his other constant theme about 10,000 hours of deliberative practice.
"Aristotle said much the same thing you are saying here nearly 2,400 year ago. Arete, he called it. But another interesting book to read in this regard is Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy - all of the quotes above assume we get to be successful due to merit, but often merit is used as an excuse after the event to justify unequal starting positions."
Recommended by a reference librarian at our local library. He says: "We are speaking of written works thaAdded 9/29/12. A book which fosters tolerance.
Recommended by a reference librarian at our local library. He says: "We are speaking of written works that illuminate the unfamiliar, and in so doing, have the power to chase the bogeyman of bigotry from the dark recesses of our minds."
Added 9/7/12. Update - April 27, 2014: Read to p. 90. Did not draw me in. Decided not to continue. One of the aspects of this book which turned me awayAdded 9/7/12. Update - April 27, 2014: Read to p. 90. Did not draw me in. Decided not to continue. One of the aspects of this book which turned me away was the abundance of dull dialogue. It bored me. However, see below:
UPDATE: JULY 2015: I'm currently reading this book and am finding it very enjoyable so far. Hope it stays that way!
August 8, 2015 - The story was a good one until the author dragged it out and it became anticlimactic toward the end. I didn't need to know the stories about the descendants of the main protagonists....more