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. ... "
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Winter-s... "Mark Helprin's novel provides the basis for this film starring Colin Farrell as a thief who breaks into an ill girl's home and then falls for her. As the action shifts between past and present, the burglar also acquires a flying-horse guardian angel."
Cast: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, William Hurt, Jessica Brown Findlay, Eva Marie Saint, Lucy Griffiths
Footnote: This novel is not related to the play, "The Winter's Tale" by William Shakespeare.
*PS-My Netlix records show that I rated the 2014 film adaptation with one star on 7/23/2014....more
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
Recommended by Arnie of my GR group 12/24/12. Arnie wrote the following at my group: "I'm reading Arthur Miller's brilliant autobio, "TAdded 12/24/12.
Recommended by Arnie of my GR group 12/24/12. Arnie wrote the following at my group: "I'm reading Arthur Miller's brilliant autobio, "Timebends"--- not only was he a great playwright, but this book reads like a superior novel."...more
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2012 - I listened to part of the audio-version of this book. I may go back to it. Parts of it seemed impenetrable to me.
See below for some negative comments which I copied & pasted from several Goodreads reviews.
Recommended by GR member, Trevor, (at the comments to his GR review of Outliers) Trevor says that this is "a good book on the damage that has been done to the world by using success as proof of ability". See Message #184 at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
SUMMARY FROM MY LOCAL LIBRARY ONLINE CATALOG: ======================================= "Summary: Nassim Nicholas Taleb argues that uncontrollable chance has a much greater impact on peoples' success and failure than the self-help industry. Here, Taleb explains the true key to success: learning the difference between the rewards of skill and the results of luck." =======================================
"...[Fooled By Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther's ninety-nine theses were to the Catholic Church." -Malcolm Gladwell, "The New Yorker" FROM: http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qso...
"In this look at financial luck, hedge fund manager Taleb (Dynamic Hedging) addresses the apparently irrational movement of money markets around the world. Using his own investing experience and examples of others' successes and disappointments, he discusses theories like Monte Carlo math (easy; considered cheating by purists) and the concept of Russian roulette. Taleb tells interesting, well-wrought stories about individual behavior... While serious investors and mathematics enthusiasts will be intrigued, readers looking for practical investment strategies will be disappointed by this rambling intellectual discourse. -From Publishers Weekly at Amazon page
BELOW IS FROM A GR REVIEW: "Taleb is a lot like a graduate student giving his first seminar talk, mostly concerned with trying to make simple things seem complicated, to convey the impression that he must be really smart." See the rest of the review at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
BELOW IS FROM ANOTHER GR REVIEW: "Interesting idea badly executed. So badly, in fact, I was left wondering who it was written for; it was neither coherent enough for an academic audience nor clear enough for a general one." See the rest of the review at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Great insight on how big wealth really comes about. - Goodreads However, I found his writing style tedious. - Goodreads Nice insights..but could not understand after a point. - Goodreads We all know this to be sound advice. - Goodreads Very dense style of writing which made it hard going. - Goodreads His writing is lively and peppered with anecdotes. - Goodreads FROM: http://books.google.com/books?id=fcpU...
Added 8/6/12 _The Twin_ (2006) by Gerbrand Bakker I haven't read this book but I became engrossed in the GR reviews of it. I first heard of the book froAdded 8/6/12 _The Twin_ (2006) by Gerbrand Bakker I haven't read this book but I became engrossed in the GR reviews of it. I first heard of the book from a member of my GR group.
I did read several pages of this book at the Amazon web page. The web page provides a look inside the book so that a number of pages of the story can be sampled. See: http://www.amazon.com/The-Twin-Gerbra...
See the excellent (and long) GR review of this book at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Excerpt: ===================================== "What's so gothic about The Twin? First and foremost, we're talking about a genre obsessed with stagnation, and with and the inevitable decay and death of the human body and man-made works." (FROM: Emily Johnson's GR review.) =====================================
Excerpts from other GR reviews: ===================================== "I was not drawn into the story the way I usually am with a well-written book. Perhaps I was unable to empathize adequately with Helmer, being younger, female, and more decisive. Or perhaps the quiet, slow moving book was simply not meshing with my reading mood. The result is that although I could appreciate the book, I couldn’t like it." (FROM: Lisa's GR review. She gave it 3 stars out of 5.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ===================================== "Definitely not a book for all tastes--but it surely was for mine. I read "The Twin" because a website I browse occasionally ranked it as one of the top five international novels of last year, and I'm glad I did. The style is simple, even flat, and the Dutch countryside portrayed here is bleak." (FROM Stephen's GR review.)(He gave it 4 stars.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ====================================== "It is slow, plodding character study set in Netherlands, translated from the Dutch. The twin is left to run the farm when his brother dies..resents it and his aging father for all the years he missed out on his own dream." (FROM: Linda's GR review.)(She gave it 2 stars.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ======================================= "Boring and depressive. Not my type of world :)))" FROM: Mirna's GR review.)(She gave it 1 star.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ======================================= ...more
Added 8/6/12. 2012 - I picked up Feckless at our library and have read two of the short stories so far (the first two). They drew me right in. Each oneAdded 8/6/12. 2012 - I picked up Feckless at our library and have read two of the short stories so far (the first two). They drew me right in. Each one had a good twist at the end that I didn't see coming. Easy reading too. The writing is good. I hope to read more of the short stories in this book.
================================== BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON: Publication Date: January 29, 2011 THE TITLE: Feckless: Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk
THE STORIES: These tales range from the extreme, the paranormal, the supernatural, the fantastic, the spooky, the creepy, the suspicious, the unpredictably psychopathic, and even the deliciously romantic.
THE STORYTELLERS: The authors come to us from many different genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Christian Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, and Poetic Prose. Expect to find vampires, werewolves, demons, monsters, psychopaths and plenty of feckless victims hankering to be taken advantage of in the worst way. Each tale features one or more feckless characters; someone who just can't seem to succeed, someone who never gets it quite right, or just can't catch a break no matter how hard they try. This book should tickle fancies across the board, and will definitely frighten the sensitive-hearted, so tell your friends. =================================...more
Added 4/4/11. By coincidence, it's exactly a year later, 4/4/12, after I added this book to my to-read shelf. Am now really enjoying this audio-book!
ADAdded 4/4/11. By coincidence, it's exactly a year later, 4/4/12, after I added this book to my to-read shelf. Am now really enjoying this audio-book!
ADDENDUM: I switched from the audio-book to the hard-cover book because reading was faster than listening. An enjoyable read. The character of Philip Kent is drawn very well. I finished the book sometime in April 2012.
Goodreads member and author, Werner, says: ============================= "... it's definitely "light," in the moral sense, rather than daAdded 3/25/10.
Goodreads member and author, Werner, says: ============================= "... it's definitely "light," in the moral sense, rather than dark, and not grisly-gory --in fact, the mystery in this volume doesn't involve murder. ... I'd enthusiastically recommend it for mystery fans --"two thumbs up!" =============================...more