As an animal lover it was disturbing to see of the death of certain beloved pets/animals written in such a matter-of-fact manner. I peWonderful story!
As an animal lover it was disturbing to see of the death of certain beloved pets/animals written in such a matter-of-fact manner. I personally believe the death of animals/pets (moreso in such dire times)adds to the suffering of people.
I understand that compared to the suffering of the people the suffering of animals is secondary. But it was still jarring to read it written in such a factual manner....more
Well, it was probably better than okay. Since it won the Man Booker prize my expectations were pretty high. And while the story keEhhhh...it was okay.
Well, it was probably better than okay. Since it won the Man Booker prize my expectations were pretty high. And while the story kept my attention, I wasn't completely "sold" on some of the decisions and actions of the main character. They didn't ring true.
I really enjoyed the letter-style of the book. I certainly don't regret spending the time reading it.
Probably not Follett's best work. It was enjoyable. The characters were different from his other books. It was a nice piece of fiction--but not anythiProbably not Follett's best work. It was enjoyable. The characters were different from his other books. It was a nice piece of fiction--but not anything that kept me turning pages until late in the night....more
This one had me fooled. I’m big enough to admit it. Through almost the entire book I was captivated, enchanted, drawn in, enthral(Copied from my blog)
This one had me fooled. I’m big enough to admit it. Through almost the entire book I was captivated, enchanted, drawn in, enthralled. At the same time it seemed like it was “simply” a good story—not one that would have passages underlined or pages dog-eared because they really “spoke” to me.
Well…..I was wrong. I got whapped upside the head on page 349 by author Arthur Golden. (Ouch! Rubbing the side of my head. That hurt!)
The main character is a geisha (bet ya figured that out from the title didn’t ya??) and she shares the story of her journey through life. She spent many years longing after one man. She devoted boundless emotional energy to him. One day she was almost hit by an army truck and realized she had been so busy looking for signs about this man that she missed the signs telling her about the hazards of traveling on that day. She said, “From this experience I understood the danger of focusing only on what isn’t there. What if I came to the end of my life and realized that I’d spent every day watching for a man who would never come to me? What an unbearable sorrow it would be, to realize I’d never really tasted the things I’d eaten, or seen the places I’d been, because I’d thought of nothing but the Chairman even while my life was drifting away from me.” (Emphasis added.)
About seventy pages later she says, “…I’d done nothing but worry that every turn of life’s wheel would bring yet another obstacle into my path; and of course, it was the worrying and the struggle that had always made life so vividly real to me. When we fight upstream against a rocky undercurrent, every foothold takes on a kind of urgency.”
This is one of the reasons I love reading so much. There are so many amazing authors who have felt or experienced bits and pieces of what I’m feeling and have painted those feelings with eloquent, colorful, transcendent words and phrases. They say in a few lines what would take me pages to even hint at. My mind wanders aimlessly… looking about, casting around, trying to find the right words to describe my fleeting feelings. Trying to give a voice to something buried so deeply in me that I’m just starting to feel it. I grasp at it and come up far short in my attempts to match words with thoughts.
And with no warning, no hint that the answer is just around the corner, waiting for me to turn the page- BAM! Out jumps the perfect set of words.
With a name like "Spudsie" how could I NOT read this book?? LOL!
It was really interesting reading a book composed entirely of letters. It took a littlWith a name like "Spudsie" how could I NOT read this book?? LOL!
It was really interesting reading a book composed entirely of letters. It took a little while to get "into" the way it was written--but once I adjusted I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
It did something else unexpected--it made me want to learn more about the English channel islands and what happened on them during WWII. I love it when a books makes me want to learn more about "real" life!...more