To all my LDS friends I probably wouldn't recommend this to you in good conscience. To everyone else, this is a great book but I give you this warningTo all my LDS friends I probably wouldn't recommend this to you in good conscience. To everyone else, this is a great book but I give you this warning. If you're like me and don't like cursing to this extent, especially the F bomb, be careful here. If you don't like sex scenes, even those like these that are relatively mild like these (and I don't them either) consider not picking it up. And there is a lot of marijuana use in this book and in fact it is necessary to the story. Lots of it.
And yet, I think it is a wonderful story about a father and son learning about themselves, each other, the importance of family, why being alone is so terrible and why we must learn to express ourselves to those we love.
David Duchovney is really a very good writer and through this the reader learns a lot about him/herself against the backdrop of 1970s baseball through the haze of marijuana in a way that seems almost acceptable. I'm glad I read it. I found the book while watching David Duchovney talking about it on the Stephen Colbert show and found it featured on the shelf at the library and decided what the heck. What the heck indeed. It was worth the trouble and brain contamination in my book. Great read!...more
Really enjoyed reading The House Girl by Tara Conklin, a historical novel about the times during slavery that shifts back-and-forth to current times iReally enjoyed reading The House Girl by Tara Conklin, a historical novel about the times during slavery that shifts back-and-forth to current times in a law firm dealing with a case concerned with reparations for descendants of those who have been slaves. Lina is an attorney who seeks and finds such a descendant. What she does with him is the story.
I enjoyed the many story lines as they intertwined between history and the story at the law firm, the development of Lina and her awareness of what was right and wrong with corporate law up against the backdrop of her own family, the story of Josephine the house girl/slave and her quest for freedom and the story of the man who ultimately freed her and his own quest for freedom. I appreciated, also, the distance between her and her "Missus" in spite of the obvious kindnesses they exhibited. A window was shown that made me feel such compassion for both these women.
I would suspect all of us would find parallels in our own lives of quests for freedom, quest for redemption, of finding our own true callings, and seeing regret along the way and dealing with that in our own best ways.
This book was rich in characters, both new and historical that did that. It did seem a little strange that there was so much documentation for so much, but it is a novel after all and what else could propel it two such a satisfying conclusion?...more
I loved “The Moor’s Last Sigh” more than I can even begin to tell anybody. I read it in Hawaii sitting in a lounge chair by the pool and wanted to reaI loved “The Moor’s Last Sigh” more than I can even begin to tell anybody. I read it in Hawaii sitting in a lounge chair by the pool and wanted to read passages to strangers sitting around me. In it are words referencintg each other whether they're side-by-side or from chapters long passed it didn't matter. Words played off each other incongruously and tumbled everywhere. They reach back to other in descriptions and they don't even care if the reader gets it. Salman Rushdie is a master of mixed metaphors and madeupafied words. He has a taste of east Indians with the Lone Ranger and Tonto thrown in. His is the worst family you'll ever know yet you will wish to be a part of. How he does it is amazing. I know I'll read this book again and again. He makes you wish you wrote it. You wish you were in it. ...more
**spoiler alert** **Contains Spoilers** Liked the book a lot. Obviously a bit dated but I thoroughly enjoyed the give-and-take between the characters**spoiler alert** **Contains Spoilers** Liked the book a lot. Obviously a bit dated but I thoroughly enjoyed the give-and-take between the characters and the plotline. The characters are all really good or really not at any given moment and perhaps a little too omniscient. Atticus, Scout, her uncle, her aunt (Alexandra?), Henry, all of them had their point of view so well defined — maybe too well sometimes.
I didn’t expect this to be so well-characterized and the arguments about race relations to be so well-spoken. Harper Lee really did see things as so many only came to see them many years down the road.
The one thing I did notice was that Scout was a little hardheaded in the face of comments made to her in not seeing the point of view of others. That had to be to push the story forward and was likely making the point. She needed to see that her watchmen was the one that was not in place. In spite of the fact that Atticus was, In fact, racist, his point of view was well-defined and made for the time. I still like him.
An excellent book and one I am glad I read. Not nearly the book that "To Kill A Mockingbird and what was, but good nonetheless especially since I listened to Reese Witherspoon read it. She was great....more