**spoiler alert** First Reads Giveaway book...expected in mail any time now...Will post review when I get thru reading it.
Received today, 26 August 20**spoiler alert** First Reads Giveaway book...expected in mail any time now...Will post review when I get thru reading it.
Received today, 26 August 2008...will start reading today! The only thing I think I am dreading about the book is the fate of the brother left in the locked closet. The rest I can steel myself against, LOL.
This is, I believe, the one of the BEST book I have read in a very long time!!! And I normally avoid books with the Holocaust as even a remote topic. Just because I get disgusted with how despicable we can be to each other.
But this book? I loved it. The author has a smooth, fluid, comfortable way of expressing the emotions and plot lines of this story. There are books that are favorites of mine that are not so smoothly told.
The heartbreaking, heartwrenching stories of both Julia and Sarah are so eloquently related to us that it is just too easy to put ourselves in their place. Sarah's worry about her little brother Michel, left locked in the cupboard for safety while she and her parents are rounded up by the French police in compliance to the wishes of the Nazi occupiers. Her despair at watching her parents being ripped away from her, the conditions of Vel d'Hiv and the move to Beaune-la-Rolande and escape from the camp with a girl named Rachel. The immediate aftermath of the escape is despairing and leads to a lifetime of guilt and withdrawing on Sarah's part.
Julia is stuck in a very dysfunctional marriage to a Frenchman who is rarely faithful and "there for her." She has a wonderful, bright daughter in Zoe, but rather distant from her in-laws, who always call her "The American". Her husband plans on remodeling his grandmother's apartment after Mame' is placed in a nursing home because of Alzheimer's. She is then given a story to research for the magazine she works. She is to do a "companion" piece for the commemoration of the tragedy of Vel d'Hiv. During her research, she learns that the apartment was part of one of the families story, linking that family to her in-laws'. She is told repeatedly by her father in law and her husband to drop the story, don't dig any deeper. She ignore's their advice and follows what her conscience tells her is right.
She finds that not many Parisians, let alone French citizens, are aware of this part of their past, nor are interested in learning about it. She finds it disturbing and commits to researching more.
To say anymore would be to give away too much more of the story. Let's just say that the story is a haunting one. And enlightens the reader to a period of history that is rarely, if ever taught.
p.68-69 (too long to type out here, takes up so much of the pages.
p.88 So maybe that's how it worked. That's how all this had happened. Hating people so much that you wanted to kill them. Hating them because they wore a yellow star. It made her shiver. She felt as if all the evil, all the hatred in the world was concentrated right here, stocked up all around her, in the policemen's hard faces, in their indifference, their disdain. And outside the camp, did everybody hate Jew's too? Is this what her life was going to be about from now on?
p195-197 (The letter to Alain from Genevieve) especially the following passage: Yes, the war is over, at last over, but for your father and me, nothing is the same. Nothing will ever be the same. Peace has a bitter taste. And the future is foreboding. The events that have taken place have changed the face of the world. And of France. France is still recovering from her darkest years. Will she ever recover, I wonder? This is no longer the France I knew when I was a little girl. This is another France that I don't recognize. I am old now, and I know my days are numbered. But Sarah, Gaspard, and Nicolas are still young. They will have to live in this new France. I pity them, and I fear what lies ahead.
This last passage I find eerily similar to my feelings of the world today. And I fear that my son, who is now 23, will never be assured that our "leaders" have enough sense to not blow the world up just on a whim.
Okay, pessimism aside, READ THIS BOOK! Supposedly, the movie rights have been acquired. I hope so and they movie producers do it justice. I will definitely buy the DVD!...more
Some people don't like Edain McCoy's books, they relegate them to "fluffy-bunny" status. I personally despise that term and think that the ones who usSome people don't like Edain McCoy's books, they relegate them to "fluffy-bunny" status. I personally despise that term and think that the ones who use it are self-important wanna be know-it-alls. There, I said it, LOL. Whatever level ANYONE is in their own search for faith and spirituality should never be demeaned and condescended to as these people who use such a term tend to do.
I liked this book, it was more of a dictionary for me of some of the lesser known (to me) deities and figures in celtic mythos. The rituals would be helpful to those who use them, I personally would only use someone else's to build upon to make my own, if I were so inclined. But this is her, McCoy's, path and choice. She did a pretty decent job in this book.
Although the elitist crowd will still look down on her work, if you are just beginning your studies into Celtic Myth, then this is a good reference.
Well, Corinna is a definite change from Phryne. I like the characters in this book a LOT. Very relatable, if somewhat slightly exaggerated. But that iWell, Corinna is a definite change from Phryne. I like the characters in this book a LOT. Very relatable, if somewhat slightly exaggerated. But that is great. And wouldn't we all want a Daniel in our lives, who appreciates us as we are, not preferring a stick-thin bubble head. I grew to like Phryne (her other series), but instantly liked Corinna.
I also have to say that it appears that Ms. Greenwood is a fan of American TV, like Monk, and probably CSI:Miami, amongst others, if you'll notice her character names. And I know I'm probably missing obvious ones, or maybe even some Australian ones I'm not aware of. But I do remember Charmed, Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and a few others mentioned in the books.
Enjoyed this book, hope you do too.
Quotes from book I liked:
p. 13... My vet is Irish. There is something extra reassuring aboutbeing reasured in that buttery God-love-you accent.
p. 120... My mantra is that I am fat because I am fat and ther is not a lot I can do about it. And I have the example of Gossamer and Kyleie always before me. I could not get that thin if I starved for ten years, and that is a fact. We are famine survivors, we fat women, and ought to be valued for it. We must have been very useful when everyone else collapsed with starvation. We would have been able to sow the crop, feed the babies and keep the tribe alive until spring came. If you breed us out, what will you do when the bad times come again? At the very least, you could always eat us. I reckon I'd feed a family of six for a month. Properly pickled, salted and cooked, of course.
There was a reason why the oldest depiction of a human is the Venus of Willendorf, a huge fat woman. We were genetically designed to keep your tribe alive so that the thin people could be born. So be nice. Or at least shut up about it.
p. 159... He was so beautiful that I had to blink to stay conscious.
p. 160... "Why do you find me beautiful?"
"Because you are, " he said simply. "Think of where I have been, what I have seen. In Palestine, thin means hungry, starving, sick. In Melbourne, thin means a child, a heroin addict or an anorexic. I love your flesh, your curves." He caressed my thigh and hip. "May they never grow less," he added.
p. 186... Like an angel who has been given humanity to care for, is sick of the entire species and who is about to petition God to abolish them and try again with the Neanderthals this time.
p. 190... Don't ever tell me that men are more violent than women. They just use different methods. At school I had often thought that a nice, simple, straightforward punch in the nose would be preferable to female methods of torture.
p. 202... If birds suddenly appeared the next time I saw Daniel, I would know that I was in love. Of course, at that hour they would be owls. Or possibly bats.
I have been waiting for this book for several years!!! And thanks to someone visiting my blog and able to see how they got there (thru Feedjit) I wasI have been waiting for this book for several years!!! And thanks to someone visiting my blog and able to see how they got there (thru Feedjit) I was able to find out that this book will come out May 1 of 2009!!! I cannot wait. I love India Edghill's books!
If you like Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, you will love Edghill's books! Request them at your library and/or bookstore...(I did, so they would have them in stock, but I live in a semi-illiterate area and you have to knock some people upside the head for them to consider something new, or even read.)
I cannot recommend India Edghill enough...just remember when you request that there is only one "e" in her name, like I forgot, LOL. ...more
read an excerpt on NPR and really don't see why it would be offensive from the bit I read. Would really like a chance of reading this if they ever decread an excerpt on NPR and really don't see why it would be offensive from the bit I read. Would really like a chance of reading this if they ever decide to actually publish it!...more
This is definitely my favorite so far of the series. Especially considering I found the last one to be most depressing. Hope seems to be returning toThis is definitely my favorite so far of the series. Especially considering I found the last one to be most depressing. Hope seems to be returning to Maisie's world, despite her suffering one more loss in this book. And the portent of WWII looms in the not so distant future.
Winspear's books are very much a recommended read, and as I have now caught up with the books so far published, I shall sit here and sulk until another comes out...
For those who know a little as I do about the Depression era in the UK as compared to the US, this would help realize the helplessness and hopelessness and despair of the time.
Here is a passage that I found rather moving:
Quote: '"In some ways, Maisie, similar work has engaged us of late. We --- my contacts overseas and my colleagues in London --- are most concerned with a growing frustration on the other side of the Channel. The depression we find ourselves in here, and which is causing havoc in America, is allowing people to give weight to that which divides them, rather than to the shared experiences and elements of connection they see mirrored in their fellow man. There are those in Germany who would use discrimination to elevate their politics, which gives us cause for disquiet. And on the continent in Spain, inequities threaten to become incendiary. There are many people, Maisie --- and I confess, I am among their number --- who believe our peace to be only so resilient and who fear another war." "I pray it doesn't come to that, Maurice." "Yes, pray, Maisie. Do pray." And as her beloved mentor regarded the vista before him, his hands clenched on the arms of his chair, Maisie reached across and placed her hand on his.'
I don't remember reading this book, so it goes on the "to-read" list till I figure it out...in other words, and archaelogical dig is called for to finI don't remember reading this book, so it goes on the "to-read" list till I figure it out...in other words, and archaelogical dig is called for to find the series, LOL. If this book is anything like it's predecessors, it will be a good read as well, deserving of 5 stars.
I am a huge fan of Jane Yolen, and while most of her books are geared towards children, this series is more towards older teens to adults.
Started reading this a while ago, and got distracted. She seems a very intriguing, smart, classy woman. What I did read was very good, don't rememberStarted reading this a while ago, and got distracted. She seems a very intriguing, smart, classy woman. What I did read was very good, don't remember what distracted me or why I didn't pick it up again...but what I did manage to read was very good....more
As much as I like the Grace and Favor books, this one just didn't live up to the others as much. But it is still good and I do recommend.
It was a weiAs much as I like the Grace and Favor books, this one just didn't live up to the others as much. But it is still good and I do recommend.
It was a weird, convoluted read, and while you may pick the "bad guy" out early on, and the reasons behind it, it still takes you for a mental rollercoaster of a ride trying to sort out the stories.
Blurb from Author's site:
LOVE FOR SALE Sister and brother Lily and Robert Brewster raised in the lap of luxury, may no longer have a penny to their names. But at least they have a roof over their heads — which is more than may can say in this bleak November of 1932. And now there’s even some cash rolling in, since the Brewsters have taken part time teaching duties at the local grade school.
But their luck turns sour when a mysteriously and badly disguised stranger comes to Grace and Favor wishing to pay generously to have a very secret meeting there shortly before the national election of either Hoover or Roosevelt. Are they gangsters? Pretty Boy Floyd is rumored to be somewhere near. Worse yet, are they a rabid political group trying to stop Roosevelt being elected at last minute by making up some real dirt about him?
When one of the mystery guests is murdered in his bath, and Mary Towerton’s little boy is kidnapped, the pace becomes hectic. In the end a local woman Lily has made friends with, a secretary from upriver, and one of the children at the school provide the vital clues that allow Lily to put two and two together, but only after a wild car chase with three women drivers. ...more
**spoiler alert** I liked this book the best of all the Grace and Favor books. The author enlightened me to even more of 1930's history, such as The B**spoiler alert** I liked this book the best of all the Grace and Favor books. The author enlightened me to even more of 1930's history, such as The Bonus Army, the despicable actions of Hoover and MacArthur (yes, THAT MacArthur) with the somewhat unwilling participation of Eisenhower as well. (this last bit I found out while researching the Bonus Army and the horrid things they went thru due to the mistreatment and disregard of the government...sound familiar?)
Of all of Jill Churchill's books, this one I most recommend. This one has a period of our history that we forgot and need to remember, especially during our own time of war today. We need to make sure, irregardless of our own opinions of the war- for or against- that those that fight and defend us in the USA and other places are treated with respect and dignity and taken care of when they return.
Blurb from Author's Site:
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Lily and Robert each have a murder to solve. Robert’s is discovered when he’s got helpers taking down the old ice house in the woods to reuse the wood. It’s an almost mummified body of a well-dressed man. Robert can’t stand not knowing how and when and why he got there.
Meanwhile, Lily is at the Voorburg Ladies League meeting when Police Chief Walker arrives to tell one of the other women her husband’s been killed. Lily is determined to get to the bottom of this before the Police Chief can.
While lots of people’s old secrets are revealed and picked apart by the brother and the sister, Jack Summer has gone to take a first hand look at the Bonus March going on in Washington D.C. and gets into the thick of the horror there.
There are some surprising twists and turns as all three stories are resolved....more