I loved this book. Hugo has a beautiful ability to tell a story, and elegant writing style along with it as he explores the lives of the people of Fr I loved this book. Hugo has a beautiful ability to tell a story, and elegant writing style along with it as he explores the lives of the people of France. Hugo does a great job at bring the readers into the lives of the poor and their struggles in Paris, few authors are able to stand up to the level and tell such a sad, yet beautiful story. One of the reasons the story is so enjoyable and is able to create such a vivid perspective of Paris is the tales of the peoples of Paris and its History. Hugo did an incredible job of dropping you right into the different historical events of Paris, and bring the emotions that came with them. From the front lines of Waterloo and the battle that took place there, as well as the July Revolution, both stories bring you into these tales, with vivid imagery told through the characters experiences and emotions as the took part in these battles. The book also gives you a glimpse of life of the poor peoples of Paris, their struggles and unhappy times that pursued. But most importantly are the main characters listed in the summary. Valjean has become an all time favourite character of mine. He has an amazing story of his life and sacrifices, he is a criminal, but you can't help but to fall in love with him and cheer him on. I found my self at the edge of my seat when Javert was pursuing him, hoping he'd get away. I also really enjoyed Gavroche, he was a splendid character, and you really felt sad for him in the end. You felt sad for all the characters and their ends, whether it was in death or not. Their stories reach you at another level, more so then most books you'll read. The characters are almost believable, as if they existed and Hugo immortalized them in pages. I have to tell you, this book is depressing. (Hence the name, Les Miserables) because everyone in the book is unhappy and depressed, whether it's fighting the “demons” (social injustice, no money, political injustice etc) outside in the word or their own inner demons, the book is a downer. It's not a bad thing; it's what makes the book so beautiful. It is the sad lives of the characters and rest of Paris, which you're able to look in on. This book will be one of the most beautiful stories you'll ever read, and it's one that will make you think on the social constructs, of the world, both past and present. Truly a fantastic read! ...more
This was truly an amazing and engrossing read. It's one of those reads, where you can't help but love the characters and become attached to their wellThis was truly an amazing and engrossing read. It's one of those reads, where you can't help but love the characters and become attached to their well being. And this book was a book which focused heavily one of its characters, Christopher.
It didn't take long for me to fall for Christopher, the narrator. In fact he will be up there with some of my all time favourite literary characters. The more I read, the more I enjoyed the character (and the book). I was very involved in the character, so much that I even grew concerned at one point in the book for his rat, Toby. As I knew Christopher would be upset if something happened to his rat. The author was able to write in the mindset of Christopher, who has form of autism (or aspergers), wonderfully. I think he handled it with care and was able to create his character beautifully. Christopher became a very real character for me, which as of late has been a rare thing I've been finding in the books I've read, but it's a one of the pieces that help create that perfect read.
I really enjoyed how the author told the story as well. Prime numbers of chapters, diagrams, pictures - all on how Christopher sees and interprets things, and shows the reader, to help us understand Christopher and he how thinks and perceives the world. I think the author managed all this, and tied it together nicely, all while still telling Christopher's story. I also found there were some interesting plot twists and surprises along the way, including the ending, which was just as good as the rest of the book.
This was a book I couldn't put down while I was reading it, and it was one of those books, which once it ended, I was sad to see it end.
It was hard toThis was a book I couldn't put down while I was reading it, and it was one of those books, which once it ended, I was sad to see it end.
It was hard to find a fault with the book, and I'm not exactly sure what pulled me into it either, but whatever it was, I was transfixed by it. I loved how it was written by a collection of letters between the sisters and journal entries from Clara. I think it helped me enjoy Clara's character so much was being able to get into her head by her journal entries. She may not be the most interesting character out there, especially compared to Nora, but she has her own unique qualities and she will be a character I'll remember. I loved the bonds of sisterhood and friendship the author created between the two, even when they lived apart, and were starting to become drawn apart with their separate lives, they still had a great bond together. And the author showed that wonderfully.
The plot was also just as well done as the characters. There may have been a few predictable parts to it, but I loved it nonetheless. It was well paced and how the characters were portrayed, combined with how it was written just made for a fantastic read.
In the end, a lovely read - and one of my favourite reads of the year.
This book was next to impossible to put down. Even though the plot of the book is given away by the poem in the beginning, I was completely invested iThis book was next to impossible to put down. Even though the plot of the book is given away by the poem in the beginning, I was completely invested in the book, as I read almost frantically to find out the end.
I was engrossed in this book, as I tried to figure out who the murder was and who would be murdered next. The author created an excellent psychological atmosphere, and the way she wrote the reactions of characters was excellent. The characters themselves were interesting and eclectic cast. Which added to the fun of trying to guess who was the murder, if it was one of them at all. The book had such a wide spectrum of characters, who were well written, and all came together and into the story nicely. Not all the characters are likeable, but they are unlikeable in a good way, because of some of their past events, or their personalities, just don't mesh well. But, even the ones I did like, I was sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting to see when and how they'd die. Actually, I think near the end, I was hoping they would die faster, so I could find out who the murder was, because the author is constantly keeping you guessing.
The ending was phenomenal, but I can't say more without giving away the ending. Overall it was a fantastic and engaging read - and one I'd highly recommend to read.
Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend this one. Out of the few books by the author I've read so far this one was the best, in fact it's one of the best mysteries I've read. Any fan of mysteries would enjoy this one, and I think this would be a good choice for those who are undecided about mystery books.
From start to finish I was pretty much captured by the book, it did have a slow moment here and there, but this book will likely be one of my favouri From start to finish I was pretty much captured by the book, it did have a slow moment here and there, but this book will likely be one of my favourite reads of the year.
I think how Laurence brought both the past into the story and tied it all together was handled wonderfully. Especially how the author brought the reader back to Morag's past. The "Memorybank Movie" the author used to help bring the reader back to the past, to see Morag growing up as a child, to adult. Showing the reader the individual events and glimpses at pieces of her past here and there worked out wonderfully. It wasn't overdone, but balanced out with the present and it always seemed to connect to what was happening during the present time. This was one of the best methods I've seen when an author has written a story that bounces back from past to present. The author created an excellent atmosphere where the character (Morag), was looking back and recalling a memory, as opposed to being given a carbon copy of what happened in the past. I think this helped shape Morag as a character - as sometimes you questioned how reliable her memory was, especially those of her childhood. As an adult, you do remember events in your childhood different, or have a new perspective of them, once you have that adult "wisdom" and the author showed this in her "Memorybank moments" of Morag's past.
Morag as a character was another aspect of the book that lured me in. She was a deeply flawed character, both in good ways and bad. She was one I enjoyed reading about and she's a very memorable character. Even as an adult, with a child of her own( who mirrors her own struggles when Morag was her age,) Morag was shown to be in a constant conflict with trying to find her identify. Again, going back to the idea of past and present, the reader does get a good grasp at who Morag is as a character - I might evens say the reader knows as much about Morag as she knows of herself, sometimes I felt we knew more. I'm not sure what about Morag makes her stick with me, even long after I've fished the book, but there was just something about her, that keeps her in my mind. She's a very intriguing character and I wished I had just a little more time with her.
An excellent book overall and a book I'd highly recommended. It's a book you want to both devour and take in slowly.
The final installment of the Walsh Sisters Series, one which I've been waiting for, for a while now, ended up being well worth the wait. It had all thThe final installment of the Walsh Sisters Series, one which I've been waiting for, for a while now, ended up being well worth the wait. It had all the elements, laughs and tears the previous books by the author had and I think it's safe to say the book will up there as one of my favourite reads of the year.
I enjoyed both the story of Helen's struggles through depression and solving the mystery side as she searched for Wayne. I think the author pulled both stories in together well, as they often complimented each other quite nicely. I didn't clue in to where Wayne was until the end, but I thought it worked out great, and how the it was revealed to both the readers and Helen worked out fantastically. There were many times while reading the book, I was completely immersed in the story and its characters. It definitely was a book that was hard to put down, and it's hard to say whether I enjoyed the plot or characters more.
I always find that Keyes creates some extraordinary characterization throughout her books. This one is no exception. All the character are well rounded, flawed characters who stick with you long after you've finished reading the book. As for Helen, there were times where I became very emotionally invested in her well being. It was heart breaking to see her during her worst, her struggles with depression, and suicidal thoughts. Especially compared to the Helen I saw in the other Walsh sister books. I wanted to jump in the pages and hug her, even if it meant being put on her shovel list.
I did feel the ending was rushed. It was an enjoyable ending, but I wanted to see Helen during her recovery time, especially considering on invested in the character I was. I do understand why the author didn't do this, as we already had a similar story with Rachel, but I still felt that the ending was rushed and something from it was missing.
Otherwise, it was a fantastic read, that I would highly recommend.
This book was fantastic. Truly a remarkable read. Suite Francaise is split into two parts “The Strom in June” and “Dolce. Both of which t paints a verThis book was fantastic. Truly a remarkable read. Suite Francaise is split into two parts “The Strom in June” and “Dolce. Both of which t paints a very realistic picture of the peoples of France, during the Second World War.
"The Storm in June” follows the stories of those fleeing Paris. Nemirovsky was able to create haunting scenes while writing this, filled with the emotion of the characters as they left their homes in Paris. Her ability to show how theses times’ affects human nature was spectacular, and she was able to create the scene with beautiful and elegant descriptions and style of writing. To read how these characters felt, how they reacted to certain events, barriers and attempts to keep their “everyday life” was incredible. She was able to show human nature at its best and at its worst, and what people would do during desperate times, when access to food, petrol and shelter are limited. I won’t give anymore details, so I don’t ruin it, but it is both shocking and sad, yet it paints a very real picture, on how human nature reacts to this sort of situation and the desperate actions of people during trying times.
“Dolce” was the second part in this book, and again Nemirovksy is concentrating on the human nature, the emotions of the people and their lives and experiences. This time she takes us to a German occupied village, where the villagers are forced to live and interact with the enemy. Some are torn between duties of their hearts and duties to their peers and culture. But again, she is able to show the desperate lives, the emotion and how they attempted to have their everyday lives the same, even with the eyes of the enemy, so close. She explores exactly the desperate measures some take, the disapproving view others have, and the raw emotions mixed with it. The emotions of these characters pours out of the pages, making them seem very real, allowing the reader to almost feel, for a moment or two, what it might have been like in theses characters shoes. (Although some characters emotions, views and actions seem surprising, you can understand why they do it, even if it seems, unusual, cruel or immature).
I have to warn you, this book is unfinished. Dolce leaves off, and you know there is suppose to be more, but sadly, Nemirovsky was arrested and later died, before she could finish this masterpiece. In my edition (and likely most editions, but I’m not 100% sure on that) they’ve included two Appendixes. I recommend you read both. The first is her journal on her progress of the book, it is sad to see the amount of thought and work she was pouring into this book, but never got to finish it. Even reading the small glimpses of what she had planned had me wanting to be able to read the next parts in the story, although I felt sad, that she never had the chance to do so. The second appendix is her correspondents, her husbands and her daughter’s governances to several of people. Half of the correspondents occur after she is captured and it is terribly sad, to read the desperate emotions in his letters, as her husband tries to find her. Finally in the end of the book (in the preface to the French edition) there is a piece and it explains how this book eventually came to be published. Her daughters, as they went into hiding grabbed this unfinished manuscript, journals and saved correspondents, not realizing for years what it was. I think that’s what makes this so haunting, is over sixty years after this was written, it has come alive. Truly a remarkable and stunning read....more