In some ways this book reminded me of Winesburg, Ohio. It provides a picture of the life in a small rural town by creating these portraits of a varietIn some ways this book reminded me of Winesburg, Ohio. It provides a picture of the life in a small rural town by creating these portraits of a variety of different characters in order to create a fuller picture of what life was like. In a way it is kind of like putting together a puzzle where you have all these little pieces that together make the whole picture.
While the lives of some of the characters more directly intertwining with others, some are more subtle, and each of the stories could be read individually.
It is a very moving story about those who are lost seeking some companionship and understanding in their lives, and some of the rather unlikely and unexpected bonds which may be formed.
The only difficulty I had with this book is that one of the storylines was left rather vague, and perhaps the author intended it that way but throughout the reading I kept waiting for some more answerers and to gain some greater understanding upon the situation, but it never was made very clear.
Like life this book has no true ending, it does not wrap things up in a tidy little bow but you can imagine the lives of the characters continuing on beyond the pages. ...more
I have some mixed feelings about the book. I first picked up the book Exile which I just happened to come across somewhere and thought it sounded inteI have some mixed feelings about the book. I first picked up the book Exile which I just happened to come across somewhere and thought it sounded interesting as a reader of Historical Fiction, than I found out it was part of a trilogy so I ordered this book before reading Exile. I was not at the time aware that these books were so much romance novels.
Considering the fact that I don't read romance novels the fact that I actually finished this book and in truth did find certain aspects of it enjoyable to read is saying something. The romance aspect of the story was not too overwhelming to the point of making the book unreadable for me. It was an easy to read book, fast passed and I thought the writing was pretty good, there were parts of the story that I did find engaging.
One of the things which I really enjoyed about the book was some of the subtle suggestions of magic of witchcraft within the book. The heroine of the book is raised by a witch-like woman who lives in the woods, is instructed in the healing arts with the use of herbs (I do enjoy various different examples of ancient healing practices and I really like characters who are healers, herbalists, midwives, wise women etc.). She also is raised with a faith in the old Pagan gods particularly the goodness Aine whom she she prays to along side the Virgin Mary.
But there were some problems I had with this book. Anne the heroine of the book does become increasingly more obnoxious as the story progresses with her almost flawlessness as it seems there is not a single agreeable trait she does not possess, and not only posses but also master. Also it seems there is little to nothing she cannot do.
After having recently another book about the War of Roses I was rather looking forward to reading this one and getting another authors perspective on the events of that time period and found myself disappointed in the lack of history in the book. The story focuses too much upon Anne herself and her personal struggles and her love for the King, but does not give enough details and background of the actual time period in which the story is set. I was hoping there would be more about the court intrigues, and conflicts of this war torn precarious time.
Also I did not find the love story itself particularly believable. I can understand how King Edward and Anne might be drawn to one another, and have an attraction and possible infatuation for one another, but I did not really buy into this idea of them creating a bond based upon genuine love. In a way it just seemed too out of character for both of them that they would fall in love with each other. ...more
I once heard someone remark "Can a book be both brilliant and boring at the same time?" They were speaking of Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" butI once heard someone remark "Can a book be both brilliant and boring at the same time?" They were speaking of Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" but the statement perfectly sums up how I feel about "Love in the Time of Cholera"
I have just finished reading this book, and I have to say I cannot quite state just how I feel about the book or what I make of it. On the one hand I could not in earnest say I did not like it, and honestly I cannot say that I did not enjoy it, and I certainly did not think it was a bad book, but it was a book that I found extremely difficult to get myself to read and it was not a book I looked eagerly forward to picking up again.
It is not the book I would normally read, and if I had just come across it on a shelf in a store and picked it up and read what it was about on the back cover, I likely would have put it right back down again. To say the least as we know sentimental stories of undying, unrequited love are not my cup of tea, but I loved 100 Years of Solitude so much I was intrigued to read more by the author and Love in Cholera (as I dub the book for short) was the only other book of his I had even heard anything about so I decided to give it a chance.
The book I thought was beautifully written, and I absolutely loved the first sentence, the prose had a poetic lyricism to them, and some of the passages were truly remarkable. There were certain aspects of the books which I did quite appreciate. There were touches of surrealism, and I do quite enjoy books which blend tragedy and humor together, and there points in the book in which I almost laughed out loud. I also really enjoyed the layers of symbolism within the book.
But on the other hand, the story was soooo slow, and reading the book was not the most engaging, and captivating of experiences. It is not what I would call a page turner. In fact it was a struggle to get through it without slipping into a comatose state at times. There were moments when I could only read a couple paragraphs at a time before I needed to seek distracting with more entertaining forms of entertainment. Virtually nothing happens throughout the entirety of the book. Pretty much the whole thing is just this guy moping about his everlasting unrequited love.
And though the book is intended to be this romantic story about this great undying love, and the power of love, and how it is eternal and blah blah blah, there were times when a part of me could not help but think that really in a way he was kind of a stalker and it would be at least a little bit disturbing to have this adolescent crush show up on your doorstep when he is like 70 years old trying to woo you like you are still teenagers again.
Though in spite of the fact that if this had happened in a real life situation I think the woman might be more likely to get a restraining order, I do think that Marquez did a wonderful job of making the end of the story make sense and fit in quite well and the very last page I thought was quite beautiful and it was one of those things where the ending of the story sort of forgave everything else, though I do still think that the last several pages leading up to that moment drug on a bit longer than was truly needed and I had begun to reach that point of feeling like I just wanted to be finished with the damned thing, and for those who watched Seinfield I was having my Elaine's English Patient, "Just Die Already!" moment where I was like ok, would you just get the point now because I have had as much as I can take and was ready to stop like 20 pages ago. ...more
I would not call this book "captivating" or a real page turner, the truth was at moments it was a bit tedious to read, and there were certain chaptersI would not call this book "captivating" or a real page turner, the truth was at moments it was a bit tedious to read, and there were certain chapters I did have to struggle to get through yet at the same time I do think that the book had some very interesting elements. It may not be a fast and gripping read, but I find it was nonetheless still worth the reading.
One of the things I most enjoyed about the book was the behind the scenes look it gave readers of the history and creation of the world of comic books, and I would not consider myself to be someone who is that into comics. I like to watch the movies, but I have never really read comics or felt much of an impulse to do so. Yet I still found it fascinating to learn the background on how comic books came to be and their evolution as society itself changed.
As well for those that do not have any great interest in comics I think this book can at least offer the reader a new apperception for comics and shed some insight on the fact that they are about more than just men running around in tights (and the book does offer some insights on the tights as well.)
Another thing I enjoyed about this book, is that for those that are familiar with 20th century literature, will know, they generally tend to be pessimistic books filled with angst and a lot of them center around the idea of the "American Dream" being a fraud that destroys the lives of those whom by into it or are caught up within it. While The Adventures of K&C portray a much more optimistic story of success and the possibilities that can be offered. Yet it does so in a way that is not a complete idealistic fantasy but steeped in realism, with a mix of both tragedy and comedy.
It is interesting in the way in which the reoccurring themes of the idea of "escapism" plays throughout the book and touches all of the characters in various different ways, particularly considered that comics themselves are in fact for many people escapists works. Much liked the story itself, comics are also books which offer a glimpse of a dark and tragic world that is suppressed by corruption and crime, and yet a glimmer of hope arises in the form of the hero.
Throughout the book it can be seen both the way in which the creators of the comics put their own lives, hopes and dreams into their works, and the way in which their lives seem to reflect in some ways the comic books themselves, offering just a touch of the surreal and capturing the true sprit of the world of comics. ...more