I was really impressed by the creative writing of an engineer. :) I noticed that this was lighter on dialogue than most(4.0) Loved his narrative style
I was really impressed by the creative writing of an engineer. :) I noticed that this was lighter on dialogue than most literature I read, but the narrative was really well-written. I'm not sure how much of this is creative history (did McKay head West before making his shoe-making machine fortune?), but I enjoyed it more when I didn't concern myself with it.
I was surprised by the novel's prurient elements. There is frequent seemingly unnecessary mention of genitalia. Just seemed out of place at times, not offensive.
Also felt a bit like the novel wasn't finished. The adventure surely could've continued in Kansas, or as the Germans and Sewall returned to Boston? We kind of rush to the end and have a nice epilogue to hear how McKay does back in Boston.
Full disclosure: Tom was my academic/thesis advisor in college. He was a great guy....more
(4.0) Telling stories about telling stories to help rebuild a nation
Memoirs of a Liberian woman whose life is (through a roundabout path) devoted to h(4.0) Telling stories about telling stories to help rebuild a nation
Memoirs of a Liberian woman whose life is (through a roundabout path) devoted to healing the victims (and the perpetrators who were themselves victims) of the civil war that devastated her nation. She ran a radio show to enable Liberians to tell their stories from the war in order to heal. She also started a center for former child soldiers, outcasts after the war, to help them apologize, rehabilitate and heal with the rest of Liberia.
The structure was perfect: each chapter begins with a personal account that was told to her or to the reconciliation commission. It is a very personal and powerful account that starts off horrifying and terrifying and eventually giving some reason to hope that Liberia can recover...though she makes it plainly clear that there is an entire generation of Liberians (at home and abroad--many in Staten Island) who grew up participating (as victim or perpetrator or both) in the civil war....more