A well written book. The story is one that I am conflicted as how to rate.
I had a bias (very positive) when I started the book. The cover photograph...moreA well written book. The story is one that I am conflicted as how to rate.
I had a bias (very positive) when I started the book. The cover photograph modified from Lange's serendipitous genius photo from the Dust Bowl era drew me to this work. The premise and opening 100 pages of the book kept me intrigued.
However, I was not to continue to have the same focus with this work the more I read. To say it was a disappointment is not a totally fair assessment. Disappointment is an incomplete evaluation of this well written story.
I am not rating this at all as I feel that I need to reevaluate why I got to the point with the story that I did.
Not that Winston Churchill. The American one. An interesting novel about the state of politics that was published while there was living memory of the...moreNot that Winston Churchill. The American one. An interesting novel about the state of politics that was published while there was living memory of the Civil War. (less)
A lyrical, poetic prose homage to the first female war photo-journalist. Gerda Taro as she renamed herself, was the first women to die pursuing this r...moreA lyrical, poetic prose homage to the first female war photo-journalist. Gerda Taro as she renamed herself, was the first women to die pursuing this role. Robert Capa was a name also invented by Gerda for business reasons and has become iconic. Their relationship is the primary story line set during the turbulent era that culminates in this book during the Spanish Civil war between the Republicans and Franco's Fascists.
I read the first third of this book in one sitting. It is captivating for a reader who come to this with background already. There is history, journalism, art, politics and a few other topics without which this is 'just' an off beat literary love story. A more serious review and discussion will be forthcoming when there more time.
A work that temporarily goes on the hist/fict until a better label can be found.(Several books need a 'different' shelf beyond just 'literature') As a translation from Spanish it has a few quirks. Some odd word choices or phrases that can be wildly confusing or distracting. Another topic to be dealt with in detail in a more thorough review that this work deserves.
Two stars may be a lower than deserved rating. I just cannot bring myself to rate it three and give the book the 'I liked it' commentary that goes wit...moreTwo stars may be a lower than deserved rating. I just cannot bring myself to rate it three and give the book the 'I liked it' commentary that goes with it.
The characterizations of famous people in this story, historical fiction and the writers prerogative aside, don't ring totally true. Some are well fleshed out and others are just strident characterizations.
Dialogue is randomly just acceptable.
Stories that are pretty well know have been extended beyond the level of easily suspended disbelief.
Not terrible, just doesn't strike the right chords all the way through. Of course this is from the perspective of one who has read and researched a lot of WWII literature and history.
An entertaining if at times a bit confusing read. The storyline is farfetched at points combining politics, the sensation of the Spiritualist movement...moreAn entertaining if at times a bit confusing read. The storyline is farfetched at points combining politics, the sensation of the Spiritualist movement and murder most foul. Even from the historical fiction point of view the way Spiritualism is presented is too dramatic for it to be a 'meaningful' element. This is allowing too for liberties associated with dramatic license. A minor complaint probably as it is fiction!
Popular writers of this type, regardless of the genre they excel at, usually are an acquired taste. The obvious style is certainly what has drawn readers back for many works. Perry excels indeed, just not my cup of tea. [Had to throw in one British euphemism at least!]
This selection has more to do with a random pick than anything else to satisfy my curiosity. This writer came to my attention beyond just awareness of the string of books on the best seller list/stand because of a movie. Yes, that movie, for those of you who are fans and followers of Anne Perry.
"Heavenly Creatures" tells a partially fictionalized account of the writer Anne Perry (by her real name as Perry is a nom-de-plume) and a portion of her childhood in New Zealand. Dark tale that she has only granted one known interview regarding since her release from prison.
A good series of books it seems from this one dip in the pond.(less)
Juliet Ashton is wrapping up a middling success of a book tour in January 1946 when a letter arrives. This letter from a man she has never met nor cor...moreJuliet Ashton is wrapping up a middling success of a book tour in January 1946 when a letter arrives. This letter from a man she has never met nor corresponded with tells her that he has come in to possession of a book that she owned at one time. He is seeking more by the same author and hopes that Juliet will put him on the right track. He is a member of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Thus begins a whirlwind 9 months as Juliet recovers, along with everyone she knows and will shortly meet, from WWII in England. She finds that her loss of her home and possessions is trifling compared to the privation and loss of others. The letter she has received is from Guernsey in the Channel Islands off the coast of France. This group of English islands was occupied for 5 years by the Germans and the story revolves around much of what happened in that brief time.
Written as an epistolary, these 'letters' tell the story of the lives of a diverse set of personalities and among other things their fierce protection of a little girl whose mother and father died in the war. Juliet finds herself living happily amongst the Islanders before long.
A story that brings several diverse characters from the pages of literary history in to the tale via their works and the Literary Society, from Oscar Wilde to Catullus and the Brontë sisters. Juliet is an expert on one of the Brontë girls and has written a not too well received book about one of them . She will find a copy of it in an unexpected place before the end of this story.
There are bad guys from the Nazi's and their horrific treatment of prisoners and slaves to Island busybodies. As Juliet Ashton starts her next book and then in a flash of inspiration from her childhood friend changes the topic we also see Juliet heal in an unexpected way from the war. Even failed romance melts in to the past.
This is a great enjoyable read. Hard to put down and an unusual focus for a book. I highly recommend this for anyone wanting just a good story to read.(less)
This is one I read earlier in the year. Once again, as a book club selection, I'll wait until we discuss it before writing my 'final' review and ratin...moreThis is one I read earlier in the year. Once again, as a book club selection, I'll wait until we discuss it before writing my 'final' review and rating it - stars.
There is an Andrew Wyeth painting that marvelously captures the result of being Dr. Syn. It too is worth seeking out an image or print of as the origi...moreThere is an Andrew Wyeth painting that marvelously captures the result of being Dr. Syn. It too is worth seeking out an image or print of as the original isn't available for public viewing as far as I know as of this writing.
I don't exactly remember when I first heard these particular part of Pirateology(sic) but grabbed up a copy of this the first time I saw it many years ago.
This gets one of my 'goodread' ratings.
ARggh, matey, sigh, I want to be a pirate. Only sort of really. No job security you know.(less)