It was really, really boring. If it wasn't so famous I'd never finished it. I kept waiting for the voila moment that explained the fanatical followingIt was really, really boring. If it wasn't so famous I'd never finished it. I kept waiting for the voila moment that explained the fanatical following (other than the blade Runner movie fans) but it never came. The ideas are interesting but they're burried the overly wordy, oddly dreamy style that sucks the life of out the story. No pun intended. ...more
This is a beautiful, lyrical book. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into such a different society. And it was so easy to identify with the characteThis is a beautiful, lyrical book. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into such a different society. And it was so easy to identify with the characters. I read it several years ago, so I can't give a more detailed review, but I would highly recommend it....more
A perfect book. The paintings are beautiful, totally the kind I'd have poured over as a kid over and over again to catch all of the details of the lovA perfect book. The paintings are beautiful, totally the kind I'd have poured over as a kid over and over again to catch all of the details of the lovely animals. The faces and body language for the penguins are so expressive, they would tell the story even without words. And the story is so touching and lovely, it actually got me all teared up. I know what it's like to want a baby and not be able to have one. It's such a sweet and wonderful story to see these two little guys get the family they wanted.
I know that this book has be at the center of a lot of debate. One of the big arguments people against gay marriage or relationships throw around is that you don't see animals in homosexual relationships so it must not be natural. Well, it's not clear from this if sex is involved in these boy penguins' relationship, but they have certainly formed a long-term commitment and successfully raised their adopted daughter. The book is fact, not fiction. I was expecting to see a lot of anthropomorphizing and assumptions about what the penguins were feeling, but there really wasn't. The keeper thinks that they must be in love, based upon their actions, but that's the only assumption. The rest is just reporting their behavior: they played together, swam together, bowed to each other, built and nest and sat on rocks and even had one special rock that they treated like an egg. And when they were given an egg that needed to be cared for, they successfully took care of it until it hatched. Pretty amazing stuff. Yes, there is clearly an agenda here. The story shows that this family was just like every other family in the penguin house or in the zoo or in the city, like it says at the end of the book. And it's a lovely, sweet and special story that I think should be told as often as possible, for many reasons. But if some people disagree then they just shouldn't read it, let their kids read it, or should even tell people they know why they won't read it. But they should not try to take actions that would prevent me from reading it. Banning books must never be an option in a free society. ...more