I liked this book quite well--but not as a fiction book.
I liked this book as a collection of very interesting short essays arranged in story format. A...moreI liked this book quite well--but not as a fiction book.
I liked this book as a collection of very interesting short essays arranged in story format. All the current issues you could wish to read about are discussed at length in this novel including communism, media bias, organ doning, teen sex, abortion, the gay rights movement, suicide and divorce.
Also, there is quite a bit about heaven that sparked several wheels in my head to turn. I wonder whether the limbo place where the Christians go in this book while they wait for Judgment Day is really necessary since time is linked to the finite world. I'm glad this book brought that and other subjects up to the top of my mind for simmering.
I read both A Little Princess and The Secret Garden as a tween and LOVED them. This book started out better than either of those I thought. Or, maybe...moreI read both A Little Princess and The Secret Garden as a tween and LOVED them. This book started out better than either of those I thought. Or, maybe that's just because I'm older and I can more appreciate certain aspects of her writing. I need to re-read those two books.
Her descriptions in The Shuttle are amazingly vivid. I could see (and still can when I close my eyes) the English countryside, hear the beat of the horses hoofs and practically feel the rain! Her prose is also entertainingly informative. I kept picking up neat little clues she dropped about the differences between English and American cultures at that time and also the differences between then and now. For instance, in one scene, when a glimpse is caught of the millionaire's daughter they know she is well-off because of the excellent fit of her clothes. She does betray her strong love for and belief in the superiority of English country, customs and manners in more than a few places.
All of her characters felt real in my head. I shared Betty's fierce anger at Nigel, I shared Rosalie's hopelessness, I feel like I've made new friends and we've fought against a common enemy. There was one character, a traveling typewriter salesman, I liked a 'specially lot. His honest sharing of the difficulties living on "ten per" yet never complaining, simply doing it because that's what he does is something to relate to.
All this kept me turning pages until I neared the climax. Perhaps it was just that the character's troubles became more foreign to mine, perhaps is was the thought-speaking stuff, or perhaps it was just because G. Selden took his typewriters back to America, but at any rate, I lost most of my interest at about 400 pages.
In her other books that I have read there is a bit of superstition. That comes across much more strongly in this book. Especially near the end. A main character relies heavily on some sort of thought communication over wide distances and with the dead.
The ending was a disappointment. The retribution delivered to the villain is richly deserved but felt harsh and even vulgar. I have never hated a bad guy with more loathing, but this was too much, even for him.(less)
It is refreshing to read a book unashamed in its support of co-sleeping. I've never heard of any method of nighttime parenting comparable in its conve...moreIt is refreshing to read a book unashamed in its support of co-sleeping. I've never heard of any method of nighttime parenting comparable in its convenience and its perfectly safe if the parents are not intoxicated, drugged or taking medication.
It is also nice to read a book unashamed in its support of attachment parenting. Forget Babywise.
My only caveat is the repetitiveness. This book could have had 1/3 of its pages removed without losing anything. I'm not stupid, I can take notes.(less)
I just skimmed most of this one, didn't read it in depth. I felt the info was not unique to this book, that it covered the same basics as every other...moreI just skimmed most of this one, didn't read it in depth. I felt the info was not unique to this book, that it covered the same basics as every other book on this topic just a tad heavier on the mystical.
I do not believe in mystical superstitions and am not pro-abortion so those were huge star deductions for me.
The reading style is pleasant and the chapters are well-organized--one of the more well written books on this subject. There are also lot's of "recipes" for massage oils, aromatherapy, etc. So it wasn't a total dud.
In my opinion, If you've already read more than one book on natural pregnancy and childbirth, most of this book will be of no use to you.(less)