I really enjoyed reading this book and the author's writing style. It took me a long time to get through but only because it fell during a part of theI really enjoyed reading this book and the author's writing style. It took me a long time to get through but only because it fell during a part of the summer where I haven't found a lot of time to read. Coincidentally, it turned out to be a great summer read.
some favorite quotes:
“The words given voice inside the mind are not always clear, however; they can be gentle and elliptical, what the prophets call the bat qol, the daughter of the voice of God, she who speaks in whispers and half-seen images.”
“Holmes had cultivated the ability to still the noise of the mind, by smoking his pipe and playing nontunes on the violin. He once compared this mental state with the sort of passive seeing that enables the eye, in a dim light or at a great distance, to grasp details with greater clarity by focusing slightly to one side of the object of interest. When active, strained vision only obscures and frustrates, looking away often permits the eyes to see and interpret the shapes of what it sees. Thus does inattention allow the mind to register the still, small whisper of the daughter of the voice.”
“You cannot help being a female, and I should be something of a fool were I to discount your talents merely because of their housing.”
“Impossibility is a log thrown on the fires of love.” ...more
What I love most about this book so far is that from the first pages I can picture everything -- picture it as a movie that I want to be an extra in!!What I love most about this book so far is that from the first pages I can picture everything -- picture it as a movie that I want to be an extra in!! I love coming across parts that get me so hyped up I can’t sleep (Pg 74; last Par on pg120-leading into pg121; Ch 26), or cry (Ch 17). Love reading a sentence and thinking DiMuzio's writing is beautiful or wondering how she created this world. Love the surprises and the anticipation. Love when a book wants me to savor it in a comfy chair :) Love when a book does all those things. Is it going to leave me hanging at the end? STOP, don’t anyone answer that!! I love not knowing...wait, tell me. NO, don’t....more
At first I was thinking I wouldn’t want to read a big book about a marriage’s up and downs, but I got hooked on the characters during my kindle sampleAt first I was thinking I wouldn’t want to read a big book about a marriage’s up and downs, but I got hooked on the characters during my kindle sample. I’m glad I ended up reading it because, wow. Beautiful story. Enduring loves. Raw. Honest. Emotional. Heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful at the same time. I will remember these characters and their stories for a long time.
I would suggest not reading reviews, or the book club discussion questions & interview with the author at the end of the book, before you get to read it yourself, so that nothing is given away that may alter your reading experience ;)
I immediately wanted to reread this story. I thought everything about the story and the writing was beautiful. A favorite book and a new favorite authI immediately wanted to reread this story. I thought everything about the story and the writing was beautiful. A favorite book and a new favorite author.
a few favorite paragraphs:
“When she first fell in love with Jack, she had dreamed she could fly, that on a warm, inky black night she had pushed off the grass with her bare feet to float among the leafy treetops and stars in her nightgown. The sensation had returned. Through the window, the night air appeared dense, each snowflake slowed in its long, tumbling fall through the black. It was the kind of snow that brought children running out their doors, made them turn their faces skyward, and spin in circles with their arms outstretched. She stood spellbound in her apron, a washrag in her hand. Perhaps it was the recollection of that dream, or the hypnotic nature of the spinning snow. Maybe it was Esther in her overalls and flowered blouse, shooting bears and laughing out loud. Mabel set down the rag and untied her apron. She slipped her feet into her boots, put on one of Jack’s wool coats, and found a hat and some mittens. (kindle location 579)”
“After all these years, still a spot within her fluttered at his touch, and his voice, throaty and hushed in her ear, tickled along her spine. Naked, they walked to the bedroom. Beneath the covers, they fumbled with each other’s bodies, arms and legs, backbones and hip bones, until they found the familiar, tender lines like the creases in an old map that has been folded and refolded over the years. (kindle location 670)”
“She could not fathom the hexagonal miracle of snowflakes formed from clouds, crystallized fern and feather that tumble down to light on a coat sleeve, white stars melting even as they strike. How did such force and beauty come to be in something so small and fleeting and unknowable? You did not have to understand miracles to believe in them, and in fact Mabel had come to suspect the opposite. To believe, perhaps you had to cease looking for explanations and instead hold the little thing in your hands as long as you were able before it slipped like water between your fingers. (kindle location 2950)”
2011: My new Christmastime tradition will be to read this story each December!! 2012: I forgot how funny this is! If you're married and/or have kids yo2011: My new Christmastime tradition will be to read this story each December!! 2012: I forgot how funny this is! If you're married and/or have kids you'll especially enjoy! I don't see how it could ever get old :) 2013: Still funny! 2014: Just as fun as the first time....more
Words. So many words in this beautiful story. A tale of childhood, this boy’s childhood . Full of details that enhance your imagination and make you fWords. So many words in this beautiful story. A tale of childhood, this boy’s childhood . Full of details that enhance your imagination and make you feel the story and be there with its characters. Mysteries and magic only life can throw at us – the good and bad - some that we all wished for as children. Relationships with family, best friends and neighbors. Nostalgic of your own childhood. Heart. Emotions. Soul. Innocence. Love. Heartache, Imagination. Lessons learned. I just tried to hide my kindle from myself so I won’t finish today, because I really don’t want it to end – if only that will work for me! The only thing that made me take a break were the words and questions Cory spoke while talking to someone in the grave yard. I had to stop to take that in. Regardless of how it ends, I will remember this story for a very long time.
I would say this is a book you have to read at some point in your life.
UPDATE: 5 big beautiful shiny bursting stars because magic (the kind life gives us), has a strong, strong heart.
(only abridged version is available on audio - wait for the unabridged version)