Solid ideas, but I'm surprised at the lack of citations and specifics to Brene Brown's research. All sections about the research starts with "people wSolid ideas, but I'm surprised at the lack of citations and specifics to Brene Brown's research. All sections about the research starts with "people who were living a wholehearted live had these qualities"...followed by some bullet points, but no specifics on data, how many people were interviewed, how people were categorized as having traits that are valuable or made them "successful at life", why the data showed these types of findings. Everything is heavily anecdotal, though Brene Brown references her research frequently.
I was also disappointed by the lack of information for how people can become more vulnerable, joyful, compassionate once they are bought in. And while Brene Brown claims that this book isn't a how-to, but digs more into dark areas that hold us back like shame...there was surprisingly very little digging into these things from a research perspective.
A great introduction to ideas on vulnerability, compassion, gratitude, and mindfulness - but nothinh new or revelatory for those who are familiar with these concepts.
Hated this one, maybe because it's the 2nd meandering book about a desolate island with opaque characters I've read in the past month.
Wasn't particulaHated this one, maybe because it's the 2nd meandering book about a desolate island with opaque characters I've read in the past month.
Wasn't particularly impressed with the writing either. The vague ending + sense of mystery and foreboding along with the nomination for the Booker will likely garner fans for this book. But it doesn't live up to the hype....more
Characterization is weak in the book. Everyone is made up of broad sketches, no character felt real. Some of this can be attributed to the narrator anCharacterization is weak in the book. Everyone is made up of broad sketches, no character felt real. Some of this can be attributed to the narrator and her relationships in the book, but this book could've been far better with a few more rounds of editing + rewrites. The best writing was the descriptions of the animals. The book is atmospheric and the writer is talented. I'm curious to see what she will do next. There were some beautiful touches in the beginning, especially around letter writing/sending to the mother. Just wish the characters acted more human and less like stick figures with opaque motives.
************************ Epilogue was ridiculous and felt tacked on at the urge of a publisher worried that people wouldn't get it. Or would need to know and feel annoyed by an more open and vague ending. I'd much prefer the book ended with Miranda pulling on the hat. The epilogue makes Galen's character nothing but a silly plot device used to handhold reads through a poorly constructed plot. Also can anyone think about the implications of a man who journals about the rape of someone he invites to the island and admits is under his protection, without any thought of doing something about it? The entire whodunnit plot is cliched and trite in the end. It's too simple, easy and again cliched to believe a child could resolve all of the narrator's issues. I also refuse to believe that Miranda would be ruthless or crazy enough (going into a fugue state) to bash in Charlene's head. At least there wasn't enough of evidence of that in her characterization in the book. If you stop to think about the plot or characters in this one, most of it doesn't make sense. Thank goodness for the island + animals portion which is believable and beautifully written. ...more