So I guess this is what is known as grit-lit. It's my first foray into this kind of book, but judging by this one, it won't be my last.
It's actually aSo I guess this is what is known as grit-lit. It's my first foray into this kind of book, but judging by this one, it won't be my last.
It's actually a very simple story, of one young man trying to get out of a very depressed town in Pennsylvania. He is accompanied for part of the way by a friend, and along the way, a death ensues. And basically the whole rest of the book is dealing with the ramifications of that encounter.
The chapters alternate from the points of view of the various main characters, so the book is very easy to follow. Both the setting of the story and the plot itself are extremely bleak. But don't let that put you off. The writing is uniformly excellent and I personally found the story to be very compelling, so I was hard pressed to put the book down. In fact, I just bought the author's second book The Son. tonight at the bookstore in the mall....more
This is a might weird book. First of all, none of the characters have names. The main character, known only as the Investigator, is sent to investigatThis is a might weird book. First of all, none of the characters have names. The main character, known only as the Investigator, is sent to investigate a rash of suicides in the Enterprise, a vast complex in an unnamed city.
After he arrives, the whole rest of the book is about his futile efforts to succeed in his appointed task. A series of bizarre misadventures constantly render him unable to do so.
While at times the book is quite macabre, it is also hilariously funny in parts. Many other reviewers have compared this book to Kafka's work, and that is definitely valid. You have to read it to believe it....more
This is an historical novel about Thomas Hardy, the famous author. In this book, Hardy is 84 years old and living in his house in the country, where hThis is an historical novel about Thomas Hardy, the famous author. In this book, Hardy is 84 years old and living in his house in the country, where he has lived for 40 years. He is living with his second wife, Florence, who is 40 years younger than him.
Hardy becomes besotted with Gertrude Bulger, a 25 year old girl, who plays Tess in a local adaptation of his novel into a play. He even writes her love poems, which of course, does not make Florence very happy.
At times the writing is very beautiful, especially when describing the English countryside or the many species of birds that inhabit it. However, there is really little or no discernible plot and the writing at times is very repetitious. Florence's desire to have the trees surrounding the house either cut back or cut down altogether must be mentioned at least a dozen times. And at one point the word beautiful is used 7 times in one short paragraph. Presumably the author did this deliberately for some reason, but I just found it very annoying.
In short. this is a passable novel, but would probably be of more interest to real fans of Thomas Hardy. I have to admit that I have never read any of Hardy's novels, a situation I must rectify at some point, as I would hope that they would be better than this book.
I found out about this book, as with so many others, reading reviews on Goodreads. And it was available on Kindle for $1.99, so I decided to give it aI found out about this book, as with so many others, reading reviews on Goodreads. And it was available on Kindle for $1.99, so I decided to give it a try.
It's written in an unusual manner, in the third person, so its' "you" did this, and "you" did that. I found that to be a little disconcerting at first, but quickly got used to it.
At the beginning of the book, a woman (whose actual identity is never revealed) is flying into Casablanca in Morocco. After she arrives, she has a series of misadventures, and eventually becomes the stand-in for a "famous American actress" who is shooting a movie. You are never told who the actress is either, or really anybody else for that matter.
Anyway, it's a pretty good read, very entertaining throughout, and quite funny in parts. If you want to try something different, you should give it a try....more
It's mainly set somewhere in Central America, about an American woman who is living there, for reasons which are never really fully explained, and narrated by another woman who owns almost the whole place.
It's really kind of a strange novel, without much in the way of a discernible plot, and the dialogue is really weird, with most of it not being anything anyone would actually say in real life. I thought it was an ok book, but didn't really love it or anything like that.
This is another typical Pat Barker book. By that I mean it's a really excellent read. Like The Regeneration trilogy, this book is set in the years durThis is another typical Pat Barker book. By that I mean it's a really excellent read. Like The Regeneration trilogy, this book is set in the years during and just after, the First World War, and the awful consequences thereof.
I have to say that the part of the book that is set in a military hospital dealing with soldiers with facial injuries was pretty hard to take. Some of the descriptions of these injuries were really horrific.
This is a book mainly about a brother and sister, with other memorable characters as well, of course. It is also a book about secrets, two really big ones in particular. One of these is revealed very early on in the book, while the other doesn't get revealed until the very end. So you have to wait for it, but let me tell you, it was a very pleasurable experience getting there.
Also, I only consider a book to be historical fiction if there are characters from real life in the book. There are at least two of those in this book, which is why it qualifies as far as I'm concerned. This is only my system of course....more
This is the second book I have read by Kate Morton. The first was The House at Riverton, with which I was not wholly impressed. it was all right, butThis is the second book I have read by Kate Morton. The first was The House at Riverton, with which I was not wholly impressed. it was all right, but nothing special, I gave it 3 stars. This book however, was a 5 star read all the way.
I have to say that I'm not usually a big fan of books that hop all over the place through time. Maybe it's my rapidly increasing age, but I sometimes find those hard to follow. This book, however, I found very easy to read even though it was set in many different years, although mainly in 1933 and 2003.
The book is mainly about a baby boy who goes missing at a party (this is not a spoiler, it tells you on the dust jacket) and Sadie, a wonderfully wrought female detective with some enforced free time, who tries to solve the 70 year old cold case.
By the way, don't let the length put you off. For one thing it is 492 pages not 593. And it is a real page turner. You'll be sorry when it's over, not hoping for it to hurry up and end.
The book is filled with many interesting characters,a lot (and I do mean a lot) of red herrings and a perfect surprise (at least to me) ending. All in all, a fabulous book which everybody should read....more