After You was a decent book. It wasn't great and it wasn't awful. The story line is fairly well thought out and interesting, as are the characters. ThAfter You was a decent book. It wasn't great and it wasn't awful. The story line is fairly well thought out and interesting, as are the characters. The writing, however, wasn't spectacular. The metaphors are mostly trivial, as are most of the descriptions of the characters. Ideally, there could have been better character development, and more detailed interactions between the main character, Ellie, and everyone else (besides Sophie). The story starts of pretty slow, the middle is decent, and I ended up fast reading/skimming the last few chapters.
However, some of the dialogue is actually pretty light-heartened and, at times, quite funny. The character Sophie, the child who loses her mother, is probably the best all-around character and is really the main reason to read the book. The author does her best job with Sophie. At the end of the book, I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters, especially Ellie, except for Sophie. Hopefully, Buxbaum will continue with the character in a future novel.
This is a good book to check out from the library and it's a good book to read while traveling or for a book club. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it out of the blue, but I also wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it. So, if you've come here because you are interested in reading it, go ahead....more
If you hate Odessa, or even think you might hate Odessa, do NOT read this book. Not a page goes by that the author doesn't mention that Odessa has theIf you hate Odessa, or even think you might hate Odessa, do NOT read this book. Not a page goes by that the author doesn't mention that Odessa has the best opera house, that Odessans are the best cooks, that Odessans love humor. The book would have been infinitesimally better without these constant assertions.
However, the plot and characters were enjoyable. Basically, a twenty-something Odessan woman wants a good job, a husband, and a family. Not thinking she can find that in the Ukraine, marries an American from a mail-order bride service. Obviously, once married he changes and she's unhappy. There are a few slower parts, but the story picks up speed and intrigue in the second half.
Although the author attempts to portray mail-order marriage in a natural light, I think she fails. With her husband lingering always and yelling at her, Daria got off somewhat easy compared to a lot of other brides. Secondly, she NEVER would have been able to leave that easily.
Overall, if you can love Odessa, you can like this book....more
This book is an interesting read, especially for conspiracy theorists. However, Chapman is not the best writer and often skips from one subject to anoThis book is an interesting read, especially for conspiracy theorists. However, Chapman is not the best writer and often skips from one subject to another - and in mid-paragraph! He transitions are often and without conjunction. Writing-wise, the book seemed more like a first draft of a college paper. Chapman could have also done a better job of completing each idea. Still, the subject was interesting enough. If you are interested in bananas, I would suggest seeing what other books are around......more
Kafka on the Shore isn't nearly as good as Wind-up Bird or A Wild Sheep Chase.
Most of the characters are developed well, and the story is interestingKafka on the Shore isn't nearly as good as Wind-up Bird or A Wild Sheep Chase.
Most of the characters are developed well, and the story is interesting, but not gripping. The ties that bond the main characters and events are loosely put together and not explained that well. However, the character of Nakata, his adventures, and friendships are enough to keep the book enjoyable.
I ended up skimming the last few chapters because I got partially disinterested in the story.
If you want to read Murakami for the first time, another novel would be a better option. ...more
This is a wonderful read if you are interested in novels of in the detective/mystery genre. However, keep in mind the time period when the book was wrThis is a wonderful read if you are interested in novels of in the detective/mystery genre. However, keep in mind the time period when the book was written or you may be slightly disappointed with the Secret.
Overall, the book has excellent character development and narrative.
This book is about 600 pages, so if you want a light read, this may not be the book for you. But the length is well worth it. ...more