I have nothing but praise and adoration for this author and his sensational book Pillars of the Earth. Follett's enthralling story had me from page on...moreI have nothing but praise and adoration for this author and his sensational book Pillars of the Earth. Follett's enthralling story had me from page one and I devoured the book in a way I haven't another in some time.
Pillar's of the Earth follows the struggles of those who would attempt to build the most beautiful cathedral in England at the Kingsbridge Priory. It is a journey of a building from the ground up as well as its builders from the inside out.
A MUST read. This book makes it into my Top 10 favorites of all time!(less)
The Hours by Michael Cunningham was not what I was expecting and yet it was exactly what I needed to read. I have refrained from watching the movie fo...moreThe Hours by Michael Cunningham was not what I was expecting and yet it was exactly what I needed to read. I have refrained from watching the movie for years because I wanted to enjoy this story in its original format. I am glad now that I had the self disipline. Mr. Cunningham's writing style is very fluid but a lot wordy. I found my mind drifting at times in the middle of much too lengthy descriptive sentences only to have to read it again so as not to miss anything.
That being said, the story itself was beautifully painful to read. I think Mr. Cunningham has somehow reached into the soul of every woman and discovered our most inner secrets. I found myself connecting and fully understanding the thoughts, emotions and motives of Mrs. Brown. I have to say, it scared me alot that this is the character I related to the most in this book. Then as I thought on it, I realized that this is probably the most relatable character. She like so many of us go quietly and normally mad as opposed to your outright obvious lunatic like say, Mrs. Woolf.
It was a good read that I would recommend to anyone who has a weekend to sit, read and the question your own sanity. (less)
Anna Quindlen's Black and Blue is at once a brutal story of a violent marriage and a mother's struggle to free her child from the cycle of abuse he wi...moreAnna Quindlen's Black and Blue is at once a brutal story of a violent marriage and a mother's struggle to free her child from the cycle of abuse he will surely inherit if they stay.
Frances Benedetto has taken her last beating at the hands of her husband Bobby and so she plans her escape with their ten year old son Robert. She and her son leave all they have ever known and move to Florida with new identities while holding on to the ever pressing truth that it is only a matter of time before her husband and his raging fury find them.
Quindlen brilliantly pulls the reader into the frantic, insecure world of a battered spouse. The thought provoking pros in this novel of escape will give the reader a different perspective regarding the term domestic violence.(less)