It's a fascinating read, well written and well thought out. If you're religious and this doesn't make you consider things in at least a slightly diffeIt's a fascinating read, well written and well thought out. If you're religious and this doesn't make you consider things in at least a slightly different light then you've missed the point. At the same time, those who are religious should be aware that Dawkins has come into contact with a lot of religious extremists and seems to have very little patience for the entire thing anymore.
So there are times when his immense frustration almost seems to radiate off the page and it feels more like a lecture to a naughty student than anything else. That aside, it is well worth the read for anyone who has an interest in broadening their thinking on the matter of religion....more
When I picked up this book and read the first chapter, I was excited to continue. I thought that it would be a book that could touch and move me. InstWhen I picked up this book and read the first chapter, I was excited to continue. I thought that it would be a book that could touch and move me. Instead I found shallow characterizations, awkward dialogue and simplistic writing. Not that any of these things are deal breaking, but when they all came together... It was a mess to read. Despite the fact that she tried to add depth to each character, I found that the depth she added was either unbelievable or, was only barely touched on, like the incident between Michael and Lisa. I felt no emotional attachment to the story or the characters and the drama of it all, the dizzying switches back and forth between what Meng Ning wanted was annoying.
I think the author was trying to go for poignant and troubled, but what it came out as was whiny. I think it's mostly because of the poorly written dialogue. The characters are two-dimensional and the lines they spout sound like they've come straight out of Twilight or a Harlequin romance. The fights seem pointless and drawn out for no good reason. Like I said Meng Ning changes her mind and her heart at a dizzying speed which makes you wonder why she would ever make the decision to become a nun in the first place. And the drama, oh the drama. It switches from episode to episode, life-altering event to another life-altering event and absolutely everyone has this tragic past hanging over them in such a way that they just don't seem human. They're names, thrust into a specific plot who think about the bad things in their past a lot and brood.
It was the first English autobiography, but Margery Kempe was... nuts. It's a fascinating read, it really is, but she's crazy, I swear. And Jesus comeIt was the first English autobiography, but Margery Kempe was... nuts. It's a fascinating read, it really is, but she's crazy, I swear. And Jesus comes off as a slightly abusive husband. Still, I'd recommend it to anyone.
"Daughter, it is more pleasing to me that you suffer scorn and humiliation, shame and rebukes, wrongs and distress, than if your head were struck off three times a day every day for seven years. And therefore, daughter, do not fear what any man can say to you. But in my goodness, and in your sorrows that you have suffered, you have great cause to rejoice, for when you come home to heaven, then shall every sorrow be turned into joy for you." - Jesus to Margery...more
Absolutely gorgeous. It has been a long time since I've picked up a novel and been so engrossed in it. Her writing is absolutely gorgeous and there weAbsolutely gorgeous. It has been a long time since I've picked up a novel and been so engrossed in it. Her writing is absolutely gorgeous and there were times when I would forget that I was even reading, I was so drawn into the novel. I had never heard of her before this, but I'm definitely going to read her other novels now. ...more