Ok I have to give this five stars simply because it won me over! I'm on a roll with this rating lately lucky me!
This book has been on my nightstand fOk I have to give this five stars simply because it won me over! I'm on a roll with this rating lately lucky me!
This book has been on my nightstand for over 6 months and it took a book club read to get me to pick it up. I thought I wouldn't like it because a book that included animal cruelty, set in the time of the depression 1930's, gritty circus life and to top it off aging!! I wonder why I didn't pick it up!!?? Because it sounded depressing and awful just in those few words.
Actually I was very well done showed a male POV with great heart, humor and awareness. I got angry with the characters that were ugly but loved Jacob, Kinko and Marlena and most of all Rosie!! I felt this book made me more aware of feelings of those that are aging in nursing homes, not that I wasn't but it opened my eyes to this age with more understanding. I loved the ending too. I just don't get how a woman wrote this with the main character being a male and the awareness and insight into the aging mind was outstanding! I have several phrases I loved and learned a lot with this book and I grew as well. How could I top that? ...more
I love rich epic of characterization and that Follett stayed true to the nature of each individual. Great love story and details that made me really fI love rich epic of characterization and that Follett stayed true to the nature of each individual. Great love story and details that made me really feel like I was in Follett's world he so cleverly blueprinted worth the journey of thousands more pages!! I well never forget these people they have been imprinted into my heart as real and viable. So happy I finally read this. I ordered it and it sat on my bookshelves for over a year, as I read many forgettable books. I guess I thought it looked like a cinder block and was afraid it might be over my head, He really wrote for any audience to enjoy. All the details in building a Chapel made it vivid and real almost touchable. I so love art and this was art in architecture and the story that could have been the history of so many landmarks as they were constructed. I never travel to see any of these places but, I long to see and touch them in person. ...more
I had no idea that this book would transform me as a time traveler to over two thousand years ago to people who think and live just as we do today. II had no idea that this book would transform me as a time traveler to over two thousand years ago to people who think and live just as we do today. I always had a fascination with history but in school found it slow, needed something like this back then to make me feel connected to the heros of yesterday on a personal level. So young adults want to learn history, rather than just feed kids war battle stories and dates in time to memorize. This was unique as I found characters like Juba II collecting antiques just as we do and the adding the secret rebelion group called The Red Eagle made this book connect with the reader. This point in time had so much beauty, art, architecture, lauguage,and struggles with power, slavery and love even though most only lived to see the age of thirty! How they accoplished so much with such short life spans is amazing. There is Quote that Gallia said that I found insightful about slavery I'd like to add; "It is foolish to think that rot can be confined to a single fruit. Once slavery is planted,everything decays." The story of Cleopatra has always been hugely popular one but a lot has not been said about her children. Selene of course was the voice to this novel and she was portrayed as loving and strong survivor troubled about her future as well as her twin brother Alexander's future. They are both brought to Rome as prisioners of the young Octavian. Though they know they will be used when they reach 15 years old, to be married off to whomever he sees fit. This book was a page turner from the beginning and was impossible to put down. I look forward to reading more of Michelle Moran's books. Clepatra's Daughter was sent to me as a requested ARC copy and it surprized me how much fun it was learning more about Egypian,Greek and Roman culture. I would love to read more books like this, and for them to fall into the hands of Young adults so they can find a love of history that society is lacking more and more of these days. Like they say you have to learn about the past to make good decision in the present. I was disappointed that this book had to end wanted to read about her marriage and building of a new kingdom!! Also might I add I'd love to see this made into a movie, so todays young adults can enjoy more of real life from interesting times in actual history than just fantasy stories. Although guilty as charged I'm into those too, Edward and Harry Potter we all love you!...lol Getting back to topic, I'd love my daughter to see a modern made film with all the beauty, style, romance, action and real emotions it takes to be a strong young female leader and keeping you're beliefs no matter what the cost. I'm so thrilled that Moran will be writting her next book about Madame Tussaud, These past heroines need new hype and Morans the one to do it! I'll be reading more by this author one to watch! :)...more
Loved it!! loved it!! loved it!! I have post its all over it saving my favorite quotes or spots. I reread phases I adore already! I enjoyed the styleLoved it!! loved it!! loved it!! I have post its all over it saving my favorite quotes or spots. I reread phases I adore already! I enjoyed the style it is written in all letters to and from the main character Juliet with a small Journal part by Isola! I had a few moments I got a little confused who was who, It would have been even better if there were greater differences between each characters letters. Also there were so many names starting with an "S" Susan, Sidney and Sophie. I complain very softly though because I liked the story so much. This had that appeal like an old classic love story. I would recommend it to fans of (The Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet), or (84,Charing cross road) ...more
Profound vivid writting, not for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach. Although it would be a shame to not at least try to read through theProfound vivid writting, not for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach. Although it would be a shame to not at least try to read through the grapic parts and miss out on the journey. I was disturbed by the images that were so unbelievably realistic it is a strong book that drug me though Medievel Germany, Ancient Japan, Victorian England, Medievel Italy, Viking-era Iceland, present day as well as the imagiry of the bowels of Hell. All this merged together to make an amazing novel. Captivating from the first sentence. The narrator suffers a life threating car accident that leaves him with burns all over his body. While in the hospital recovering and contemplating suicide he meets a psych ward patient named Marrianne Engel she is a sculptress of gargoyles that she claims to release from the stones that call out to her and gives them one of her 1000 hearts she recieved from God. She claims to have meet and had a life with him over 700 years ago and has been looking for him all this time. She shares many stories that are beautiful in themselfs as well as their own personal story of their life together. The question is should he believe her to be insane or are these unbelieveable stories really true?? This is a book you have to finish to truely admire. If you give up you well never know how all the stories told come together and when it does WOW! this book was packed full of history, love, recovery, sacrifice, redemtion, friendship, adventure and new beginnings. I must give this a solid 5 star rateing. ...more
Set in the early 1800's in the spacious country England, this classic didn't dissapoint me. Full of villians, drama, passion, death, hate and hopelessSet in the early 1800's in the spacious country England, this classic didn't dissapoint me. Full of villians, drama, passion, death, hate and hopeless love. Although Bronte died in 1848 at 30 years old, only a year after Wuthering Heights was published. She had psychological insight very much ahead of her time and understanding of the torment of torn lovers. Was creative writting well ahead of her time as well. My head is still spinning but it was a fabulous story I'll never soon forget....more
So eloquently and richly written. I loved it, it had me captivated from the beginning. I love all the interwoven stories of the simple life in the begSo eloquently and richly written. I loved it, it had me captivated from the beginning. I love all the interwoven stories of the simple life in the beginnings and how it grew so seamlessly in to a life so rich with culture, traditions and history thru 1930's to modern times Japan as you follow Chiyo as she becomes sold from her home, and ripped away from all that she has ever known to the trials to get a chance to become a geisha. She sees this as her only chance to get to her one true love. Soon she is swept away into the lifestyle of a geisha and becomes known as Sayuri and becomes a very succesful and a prize known because of her beauty and her rare grey-blue eyes. She goes through many struggles tormented thru years because geisha is not a journey to true love. She has difficulty in the struggle to settle for a life of being a well kept woman to the highest bider or just following her heart. Characterization was so rich and full of characters you love,pitty and those you can't tolerate to no end. I'd love to find more books written so lovely as this one again. It leaves you to really reflect how all the small things in your life contribute to the person you are and the one your still to become. ...more
A rich, tender, personal story so touching and full of history I should know, but didn't. Pulled at my heartstrings and made me longingly linger overA rich, tender, personal story so touching and full of history I should know, but didn't. Pulled at my heartstrings and made me longingly linger over and over the last few chapters. Set durring the height of Nihonmachi district (JapanTown) area of Seattle, Washingtom. You jump from 1986 to 1942 thoughout the story. To tell the tale of Henery Lee an intelligent, brave, 12yr old Chinese American quickly growing into a man thru struggling WWII times. He has a strained relationship with his father mirroring that as a grown man in his fiftys he also struggles to open communications with his own grown son Marty. This is a rare book find for me as a closer look into the Japanese and Chinese American citizens and the bigotry and hatred they endured, because the country thought any could be spies. I gained new insight about the internment camps all Japanese citizens were evacuateed to with only possessions they could carry. Was a powerful look into American history as hearts and humanity broke down, inflicted by war and the damage to repair years after as relationships try to mend. Not very many books have made me read thru tears but this was such a profound story that needed to be written, with characters believable and heroic. A Beautiful Romeo and Juliet style romantic tale. I loved the symbolisms used, most of which the old vinyl 78 Oscar Holden record. I also enjoyed getting a peek into the 1940's Seattle jazz scene.
Exraordinary novel, loaded with something for everyone. I was very impressed with how Zafon put this book together and really pulled it off. I will reExraordinary novel, loaded with something for everyone. I was very impressed with how Zafon put this book together and really pulled it off. I will read anything he writes in utter awe of this genius! All characters were well developed and well pulled together. With oppertunities to peek into there personal lifes and feel a part of them. Tugs on the heartstrings and sinister evil plots has you on the edge of your seat. I loved how this was a book about a book, about the authors life, about the readers life and so on and so on! Subplots within subplots a rare book to stumble into and with great quoteable words from many of the characters. after I just had to hug this one :) ...more
This book easily became my constant compainion. I've heard it discribed as a comfort series and I couldn't agree more. I must praise Gabaldon for an iThis book easily became my constant compainion. I've heard it discribed as a comfort series and I couldn't agree more. I must praise Gabaldon for an imaginative, well-researched look into 18th-century Scotish life seen thru the eyes of Claire a 20th-century former combat nurse. She innocently touches a boulder of one of the ancient stones on the British Isles and is hurled back in time with no knowlege or understanding of what happened. Thrown into Scotland at a time torn by war and lands into the heroic arms of Jamie Fraser a young Scots warrior. Being torn between two men and and a choice of what path is right for her to follow with her heart. Richly described setting that just becomes simply delicously alive with romance, heroism, history and memorable characters you never want to part with even at the last page when you take that deep breath and sigh at the end.
A timeless comeing of age story set in the early 1900's told thru Matie Gokey who at 16 years old, is a promising young writter with an independent heA timeless comeing of age story set in the early 1900's told thru Matie Gokey who at 16 years old, is a promising young writter with an independent heart and a love for books, who with help of a teacher with new ideas unwelcome in that day and age, sees a spark in Mattie to push her to apply herself. She is given a opportunity to accept a scholarship to Barnard college or stay in the North woods and marry a handsome farmer with his own dreams. The true love letters of the 1906 Grace Brown murder are skillfully weaved into this story and shared with the reader. I wasn't aware of this story in history but it did peek my interest to look into this tragedy and read more about it. This is uniquely told with a word of the day as a theme inside the chapters. Original characters all facing differnt issues of race, class, and gender. The setting in the breathtaking Adirondack mountains highlights and gives the story an earthy voice of its own. A story of this vanished age yearns to be read by all ages. I would recommend it to be for older young adult readers as there is some boldness....more
I read this over Mother's Day weekend and found it the perfect read for this occasion. It's very challenging to write a review about a story of biblicI read this over Mother's Day weekend and found it the perfect read for this occasion. It's very challenging to write a review about a story of biblical historical fiction. The key word is this is a work of "fiction" if you are a connservative on biblical inaccuracies I would caution you before reading because this is a loosley baised family saga told thru the point of views of one of Jacob's enemies, a little known minor character, his only daughter Dihah. Men are viewed in a shamful light through much of her story as well as her family. We follow her life from birth to her death and all the stages of womanhood. Her struggles, passions, friendships, beleifs, rage, depression, pain and her chance at finding happiness. Diamant weaves a story of women and their bond in a time and place in history that is so vastly differnt from our modern world but intrigued me. I wish we celebrated a women's coming of age with some kind of passage in our culture(without a goddess worship for me, thanks) I enjoyed the stories within the story and thought the red tent where women go when they reach womanhood(menstration)and share there lives apart from the men during their moon cycle all together was very bonding and nurturing. They also give birth in the tent away from men and helped eachother through. I really liked the detailed history of midwifery in the story it was very interesting and full of trials. This book was simply written and touching have tissues handy. It's a story that well forever linger with me. It gets you thinking and proud to be a woman....more
I'm simply bedazzeled by this saga and am axious to read more. It is meticulously detailed, great for histoical fiction lovers. I found myself once agI'm simply bedazzeled by this saga and am axious to read more. It is meticulously detailed, great for histoical fiction lovers. I found myself once again devoted and weak in the knees over Jamie, my favorite outlander. I would have given DIA 5 stars but I did get to a point where I got a wee bit bored and just wanted to get back to what I loved about the series and thankfully the action and passion where back as I patiently read on. The end makes you want to run out and get Voyager straight away. I still feel this is a wonderful saga to always have on hand for a long winter cozy curl up by the fire read to keep me sizzling during the cold long days....more
An extraordinary novel I will never forget. So much beauty and innocence captured in moments so tender, sensual and heartwrenchingly devastating. Is oAn extraordinary novel I will never forget. So much beauty and innocence captured in moments so tender, sensual and heartwrenchingly devastating. Is one of my favorite historical romances of all time. I well always highly recommend and reread for years to come. On July 22, 1941 Tatiana is 17 and a carefree and sunny girl. Unknowing her future or her destiny she meets Alexander a courageous officer in the Red army with a dangerous secret, they fall into a hopeless impossible love. She soon finds out he is also the object of her beloved sister Dasha's affection's. Thrown into a charade that brings her a mix of suffering and stolen moments of bliss. This same day the annonucement that Hitler's armies have attacked Russia on an unstoppable quest to the eventual seige of Leningrad that lasted 872 days causing unparalleled famine with relentless bombing. things get from bad to worse during a merciless winter of 42. Tatiana is forced to grow up quickly being the youngest and smallest in her family she has no rights or little to no value to them. Although she is ever resourceful and provides and gives all she can of herself to her unthankful family that all live in a communal apartment of two little rooms. With disruptions of water, energy, and supplies, the Metanova family is tormented and threatened through starvation, loss, and desperation. She grows into a woman and a heroin that is unforgettable. I was so compelled I simply couldn't get anything done until I knew how this ended. Now I suffer as I wait looking for the next book! I apologize now to my own family cause clean laundry may be at a trickle till I read every last word of their story....more