As much as I love reading, I will admit to a lack of suitable 'classics' under my belt and am attempting to correct the situation. This book was alreaAs much as I love reading, I will admit to a lack of suitable 'classics' under my belt and am attempting to correct the situation. This book was already on my list as one that I wanted to read and since I am one that would rather read the book before seeing the movie, the release of the movie caused me to push this one to the top of the list.
I found it very hard to connect to the characters in this story. While I do feel well-acquainted with the time-period, I am however not accustomed to the spoiled, rich people who show up throughout the pages. I am an honest person, speaking what is on my mind. I abhor liars and cheaters. I failed to see the significance of why this is considered a classic. Oh, I get the Shakespearean tragedy enveloped between the pages, the American Dream that oozes out of the pours of the inebriated characters. The greed, the lust. Maybe it's all those things put together that makes this the classic and I am looking for something that has more meaning, something that might revel the secrets of the universe. Maybe I should look at the book as a 'What NOT to Do With My Life' and I might get more out of it.
Using actual historical events, the author has woven a endearing story of a young girl who is unfortunate enough to contract leprosy. We first meet RaUsing actual historical events, the author has woven a endearing story of a young girl who is unfortunate enough to contract leprosy. We first meet Rachel at the tender age of seven, right before she shows symptoms of the disease. According the the laws at the time, her family had no choice but to send her to the island. At first angry, she soon learns to accept her life as it is and move forward. She is rewarded with a handful of devoted and faithful life-long friends. Full of triumphs, failures, heartbreaks and over-coming of obstacles, this is a beautifully written novel about the human spirit. And wonderfully well-documented. Historical Fiction at it's best. ...more