Is there such a thing as literary humor? If so Alissa Nutting is a master at it. Never have I laughed out loud so often. My laughter continued even afIs there such a thing as literary humor? If so Alissa Nutting is a master at it. Never have I laughed out loud so often. My laughter continued even after I'd finished the book when certain scenes came to mind, which they did often. Her writing is both witty and humorous yet Made For Love is not a light or fluffy book. The author explores many provocative themes; relationships both familial and romantic, how we chose to live our life and key is the fact that no matter what our life goals are we are at the core all looking for love. Life is a lot of trial and error and sometimes what we seek is not what we find. According to the author we can consider ourselves fortunate if the two collide even slightly. Her characters the primary ones and most importantly the secondary characters are so vibrant and essential. You long to know everyone intimately and she offers the opportunity. Our heroine's voice is so very unique. The author's skill at blending humor and deep philosophical questions is both seamless and effortless. Her super power is the ability to craft deceptively simple sentences that say so much. Her prose is propulsive and exciting and profound. How DOES she accomplish that? Made For Love is truly wonderful on all levels.
This quotation by Stephen Hawking perfectly sums up Made For Love: "Life would be tragic if it wasn't funny."
Please do yourself a favor and read it. You won't regret it.
Like breath, energy is vital to life. Here in the twenty-first century first world we take energy for granted (and sometimes breath as well). JenniferLike breath, energy is vital to life. Here in the twenty-first century first world we take energy for granted (and sometimes breath as well). Jennifer Haigh reminds us that energy is not to be thought lightly of and there really are huge sacrifices made to obtain that energy. Her vivid portrait of a rural Pennsylvania town devastated by the loss of coal mining and while still struggling is assaulted by fracking is luminous. What won't people do for money? Who suffers and do they even care? Jennifer highlights the issue from all perspectives of all who are involved. This is part of the brilliance. The other part is that her characters are so well drawn and vibrant you feel as though each one is a part of your life. I could not stop thinking about them even while reading. She is skilled as well at depicting the subtlety and fluidity of relationships. She is a master at dialogue. I love that the conversation between characters was accompanied by an internal monologue. Isn't our conversation always littered with thoughts that are generally better left unsaid? She captured that brilliantly. I did like knowing more about the Three Mile Island catastrophe. The time travel back and forth wasn't annoying or challenging but successfully enhanced the narrative. And finally, her prose is gorgeous. But the characters . . ....more
"I think that Chuzzlewit is in a hundred points immeasurably the best of my stories" Dickens was extremely pleased with this novel, however it was lea"I think that Chuzzlewit is in a hundred points immeasurably the best of my stories" Dickens was extremely pleased with this novel, however it was least popular so far with the populace. Indeed, early sales of the first monthly installments were alarmingly disappointing compared with his previous works. Dickens had traveled to America the year before and in an effort to boost sales he changed tact and decided to blend life with art. He chose to send his protagonist to the US and simultaneously express his dissatisfaction with his own experience there. Dickens was appalled by slavery, the common use of spitting tobacco and was not treated well by the press. All reflected in young Martin's experience. Some critics think this helped the novel, others claim it sealed it's doom. This scenario has all the indications of a struggling novel and indeed, Martin Chuzzelwit never fully recovers the status of the books that came before. As a staunch fan of Dickens I can truthfully say that Martin Chuzzlewit IS the least of my favorites. The theme is selfishness and greed, which often go hand in hand and is one Dickens has masterfully dealt with in a great many of his novels; with good reason since it seems to be a consistent feature of our human culture (especially the American one). However, the character development in Chuzzlewit is challenging. None of the characters are sympathetic. There are no amiable lunatics or honorable eccentrics who are likeable. It is difficult to feel for the absurd people. We cannot have the same respect for them as we've have for someone like Dick Swiviller and the Marchioness, or Barnaby or Sam Weller (who will always have my heart). The tone of the narrative is more preachy than not. Dickens spends more time describing his characters' thoughts and motivations rather than demonstrating through action. Dickens always leans toward detail but there's more here than necessary. Yes, Martin Chuzzlewit, the last of his picaresque novels is a challenge for fans of Dickens. I might say read it in any case but maybe not. Your choice....more
Set in London, 2052, Cuthber Handley, nonagenerian, indigent, overweight, 'flot' addict and a little mad has been gifted with 'the Wonderments', an abSet in London, 2052, Cuthber Handley, nonagenerian, indigent, overweight, 'flot' addict and a little mad has been gifted with 'the Wonderments', an ability to communicate with animals. When a comet heads toward earth our hero believes the animals above all else must be preserved. Over the course of one night he sets about to free the animals in the London Zoo, the last of it's kind on earth. Very close to four stars for Broun's sheer inventiveness and character development. I urge people to try this strange and compelling novel that simply does not fit into any category. Another reason it leans heavily toward four stars. The author's language is a bit heavy handed, which is quite likely what stops me at just the three stars. But do try it. It is unlike anything you've read and stands apart from most contemporary novels....more
Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo. Outside your comfort zone - Romance Check!
A sweet funny new adult romance told from alternate viewpoints of the two lovAdult Summer Reading Book Bingo. Outside your comfort zone - Romance Check!
A sweet funny new adult romance told from alternate viewpoints of the two lovers. Collen Hoover is adept at the complexities of relationship and depth of emotions. This is much more about friendship and love than romance, which tends to concern itself with just one thing. Hoover delves past that one thing into deeper passions of music and its universal means of communication. Hats off to Collen Hoover!...more