This book completely disappointed me. The concept was intriguing: our souls are regenerated throughout time, though we hold no memory of our past--butThis book completely disappointed me. The concept was intriguing: our souls are regenerated throughout time, though we hold no memory of our past--but what if one man did, and he was determined to unite with his soul mate? The concept reminded me a bit of The Time Traveler's Wife, which I loved. I thought it might be a bit more interesting than The Time Traveler's Wife because it had the potential to take place in a variety of rich, exciting locales and eras. Instead, this book was devoid of any of the rich details that would truly set the scene and transport the reader. It was stuck in the main characters' heads, which were only filled with the predictable ramblings with an obsessed lover.
There wasn't even enough of a foundation for the romance for it to be believable. He looked into her eyes and knew their souls were destined for each other. That's it? Really? I'm not interested in reading a book where that is the only basis of the relationship. Why should I care about their romance? What is it about these souls that draws them together? I want to see how they are unique, how they play off of each other. The characters never fully develop personalities because there is too much focus on the concept of the means of their separation and the need for them to somehow end up together. After a while, I wondered why I should bother to keep reading. And when I finished the book, I wished I hadn't....more
Egan does an outstanding job of creating a cohesive book out of the life stories of multiple characters with various narrative voices. She illuminatesEgan does an outstanding job of creating a cohesive book out of the life stories of multiple characters with various narrative voices. She illuminates each of her characters well, displaying their flaws and motivations, and weaves that into their connections with one another. Even with so many voices sharing the book, it never felt disjointed, and I had an easy time keeping track of who was who. Though the focus was on the people and not an overarching plot, it was an engaging read that never seemed to drag....more
A great historical novel set in Spain during the Spanish civil war and right before WWII. Though the novel was slow to start, the narration was engagiA great historical novel set in Spain during the Spanish civil war and right before WWII. Though the novel was slow to start, the narration was engaging enough to sustain my attention until the middle, when it became impossible to put the book down. I enjoyed the first-person narration as the character developed and was thrust into increasingly demanding and precarious situations. I enjoyed the aspects of adventure and intrigue in the second half of the book, and when the book finished I wished I could continue to follow the action....more
When I heard this book compared to a Steinbeck for the Northwest, I was intrigued. It was an apt comparison--this book explores the nature of the NortWhen I heard this book compared to a Steinbeck for the Northwest, I was intrigued. It was an apt comparison--this book explores the nature of the Northwest and its people by following several different characters whose lives intersect. Evison adds dimension to the story by spanning it across generations, revealing the roots of the town and its people. Fans of Steinbeck's storytelling will be fans of this book....more
I liked this book so much that after reading a library copy, I went out and bought the hardcover.
If, like me, you're a fan of classic romantic films lI liked this book so much that after reading a library copy, I went out and bought the hardcover.
If, like me, you're a fan of classic romantic films like An Affair to Remember, you'll love this book.
Moyes takes the reader on a suspenseful romantic journey. The book begins with main character Jennifer in her sick bed as she recovers from a car accident that left her with amnesia. Though the reader is prompted to put the pieces of her life together as she does, the third person narration also jumps back through time to give us glimpses of her life before the accident, especially the beginnings of her relationship with "Boot." The details surrounding the accident remain hazy until the end of the book, creating a pleasant tension between what Jennifer concludes happened from the information she gleans, and the suspicions of the reader based on details from memories not available to Jennifer. Though I had my suspicions, I was not able to guess what had really happened, and enjoyed the twists and surprises the story offered.
The characters are multi-faceted, flawed, yet likable. Even the secondary characters are given enough attention that they make significant contribution to the story, revealing the social mores of the 60s and shedding light on the main characters' traits and motivations.
The book does seem to lose focus a bit toward the end, abandoning Jennifer for a contemporary leading lady who is a bit difficult to like. But she is tolerable for her role in revealing the fate of Jennifer and "Boot," which winds up being unexpected and rewarding.
I recommend this book for romantics at heart who hold hope for happy endings and are looking for the book equivalent to a classic romantic film....more
Such a fantastic book that presents deep, insightful analysis of the messages about femininity being presented to girls today. Orenstein is a journaliSuch a fantastic book that presents deep, insightful analysis of the messages about femininity being presented to girls today. Orenstein is a journalist and the mother of a young daughter; she interviews psychologists, toy marketers, parents, and children to take a well-rounded look at today's girl culture. Ever wondered why there seems to be a pink version of every toy? Why the Disney Princesses made a comeback? How to help girls create an identity that is not centered around their looks? As a journalist, Orenstein not only reveals the state of girl culture today, but digs to the root of it. As a mom, Orenstein explores what exactly she should do to help her daughter grow up into a confident, empowered, and self-aware woman.
Recommended reading for anyone who knows and loves a young girl....more