I quite enjoyed this novel. The action is set around the extended Walsh family which is gathering together to celebrate the 75th birthday of its matriI quite enjoyed this novel. The action is set around the extended Walsh family which is gathering together to celebrate the 75th birthday of its matriarch, Leonora, at the family home, Willow Court, home also to the beautiful paintings of Leonora's artist father, Ethan Walsh. But all families have secrets, and the Walshes are no exception--and in the course of the visit, many hidden things will come to light, and darkness lifted from many hearts.
I enjoyed the story and the characters. The novel was very well build,the tension was growing with the development of the story and brought finally a very sensible and conclusive ending. ...more
Through the boys` writings a whole new universe of feelings opens before the eyes of the reader. The boys share their most worst nightmares,their bestThrough the boys` writings a whole new universe of feelings opens before the eyes of the reader. The boys share their most worst nightmares,their best memories,their feelings of guilt,despair,remorse.They write with amazing clarity and power of emotions. Although the purpose of the book is not directly to critisize the judiciary and penalty system, Mark Salzman doesn`t hide his regret and outrage that almost no work is done to help those boys realise their feelings and cope with them. In fact,his writing class turns to be a kind of creative psychotherapy. Salzman asks a very important question:"Is there any sense of creating a positive experience when the things go bad anyway? Doesn`t it bring a false hope? Doesn`t it make the life more difficult for the boys afterwards?". I think that as long as life should be a continious process of learning (in every sense), there is always sense to experience something good,something precious.A good memory may remain like a beacon of light in the life of many.A good experience may change them for better and although it cannot help to get them out of prison ,it can help them to be on better terms with themselves. ...more
It was a good story of generations and women relationship. I like Malladi`s books because of the easiness of writing and interesting women characters.It was a good story of generations and women relationship. I like Malladi`s books because of the easiness of writing and interesting women characters.The process of Devi`s healing was going through food and silence, and also learning to accept help from her family. The incident with her suicide attempt shuttered the everyday life of her parents and also her sister. It`s not only Devi who has problems to deal with.The women in her family have to face the need of change.
The book reads very well and is recommended for everyone interested in good woman fiction....more
I finished the book tonight I have no complaints toward one of my favorite writers.:-)) Perhaps it`s slightly b Copying my review at Bookcrossing.com:
I finished the book tonight I have no complaints toward one of my favorite writers.:-)) Perhaps it`s slightly below "Earthly Joys" but nevertheless I did see Gregory in her usual writing self. An intriguing period of English history,a rich plot with many turns,and some exotics thanks to the story line in Virginia. Perhaps John Tradescant-junior was lacking the integrity and strong will of his father but at the same time he was not without good qualities and was quite a realistic character.
From the other characters I liked Heather which is a typical woman character for Gregory- brave,honest,a bit too restrained,but dignified and capable of love and duty.
As always,Philippa Gregory makes a pleasure to read about English history through the eyes of her characters. ...more
This novel surpassed my expectations. I liked very much the style and the story. It was written in the style of classic English novels. Christopher MaThis novel surpassed my expectations. I liked very much the style and the story. It was written in the style of classic English novels. Christopher Mansel is an unhappy misanthrope who has lost his daughter and wife in a brutal and unexplained murder. He is tormented by the ghosts of the past but everything is going to change when he meets Abel- a 17 year-old boy who communicates with the spirits of the dead. The boy helps Christopher to realise and experience his grief and let the demons of guilt leave his soul. Very nice story with a satisfying end of just sentence and reconciliation....more
This was one of the best books for 2008.It has depth,touching story,psychological insight,and on the top of this,the style is so readable and light,anThis was one of the best books for 2008.It has depth,touching story,psychological insight,and on the top of this,the style is so readable and light,and at the same time clear and intelligent.
This is the story of Jessica- the girl and Jessica-the grown-up woman,divorced,living with her son who seems enclosed in his own world.The narration moves smoothly between childhood and present. We sense from the start that there is something not quite fitting with Jessica. However, her voice as a grown-up is confident and she seems to get along with life just fine,so we cannot grasp what is wrong with her. She unfolds before us the story of her unhappy marriage and the difficulties of raising a son who would not communicate with her in the ordinary way children do. Analysing her childhood and her failure to build a family,Jessica gradually comes to astonishing revelation about herself. This was a touching,sad and at the same time,enlightening moment. It made sense to conclude the whole novel....more
I got a liking for this book from the first page. At first glance,we have an ordinary family story- a daughter who wants to marry the wrong man (or atI got a liking for this book from the first page. At first glance,we have an ordinary family story- a daughter who wants to marry the wrong man (or at least her parents think so), a homosexual son who has just splitted with his boyfriend, a wife who is guilty of adultery,and a husband who is going mad. George is one of the most interesting characters in the novel. Haddon has managed to convey brilliantly the sense of inner destruction, panic and obsession with the fear of dying. Like in "A curious incident...", the writer shows his skill in drawing a vivid and yet warm and human picture of the complexity of different kinds of psychological disorder- autism and depression. Definitely one of the best reads for 2008!...more