It's probably going to take me about 5 years to finish this book at the rate I'm going, but finish I will. Considering I sometimes just stare at thisIt's probably going to take me about 5 years to finish this book at the rate I'm going, but finish I will. Considering I sometimes just stare at this 600-page mass sitting on my nightstand with a daunting feeling inside, I decided to make this my "on-the-side-read," meaning I would not even attempt to finish it without going on to other books. Because let's face it, I would never read another book in my life if I did that.
So far though, I have thoroughly enjoyed the 100 or so pages I've been able to read, and I take comfort that I'm already on Part 2. I guess maybe because I already knew what to expect, and I already know how it ends, and I already respect the point Tolstoy is trying to make, it makes me appreciate this masterpiece. Unlike many reviews I've seen on here about this book, I enjoy Tolstoy's rants on Russian society, on farming, on...whatever he wants to rant about. I'm intrigued by the characters, despite the fact that I get confused by the fact that each character has about 5 different names each.
I can already tell this will be a favorite...whenever I manage to finish it. I'll write again around the year 2013...when I actually finish it....more
I thought this book was beautiful. I picked it up at the bookstore one day this past summer, not really sure what it was about, but intrigued becauseI thought this book was beautiful. I picked it up at the bookstore one day this past summer, not really sure what it was about, but intrigued because it dealt with two of my favorite things - (1) France and (2) WWII history. I don't think I expected it to be as sad as it was (and be forewarned: sad it most very much is.) See, I don't really cry when I read books (movies, yes, books, not so much), and this one made me cry. The only other books I've cried while reading were at the end of Harry Potter 6 and 7... But I cried because the story is so captivating, you can't help but get sucked in. There are two main story lines that alternate and intertwine - a young Jewish girl named Sarah who locks her brother in a cabinet during the Paris roundup, promising to come back for him one day; and an American woman some 60 years later living in the same apartment that was once occupied by Sarah's family. Although both stories are quite good, it is the story of Sarah that truly captivates the reader and sucks you in to the novel. Gripping, heart-wrenching, and beautifully written, this book is a must-read. Not to mention I learned for the first time about the horrible events surrounding the Velodrome d'Hiver roundups in July 1942, something not to be ignored in history. (Google it...) This book is definitely a new favorite of mine....more
Very good book. As Stockett's first novel, this book nails it. I was immediately engrossed with this book and the characters. One of the first books iVery good book. As Stockett's first novel, this book nails it. I was immediately engrossed with this book and the characters. One of the first books in a long time where I finish it wondering what happens next, where do the characters go from here, and where I really felt for the characters and what they were going through.
This book will make you laugh, get you a bit teary-eyed, make you angry, and fill you with happiness. The hype is well-deserved on this one. One of the best books of the year, I'd say....more