I had not read this book since it was a required reading in high school. I do remember liking it then, but I couldn't have told you exactly why I like...moreI had not read this book since it was a required reading in high school. I do remember liking it then, but I couldn't have told you exactly why I liked it or what I liked about it. I remember that I was one of very few people in my class who exactly enjoyed reading it. I recently re-read the book, and strangely enough, I still can't pinpoint why exactly I love it; I just know that I do.
Although I was deeply saddened and disheartened by Wang Lung's treament of O-Lan, I could not bring myself to completely dislike him. I think a lot of his behavior was culturally based and much of it was just his own ignorance of who women are and how their needs should be met. I don't think O-Lan led a particularly happy life, but she took great comfort for the role she had played in bearing son's to carry on the family name. I have endless admiration for the millions of real women like her who worked and endured so thanklessly for so long, in many cultures.
The characters in the novel were so rich and flavorful (I know, it sounds like a coffee commercial, but it's really how I feel!) It was by far my favorite part. Ultimately, I just loved all the lessons that could by learned from this story. Gratitude, frual living, sacrifice, love, chiild-rearing ... the list goes on and on. I could have picked the book back up and started reading it again immediately.
I also am intensely interested in the life of Pearl S. Buck. She was such and amazing person, which is so much better than just being and amazing author! (less)
This was the third of the books by Dan Brown that I read, and I definitely liked it better than the other two (Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.) H...moreThis was the third of the books by Dan Brown that I read, and I definitely liked it better than the other two (Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.) However, by the time I read this book, I had guessed the whodunnit by the fourth or fifth chapter. Mr. Brown has obviously decided to capitilize on a formula that appears to have worked for him in the past.
The suspense wasn't as great for me as it could have been because I figured out who was responsible, but even so, there were several edge-of-my-seat moments of anticipation.
I genuinely liked the main characters and the story was intriguing to me. It was also interesting to read both of the perspectives on the US Space Program (which I personally feel is a huge waste of resources.)
I read this for the first time a couple of years ago, and again just recently. I still liked it, in spite of its predictability. The characters were believable and the story was was well told.(less)
I could see what the author was trying to do by writing a book where almost all of the action took place internally rather...moreI did not like it Sam, I Am.
I could see what the author was trying to do by writing a book where almost all of the action took place internally rather than externally. It just didn't work for me, though. The writing itself wasn't bad, per se, but I personally didn't care for it. I love descriptive writing, but there is no instance in which I need to read about someone picking out what they are going to wear for 4 pages. I also didn't care for the sexually explicit content or the over use (I thought) of profanity.
I am not sure who it was that read the book and thought it would make a great movie. I strongly disagree, but lots of people loved the movie, so perhaps I am in the minority. I saw the movie first and didn't care for it, but often books are so much better than the movie so I thought I would give it a try. I was very disappointed. I didn't think the book provided much more insight into the characters, a little, but not much.
I did like that the characters were more human than most fictional characters. They were all very flawed, as mortal mean are, but they didn't have enough redeeming qualities to even make me really like any of them. I also thought that the title was ill-fitting. I assume that the atonement was supposed to relate to Briony, but she didn't do enough for me to think that she actually atoned for anything. She didn't even seem to be very remorseful.
I can't think of a single person I would recommend this book to. (less)
I love Koontz, I admit it. This book definitely pushed the limits of my suspense of disbelief ( a' la Tick Tock)though. It is not my favorite of his b...moreI love Koontz, I admit it. This book definitely pushed the limits of my suspense of disbelief ( a' la Tick Tock)though. It is not my favorite of his books, but I found myself going along for the ride anyway. The reason for this is because I love the characters that Koontz gives life to. The story was totally over the top, but hilarious nonetheless. It turns out that I'll swallow just about anything if I can wash it down with enough funny.
I love Jimmy and Lorrie, I think they would be fantastic guests to have a a dinner party. I loved the irony of Jimmy being the character with a sense of humor while the clowns in the story were simply sadistic and psychotic. Things are never as they appear to be, and even less often how we think they should be.
The story had themes of selfishness, inter-connectedness, love, loss, and humor (oh, and pastries - who doesn't like pastries?) No matter how remarkable and inconceivable the plots, Dean Koontz novels always have threads of truth that are as timeless and genuine as life itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was a crazy, bumpy ride, but one that I relished every minute of!(less)
Wow. I think I may need to go back and re-read this one before I can really write a good review.
I had no expectations when I started this book; it lo...moreWow. I think I may need to go back and re-read this one before I can really write a good review.
I had no expectations when I started this book; it looked interesting and so I picked up a copy. I had no idea what it was about, but I loved the writing right from the beginning. I was completely enchanted with Pi's search for truth. I also loved his insights about the animals in the zoo and how they compared to humanity.
Once he was shipwrecked, I was so caught up in the story-telling that I didn't even think to look for any allegories or deeper meaning. By the time I got to the end and was presented with the alternate ending, I was completely blown away. I probably laid in bed for hours just thinking about what it all meant.
I definitely believe the original story, Richard Parker and all, because it makes sense to my heart. The second story (alternate ending) makes sense to my head and seems like it could be more likely. However, I choose to believe that it was made up simply because there were those who could not except the reality of what sounded too incredible. So it is with faith. Sometimes we have to accept things because they ring true to our heart. Everyone must search for and find their own truth. This, I believe, is the message of the story.
I really enjoyed this book. It caused me to really think about what and who is important to me in my life. It helped me to put things in perspective....moreI really enjoyed this book. It caused me to really think about what and who is important to me in my life. It helped me to put things in perspective. Not to be disrespectful to the memory of Anne Frank ( I do recognize that this book is a work of fiction), but this book reminded me a lot reading her memoirs. Both were written in diary form, but the biggest similarity is that they are both stories written from the perspective of young girls in cataclysmic situations. Miranda certainly matured as the world around her changed so drastically, but she remained a teenager. She was facing the possible end of the world, but she still had the hopes, fears, and dreams of a 16 year old girl. I think that this is what is so endearing about the Diary of Ann Franke, it shows the beautiful soul of a girl who is thrust into tumultuous circumstances beyond her control but who remains a girl with dreams and wishes and hopes for her future, nonetheless. Miranda's thoughts and dreams and her determination to hope are what gives this story its heart and soul. I loved it!(less)