Well a book that I loved from the first place until the last page, and the last word. Throughout my reading I became to grow more attached to the storWell a book that I loved from the first place until the last page, and the last word. Throughout my reading I became to grow more attached to the story. The main character Francie was an intriguing and delightful creation that anyone would want as their best friend, should she not be a fictional person. I highly recomend it. ...more
Not only is this a fast moving book, it's also educational and entertaining. It's fiction, but based upon tons of research that gives a delightful looNot only is this a fast moving book, it's also educational and entertaining. It's fiction, but based upon tons of research that gives a delightful look into life in the 14th century, bringing the people and places to life in an unforgettable manner. Back to the middle ages for a compelling tale of people of all levels of society, their dreams, and their woes. I gained an enormous understanding of what life must have been like. The background information about the challenges of building a cathedral are equally fascinating. One of my favorite authors....more
The basic concept behind this novel is pretty interesting. Bible of Clay is a great book for those enthusiasts of biblical archaelogy. I have troubleThe basic concept behind this novel is pretty interesting. Bible of Clay is a great book for those enthusiasts of biblical archaelogy. I have trouble laying the book down! From page 1, you are hooked wondering why a certain individual must be killed. To me, it is an easy and intriguing read. The lines flow with an ever growing story line. Once in a great while I find a great book that hooks me, and this is it! Revenge can be a very messy thing, and Navarro holds nothing back in showing what the hatred of many decades can bring about when plans that have lain dormant from the end of the Second World War come to fruition with the exposure of an old enemy. The only person worth rooting for, an innocent priest, in the end becomes jaded by the machinations of his family and their friends as they try to take out the Tannenburgs, no matter the cost. The Bible of Clay seems almost a secondary player in this narrative, with the focus not so much on the quest of it, but of wielding the power of decades and trying to prove that in the end the ends do justify the means. These are powerfully human characters that I couldn't bring myself to like, but I could understand....more
Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomesFrom the Publisher
Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about the photograph that has turned his world upside down. It is the face of the unnamed man who brutalized his mother in the last days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz. But is it really the same one? If so, who is he? How did he escape punishment? Where is he now?
Fueled by an intensity he has not felt in years, Allon cautiously begins to investigate, but the more layers he strips away, the greater the evil that is revealed, a web stretching across sixty years and thousands of lives. Soon, the quest for one monster becomes the quest for many. And the monsters are stirring . . .
Filled with sharply etched characters and prose, and a plot of astonishing intricacy, this is an uncommonly intelligent thriller by one of our very best writers.
14.07.09: --------- This book is amazing and has everything you could possibly want and more. Very action packed. The action is non-stop but the author does not neglect his characters that have a depth rarely seen in a work of this type. Drawing on facts, Daniel Silva portrays a world that would rather forget about the Holocaust or just as bad, believe it never happened. Readers will adore the troubled and vulnerable protagonist who fights in an invisible war against his country. Silva's journalistic style is perfectly suited to his subject matter. He presents information efficiently and without preamble, in short sentences which move the action along quickly. Incorporating historical facts within his fictional framework, he provides testimonies from the Holocaust library at Yad Vashem, evidence from Auschwitz and Treblinka, and an account of Adolf Eichmann's capture to elevate the fiction, give it credence, and pack an emotional wallop. Within this exciting chase to apprehend the murderer, Silva develops his thematic goal of bringing continuing injustice to light, and few readers will fail to be moved by his zeal and the power of his historical details. This is a strong novel which transcends the usual "thriller" designation because of its reliance on verifiable evidence.
Although overwhelmed with too many subplots, THE ALEXANDER CIPHER is a terrific thriller that cleverly interweaves historical tidbits of Ancient EgyptAlthough overwhelmed with too many subplots, THE ALEXANDER CIPHER is a terrific thriller that cleverly interweaves historical tidbits of Ancient Egypt and Macedonia during the Alexander era into the contemporary adventure. This book however is a little different and concentrates on the greed of treasure hunter's, rather than a race against time to save the world from imminent disaster. The overwhelming greed of a number of people rushing to uncover, what in all probability will be the greatest treasure ever found, surpassing even that of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
The tomb of Alexander the Great, one of the most important men in history, has been sought for centuries, but no one has ever come close to revealing the place of his burial. That is until a group of construction workers unwittingly dig open the entrance of an Alexandrian catacomb and the race is on to find the final resting place of Alexander himself. There are many ruthless men who are prepared to kill to be the first to set eyes on the remains of Alexander and the treasure that was undoubtedly buried with him . . . ...more
Well I am done with the re-read of this book. Yes I read it as a teenager and I loved it as I did the firs time. I have an uncle in Sacramento that saWell I am done with the re-read of this book. Yes I read it as a teenager and I loved it as I did the firs time. I have an uncle in Sacramento that says that it's good to read a book a couple of times in different parts of our life. Rebecca", the book that gave Daphne du Maurier immortality, has all the features of the novel of its time. Balancing on the thin, invisible line between plain romance and deep psychological analysis, it is engrossing, for me to the point of sacrificing sleep. Rebecca" is a great classic, full of suspence, with great characters. It is definitely worth reading even as the only book by du Maurier, to get acquainted with her style, and it is a very good novel for a long, winter evening, virtually moving the reader to the British countryside at the beginning of the twentieth century. Although the novel certainly aged, it did so gracefully, retaining all its charm. ...more
Victoria Hislop has researched her subject very well and written a wonderful story. I am Greek and I could feel that I was there while reading the booVictoria Hislop has researched her subject very well and written a wonderful story. I am Greek and I could feel that I was there while reading the book. Her writing style is fantastic. The descriptions are eloquent without being pompous or overdone. The characters are like everyday people. I really loved the way the author showed us what life on Spinalonga must have been like, that the people had hope and lived live to its fullest. She also addressed issues such as prejudicy against those that are different and how people's ignorance makes them act harshly and rashly towards others. In "The Island," Hislop has not only given a different spin on leprosy, an illness as old as history itself, but she has also reawakened the little-known history of Spinalonga. Wonderful book! It is hard to believe that this book was written by a non-Greek. To the author: Congrats! Thank you for loving Greece so much! ...more
02.01.09: --------- A short and perfectly-voiced story of preteenage Margaret who desperately wants breasts, her period, to fit in, and to understand Go02.01.09: --------- A short and perfectly-voiced story of preteenage Margaret who desperately wants breasts, her period, to fit in, and to understand God. Caught between her father's mother's Jewish heritage, and her mother's Christian, Maragaret--who has no religion--is trying to find God, but speaks to him all the time. A brilliant and well-written (truly in Margaret's voice) story about finding identity and understanding the world and religion. I recommend this book for young girls from ages 10 to 13 and for their moms to read if they haven't already as a young girl.
19.12.08: --------- I just finished Marley and Me last night. The adorable photo on the cover caught my eye....they had a display of the book out in the19.12.08: --------- I just finished Marley and Me last night. The adorable photo on the cover caught my eye....they had a display of the book out in the open. Being an avid animal and dog lover, I couldn't pass it up. I loved it. To me it was so refreshing to see such commitment in another dog owner. I have always believed that when you adopt a pet it should be part of the family, and it is a lifelong commitment. You don't give up and get rid of them, just because of hard times or problems. This book is just enjoyable reading and now waiting for the movie to come out at Christmas time. Oh, if all our lives could be this much fun. Marley certainly was a loved dog, probably never had a bad day. I just passed this book onto other people, especially good dog lovers. I would also recommend it to high school readers as well. I loved the humor, the stories about Marley, and the compassion the author relates to the reader about his life/loves/annoyances. I'd highly recommend Marley and Me and am looking forward to reading John Grogan's 2nd book.
om Publishers Weekly In this penetrating coming-of-age debut from London-based Lalwani, 14-year-old Rumika Vasi struggles to fulfill her mathematicalom Publishers Weekly In this penetrating coming-of-age debut from London-based Lalwani, 14-year-old Rumika Vasi struggles to fulfill her mathematical gifts and her family's demands on them, while also finding friendship and romance. Rumi, labeled gifted in kindergarten, becomes subject to the grim home teaching of her father, Mahesh, a professor of mathematics at the University of Swansea in Wales. The goal: to be accepted to Oxford by age 14. Shreene, Rumi's mother, resentfully accepts the household dominance of Rumi's studies while worrying about how to raise her to be a proper young Indian woman. Rumi longs to be in India, where lots of girls are good at math and where she feels at home among her extended family. The pull of romance is also soon part of Rumi's equation. Lalwani does a nice job with the myriad cultural contradictions: a bewildered Shreene, for example, resorts to archaic scripts from her childhood, leading her to tell Rumi that [o]nly white people have sex and that Indian babies come from prayer. Well done, too, is Rumi's warm relationship with India. Lalwani doesn't have characterization fully down, but the pain and confusion she presents are deeply felt.
14.05.2012: =========== This novel is part of a burgeoning literature of the Indian diaspora in the West, ambitious bright intellectuals struggling with their ancient roots in a new and different world. It is not one of the better works.
I expected to like this book. I had read promising reviews and the premise sounded - and is - interesting. However, I felt it was let down by the writing, which I found muddled and long-winded. When I read, I like to be involved with at least one character in the book. I don't always have to like them or approve of what they do, but I do need to at least care what happens to them. I admired how Lalwani shows us Rumi's view of the world (everything is a math equation), but I didn't particularly care about any of these characters and I actively disliked the father. The book felt disjointed, as if Lalwani was trying to cover too many bases. Also, the writing alternated between the present and past tense, for reasons that I could not understand.
I think part of why this book is so popular is that it draws out such strong feelings in people. Readers feel jealous of Elizabeth's ability to travelI think part of why this book is so popular is that it draws out such strong feelings in people. Readers feel jealous of Elizabeth's ability to travel. They feel upset that Elizabeth "wastes" a year traveling without feeling "guilty" about not volunteering at a nursing home instead. They feel annoyed that Elizabeth's personal memoir talks about her personal feelings rather than writing a social treatise on poverty in the slums of India (which she wasn't near). They feel morally upset that she left her marriage without laying out in explicit detail for public review why the marriage failed. They feel an ovarian outrage against any female would not actively leap at the chance to bear children. They feel religious fervor at anybody who would approach the worship of God without going specifically through a priest and Jesus Christ. Whatever was the trigger for someone, I think that trigger is an important idea to meditate on - because there are MANY people who feel the way that created that trigger. To be able to try to understand them in this no-holds-barred book is incredibly valuable. If your decision is to just close the book and turn your back, that is the attitude that causes cultures to still clash all over the world. How much better if we could really learn to understand each other, forgive each others' mistakes, accept that we all have different views and at least get some small sense of where people are coming from. Her description of Italians and their love affair with food and life is delicious. I laughed out loud at her description of all her efforts to overcome her depression. I could so identify with her analogy of depression and lonliness crawling in bed with her, old friends. I was a little disappointed in the "South Pacific" ending. It left me wondering what was going to happen to her when she returns to "real life". Well I saw the movie and realy likes it to. There are things that are different but you get the point. I loved the part that she is in Italy and the way that she eats there. I wish I was in Italy eating the things that she was eating....more
The wives of King Henry VIII have always fascinated me, especially Catherine of Aragon. I enjoyed her portrayal of Catherine as a strong, independentThe wives of King Henry VIII have always fascinated me, especially Catherine of Aragon. I enjoyed her portrayal of Catherine as a strong, independent woman who would stop at nothing to achieve her dreams. Too many novels paint Catherine as "the victim", and I enjoyed this new and different perspective. I also loved how the Moors were painted so beautifully, and given such a voice. You see that these people were brutally treated, and that the Spanish Inqusition destroyed a Europe that could have been, as the moors held so much knowledge on medicine, literature, science, and health. This greatly enhances the text, and gives the story a richness that would not have been there otherwise. ...more
Corelli's Mandolin is a light and witty story that still manages to be infused with the weight of myth.Set on the Greek island of Cephallonia, the reaCorelli's Mandolin is a light and witty story that still manages to be infused with the weight of myth.Set on the Greek island of Cephallonia, the reader is thrust into the 'literally' lush, emotionally rich, sharply humorous, painfully tragic story of the beautiful Pelagia. This spirited young woman lives with her father, the village physician and self-appointed historian. This is the tale of the small town on Cephallonia, Pelagia's life, her two great loves (one a beautiful young Greek fisherman whom the war ravages, and the other a somewhat shy, sweet Italian army captain who plays Antonia, his mandolin), and the Second World War in the Balkans (which include Greece). I loved this book and will blatantly quote the Washington Post, "(It) brims with all the grand topics of literature - love and death, heroism and skullduggery, humor and pathos, not to mention art and religion. A good old-fashioned novel." This is a wonderful curl-up-in-bed-for-a-few-hours-and-be-transported novel. ...more
It sounded like a good book when I bought it, but didn't enjoy it.
It seems that most people really love this book, but I hated it. I only give it twoIt sounded like a good book when I bought it, but didn't enjoy it.
It seems that most people really love this book, but I hated it. I only give it two stars because various passages of the book were interesting. I enjoyed those few pieces but as a whole I wanted to toss it in the trash. The book seemed to drag on and on.
I was not able to care about any of the characters, I found them all self absorbed and immature. I could neither really love or hate them, they seemed too fake to me. Without the story invoking feeling I couldn't get into it. ...more