I picked this book up while waiting for "Gone Girl" from the library. It started out positively, and I was enjoying the plot and storyline. I enjoyedI picked this book up while waiting for "Gone Girl" from the library. It started out positively, and I was enjoying the plot and storyline. I enjoyed the jumping back and forth in the timeline to tell the story. However, the story went downhill for me about midway through, when the author veered too much into the 'devil worshiping' territory. It seemed too 'easy' and really wrecked the book for me. It's one thing to include it in the book, but it didn't need to go on and on, chapter after chapter, and in detail. I lost interest and found it boring and myself wanting to get to the next chapter or another character's chapter (mostly Libby). Gillian Flynn is a great writer, and I thought this book had so much potential to be greater than it was. I really enjoyed the character development through out this book-- especially that of Libby. I started out disliking her and finding her really irritating. As the story progresses, she reveals more and more and her true character and humanity start to emerge. What we are left with is a hurt, lonely, shaken, and overwhelmed girl who has been hiding from herself and the world as a means of "coping". I loved seeing her relate to certain characters in the book (Chrissy), and feeling sympathy and empathy for them. She becomes someone you can somewhat relate to (we all struggle with certain things from our past), and I ended up liking her and feeling sorry for her. I liked that every chapter ended up being a different year and/or character's viewpoint. It made it interesting to read, and I looked to seeing each characters story progress and develop. In the end, I felt disappointed with the ultimate direction the novel took. I do like the 'resolution' at the end, and how it was more complicated and complex in terms of typing and implicating more than one character. I did find many parts unrealistic and overdone (especially the reason Libby went into hiding, Ben protecting her, and the drastic measures they take at the end of the book).
I'm looking forward to reading "Gone Girl" and possibly her first book "Sharp Objects", as she is a talented author and they're different stories and plots....more
This is an absolutely beautifully written, poignant story about family, life, loss, coping, and the intricacies of family dynamics, bonds, bottled upThis is an absolutely beautifully written, poignant story about family, life, loss, coping, and the intricacies of family dynamics, bonds, bottled up emotions, and the ties that bind us to each other. I didn't know exactly what to expect of this book, but once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down. Catherine Chung is an immensely talented writer and I look forward to her next book....more
"Human trafficking can only work if the victims remains invisible to the public eye". David Batstone's excellent book on human trafficking and slavery"Human trafficking can only work if the victims remains invisible to the public eye". David Batstone's excellent book on human trafficking and slavery is captured perfectly by this quote from the book. Each chapter takes you through a different country and a different form of slavery, opening your eyes to the horrific travesties that are often occurring right under our noses. Ignorance only serves the traffickers and those benefiting from this, and if knowledge is the best defense and way to fight , then Mr. Batstone has done us all a great service.
If possible, I truly "enjoyed" reading this book (though the subject is heart-breaking). It was written in a very "down to earth", easy to read, comprehensive manner, and provided a wealth of information. I believe we have a responsibility to educate ourselves and read books like this; it could so easily be us in these precarious, detestable situations. We are very lucky. My hope is that by educating ourselves and therefore becoming more aware to the atrocities around us, we will have the ability to make a difference and stand up for those who have been subjected to this. Educating ourselves will perhaps make us stand up to the traffickers, governments, and corrupt police and legal systems, and take notice to the lives around us, and make it that much more difficult for those profiting from this human slave trade.
It is sad to know that this is happening anywhere and everywhere--all around us, and instead of turning a blind eye, David Batstone has delved into the world of the victims and survivors to cast a light on these sadly ubiquitous, criminal, and cruel acts.
I found this book inspiring, informative, and compassionate. David Batstone provides numerous websites for those who are interested in pursuing the topic further and provides great tips on how we can make a difference and help. I highly recommend reading this book--for anyone and everyone. This is a great forum for starting a conversation, learning more, and hopefully making a step towards eradicating slavery once and for all....more
Mornings in Jenin is an incredible book. I love how this story sheds light and revolves around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-- but through a slightMornings in Jenin is an incredible book. I love how this story sheds light and revolves around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-- but through a slightly different lens. The author did a great deal of research for this novel, and I would consider it more of a non-fiction, interwoven with fictitious characters and injected with thoughts, feelings, and human emotion. If you are having a hard time getting into the book at the beginning, stick with it! I wish I had known the author included a glossary at the back of the book, which made translating and understanding the various Arab words much easier. In my initial comment on this book, I mentioned that it got a bit confusing trying to decipher where or what they were talking about at times (I was distracted and had my mind on something else when I first started reading this). Once you start reading, you will become absorbs by the story, and the authors beautiful words. I find this book to be very relevant, regardless of genre, or what your views are on the conflict. This book underscored the horror, tragedy, suffering, and loss that an entire culture, generation, and people endured: from a personal, as well as cultural perspective. I am so glad Susan Abulhawa finally got this book published, and am even more grateful that I came across it on Goodreads. I loved the non-fiction inserts woven into this book; the various newspaper articles about the atrocities that happened were fascinating to read and gave the book real context and a sense of palpable "realness", or authenticity and depth. The historical aspect and events gave the book a certain weight and anchor, so to speak. Overall, a great book and highly recommended. I literally felt transported when I read this....more