This book is strange. As in, super strange. Sometimes it's strange and I'm reading it and thinking, Is this real? Or is this imaginary? Because MirandThis book is strange. As in, super strange. Sometimes it's strange and I'm reading it and thinking, Is this real? Or is this imaginary? Because Miranda July succeeds so incredibly about entering the door to her own bizarre sense of reality and inviting us in to kick up our feet and stay a while. It's not normal in this place, and that's why I love Miranda July as much as I do. I think to myself, This is why I am not alone in the world.
Nevertheless, this book is particularly strange.
I devoured this book. I was entranced. It was weird, but normal in its weirdness, and there are snails, and chromotherapists, and obsessions, and delusions, and of course, her connection with the cellular level or soul level of babies, and I was like. What is this. What am I reading.
And then I finished it, and I smiled, and in all the weirdness, I was like. Yes. That is motherhood. What a strange and unlikely portrayal. Because this is a novel, the character development of the protagonist is exceptionally handled. It is not over the top, in my view, but it is miraculous and hopeful.
I did not know until I came onto GoodReads that this book had been endorsed by a celebrity, and I think it's a shame that there's hype around it, and expectations. I think this is a book better read if you set aside what you think it's going to be about, and just receive what it is....more
I don't know that I've ever read a book from the point of view of someone who is older, and I didn't even realize this absence until I started to readI don't know that I've ever read a book from the point of view of someone who is older, and I didn't even realize this absence until I started to read this book. The Pull of the Moon is, essentially, a coming-of-age story of someone who is coming of age again, as she turned 50, and confronts her new body, her new life, and some aspects of her old life that she needs to let go. The book is told purely through letters and journal entries, and while this is a limited way to relay information, I thought Berg did a wonderful job of balancing introspective insights with situations that reveal important aspects of the protagonist's character. I saw a lot of myself in Nan, and felt that it served as much as a lesson for younger women about how to live their lives as it did about older women, too. A quick read, a beautiful read, and left me with ideas to ponder about what it means to live. ...more
There is something mystical about this book. A blind girl with a miniature model of her city. Her fearless ability to keep on surviving, not because sThere is something mystical about this book. A blind girl with a miniature model of her city. Her fearless ability to keep on surviving, not because she is brave, but because she is resilient. Her fascination with the world around her, that she experiences in texture and smell and imagination. I have never read anything like it.
I found it difficult, and often annoying, to bounce back and forth through time and perspective, but I understand why the author chose to unravel the story in this fashion. It is gripping throughout, and you're just desperate to find out what happens, but then you're drawn back to other places around the world, the simultaneous stories that make up the landscape of a moment in history. I forgave the annoyances in the end, because I was so totally enraptured in how things finally converge.
This is a book that makes you curious, and delighted, and sorrowful, and hopeful, and satisfied....more
I came across this book because I am recently married, and I was going through the growing pains of that, and I thought to myself, There are so many lI came across this book because I am recently married, and I was going through the growing pains of that, and I thought to myself, There are so many love stories that end with characters happily-ever-after, committing their lives to one another in beautiful vows at the alter, and then done. And I wondered, I wonder if there's a story about "After I Do"? A quick Google search later, and lo and behold. There is such a story.
This is not a book that will necessarily blow your mind, but it's a damn good story. The book begins when the main characters are in a heated argument about whatever, and the wife throws a vase across the room at her husband's head. It's one of those, "How did I get here?" moments and they knew that something had to change. The rest of the story is about the evolution of their love, and how what they choose to do when it gets unbearable.
I think this is an important book to exist, particularly if you're married and sometimes wondering why you keep staying married. I related to so much of it, and there are simply not enough stories talking about what makes marriage impossible (but possibly worth it). ...more
This is the best of what fiction has to offer: characters that feel like people you might have once met, quirky, flawed, and real; a plot that is captThis is the best of what fiction has to offer: characters that feel like people you might have once met, quirky, flawed, and real; a plot that is captivating; an insight into a part of the world you probably know very little about; and brilliant prose that makes you catch your breath and double-back and read it again because it is so lovely. This is my "go-to-recommendation" for when you want to lose yourself in an amazing story. It is hard to capture as a plot, because the best part of the book is the journey of each page, each story. I barely put this down from the moment I picked it up, and I cried when it was over - not because it was over, but because I was so happy someone had written it....more
In the first couple chapters, I was like... what is this? This is weird. And then after chapter 3 or 4, I was like, THIS IS AMAZING! And so it was. BaIn the first couple chapters, I was like... what is this? This is weird. And then after chapter 3 or 4, I was like, THIS IS AMAZING! And so it was. Bardugo creates a fantastical world, full of strange things that are strange at first and then become beautifully imaginary, things you accept as normal, even though you're not quite sure exactly what they are. You are transplanted into her imagination. The plot is riveting. Slow at first, and then so intense you don't want to put it down. I was so attached to the characters that during terrifying scenes, I would literally gasp and curse. A delightful story. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy....more