I really don't care for this star rating system. It seems so inappropriate, like we're reviewing refrigerators or something.
I don't really know how tI really don't care for this star rating system. It seems so inappropriate, like we're reviewing refrigerators or something.
I don't really know how to "rate" this book. It was herky jerky, sometimes interesting but sometimes a yawn, and I never could tell at what moment that transition would occur next. Which, to me, made it a great read. But the sections that were boring, were really boring. Mostly those were the idyllic childhood sections: the anecdotes from his pampered, rich kid experience before everything changed so drastically. The changes were not only drastic but terrifying. And all encompassing. It's interesting to think about as it has now been over fifty years since the Revolution that these people believed wouldn't last more than a year or two.
I would recommend this book to anyone who really doesn't know much about the Cuban Revolution. It isn't going to give you a history lesson so much as an up close perspective on how violent an effect political upheaval can have on the individual level.
The title seduced me into buying this, plus the high praise blurb from Ann Lamott printed right at the top of the cover. I read it in one sitting. TooThe title seduced me into buying this, plus the high praise blurb from Ann Lamott printed right at the top of the cover. I read it in one sitting. Took an hour. Not because it was amazing, but because of its structure. It is made up of one to three page sections. Some sections are not even half a page long.
It was okay. Not what I'd hoped. I see the beautiful sentences Lamott praises. I guess it wasn't enough for me. Memoir is something I like to read occasionally, but not being familiar with the author ahead of time I just found the ordinariness of her story not touching me. Maybe if I sit with my thoughts for a day or two, it will seem brilliant. Or moving. Right now I just feel kind of depressed. Which I suppose is a response, but not the one I wanted to have....more
Glad to have read it, but mostly confirmed what I already understood about Afghan culture. Seierstad lived with the Khan family for three months and wGlad to have read it, but mostly confirmed what I already understood about Afghan culture. Seierstad lived with the Khan family for three months and was able to gather and convey a very personal and up close look at daily Afghan life. If I didn't already feel lucky to be a woman born and raised elsewhere, this up close look at female subservience certainly validated the feeling.
It wasn't terribly well structured; there are a lot of people in this family, and I found the jumping from one's story to another to be done a bit chaotically. There were stories that I felt were missing something, like the carpenter's. But maybe that was a function of less access.
Worthwhile in the end if you are interested in the story of this country....more
This turned out to be a cool little book that covered a decent amount of ground about the innovations that put America on its feet. I particularly enjThis turned out to be a cool little book that covered a decent amount of ground about the innovations that put America on its feet. I particularly enjoyed the sections on the railroad and especially on the highway system. If you have ever had the opportunity to travel by car across this country - and I have, twice - then you'd probably find a lot to appreciate about the story of how that came to be a possibility.
Other sections were not so well done or intriguing, or maybe just not of much interest to me. Maybe I'm too desensitized by today's media to care all that much about yet another perspective on early television, for example.
My non-reader husband listened to the audio version of this while I was reading it. He was also mostly impressed with it. I think it ran about 14 hours on audio. ...more