For this short of book Mr. Young manages to ramble on a lot. Descriptions sometimes seem to get too deep. 25% of this short book is taken up with descFor this short of book Mr. Young manages to ramble on a lot. Descriptions sometimes seem to get too deep. 25% of this short book is taken up with descriptions.
As for the story. It is typical Young trying to get across his concept of what God, heaven and religion is. As usual, his concept molds God into human like beings that must always include at least one motherly character. He does force the main character to deal with his past digressions and earn forgiveness which I like. He gives us a God that is forgiving yet requires a bit of work on our part to earn it. We are flawed yet we can determine what is right and wrong as we live our lives. If we screw up, which we all do; there is no "get out of hell free" card but redemption can be earned in the afterlife....more
An awful lot of grief and despair in this book. Joy is expressed sparingly and only longingly. Pat was/is really kind of messed up. Maybe that's whatAn awful lot of grief and despair in this book. Joy is expressed sparingly and only longingly. Pat was/is really kind of messed up. Maybe that's what makes for a good writer. Was his father really abusive or was it perceived abuse in Pat's eyes? The love/hate relationship he seems to have with every member of his family is very confusing. You really can't tell if he despises them or loves them. Maybe that's the point. Do we all secretly feel this way about our family members but never deal with it?...more
Who is the good guy and who is the bad guy; Kane or Abel? Or are they both good or both bad? A remarkable book entwining fiction within a historical sWho is the good guy and who is the bad guy; Kane or Abel? Or are they both good or both bad? A remarkable book entwining fiction within a historical setting. Spanning the lives of two different, or maybe not so different men. They started out so very different but did they end up the same? I can't say enough good things about this book or Jeffrey Archer...more
Loved it loved it loved it! Centering around a family and its tavern, then restaurant, then diner; it captures the immigrants and Americana throughoutLoved it loved it loved it! Centering around a family and its tavern, then restaurant, then diner; it captures the immigrants and Americana throughout generations that make it great to be an American. Fantastic historical fiction that is not too weighty for those of us who ultimately read for pleasure but don't mind learning a thing or two about history in the process....more
Historical fiction. A good wholesome book about a family of Pennsylvania Quakers and their role in the inderground railroad prior to, during, and afterHistorical fiction. A good wholesome book about a family of Pennsylvania Quakers and their role in the inderground railroad prior to, during, and after the civil war. The story is told by, and follows the life of the main character Ann Redfield from her earliest memories to just prior to her death, as an aging woman. Dealing with far more than just the underground railroad it is a story about the Quaker community, which to be honest, really sounded wonderful during this time period, before modernization began to challenge their communities. Some what "Steinbeckish" as it deals with the trials of basic life and everyday tradgedies rather than any single momentus event, it pulls the reader into Ann's life. The underground railroad provides for moments of tradgedy as well as moments of uplifting rewards. Highly recommended for anyone who just wants to relax with a good story, and easy read, and insight and knowledge to another time and place in history. ...more
Beleive it or not a historical fiction, sci-fi, thriller. One of the more unique story lines I have ever read. Angels as bad guys? Hmmmmm...Great detaiBeleive it or not a historical fiction, sci-fi, thriller. One of the more unique story lines I have ever read. Angels as bad guys? Hmmmmm...Great detail, and research went into the creation of this novel. So many details had to be painstakenly tracked to be sure author did not step on her own toes as she intertwined the past and the present combining modern day, 1700's and WWII time periods. I though she tried to wrap it up a bit too quick as the novel closed. Too much happening too quick. Of course she left it open to sequel. Would be a GREAT movie! ...more
I am a HUGE fan of Mr. Hickman but I must be honest that while the book is OK it is not one of my favorite. But, all story lines cannot appeal to allI am a HUGE fan of Mr. Hickman but I must be honest that while the book is OK it is not one of my favorite. But, all story lines cannot appeal to all people. This is "jouney saga" therefore there tends to be a lot if "time" between action sequences. Plenty of time for discussion and introspection. The action sequences are intense but there is too much time between them. The charaters journey, learn something, then journey some more, attempting to reach their final destination(s). It becomes difficult to maintain interest. He paints elves as the evil race in this series and I do like that. I am tired of the elves always being the good guys. I wish the map supplied in the book was more detailed. Too many locations are mentioned with little or no reference to where they may be found on the map. In my opinion, a good map is essential in a fantasy novel, especially one devoted to so much traveling. It helps one understand the magnitude and trials of a long journey, and place battles when they occur. ...more
**spoiler alert** Not bad but it got a cliche by the time an accountant turned out to be a Navy Seal,a Chinese Industrialist attemped to kill the pres**spoiler alert** Not bad but it got a cliche by the time an accountant turned out to be a Navy Seal,a Chinese Industrialist attemped to kill the president in the White House while on TV while surrounded by Secret Service agents, and the scorned party girl naturally turned out to be computer whiz fell for the Nave Seal guy. ...more
A fantastic saga spanning several generations. Archer is masterful story teller. A rare writer who manages to tell a great story and not drag it on anA fantastic saga spanning several generations. Archer is masterful story teller. A rare writer who manages to tell a great story and not drag it on an on. He manages to tell the story and provide enough details to bring it to life yet not bog it down. ...more
Most definitely one of the best books I have ever read. This is a TRUE story of the Great Migration where African Americans fled the persecution of thMost definitely one of the best books I have ever read. This is a TRUE story of the Great Migration where African Americans fled the persecution of the South, after the Civil War to start a new and hopefully better life in the North.
Follow the lives of three extraordinarily beautiful people from their birth to their death as they first try to survive in a ridiculously prejudicial South, give up, flee to the North, and attempt to start all over. None of the three are perfect, they all have their flaws as human beings, but there is not one of them I would not have liked to have met. As we learn of their lives we also learn of the history surrounding the great migration and how it completely changed the United States forever. Millions of African Americans left the south changing the makeup of virtually every major American city in the North. The South, arrogant, seemingly ignorant to what they were bringing on themselves sat there and actually wondered why they were leaving. Fools!!
Their stories are told in a narrative style with brief interludes where Ms. Wilkerson leaves their stories to fill readers in on the history of the Great Migration. As a Caucasian reader, and one who was too young to know and understand all that was going on in the South, I was able to learn history from a point of view other than my own middle class Caucasian upbringing. Not a jaundiced point of view but one that was factual and with an interpretation of what it felt like to be in their shoes. None of these individuals relayed any tone of bitterness but a matter of fact as this is just the way it was. They appear to hold no grudge but remorse that it took so long for America to change and that it still has a long way to go. I was often ashamed when I read of some of the atrocities that were suffered. Even simple practices that I could not even imagine myself doing, even in their time; such as demanding that a person of color step off the sidewalk and let me pass if I am coming from the other direction. But THAT is the way it was for so long.
The three main individual’s stories take a bit of concentration to follow. Ms. Wilkerson chose three individuals of various ages who all migrated at a slightly different time and she moves back and forth between each of their stories. However, she begins each segment of their story with a date so it becomes easier for the reader to switch time references. This also helps to cover the full range of the migration which occurred from the early 1900’s through the 1970’s. Along the way, we meet other individuals whose lives intersected our main characters and we learn of them as well, along with the history of their time and location. This often digresses from the main narrative but each becomes standalone stories in themselves. Envision the main characters stories as the main branch of a river with the other stories as tributaries, branching off the river but yet still a part of it.
As the book comes to a close we digress less and less from the three main individuals’ stories and simply bounce back and forth between them. Why? Because old age has compartmentalized their lives. Many we learned of earlier have died; they can no longer touch the outside world as they once could. Ms. Wilkerson covers the funeral of each individual with sensitivity and beauty. Tears cannot help but come to your eyes as each of these individuals passes away, in common an unexceptional ways, but reveal the depth of how meaningful their simple lives were to both history and all those they touched. How their sacrifice actually did help to bring about change. The reader learns to identify with, respect, and even love each of these individuals.
Can this book change one’s way of thinking? I think so. I have learned so much, learned to empathize, to see an elderly person of color, try to imagine what they have seen in their lifetime, and maybe endured to simply earn their rights the same as I have and I did NOT have to fight for them. Do I now open the door for all of them? Yes. Do I now refer to him as a Sir and her as a Mam? Yes. Do I allow them to go before me? Yes. I always DID do this before but just to be polite. Do I do this now out of guilt? No. Do I do it out of respect? YES! ...more