Oh my god, LOVE! This book chronicles the ultimate love story and pairs it with food, but not just any food, PARISIAN food! Elizabeth Bard couldn’t ha...moreOh my god, LOVE! This book chronicles the ultimate love story and pairs it with food, but not just any food, PARISIAN food! Elizabeth Bard couldn’t have written this book better, because as her story of love and happiness unravels, the recipes become increasingly delicious. Truthfully, the tea she describes in the first chapter is AMAZING and any tips that she has advised on in the book, I have used with success. The evolution of her journey from an American Jew disenfranchised in London into a French-American wife residing in Paris is truly phenomenal. She leaves little to the imagination and is surprisingly honest about her own shortcomings, particularly in regards to her family. Her brutal honesty makes her relatable and her creativity and passion with regards to life make her memorable. Her Jewish background adds to the romance of both cooking and her transition into French life and into her own as a wife, French woman and a Jew. A must read if you are a fan of Julie and Julia or Eat Pray Love. On the cooking notes, her recipes are easy to follow and surprisingly simple. Paying homage to each aspect of her new and old life, she rebuilds her each recipe and tailors it so that a novice in the kitchen would be able to make the food she so deliciously describes. (less)
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!! Originally suggested to me as an interpretation piece for debate, my friend's mother warned me that I may take a liking to t...moreTHIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!! Originally suggested to me as an interpretation piece for debate, my friend's mother warned me that I may take a liking to the protagonist....understatement of the week. Gilman's recreation of her childhood and adult experiences are hilarious and easily related to, and the descriptions leave nothing to the imagination. Her gritty description of the punk streets of NYC as a teenager are everything that VH1 describes and complaints about being a feminist bride who is planning her wedding are nothing short of hilarious, even if you have never been around a wedding being planned or never been subjected to the Bridezilla television show. As an 18 year old about to enter college, this book helped me to gain perspective on what it means to be a strong woman, to find your identity and to never lose it, in a very subtle and unique way. If you are open minded and looking for an amusing laugh, I highly recommend this book...you won't be disappointed(less)
I am officially a romance novel snob. After talking books with my mom and her friends, I have come to the conclusion that ravishment novels only have...moreI am officially a romance novel snob. After talking books with my mom and her friends, I have come to the conclusion that ravishment novels only have joy for me if they have an awesome plot as well. Hence my love for Kathleen E Woodiwiss and Charlaine Harris.
That being said, this book was lacking in a lot of ways. I loved the concept of the plot, however I hated the length and the lack of detail to plot development that the book had. While the book itself wasn't written too poorly, it was moderately predictable and the "twists" were seen miles away. I liked the idea of a plot based on espionage and intrigue, however I should have recognized that since the book was rather short, that the development of the plot would focus on the budding relationship between the main characters rather than the plot of a spy being sent in to discover a political threat.
I liked the time period and the allusions to literary characters revolving around the French Revolution, however I feel that this novel lacks. I gave it three stars because the author did her best to balance the plots, but I feel like the length and development was lacking, either to make the book easier to read or to make a publisher happy.(less)
Ok, these books were bought for me in a series, and I have the same complaints about the plot and the writing as I did the last time.
The plot was rush...moreOk, these books were bought for me in a series, and I have the same complaints about the plot and the writing as I did the last time.
The plot was rushed and while it lacked the spy element that the last book had, it held a Jane Eyre quality that I appreciated. The characters were less creative and the timeframe in which the book was supposed to take place was highly inaccurate. The development of speech would honestly not make the leaps and strides that it did in the book. It was interesting that the brother had a side plot that involved his past, however that lacked development, again I'm guessing due to length.
Overall, I'm not itching to finish the series, however I will simply because it was purchased for me in a set when Borders closed. I will finish some other books before I continue with this series.(less)
Ok, it's needed to be read, just so people can understand the difference between USSR brand communism, USA propagandist communism and ACTUAL communism...moreOk, it's needed to be read, just so people can understand the difference between USSR brand communism, USA propagandist communism and ACTUAL communism. This is the end all be all of a Western ideals that have been adopted and butchered by non Western nations.
Simply put, if you can read it, and NOT believe that communism would work as Marx writes it...you are far too biased towards the American understanding of communism to appreciate his writings.
Honestly, this book isn't nearly as long and should be introduced to children at an age younger than college level. You learn so much about capitalism and social structure from this work, that is seems a shame that more people haven't read it. It's a surprisingly easy read, not entirely straight forward, but there are enough websites and cliffnotes on the work that most anyone could feasibly read it.
This book ended up being a three year project to read. It is INTENSE! Very Dickens and wordy, however the plot is compelling once Sugar was introduced...moreThis book ended up being a three year project to read. It is INTENSE! Very Dickens and wordy, however the plot is compelling once Sugar was introduced and her relationship to the rest of the characters was established. She is the ultimate anti-hero. Everything that happens to her happens for a reason and it all builds up with the climax....I honestly wanted to read more of it, but it took the trip to France in Summer 2006 for me to have the time to devote to it. If you have a lot of time, read it. It's a FANTASTIC book. I honestly would read anything else Faber wrote because he developed the characters SO well....(less)