Posted while 72% through the book: Reading but getting more annoyed by many errors, the slow pace, the psycho babble, the "over-writing" (as in, someonPosted while 72% through the book: Reading but getting more annoyed by many errors, the slow pace, the psycho babble, the "over-writing" (as in, someone 'puts on a robe, sliding his right arm into the sleeve, then the left'. Please assume the reader is not an imbecile and knows how clothes get on a body. [Dec. 12, 2014, 10:30 AM]
The book intrigued me originally because I admired Anna for her decision to stand by her dying husband.
At first the descriptions of the different skin tones of several characters were interesting -- mahogany, sienna, cinnamon --- but later it became just irritating and repetitive.
The characters all came across as selfish and immensely self-absorbed. I did not find any of them growing or becoming closer and I did not particularly care about any of them. Old lady McGrath seemed to have the most life even though she features only in small part of dialogue.
The "surprises" seemed belaboured and the coincidences became almost laughable after the third or fourth one. The biggest reveal might have had more power if earlier conversations showed the connections Inman had. [I don't want to give anything away, hence cryptic note here.]
Notes after struggling to finish the book, just because I dislike quitting partway through:
The constant annoyances of really bad typos, like the spacing in the middle of many words and names, as in Ed ward instead of Edward. At the end of every chapter is a question mark.
Language drove me batty. "Anna's fingers grew cold." "The house grew silent." "She grew sad". "She grew warm." "I grew angry." "David grew silent." "She then fell somber." There are hundreds of these, which seem to slow down the action even more.
The overuse of the word 'then' in the middle of lengthy descriptions: "Anna then heard laughter." "Anna then surveyed ..." "Anna then beheld the reflection ..." What is wrong with saying something short and alive?
I apologize for all the negatives but I think with serious revision the book could be much improved. ...more
An utterly amazing book, filled with adventure, details, gorgeous descriptions, love and longing, family and faith. I read late into the night and deeAn utterly amazing book, filled with adventure, details, gorgeous descriptions, love and longing, family and faith. I read late into the night and deeply appreciated the experiences Brian described so vividly. Maybe this book will become a movie at some point, showing courage and love without having to revert to swearing and violence to make a point. ...more
I adore historical fiction, especially if there is truth woven into the tale. Being a Christian, this book grabbed me on several levels. The moral queI adore historical fiction, especially if there is truth woven into the tale. Being a Christian, this book grabbed me on several levels. The moral questions, the fight between right and wrong, love for people with very different points of view and coping with many situations outside of people's control, all rang very true. Trying not to spoil the story, I'll just leave it at that! ...more