Without giving spoilers, I would say this novel is a very well-written exploration of how we define what is real and what shapes these realities. AlsoWithout giving spoilers, I would say this novel is a very well-written exploration of how we define what is real and what shapes these realities. Also, this novel made me really think about what love is and what love is not, as well as how one person's profoundest love might not even touch the coattails of another person's most prosaic love, because people have different capacities, some with much more empathy and compassion.
The novel did have a few weak points. I found some of the descriptions of places outside Florida to be rather superficial, making me feel as though the setting was not important at all, but since she did such a good job creating the Florida of Lotto's childhood, I ended up feeling cheated that later landscapes were not nearly given the same level of attention.
The first half of this book is not not as good as the second, but it is the nature of the format. The story ends up building and building, making you want to go back and read earlier parts again to get the full picture. I found myself a little bit bored with the narrative focusing on Lotto, particularly when he was just drunk and wasting his life. When the perspective shifts to Mathilde's, things start getting very interesting, and I found the rest of the novel terribly compelling.
I also was confused by lotto's mom's age when she gave birth to him and gave birth to his sister. The description seemed indicate that she would've been in her mid 30s, but that would make her in her late 40s by the time she had Rachel. Though this is not impossible, I thought that she was 70 when Lotto died, and that he was 46 at that time, which would've made her 24 at the time of his birth. I need to go back and try to figure it out. I can't believe this would be an oversight.
Overall, a great read that gets better and better!
FASCINATING! I had no idea how interesting this book would be when I started it. I'm not a big super hero or comic book person, but I liked the WonderFASCINATING! I had no idea how interesting this book would be when I started it. I'm not a big super hero or comic book person, but I liked the Wonder Woman show as a kid, so I checked this audiobook out from the library. I'm so glad I did.
Really, this book tells part of a much broader story of early feminism, as well as the strange life of Wonder Woman's creator William Moulton Marston. His unusual lifestyle and eccentricities make him quite a character, and I found his wife to be equally interesting. As an early psychologist and an early male feminist, Marston used Wonder Woman as a mouthpiece for his strongly-held beliefs. Of course, he is also a product of his time, so observing how his ideals butt up against his reality makes for a fun read. The fact that the creator of Wonder Woman was also the creator of the first lie detector test just adds yet another layer of interest. Kudos to author Lepore for all the details she unearthed to bring this story to life!
There's more I could say about this book, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I would recommend it to all my friends who are interested in reading non-fiction, even those who aren't into comic books. Any history buffs and/or feminists will probably learn a few new things reading this book. I know I did!...more
Such a classic! It was one of my favorite books as a child, and my daughter loves it as much as I did. It's also one of the few books that I can readSuch a classic! It was one of my favorite books as a child, and my daughter loves it as much as I did. It's also one of the few books that I can read to her everyday, without feeling like I'm going to lose my mind. The only downside to the book is that it definitely references outdated gender roles--indicating that women are the ones who do the sewing and sweeping. It's not so egregious that I can't read it to my daughter, though I have mentioned to her that daddies can sweep and sew too!...more
**spoiler alert** Well, I've liked all three of the Cormoran Strike novels, but there's a little something holding me back from loving them. In the ca**spoiler alert** Well, I've liked all three of the Cormoran Strike novels, but there's a little something holding me back from loving them. In the case of this third one, there are two primary factors: 1). I didn't enjoy reading the serial killer's perspective, because though it may have been authentic, it was truly revolting. 2). There is exactly no reason why Cormoran shouldn't have just been tailing Robin and either looking for the psycho who was clearly after her or waiting for him to attempt to strike, like he did later with Shanker watching the substitute secretary. Yes, his resources were limited, but I think this would have been the best use of them! Anyway, what I did really like about this novel was the deepening of Robin and Strike's relationship. I'm eager to see how things go in the next installment!...more