i've been putting off this review for a while, because it's hard for me to distinguish how i feel about it. there are two parts to every book - the wa...morei've been putting off this review for a while, because it's hard for me to distinguish how i feel about it. there are two parts to every book - the way it's written and the story inside it. sometimes i review the way a book is written, and sometimes i review the story. this one, i'm not sure how to do either.
the book itself is well-written, although i could do without some of mr. ambrose's interjections and commentary. i'm all for being all-american and patriotic and all, but when it's assumed that we win the wars merely because of who we are as americans, to me, that has a very false ring to it. if you look at the numbers, the training and other things, most wars don't end how it appears they should. the south SHOULD have won the civil war, on paper. Germany and Japan SHOULD have trounced us, and they did, more than once. there's more to winning than just being american. but that's my opinion, of course. everyone has their own opinion.
i admit that i picked up the book because i'm married to an army sergeant and several of our friends own copies. i have friends in the infantry, friends who are officers, and lots in between, so i think by picking up this book, it would give me a little bit of insight into how soldiers at war work. i was wrong, actually. i still have a hard time relating and understanding the soldier mindset, and i think it's because i lack a frame of reference. i'm not a soldier. i'm not in the army, and i have never been to war.
to me, some of the things in the book that the soldiers did, both easy company and their comrades, made absolutely no sense to me. i couldn't fathom the mindset behind it, especially some of the actions at the eagle's nest, near the end of the book. i found myself wanting to judge, to dismiss their actions as reprehensible, but found that i couldn't because i wasn't there. i have no idea what made them do what they did. it left me feeling strange and disconnected.
there were a few men who stood out, though. i loved major winters, and it was good to see a constant in a book where it was hard to keep track of everyone. after reading, i understand why for the miniseries a lot of characters were combined or deleted - there were just so many. each had his story, and i don't envy anyone who had to make those cuts.
i likely won't be watching the miniseries - i'm sure it's good, but i just don't have the stomach for violence that i used to. however, i did enjoy this book, for what it was, and would recommend it to anyone else wanting to get a good, personal glimpse at world war ii.(less)
i waffled a little between 3.5 and 4 stars, but i really did like the book. simple, with a good storyline. i liked the characters, and her use of lang...morei waffled a little between 3.5 and 4 stars, but i really did like the book. simple, with a good storyline. i liked the characters, and her use of language is good. a good, light read for an afternoon. :)(less)
i'm not going to say i loved the book, but i did like it. it was a bit of a slog through the language, but you can tell that hawthorne was a man who l...morei'm not going to say i loved the book, but i did like it. it was a bit of a slog through the language, but you can tell that hawthorne was a man who loved words, either lots of them strung together or just the way some words sounded. i also liked the way that he never actually said if things were otherwordly or not, just that this is how it might have happened. i did, however, find the last two chapters to be a little too scooby-doo and tidy for my taste. a good book. (less)
i had a much bigger review, and then i clicked a link to add a book and it took me to harry potter. (please note in my book ratings how NOT fond i am...morei had a much bigger review, and then i clicked a link to add a book and it took me to harry potter. (please note in my book ratings how NOT fond i am of harry potter. oh, the irony.) so now i'm all grumpy and not in the mood to rewrite a review.
this book, though, is quite worthy of the series. one of my favorites, i have to say. the author's note at the end caught my attention, not because of what he said in the author's note, but what he might have said had the book been reprinted after september 2001.
i bought this for the plane ride from salt lake to atlanta. i really really liked this book. as others have said, i know there will be tons of compari...morei bought this for the plane ride from salt lake to atlanta. i really really liked this book. as others have said, i know there will be tons of comparisons to harry potter, but i actually found that i liked this better than most, if not all of the harry potter books. not too long, diverting, and some very good greek mythology thrown in. i even learned a few things! i'm definitely looking forward to reading more of these books. a great plane read. :)(less)
i picked this up on a recommendation from several different people. i read it in about an hour, while sitting on the couch with a cat on my lap.
it's...morei picked this up on a recommendation from several different people. i read it in about an hour, while sitting on the couch with a cat on my lap.
it's a very sweet book, with a lot of profound thoughts in it. the ending is very poignant, but surprisingly, i didn't get teary at all. i thought i would, and i really wanted to. it just didn't happen.
i also think my rating suffered a bit from practicality. i'm one of the first to believe that being child-like (not childish) can be a very good thing. not losing sight of the wonder, the magic, and all those amazing invisible things. but when the "grown-ups are strange" kept coming up, i wanted to say, i know. they are. we are. but we have to be, in order for you to still have that childlike wonder and the ability for you to dream. we HAVE to work. we have to do things that make no sense to you. possibly it's not that important, but it's necessary. so don't be so quick to judge.
a very good story, and one that i will share with others. 4 stars.(less)
i honestly don't know how to review this book. i've thought and thought for days. i suppose i can at least explain that the three stars is kind of an...morei honestly don't know how to review this book. i've thought and thought for days. i suppose i can at least explain that the three stars is kind of an average. the book gets five stars for effort - obviously the author did amazing amounts of work, and it's really kind of a cool idea. but i think, deep down, i really really didn't like the book. hence the one star. in basic math, five plus one divided by two equals three! (put that in your footnotes, mr. d.)
i respect the book itself. it's well done, for what it is, which i guess is experimental literature/prose. i liked the idea of dual story lines, for lack of a better description, with the navidson record and johnny's story, even though johnny's story tended to irritate me to no end and really didn't seem to have a point. i did enjoy the storyline with the haunted house, and i think (perish the thought) that it would have been a great book just on its own.
i guess, at the end, it just wasn't my style. but kudos to the author for making the book equivalent of forrest gump. you either love it, or you hate it. sadly, i tend to fall closer to the latter. but good try anyways!(less)