Wow---what to report! First: I like Jonathan Franzen! [I want to get that clear]
I LIKED *FREEDOM*...yet, wouldn't put it on my 10 most favorite booksWow---what to report! First: I like Jonathan Franzen! [I want to get that clear]
I LIKED *FREEDOM*...yet, wouldn't put it on my 10 most favorite books I've read in the past few years. There are many great books out these days.
I LOVED the "CORRECTIONS"!!! [it just might make one of my top 10 lists some place].
I even enjoyed reading about Jonathan Franzen growing up....in "The Discomfort Zone".... but what do I say about "FREEDOM"???
Franzen covers a lot of topics: marriage--challenges of marriage---children---challenges raising children---sex--challenges with sex---politics---challenges with politics---the war---challenges with war--- over-population---challenges... passion for birds... integrity.... love.... pain... loss... deeper love.... friendships.... conditions of life... family friends.... more conditions of life....lol the human condition.....*people* and the way we operate: the good-the bad-and who we really are.....[pure and whole from within]>>>>in spite of our crazy nutty mistakes.
Am I glad I read this book? Of course!!!!! Did I wish I would have been able to find it a 'little' more charming---even laugh a little more???----yes....I did! [I missed that quality ---which was in "The Corrections"]..... but I'm still sitting here thinking about "FREEDOM".......
and his book gave me a gift!!!! (a personal gift). I did my own inner-looking. I had a day where I just put the book down "to think"!!!!
I loved the main characters. I feel as if I know them well. Why?----because Jonathan is the master when it comes to character development. I can count on him for that.
Oh---and the ending of the book was WONDERFUL
How was that for a review? ok? Did I pass? lol ...more
This is one of my FAVORITE BOOKS.....'ever'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Angle of Repose" (also by Wallace Stegner), is also one of my favorite top 10 books --(This is one of my FAVORITE BOOKS.....'ever'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Angle of Repose" (also by Wallace Stegner), is also one of my favorite top 10 books --(this is the first time I can say ---I 'really'--'really' can claim to have read TWO books by an author that will be forever LIFE-TIME-FAVORITES!!!!!
I'm only sorry I waited this long to read "Crossing to Safety". (its timeless).
Beautifully written --
Vivid-engaging-(story-telling at its best).
Another 'GREAT' book club discussion book (why hasn't our book club picked this one to read??)
A quote to remember......"I'd rather spend it on Charity" (what is it about that line that has the reader continue to 'think' about this?) ----and 'why' do I find it soooooo pure and beautiful??? (hmmmmmmmmmmmm)......
love it --- loved it.....loved it..... (a book hard to forget --and a book to read again)
I read "The Distant Land of My Father" in the year 2002 ---[thought I had just read one of the best books of my life].
Later when San Jose picked "TheI read "The Distant Land of My Father" in the year 2002 ---[thought I had just read one of the best books of my life].
Later when San Jose picked "The Distant Land of My Father" for BOOK of the YEAR --(I was not surprised) --I was excited because I knew I'd get a chance to meet the author.
Listening to Bo Caldwell speak that first night inspired me. Everything about this Bo Caldwell touched me. She wrote a brilliant book. She herself was beautiful. Her family was extraordinary. --A marvelous evening to go along with her marvelous book! (I was a BIG TIME fan of Bo).
Her 2nd book couldn't come fast enough for me!
In 2010 -- I attended Bo Caldwell's 'Opening' (wine & cheese) at Books In. in Mt. View: Bo was going to speak and introduce her new book "City of Tranquil Light". MY friend and I arrived 90 minutes early--to make sure to get a first row seat in that book store. (It was a PACKED house).
After listening to Bo speak that night (yes, I left with her new book), I was SAD. I wasn't ready to read her book --but I was not sure why. I was sad when she mentioned she had been sick. I was happy she said she was now well. I was sad because I was afraid I might not like her book as much as her fist one. I was just 'emotional'. Then a friend read her book (right away). She told me it wasn't as good as her other book. My fears were being validated.... BUT: I was WRONG!!!
THIS book *IS* 'as' important...'as' special ....'as' magnificent as "The Distant Land of My Father".....[just smaller...and just different]...... but BOTH of her books are EXCEPTIONAL books to read!!!! (I'm only sorry--with all my heart---that I waited this long to read this book).
I want to write a little more about few 'lines/spots' in the book which stayed with me (parts I came back to and re-read a few times):
1) ..... (without quoting): In our country--we often bring food to a family when a person dies and flowers to people when they are sick. In China food, (noodles), is brought when a child is born. Chrysanthemums would be brought for her death; lotus seeds for health and ginseng for longevity; and the New Year, tangerines for good fortune, fish for abundance, dumplings for wealth. The most precious gift was "The gift of trust".....(a theme throughout the story of this book) ---
2) I've been married for 33 years to my 'own' husband Paul....so I deeply related to the way Katherine's (in the book)love for her husband Will became more precious each year. Quote: "I would have thought younger love was the stronger force, but my feelings for Will have put down roots whose dept I'm only beginning to sense, and while I think of our marriage as still young-- nearly twenty-four years does not seem possible--I see its still not a sapling but a sturdy old oak."
3) In Chinese...."It is I Who have been blessed by you" .....[without giving the story away....this line was so very moving....dealing with forgiveness]. I'm reminded of great value to be taken away from this story.
Wonderful book! When is the next one coming out? I PROMISE not to wait 2 years to read it! ...more
I have many thoughts about this book--- but the most important is this:
I would NOT tell my friends "Oh, you MUST READ this Book"....without telling theI have many thoughts about this book--- but the most important is this:
I would NOT tell my friends "Oh, you MUST READ this Book"....without telling them a little more about the story.....[then let them 'choose']. Its not a book for everyone--and it might depend on what is going on in a person's life.
I had a friend say to me: "You should read this book, you have daughters"! HUH?????
This book deals with a horrific tragedy---[no its not graphic]---but this is not a book I give to my friends, like "Here ya Go"....Have fun!
I read the book in a day---[in a few sittings]. I could almost see what was coming the first half of the book---[I wasn't asleep to the familiar type lifetime setup].
Its a seductive story---how can you not keep reading? Are there messages? Sure! Did I like it? I mean---I suppose I did. Did I need to read it? I didn't.
It was well written--I didn't feel manipulated like a lifetime movie might do--but its a heavy plot--(handled with care and compassion by the author)....
but I know people who would NOT do well reading this book. They would not want to re-visit their own painful memories --which this book very might well trigger.
"Every Last One" has a few strong messages. Its a book asking to be discussed---but for people who are clear they are up for the task. ...more