This is one of those stories I can't imagine 'ever' forgetting. WOW-WOW-WOW...."The WRITING" by Louise Erdrich was EXCEPTIONAL. I wish *I* had words t...moreThis is one of those stories I can't imagine 'ever' forgetting. WOW-WOW-WOW...."The WRITING" by Louise Erdrich was EXCEPTIONAL. I wish *I* had words to describe what she 'did' on paper what I liked SOOOOOOOOO much. (I loved how the author 'inserted' ADULT *Joe* like a 'drop-of-spilled-water' into the story---then carried on 'BEING' young *Joe*: smooth -as- silk!) Readers ALMOST didn't notice what SHE was doing. I loved how the author gave us 'enough' information needed --but not 'too much'.
DAMN: I'm sorry: I wish I knew how to write a better review-- wish I could 'communicate' all the feelings inside me --my thoughts -etc. --I can't seem to find to words to say what it is I'm trying to say....but THIS author did **SOMETHING** very subtle with her writing-style which was BRILLIANT. The writing was GORGEOUS!!!!! I HAD to SLOW down and SAVOR sentences!!!!! I have 8 full pages of notes!!!
I had TONS of enjoyment LEARNING new words Learning about plants I've never heard of in my entire life -- I enjoyed the BIG Birthday Bash The Pow-Wow Party I LOVED Joe & Cappy!!! I loved Moonshum --Sonja-Whitey-Father Travis - Linda Lark -even the 'sub' characters like 'pimply-guy'. I enjoyed 'The bonding-of-the boys' I enjoyed the story-the mystery -THE TRIBE-the history-my education ----(a range of many feelings) I cried on page 246 (shhhhhhhh: about Joe's father's neckties) --Don't even ask me to explain why....lol I cried again when the book ended -- (I was INVESTED in this book --with pen & paper) I cried one more time when I read 'about-the-author' and other 'real-facts'.
I COMPLETELY enjoyed reading ALL the MANY different reviews Goodread members wrote --(from low stars to high rating stars). I had not read these until today (after I had read the book). Making the experience MUCH more rich. I enjoyed all the postive AND negative comments.
I'm THRILLED "The Round House" is our local BOOK CLUB 'pick' this month. I can't wait to participate with our Bay Area book club members to discuss this book. ---Sat. morning: Dec. 21st. I know our discussion will ADD to the flavor of reading this story.
I felt 'loss' when this book ended ---(I just didn't want it to end) --- I wanted to hang out longer with Joe, Cappy, Moonshum --and the 'gang'....
Many wonderful things to say about this book!!....
I must go....[make some bannock]....ha ha ha And, Find the lost children:
This was one of my 'sauna'-Kindle reads. (I enjoy reading in my home sauna: and have a Kindle --'just' for sauna-reading-relaxtion before my daily sho...moreThis was one of my 'sauna'-Kindle reads. (I enjoy reading in my home sauna: and have a Kindle --'just' for sauna-reading-relaxtion before my daily shower).
When I first began this book --I had no idea it was the authors 'notes/memories' of her grandparents. (how cool is that?).
I enjoyed the writing: Henry's male voice --Rachel's 'female' personality --
The entire context of this story is 'beautiful.
Henry and Rachel are such different type of human beings (each have their own ideas about happiness), --that while reading this tender-intimate story --I'd often ask 'myself' "who am 'I' and how do I want others to see me"?
It had a meditative-'feel' to its reading.... but then again....I 'did' read it --'quiet-in-a sauna'. (less)
The author sure deserves credit for doing complete research. I 'did' enjoy parts of this book. However, I felt like I should have been taking notes for...moreThe author sure deserves credit for doing complete research. I 'did' enjoy parts of this book. However, I felt like I should have been taking notes for class. WAY more details than my mind could hold onto --for causal reading.
I'm Jewish, its Hanukkah this week, and this book was offered a Kindle discount price. I thought this book would be more 'personable, funny, easy-relaxing reading during my 'Kindle-sauna-relaxation-habit-here-at home'. (I enjoy reading a Kindle book while I relax in our home sauna ---I can't bring my paper books in with me--the pages will fall off).
"Hanukkah in American: A History", by Dianne Ashton is 'filled' with HISTORY". Why I thought this book would feel less academic, I've no idea.
The author did a wonderful-complete writing about the 'HISTORY' of Hanukkah in America -- yet it was more 'textbook-feeling' than I was in the mood for.
Note: I did find it funny why everyone spells 'Chanukkah' different in American than in Israel! ....
Why?? For those who don't know: The 'CH' for most American's sound like 'CH' --as in CHAIR ---so --in our country --we often drop the 'CH' (I don't)....lol, and make it easier with the HAN.....sound...
Not sure I made ANY sense at all. The author does a much better job! (at everything on the subject of CHANUKKAK --or "HANUKKAH" in America).....
A fun-fast-Pony-Ride! :)...Out-of-the-box-reading Fun!
This is 'not' "The Hunger Games"! Yet --given the popularity of "The Hunger Games" --is natural...moreA fun-fast-Pony-Ride! :)...Out-of-the-box-reading Fun!
This is 'not' "The Hunger Games"! Yet --given the popularity of "The Hunger Games" --is natural to associate similarities.
While reading Haigdj's story-- its easy to imagine a huge stadium with crowds of people --A 'colorful' place--- Hare Krishna's in orange clothes chanting or selling lighters to give off the feeling of candle-lighting --candidates in the game -the smells of food --(suicide dogs) --a baby in a mother's arm --etc. The 7 main council members have 'colorful-names': white, yellow, red, blue, green, purple, black.
Note: At different times in the story --I'd pause to myself --imagine calling my daughters -or a friend -- by the name of 'yellow' ---or 'green'? How you doing, today, 'green'??? "Want a cup of tea Yellow"? Then I'd take it further --and remember my daughters painting their naked bodies as children. Its amazing the different 'visual's a book can stimulate for readers --(from our past--etc.)
This story feels abstract in the way a wonderful contemporary painting might be -(creating images -visuals for the mind and heart). There are wonderful poems and quotes mixed into the 'Game' reflecting on love, life, and death. ---reaching deeper into our souls.
I would have enjoyed the character of 'Moma',[candidate 0907], to have been developed more. I especially found 'Moma' an interesting character (but didn't get enough of him) -- He had a PH.D in explosives engineering. He was a specialist in bombing attacks. He knew how to build bombs and how to disarm them without leaving a mark. Everytime 'Moma' took a break from being in the story I missed him.
Reading "Suicide Game" in one sitting gave me the feeling of 'being part' of the -community.
The New Game The New Mania 8000 Candidates and now only .....left Only 1 will survive Only 1 will win ....