I've been stumped about giving a review on this one. I've read a LOT of reviews on this book, but none that I have read seem to have the same take on...moreI've been stumped about giving a review on this one. I've read a LOT of reviews on this book, but none that I have read seem to have the same take on this book as I had. So, I'll give a try...
Early in this book, I began thinking that the book is a metaphor for an arranged marriage. It didn't let me down, but seemed to confirm this throughout the book.
Let's start with the people who raised Celia and Marco. They are both cruel tyrants. And in this case I believe they were.
The two of them, Celia and Marco, are bound to each other by these tyrants with a ring that "burns into their fingers". This "arrangement" is done without their knowledge when they are young.
They have to duel to the death according to these parents. I thought this was a metaphor for marriage with the "Death do we part" part of the cerimony.
I believe the circus is what is going on around them. All the "people" in their lives. A metaphor for life itself, that I can say seems like a circus more times than I care to remember in my own life. I actually thought that a "circus" was a really good metaphor for life in general.
But I think the "Duels" are a couple trying to out-do each other with kindness. Trying to make the "marriage" work. Making "gifts" for one another and one out doing the other, or at least trying to. That is why there is no fantastic "death match" in the book. I could even go so far as to say that the "ice garden" is Marco's way of trying to make her life a better one and the "wishing tree" could even be her attempt at a "spiritual life" and the wishes being prayer.
Of course I thought the book spanned so many years because the duel is unto death and the course of a life span would be many years. In general I thought the book portrayed an arranged marriage where both parties give things a good effort to make it a happy one. They are both trying to make the best of the situation they are in. Of course, I thought the sad part was that they may have fell in love on their own and wouldn't have had the "arranged" part looming over them if they had been left alone. This could have been a marriage of love and not forced, Of course that would have been a totally different story then.
I thought the book was a good one and I enjoyed it. I felt it was well crafted and pleasant enough to read but could have been a bit more condensed in places. Although it did seem vague a few times, I didn't feel it was really much of a distraction from the story. (less)
The Sickness is about a doctor who can't find a way to tell his own father that he is dying. There is also a...moreI won this book from Goodreads/First Reads
The Sickness is about a doctor who can't find a way to tell his own father that he is dying. There is also another perfectly well patient that has convinced himself he is dying and a secretary that interfears inappropriately. This all adds up to a great story. This book is not very long, about 150 pages but really does have a lot to say. I would recommend this book.(less)
**spoiler alert** The Woman In Black by Susan Hill This book was written in 1983 as a thriller fiction novel.
The story is set in a small English town c...more**spoiler alert** The Woman In Black by Susan Hill This book was written in 1983 as a thriller fiction novel.
The story is set in a small English town called Crythin Gifford about a ghost that haunts an old large marsh house and also the town.
The novel starts with the main character, Arthur Kipps, being sent to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow as a solicitor from the office that he works. After the funeral he is to recover any papers needed to settle her affairs. When he arrives in the small town he finds that getting to this remote house is extreamly difficult and even the towns people are reluctant to help him because they believe that every time someone see's the woman in black, a child dies.
Arthur Kipps muttles through his assignment as a solicitor. There are many hauntings at the old marsh house and grounds. When he finishes his assignment he believes he is done but later finds that the ghost has followed him back home to the peril of his family.
This is a great story and has a few twists and turns. The main character is likable and seems very realistic. The situation seem plausible also. (less)
This novel is about a couple, Dani and Etsell, who marry young and seem to have...moreFar From Here by: Nicole Baart
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This novel is about a couple, Dani and Etsell, who marry young and seem to have the perfect romance. He's a pilot and Dani has a fear of flying. Etsell gets an opertunity to make a trip flying to Alaska and ends up missing. After a week the search is called off and Dani is left to figure out the pieces of what she thought was her life.
Dani makes a trip to Alaska herself after the search is called off to try to find answers for herself. This is where she learns that her husband may have had secrets she never knew about and her life may not have been as "perfect" as she may have believed. Dani has to try to come to terms with everything she learns and this book is about her jouney to do that.
The author has added so much into this book. You get a real sense of her heartache and turmoil. The quirkiness of family. Some of the troubles from marrying so young, anger and disbelief of finding out your loved ones may not be what you have believed them to be. Baart really touches on the little details of a situation like this that could have easily been left out but really help you feel the pain of loss and confussion that you would be confronted with at a time like this.
There are other questions that she has to figure out also. How soon to start a new relationship and even how some decisions effect others even after we're gone. This is a great read and one that I'd recommend highly. Great Book! (less)
I can't say enough about how much I liked this book. It brings...moreA Life of Bright Ideas: A Novel by: Sandra Kring
I won this book on Goodreads/First Reads
I can't say enough about how much I liked this book. It brings up so many things. Sandra Kring does such a wonderful job writting such great characters. I kept reading this character and that character and thinking "I have an aunt just like that" and "I remember when so-and-so did that" and "my mother" use to say things like that. It really touches your heart. This book is about friends finding each other again and finding ones way of making sense of the world and becoming grown-up.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. You will certainly enjoy it and if your family is anything like mine, you will definitely relate to all the characters.(less)