This book is an experience. The author paints words on the page and transforms the reader in the process. I chose to read it because the author grew u...moreThis book is an experience. The author paints words on the page and transforms the reader in the process. I chose to read it because the author grew up around the corner from me but I am so glad that I read the book.(less)
I really don’t think that there is much that I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said in many of the other reviews. It is a beautiful a...moreI really don’t think that there is much that I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said in many of the other reviews. It is a beautiful and engrossing love story filled with symbolism and gorgeous prose. The quality with which Sylvain Reynard writes is impeccable, and the emotion that he conveys with his words gave me a schoolgirl crush. Sylvain Reynard is obviously very well educated evident by his philosophical knowledge of Dante, Italian history and art, vocabulary and writing style. I have read that many reviewers were not fond of his writing and the way that it alternated between internal & external monologue among all of the characters in the story. Using Omniscient Point of View is considered a cardinal offense by many Creative Writing Teachers but when done well, as in this case, can work very well. The author is able to guarantee that the reader is going to know everything he needs them to. It allowed SR to paint his story on a very broad canvass rather than the somewhat limited one that First Person will allow. The connection that I felt to Julia and Gabriel was so intense that I actually had to take breaks from the book just to remind myself that I had my own life to get back to. I was forced to ration myself with the book in order to prevent it from totally consuming me. SR did a wonderful job of developing his characters back-story and slowly revealing it to the reader throughout the course of the book. How often is that you read a well-crafted story that sucks you in so deeply but also manages to make you feel smarter in the process? SR’s knowledge on Dante is extensive, not just the knowledge that one acquires in preparing for a book. I found very little information about him from his website or face book page, I think he could be intentionally shrouding himself in secrecy as Daniel Handler did when he used his pseudonym Lemmony Snicket. I surmise that SR is probably not his real name and that he is a college professor or high school teacher and is obviously very well traveled. People have compared it to Fifty Shades of Grey, as a matter of a fact it came up on my NOOK as a recommendation after I read Fifty. In both books the main characters are domineering males and the females are fragile virgins. Both books had their starts in Twilight fan fiction but seeing as I don’t understand that medium I am not quite sure how that works. Both books are incredibly addicting and life consuming, but in the end I was not conflicted about having read GI, as I was after reading Fifty. It is a beautiful love story that developed the love with a passion that didn’t involve gratuitous sex. I think that if done properly this could be made into a great movie; it certainly would not have to have most of it cut out to appease the ratings board. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel, which I believe is due out in a few weeks. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a beautiful love story that shows growth and depth of characters. I would read this book again and I actually read the whole thing over after reading Chapter 7, so be prepared. Put your kids to bed, put your phone on silent, take a day off work whatever, because trust me this is a book that you don’t want to be interrupted from.
I picked up this book because I had seen the movie trailer and I knew that Oliver Stone would never make a movie out of a bad boo...moreReal Rating 4.5 stars
I picked up this book because I had seen the movie trailer and I knew that Oliver Stone would never make a movie out of a bad book. I am glad to say that I was not wrong! THe book is like a roller coaster ride, while on speed. It is fast and raw and the writing was really different. I don't typically like omnipotent narrator but I don't think this book could have been written in any other form. There was not a lot of dialogue so most of the book took place in the characters minds or in their pre-motivated actions. His style of the way that he laid the words on the paper was very different as well, but again it totally worked. I couldn't put it down, it was a fast paced freaking thrill ride and when Stephen King compared them to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid he was not kidding in more ways than one!(less)
I don't read books twice unless I really really really love it. This is one of those. I read this the first time at fifteen and I think I literally fe...moreI don't read books twice unless I really really really love it. This is one of those. I read this the first time at fifteen and I think I literally fell in love with it. I probably fell in love with my english teacher for making me read this and many other books that year. It didn't hurt that he was pretty cute to!(less)
This book was somewhat of a departure from what I would normally read. Yes I adore YA and all things Paranormal but I don't typically read period piec...moreThis book was somewhat of a departure from what I would normally read. Yes I adore YA and all things Paranormal but I don't typically read period pieces. However the concept of this book was very different and I do enjoy anything about the Titanic, so I gave it a shot. I am very glad I did, because it was a wonderful story with great writing, character development and excellent plot development. As an added bonus I learned some interesting things about that time period as well as the ill fated ship. I think the author may continue this as a series about the characters (obviously not the ship) but if she doesn't I won't be disappointed because she did a good job of tying up the story lines. She is probably waiting to see the response of this one before she makes a decision. I would recommend this to 16 and over as there are two implied sex scenes and I would recommend to anyone who loves historical romance, paranormal romance and YA. Thank you GR for advertising this one as that is how I found it!(less)
It took me longer than normal to read this book, but not because I didn't savor every single page, but exactly because of that. I am so glad that I bo...moreIt took me longer than normal to read this book, but not because I didn't savor every single page, but exactly because of that. I am so glad that I bought this in hard back book form because the visceral experience of turning the pages only added to my enjoyment. This book is like the that bottle of wine that you have been letting age for several years and when you open it you only want to prolong the experience. I am a sucker for books that really examine the human condition, and in the process cause me to walk away with a new perspective on myself or a situation. This book did both for me. I wasn't sure how I would feel about the story being told by an outside narrator but since it had been compared to the The Great Gatsby I was extremely willing to dive right in. I miss this story already. There is no chance for a sequel. But I am holding out hope that maybe Hollywood could see fit in adapting this to a film, it could happen. But I so hope for Brad Pitt as Harry, Cate Blanchett for Maddy, Ashley Green for Claire and Kevin Spacey for Walter. OOoo I am kind of salivating at that possibility!(less)
A beautiful, powerful, poignant and artfully written book! I cried real tears many times but the journey of reading this book was so worth it!! I high...moreA beautiful, powerful, poignant and artfully written book! I cried real tears many times but the journey of reading this book was so worth it!! I highly recommend this book.(less)