This book effected me much more than I expected when dealing with a protagonist, Vincenzo, that I have so little in common with (outside of working inThis book effected me much more than I expected when dealing with a protagonist, Vincenzo, that I have so little in common with (outside of working in finance).
This book was so beautifully written: a story about family, loss, love and coming to terms with how unimportant we are: that we are not as special as we dream to be. That the moments that change and define your life are the small ones, things we never see coming. How alone and individual we really are in this life when it all comes down to it.
It was a very sad novel, deeply touching. While I finished the last few pages it had me really struggling to not breakdown completely crying on the train. ...more
I am between 2 stars and 3 stars on this book as I liked the way it was written and the idea of family dynamics changing as you grow up, plus some ofI am between 2 stars and 3 stars on this book as I liked the way it was written and the idea of family dynamics changing as you grow up, plus some of the passages about family rang really true. But after I read more than 1/2 the book on the plan ride home from my Christmas vacation it took me until almost Valentine's Day to read the final 80 pages as I HATED every character in this book besides the two most undeveloped ones.
The members of the Post family were all the worst people - one more dull, ungrateful and immature than the next. Totally selfish, spoiled, delusional and ungrateful (I will say that again, you are on a two week vacation in paradise at a mansion and all bitter about it the whole time-I would kill for that trip with my family). Bad things (kind of) happened to them leading up to the trip but I wish even worse things happened to them since they were so terrible. I mean the author couldn't have possibly wanted us to like these people, right?
I enjoyed the plot and premise/set-up of the book, but if Franny, Sylvia, Jim, the Miami brother (who's name I have blocked out, I loathed him the most) actually learned a lesson it would have been a far better book. Jim is the only one who even SLIGHTLY gleaned anything on his vacation or began to show changes in the book.
Carmen was lucky to not be related to these people, and Lawrence should never let his baby he is trying to adopt with Charles around these fools....more