I stumbled across this book in the Indie Reviews. It received high reviews, so I thought I'd give it a try.
This book takes place in Great Falls, MT.I stumbled across this book in the Indie Reviews. It received high reviews, so I thought I'd give it a try.
This book takes place in Great Falls, MT. in the 1960's. The story is told by Dell Parsons, a 15 year old boy. It is the story of his life. You find out in the very first paragraph of the book that Dell's parents robbed a bank and the murders came later.
The book is rich in character development and explores Dell's coming of age. You're probably wondering why the book is named "Canada" if it takes place in Great Falls, MT. That's the intrigue and you'll just have to read this book to find out!
Richard Ford is now one of my favorite writers. If you like John Irving, you'll like Richard Ford. Turns out he's a Pulitzer Prize winner (seem to be drawn to those lately). I am now reading "Sportswriter" the first in the trilogy. Ford won the PP for "Independence Day" and the third book is "Lay of the Land". All of them are in my iPad queue :) ...more
The time is 1933, the place is Berlin. William E. Dodd from Chicago, has just been named America's first ambassador to Germany. He brings along his wiThe time is 1933, the place is Berlin. William E. Dodd from Chicago, has just been named America's first ambassador to Germany. He brings along his wife, grown son, Bill and daughter, Martha who already have successful careers in America, but their father convinces them this next year will be a year not to miss. Martha is very flamboyant and immediatley gets involved with the party life and has many relationships with men of the Third Reich so we get a glimpse into this period and its players. Some would comment that her behavior is not becoming of an ambassador's daughter. What we see is a glimpse of Berlin during this time prior to the revelation of Hitler's true character and ambition and why the world didn't come to recognize Hitler's grave threat until we became involved in the second world war. By then it was too late.
We must never forget what happened in there. I had the good fortune of visiting the Dauchau Concentration Camp just outside of Munich a couple of years ago. I am a different person for having visiting the site of so much horror. We must never forget. ...more
I loved this book! At only 129 pages, it was a quick read. This book tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco asI loved this book! At only 129 pages, it was a quick read. This book tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as "picture brides". The book traces their extraordinary lives from their journey to America by boat, to their arrival and meeting with their "husbands" who seem years older than their photographs, their first nights as new wives (many were virgins), to raising their children who would later reject their culture and language. Then the war comes and they begin to feel what it's like to be an American in uncertain times. The "voices" are very well written.
This book was a National Book Award finalist. I definately plan to read the author's previous title: "When the Emperor was Divine". ...more
The subject matter of this book...child exploitation... captivated me, yet horrified me. The sex trade is a global problem. In this book we get to seeThe subject matter of this book...child exploitation... captivated me, yet horrified me. The sex trade is a global problem. In this book we get to see, smell and experience the seediest parts of India and how what happens there not only affects the two sibling victims, but also heals the life and marriage of a D.C lawyer and his Indian wife.
Although the events in this book span one month, it is about the 3 year Bosian war that began on April 6, 1992. Ironically, I finished this book on thAlthough the events in this book span one month, it is about the 3 year Bosian war that began on April 6, 1992. Ironically, I finished this book on the 20th anniversary of the end of the war, April 6, 2012.
The main stage is Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia. The author did a great job in creating the backstage that allowed me to experience a brief glimpse into the hardship, sadness, killing, and hope through the eyes of three main characters.
Twenty-eight year old "Arrow" is tasked with ensuring that the cellist, who plays at the same time every day in the middle of the square where 22 people died after a sniper morter blast, remains alive so that he can play every day for 22 days.
There is 40 year old "Kenan" who every four days gathers his collection of plastic containers and travels down the hill, through the old town, across the river and up into the hills into a brewery, one of the only places in the city where a person can get drinking water. There are closer sources of water, but they are unreliable and unsafe. He doesn't want to survive the snipers in the hills only to be killed by a waterborne parasite (no functioning sewage system). He is asked by an elderly lady downstairs to get water for her as well, but her cannisters don't have handles so he's unable to tie them on to the rope he wears around his waste. Deciding how much water you can carry is crucial because if you carry too little you'll have to repeat the task more often; too much and you lose the ability to run, duck, dive, anything it takes to get out of harm's way.
And "Dragan" who reminisces about the city he grew up in. Now that all of this has happened, it's hard to see what once was or maybe was. It seems like there has never been anything here but the men on the hills with guns and bombs.
Is the cellist playing to mourn and honor those twenty men, women, and children that were killed at the exact spot where, dressed in a dirty tuxedo he places his chair at precisely 4 p.m.? Or is he providing a respite for the men on the hills, or for the people who remember what Sarajevo once once in order to give them hope?
Okay, so I really couldn't get into this book. I gave it almost 200 pages (my limit is usually 100 before I decide to abort). I was disgusted with theOkay, so I really couldn't get into this book. I gave it almost 200 pages (my limit is usually 100 before I decide to abort). I was disgusted with the North Korean's portrayal of Americans and then even more disgusted when I learned about the kinds of torture and other non-humanitarian activities take place in N. Korea. It did make me appreciate all of the things I take for granted here. So, if I bail on a book, can I still post to goodreads?? :)...more