I couldn't put this book down for different reasons at different parts of the book. The first half of the book is a very different read from the last...moreI couldn't put this book down for different reasons at different parts of the book. The first half of the book is a very different read from the last half.
The first half of the book details Spencer's experience in the spirit world when his spirit leaves his body during health crises. I found this part of the book to be absolutely compelling and totally compatible with my own beliefs and conclusions about the spirit world. Therefore, it totally resonated with me and I loved it.
However, when Spencer starts talking about his visions of times to come: natural disasters, plagues, foreign invaders, translated beings, the millennial day, I squirmed my way through the book quite a bit. It is a very disturbing and uncomfortable prediction for the future. I'm not sure if I believe it, though I believe that Spencer believes it and that he really did see what he saw. I just don't know what it means.
The second half of the book really read like a dystopian sci fi with a Mormon flair. I just don't know what to make of it. Though it was a compelling read.
But beyond the believable first part and into the less believable second part, the book is full of wonderful metaphors about one's own walk to Zion within one's own heart. And I really appreciated that.
So, even though I don't take this book as gospel truth. I do believe that it is one man's truth. And it was a really fascinating read that I would recommend to others.(less)
Have you ever seen a book on a shelf that was not on your reading list but the title just jumped out at you and said, "READ ME NOW!" This is one of th...moreHave you ever seen a book on a shelf that was not on your reading list but the title just jumped out at you and said, "READ ME NOW!" This is one of those books for me. It's been around a long time and I found it for $1 on a Goodwill Store bookshelf. The read was well worth the dollar and alot more.
I kept asking myself, is this book fiction or non-fiction??? And I kept having to go back to the cover to remind myself that it was fiction, it read so authentically.
I'm not usually a war book reader, but Tim O'Brien's writing and insightful prose was plumbed the depths of the human psyche with shattering artistic articulation. While the subject matter was difficult, the writing was transforming.
Tim O'Brien finds a way to put the unspeakable into words that cannot fail to move the reader. I highly recommend this book. (less)
Absolutely brilliant book! One of my favorites! The story is fascinating. Very believable. Wonderful descriptions of early colonial America. Written i...moreAbsolutely brilliant book! One of my favorites! The story is fascinating. Very believable. Wonderful descriptions of early colonial America. Written in early american dialect yet totally understandable. The prose is so beautiful, it was nearly poetic and an absolute joy to read. I loved loved loved this book! Highly recommend!(less)
It's been way too long since I've read a five star book and as I was reading Cutting For Stone, I didn't expect it to be one. The book kept me involve...moreIt's been way too long since I've read a five star book and as I was reading Cutting For Stone, I didn't expect it to be one. The book kept me involved, but it certainly wasn't a page turner and I kept wondering when something was going to happen in this story. I found it to be heavy on the medical descriptions. I found many of them quite interesting, but there were way too many and I found myself skimming through them sometimes. I also found myself skimming through needless descriptions of Addis Ababa. yeah, yeah, I got it already!
But the last section of the book was sooooo worth the entire read! The writing was so beautiful and the insights and understanding were so profound I felt like the author must have been tapping into the divine when he wrote it (as a writer, I have experienced this many times). And by the last pages, I was bawling so hard, I could hardly read the words on the page that I was hungering for by that time.
So, yes, the book is long, it is heavy on medical jargon, the story creeps along, and yes, it is a five star book. Trust me, it is worth the read. (less)