Wonderful book which took me to numerous little-known places here in the mountains of North Carolina. It also gave me some ideas for a book I'm workin...moreWonderful book which took me to numerous little-known places here in the mountains of North Carolina. It also gave me some ideas for a book I'm working on and brought back a few cherished memories from my childhood when our family vacationed here.
I learned more than I have room here to tell you and I'd highly recommend this book--as well as Mr. Parris' others if you can find them!--to anybody who dreams of a simpler, more peaceful time. Mr. Parris had a way with words that drew me into his stories even as he taught me about this place I call home and the people who live here. Fascinating and a lot of fun to read!(less)
How can I say something new about a book that first came into my life when I was a young girl and has never left me? A book that changed my view of li...moreHow can I say something new about a book that first came into my life when I was a young girl and has never left me? A book that changed my view of life, changed my feelings about growing up in the South? A book I've read more than 30 times, a book that touches me every single time I read it.
To Kill a Mockingbird is the book responsible for all of the above...and more. When I'm suffering from writer's block, it's the book I pull out for inspiration. When I want to reconnect with my Southern roots, all I need is a few passages of To Kill a Mockingbird. When I need to be reminded of the values I was raised with, I can pick up my copy of the book, open it at random and read a few pages of Atticus's wisdom and common sense.
And if I don't feel like reading, I can always watch the movie which has the added treat of Gregory Peck's wonderful portrayal of Atticus Finch and the narrator's lovely Southern voice.
Harper Lee's poignant story is the book I judge all others by. Will it ever be bested? I don't think so, unless of course, Ms. Lee decides to pick up her pen again. (less)
Don't know how to start this review and hesitated over my rating because this is truly an awesome piece of work. So why only four stars? And why was I...moreDon't know how to start this review and hesitated over my rating because this is truly an awesome piece of work. So why only four stars? And why was I thinking of only giving it three?
Well, first of all, I really didn't like the main character, Claire. Judging from the other characters, Ms. Gabaldon is obviously skilled at characterization, but...Claire just didn't work for me. In fact, there were a few times when I had to fight an urge to throw the book against the wall because of something she did...or didn't do...or merely because her actions didn't ring true to me. But then, I'm not a woman whose world has been turned topsy-turvy by traveling back in time, so how would I know how one reacts in that kind of situation? Suffice it to say, I found some of the things she did, as well as her reactions to her situation, a bit unbelievable at times.
Still, I probably would've gone ahead and given it a five-star rating, except there were several scenes in this book that not only made me mad, they turned my stomach. I don't want to include spoilers with this review, but I felt the book could have done without the rapes, torture, and graphic violence.
That said, Ms. Gabaldon is undoubtedly an excellent writer and I will probably pick up the next book in this series and read it, if only to find out how she handles Claire going back to the future, but I think I'll wait a few months. Maybe by then the bad taste I got from some of the scenes in this one will be gone.