Earlier this year I stumbled onto a website that I adore. It's call one small sentence and each post is started with an excerpt from the current bookEarlier this year I stumbled onto a website that I adore. It's call one small sentence and each post is started with an excerpt from the current book the author is reading. What the author writes later may relate to that excerpt or it may not. I've gotten numerous ideas of books to read from this site and it's how I happened upon this particular book. That post is here: https://onesmallsentence.wordpress.co...
The one sentence that the blog author chose to write and then how she carried on from there had me hooked on the book before I ever knew what it was about.
A lot of reviews compare this book (unfavorable it seems) to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye. I've read both now and I don't see the comparison. Certainly the general premise of an elderly person going for a long, almost unrealistic walk is similar between the two books even though the reason for the walk in this one is far more abstract. But I think the similarities stop there. I didn't rate TUPHF very high because I just kept getting the 'Forrest Gump' feeling throughout that book. And the backstory -- the part of the book not actually associated with the walk itself -- wasn't all that interesting to me...maybe because it wasn't developed enough. Instead the author wrote more about the mundane details of taking step after step after step. In EORJ, the book is not really about the walk, but rather about the characters, their relationships, and what may have drove this woman to set out on that adventure. And that story held me captivated.
There are some strange things...the coyote...the ending. There are some things that aren't explained. But none of these distracted me from the story. I would have rated this a 4.5 read but took half a star off because while I have my interpretation of the ending, I wish the author would have been a little less cryptic and tied up some loose ends. Otherwise, I would certainly recommend this book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
A beautifully written book...albeit in a nontraditional style. Almost every page is a new chapter and they range from being a couple sentences to a biA beautifully written book...albeit in a nontraditional style. Almost every page is a new chapter and they range from being a couple sentences to a bit over a page. Though on average, each chapter is a couple paragraphs.
I've read the author's blog for several years and so I knew what to expect with her writing style. In my opinion, she writes beautifully but may not be everyone's cup of tea...in one sentence she can provide amazing detail on the littlest of things and in the next, she can be sparse and even abstract such that the reader is left to figure it out on their own.
When I first opened the book, I wanted to race through the story. The characters drew me in, the writing drew me in, and the storyline drew me in. I could relate, in some ways, to Sophia and so I was anxious to see what choices she made. I mentioned this to the author and she remarked that many readers had told her they felt this way...and yet her intention was to write a book that could be read slowly over a long period of time. Shortly after this, I reached about the quarter point of the book and finally realized what she meant. Whether it was by choice or not, I fell into the rhythm of what I think the author intended. I'd read just a few pages a night...never anxious for it to be over. Thus it took me over a month to read a book that I could have finished in a few days. But it just felt right to do it that way.
I finished the book last night and immediately want to thumb through and read passages over and over again. Not because of the story per se, but because of the language. Sometimes it's not about how many books you can read in a year...it's about slowing down and savoring the good ones. ...more
Oh, how to rate this book. I think I would rate part 1 a 4 star book...entertaining and just an enjoyable read. Nothing deep, pretty predictable and cOh, how to rate this book. I think I would rate part 1 a 4 star book...entertaining and just an enjoyable read. Nothing deep, pretty predictable and cliche, but I am a sucker for so many book references within a book and I just enjoyed the premise.
However...part 2 almost ruined the book for me and I would rate it either a 1.5 or a 2. It was so different from the first half of the book that it felt almost as if a different person wrote it...very disappointing. ...more
I'm a sucker for books written in this style... Where each chapter is from a different character's point of view. Here, it is done with letters whichI'm a sucker for books written in this style... Where each chapter is from a different character's point of view. Here, it is done with letters which made it that much more appealing to me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think the author handled character development, setting development, and an engrossing story very well with this approach. With a less skilled writer, I think the story would have been lost. All that said, I did feel a bit cheated by the ending and that's why I only gave it 4 stars. I felt as if it ended too fast...the loose ends were tied up too quickly. But more than that I think the ending, though 'happy', made me sad in a way. It's reminiscent of the ending of another beloved book...The Lost Wife (interestingly enough, the author cites that as one of her favorite novels). In both books I wanted a different ending... Despite this, would recommend this one....more
While I enjoyed the other two J. Moyes books, I was pretty hesitant to pick this one up. Something about the story just didn't seem like it was one IWhile I enjoyed the other two J. Moyes books, I was pretty hesitant to pick this one up. Something about the story just didn't seem like it was one I was going to end up enjoying. But I was heading out for some fieldwork and wanted something light on my kindle and last minute I downloaded this one.
My instinct was right on this one. Definitely the least favorite I have read of this author's...funnily enough, I think this is her most popular. I can't put my finger on why I didn't really enjoy this one very much. Perhaps I couldn't relate to the characters. Perhaps I wanted a different ending (although I'm not really a 'happier ever after' kind of person). Or perhaps it was just one too many of her books read too quickly. Whatever it was, this one was a disappointment and one I wouldn't recommend...even for light reading. There are better out there....more
I have to say, another disappointment. Overall I was very interested in the storyline and I did think that the characters were fascinating and for theI have to say, another disappointment. Overall I was very interested in the storyline and I did think that the characters were fascinating and for the most part very well developed. That said, I think my biggest frustration was how long the book was and how much detail on things not really related to the story one had to wade through in order to get back to the main characters. In fact, when I realized that almost all the loose ends had been tied up, I was shocked to find that I was only 60% through the book. Therefore, in my opinion, 30-40% of the book could easily have been edited out with no real detraction to what the author was trying to do. I also was quite disappointed in the ending...again, all the stories I read do not have to be happily ever after books, but for this one, I felt let down in a big way. ...more
Such a great read. It's still a no-brainer, easy read but I think the author did a really good job with this storyline. I have to admit that the firstSuch a great read. It's still a no-brainer, easy read but I think the author did a really good job with this storyline. I have to admit that the first half of the book drew me in so much that when it switched to present day, I was disappointed and to be honest, annoyed. But as she tied the two times together, I got drawn right back in. Would definitely recommend to anyone needing a light, but well-written novel. ...more