Tasha Donahue is a remarkable woman. By all rights, she should be bitter and angry. She married a man who proved to be incompatible. Her divorce and i...moreTasha Donahue is a remarkable woman. By all rights, she should be bitter and angry. She married a man who proved to be incompatible. Her divorce and its aftermath were more than nasty. She was left to raise a child who developed a troublesome and unpredictable condition with little help or cooperation from her son's father. She had to be both father and mother to the child, and then she had to be a nurse and role model. You would not be shocked if she became surly and unpleasant in reaction. But she became neither. She found ways to have a life in spite of it all without losing her dedicated to her son. Looking back on the on-going adventure, she wouldn't do anything differently.
The author is an admirable woman who embraced doing the right thing in spite of the pain and aggravation she knew it would bring. Her story will be an inspiration for anyone who feels life has dealt them from the bottom of the deck. She refused to play the victim. Instead, she became ferocious in the love she felt for her son and in her determination not to let even a flood of setbacks keep her from pursuing her goals. Few readers will be able to relate to the spate of misfortunes the author faced, yet all readers will come away from More Than Words Can Express feeling live they've just met a true hero. (less)
The promise of the book exceeds the execution. The context is fascinating. An archaeological dig in Turkey uncovers remains that date back to the days...moreThe promise of the book exceeds the execution. The context is fascinating. An archaeological dig in Turkey uncovers remains that date back to the days of Jericho, if not before. The book ties the remains to the story of Genesis and postulates an anthropological explanation of Genesis and original sin. Unfortunately, the story is not told well. The author is a journalist, not a novelist, and it shows. The twists and turns of the story depend on unbelievable coincidences, the dialogue is unnatural, and the prose is--I'm sorry--ham-handed. It is a fast read, which makes the book considerably more palatable, and the contextual discussion is very thought-provoking. But that doesn't compensate for the writing disappointments.(less)
World without End is a great way of learning history. The characters are fictitious, but the surrounding history is reasonably accurate, even if it do...moreWorld without End is a great way of learning history. The characters are fictitious, but the surrounding history is reasonably accurate, even if it does create fact out of rumor in a few places. The ending strains credibility somewhat, though not as much as the ending of Pillars of the Earth. That's may not be totally fair, however, because it is perfectly legitimate in a work of fiction.
The story and characters are generally compelling. But the book is far too long. Situations are drawn out far more than they need to be, and I am still wondering why some of the characters are there at all. The writing does help create a certain verisimilitude, which does redeem it somewhat. But as a work of fiction, it's too dragged-out.
In my opinion, if World without End had been 1/3 to 1/2 shorter, it would be a terrific book.