As I read this book I kept having to remind myself how the story originated (from Marquez having been present at the opening and moving of crypts andAs I read this book I kept having to remind myself how the story originated (from Marquez having been present at the opening and moving of crypts and seeing the body of a 12 year old girl with wildly long copper hair and recalling a story about her that his mother or grandmother had told him about her...)
The book takes a while to get where you're expecting it to go (based on the description) but I appreciated the journey there. I didn't understand the obsession that Delaura had with Sierva Maria (given their age difference, etc.) but that's a plot line that isn't original to this particular book by Marquez. I was exceptionally relieved that their relationship didn't take a physical turn because I would not have been able to read it.
It's a powerfully written book with a sad ending that forces you out of reality while not being distinctly written as a fantasy novel and all of the "stuff" that comes along with it. I'm not sure how to describe that...
I'm glad I read it but need a bit of a break from Marquez for a little while. This one was a lot for me to digest....more
Actually quite depressing and not what I was expecting at all. It was well written but I can't give it more than 3 stars because I just didn't enjoy iActually quite depressing and not what I was expecting at all. It was well written but I can't give it more than 3 stars because I just didn't enjoy it. ...more
I have to admit that this was a fun read. Super easy, no analysis required. A little fluffy and very casually written but I didn't go in expecting anyI have to admit that this was a fun read. Super easy, no analysis required. A little fluffy and very casually written but I didn't go in expecting anything but. The ending (which really wasn't) felt a little hurried but clearly there are more books to come.
The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favourite stories and for that reason I was both hesitant and super excited to read this one. The author really paid tribute to and held true to the original story lines and details and I appreciated that. I could have done without some of the violence but have to grant her that she can definitely paint a vivid picture of what's happening. She didn't overcomplicate the plot or characters where I felt that I had to read back to figure out where I was or what was happening. The pace of the book was right - especially given that there will (hopefully) be sequels.
Is this the kind of book I typically gravitate to? No. But I am glad I did because every now and then I need to press the "reset" button on my brain to get back in to reading. ...more
Really so very predictable. I didn't find myself enamored with the fact that Don was like Sheldon but rather totally put off by it. Getting to the endReally so very predictable. I didn't find myself enamored with the fact that Don was like Sheldon but rather totally put off by it. Getting to the end (which, quite frankly was a big challenge because I found the book repetitive and boring) clearly outlined the conclusions I had already drawn about him but for him to have drawn those same conclusions at the end of the book after a night of tequila laying out on his balcony alone seemed like a bit of a copout and didn't exactly generate the A-HA! moment that the author was likely hoping for.
The plot (thin as it was) dragged on for what seemed an eternity and I'm relieved to have finished it. I initially gave 2 stars (instead of the single one that would truly reflect my opinion of this book) because the author is new to the game but I've read far FAR more impressive debut novels.... I must have been feeling generous but in the light of a new day, realize that I can't in good conscience give it more than it deserves since it was such a chore to get through. I hated it. I really did....more
I expected this book to be a little more about life as a waiter but it was more about life as a waiter wanting to be a writer. Much of what he wrote aI expected this book to be a little more about life as a waiter but it was more about life as a waiter wanting to be a writer. Much of what he wrote about the business itself rang true though - time passes for you in the restaurant business differently than it does for others and you feel like the business is designed to bleed away the most productive years of your life. He wrote "I feel like a jealous ghost watching the living". That couldn't be more true. In this business you give up on living a normal life - you never will - and boy do you miss having evenings and weekends to yourself. Time passes in between the special occasions you're helping others to celebrate - those that you can't celebrate for yourself.
While most customers are great, the dreadful ones are those that unfortunately stand out in your mind. Having said that, not much of what he wrote about customer interactions seemed all that authentic. I did quite enjoy the appendix where he wrote notes about being a good customer. More people should read those haha... I'm not a waiter (help run my family's restaurant) but being in charge of the front of the house has unfortunately destroyed any pleasure I'll ever get from ever eating out again... You get to see and interact with people from all walks of life, the day-to-day in this life isn't all that dramatic. But perhaps if he had been more honest about his experiences, he wouldn't have sold the book. ...more