Brilliant, succinct, provocative, masculine and lyrical in a way I wasn't expecting. McCarthy's writing powerfully crept under my skin (in a good way!Brilliant, succinct, provocative, masculine and lyrical in a way I wasn't expecting. McCarthy's writing powerfully crept under my skin (in a good way!) and continues to force me to think about the many, many layers of ideas and issues this novel is tackling. I was really surprised how invested I became in John Grady Cole, how his character felt real and full. My only criticism is that I didn't feel the chemistry between the couple--perhaps a lack of build up, perhaps a little too Hollywood--but, still, putting my skepticism aside, I buy JGC's journey--both physically and definitely personally--whole heartedly. ...more
I am in awe of such a succinct and virtuosic writing style. To be so simple and direct while still engaging the reader with such complexity is genius.I am in awe of such a succinct and virtuosic writing style. To be so simple and direct while still engaging the reader with such complexity is genius. 'The Stranger' is a quick and easy read that still gives a powerful and long lasting impression. I was instantly and consistently drawn into the story from the very first to the very last word. I look forward to checking out other works by Albert Camus....more
I LOVE seeing all of the conflicting reviews of this book! I am not very far along in my reading but already feel my emotions--good and bad--are mirroI LOVE seeing all of the conflicting reviews of this book! I am not very far along in my reading but already feel my emotions--good and bad--are mirrored in all of these varied comments. Looking forward to finishing the book to discover what feelings I have when I am done!
Ok--done. And, ladies, to all of you who wrote such passionate reviews, I thank you!
To start positive, I appreciate positive thinking, not letting the medical world or fear based society "boss" you around and I whole heartedly agree that giving birth is completely empowering; I have never felt stronger nor more powerful as I did giving birth to my son. I also appreciate the visualization tools she is giving, whether I end up using them or not.
However, while I believe that her method could help lessen pain, I do not believe that giving birth can be painless (and that is ok!) I also feel that Ms. Mongen is hypocritical in the sense that while she talks about western society scaring moms into a particular way of birthing, she is doing the same thing. I am due with my 2nd in a couple months, have been greatly looking forward to the big day without fear, and yet she herself throws fear into the mix. Will I be doing it "wrong" if I feel pain? If I scream? If I push? No, and I resent her for making me feel that way. There is an insulting tone to the book which seems to contradict her theory. I feel like there is a way that this could have been written without feeling belittled and I am SO GRATEFUL that I did NOT read it before the first time I gave birth. I think I would have felt like a bad parent/human being after my own awesome experience.
By the way, I find that the most offensive part of the book is when she writes about the baby being traumatized by its own birth (especially if the mother/doctors are causing a commotion) and how the experience will be lodged in its memory and scarred for life. I actually said F-you out loud.
Now, to END positively (sort of), I have not done the accompanying CD yet but look forward to it. My hope is that it will give me tools to get into a relaxed state at birth and in my every day life, most specifically to help with my dang insomnia.
Now go read some of these other GoodReads reviews, they're great!...more
**spoiler alert** Like all the Irving I've read, I found the book to be enjoyable yet unclear exactly what I am being told. His subjects and their jou**spoiler alert** Like all the Irving I've read, I found the book to be enjoyable yet unclear exactly what I am being told. His subjects and their journeys are somewhat fascinating to me because I don't know how/why we are going there. What is his message? Is his message anything at all? In the case of this book, Irving shows us all types of love--parental, the prolonged and tedious (that surprisingly pans out in the end--is that a message?!), the forced, the genuine--and the only thing I can think of is that perhaps Irving is just trying to show us that that is simply how the world spins. Regardless, I've always found his work to be an entertaining ride with great prose whether I agree where he takes me or not. That being said, except for the last line (brilliant!), I found that the first half of the book was better written than the latter. (I love the tiny one line peaks of what will come in the future, genius!) I never lost interest but it almost seems that J.Iriving did, at least for a bit. I was surprised by the anticlimactic reunion of Marion and Eddie and confused by Marion's feelings. As long as the book is, I was also surprised by Ruth's sudden soft spot for Harry. I'm glad it happened but I wonder how he got to her heart so easily-and I don't buy that it is simply because he was so good with Graham. It's not that I don't think it is possible, I do, it just seems for a book with so much description and build-up, certain things compared to many others, happened very fast. Ultimately, yes, I did like the book and I won't lie: it is nice to every once in a while have a happy ending. :)...more