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Losing Julia by Jonathan   Hull
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Sep 19, 2007

it was amazing
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I actually underlined insights the author expressed via Patrick's character -- wise words about life and living, about pain and forgiveness. I found the male perspective enlightening. Some of the passages describing the reality of war were excruciating, yet beautifully written. I see others found his lusting after Julia to be tedious. I found it to be so very true to life and representing perfection, unattainable - like the perfect butterfly that got away. This is honest writing. Patrick is a very "human" character. I read other reviews and feel I must defend Patrick. To judge a character is silly. A character is a vehicle through which a thought or message is conveyed and it may not be what one expects or wants, for that matter. One doesn't have to agree with everything to enjoy the wisdom, beauty or the ride. I find reading with an open mind allows one to appreciate more, but this is just an opinion. I realize this is my personal perspective and others may see things differently. We all read through lenses of our unique experience, after all. I guess this book is one that one either loves or hates. I felt gratitude for a wonderful read, and wanted to thank him.
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Tasha I agree with your comments completely! I'm about 3/4 of the way finished and am really enjoying this read. I like Patrick as well and really feel for him. I think he is an 'honest' character too.

Marc Brackett I feel this book has been completely missed. A truly beautiful real story.

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