i read the back of the book and was really interested in the premise... then i started reading and wasn't as dazzled as i thought i would be. but i fei read the back of the book and was really interested in the premise... then i started reading and wasn't as dazzled as i thought i would be. but i felt the same way about life of pi, so i stuck it out. i have to admit this book grew on me despite myself. i fell into the rhythm of the writing -- which takes a bit of time. once i found the narrator's voice, the book evened out for me. its maybe not so seemy and gritty as the book jacket would have you believe, but its definitely worth a read for the entertainment value. if you're really interested in a gritty look at india, try vikram chandra's sacred games. but i admit i fell into the groove of the tale and really enjoyed myself. its fun, not overly bleak, at times its funny, and i'm satisfied with the end... ...more
i am not sure which i'm rating -- the amazing writing or the amazing life of edna st. vincent millay. i read this book on a whim years ago, not knowini am not sure which i'm rating -- the amazing writing or the amazing life of edna st. vincent millay. i read this book on a whim years ago, not knowing much about the poet and mildly interested based on my knowledge of the era and the great book cover (sadly, book art makes many of my decisions). the bio allows you to step right into edna's shoes -- a sensitive and painful look at a troubled and talented woman. i walked away believing her to be the best flawed super hero ever. not everyone will share this perspective, i'm sure... but this was a woman who didn't bend to societal norm or pressure. while she probably mostly made mistakes in life, she LIVED life. fully. boisterously. sometimes sadly, sometimes joyously. she's not my favorite poet ever, but she's my favorite life ever. you really don't need to enjoy poetry (though everyone should) to thoroughly enjoy this book....more
i've read most of brown's books at this point. it started with the davinci code, because, well, i had to see what the hype was about. then it was angei've read most of brown's books at this point. it started with the davinci code, because, well, i had to see what the hype was about. then it was angels and demons. curiosity, really. picked up his new one (i've already forgotten the name, sadly), which i only completed through chapter one before giving it away. then, this one. i ran out of books to read and my mom gave it to me.
this is the worst of brown's books. and that's a big statement. now, i'm actually not so big a book snob that i discount a good story. i actually appreciate the story he wove in davinci code and angels and demons. weak on the actual writing, but still a good story. this one was barely plausible. you could call me a doubter and say that i really don't know how government works. but, really, i have all kinds of doubts and suspicions about our government... but this was just... far-fetched. in an unappealing way. if the writing isn't going to be strong, you've got to hand me a good story. this had neither.
why did i give it 2 stars? mainly due to moments of mild interest that led me to finish the book, rather than throwing it at the wall. i think it will be the last brown book i read for awhile....more