I loved this book. Normally Zombies are not my thing, but Brooks writing style made this book come alive. I spent about a week after reading it lookinI loved this book. Normally Zombies are not my thing, but Brooks writing style made this book come alive. I spent about a week after reading it looking around me honestly expecting to see Zombie hoards walking out of the trees and scoping out places as good for Zombie defense or bad. The humanity, both heroic and deplorable, Brooks captured in this book really seemed real and completely plausible. ...more
This book was so startling different from the author's other books I have read and so much better than the others that I am still surprised. From a wrThis book was so startling different from the author's other books I have read and so much better than the others that I am still surprised. From a writing stand point this book was exceptional. It set a fast and suspenseful pace and was written very convincingly from the mind of a 5 year old child. It gave me a lot to think about and a lot to remember about how I interact with my own children. They symmetry of this book was also unusual, the climax was in the middle of the book (and what a climax). The only other book I've read (that I can remember) like that was Rebecca and this writing technique creates such a sharp and enjoyable contrast of before and after.
Once again, I didn't know anything about the book before reading it. I truly enjoy learning things at the pace the author intended. I love being able to pick up from the writing itself the back story of the book.
I strongly recommend this book. Perhaps it was just the time and the emotions of my life right now, but this book made me feel so many emotions that it was worth reading just for that. I especially loved that when I cried in this book it was from sheer relief and hope and fear rather than the usual gimmicks writers use to get an emotional response from the reader.
Anyway, I already worry that I am giving too much away. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book knowing nothing about it. But I also must mention that it was thoroughly enjoyable to see the world from a completely unprejudiced view point. No prejudice against color, sexual orientation gender etc...just a clear representation of what was seen and what happened, not colored by a pre-conceived notion.
I must warn you though that this book did make me feel like a crappy mother. I really do need to spend more time with my children....more
I loved this book so much. It is by far Kingsolver's best work and I do not say that lightly for she has many incredible books. I have never known anI loved this book so much. It is by far Kingsolver's best work and I do not say that lightly for she has many incredible books. I have never known an author who is so capable of changing her "voice". Over the years, her style of writing has consistently improved (from good to fantastic). Her themes changed from being obvious and quotable to being subtle and nuanced. Her recent books are definitely book club books...they need to be chewed, digested, and talked over before they can be fully appreciated. I loved all the characters in this book and loved thinking about all the themes she brought up and learning more about my own country's history. ...more
I must confess that I read this book for the cover. That strategy could have ended poorly, but did not. This is a coming of age story about an 11 yearI must confess that I read this book for the cover. That strategy could have ended poorly, but did not. This is a coming of age story about an 11 year old girl from a well-to-do cotton farming family in Texas at the turn of the 20th Century (odd that I need to specify which century was turning). This book unexpectedly broke my heart. This book prompted too many thoughts and feelings and old and current aches and I feel I can't really delve into what I thought about the book because this will quickly turn from a review to an essay on modern feminism. How can something so "historical" still hurt so much? Probably because today, so many woman have been allowed out of their cage but only because their wings have been clipped.
Moving on...I found this book in many respects to be a To Kill A Mocking Bird for feminism: a simply told coming of age story with a southern setting, a lovable and precocious heroine, and a paternal figure guiding her as she tries to figure out what life means in general and specifically for her. It is also heart breaking. All she wanted to be was a scientist. All she wanted was to do more with her life than spend 4 hours making a pie that would be gone in 15 minutes. Was that too much to ask? ...more