What can I say....I loved Fool. It was tightly written, crisp,and hilarious. This sequel....not so much. I can't say I am sorry I read it. It's part oWhat can I say....I loved Fool. It was tightly written, crisp,and hilarious. This sequel....not so much. I can't say I am sorry I read it. It's part of the story I guess. It seemed like Chris had too many irons in the fire,and he was trying a bit too hard in this one...... this book has it's great moments,and some funny stuff. Just not enough, I didn't feel. I laughed outloud some, but not nearly as much as I have with other of Chris's wonderful books and stories. That disappointed me. Too disjointed,and not cohesive enough this time around.
So, should you read it? Yes, if you're already read Fool and want to see how this progresses. If you've not read Fool,and don't intend to, skip it.It won't make much sense. That's my suggestion. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. It was ok. Hope your next book adventure, Chris, is back to the old you, that I dearly love and enjoy. Keep the faith, buddy!...more
Ok, I've given this book several days of pondering before I write this review. One thing I can say for sure.....I'd give it 4 1/2 stars if I could....
Ok, I've given this book several days of pondering before I write this review. One thing I can say for sure.....I had never heard of this painting,and I really like it. I have a website bookmarked trying to decide if I should order a framed print..... I do think it's beautiful.
I could pour back through the book to try and find a suitable or prolific quote to share....but I won't and here's why....you should read this.
Ignore the "negative" reviews you've heard. This book is one of the best I've read this year. Yes, it's long, yes, it dragged a bit in the middle, but hell.....not many books are not guilty of that. The style of Tartt's writing sucked me in. She certainly deliberately chooses her wording,and there is a lot of dialogue, lots of description, etc.
Her characters in this novel are all flawed, aren't we all flawed in one way or another? Isn't that the reality of life? If you want to have all likable, adorable characters stick with cheesy romance novels. I'd rather have a story like this that seems real, engaging, twists that pop your eyes open. I am sick of "contemporary" predictable, trite,and totally uninspiring fiction writing in most fiction today. Some of the "crap" that comes down the pike, leaves me feeling blah.
I am amazed these days on how so many people criticize a movie, by saying there are too many words, too much talking, etc. A movie critic I used to respect said that the movie LINCOLN was terrible because there is too much talking. HUH? Since when has society become so lazy?
If that's what you want....little talking, little description...all blowing things up,and mindless sex going on....stick with the "crap" that you won't even remember the story in a couple years. If you want something that challenges you, keeps you up at night, forces you to reread portions of, and think about long after you've read it, and you are dying to have a print of the artwork due to the inspiration of the story .... my literary friends....this is the book for you! Thank God someone out there is interested in fine, classic literature like this novel is. Praise the Pulitzer board for awarding this one the prize. Joseph would be proud,and certainly not rolling in his grave in disgust. Enjoy this one! Be prepared to have to think.
Why not 5 stars? I did want it to move on a bit more,and then after it was over...I was not ready for it to be over. Less would have been more in the Las Vegas portion of the story.
I read UNBROKEN some time back,and thought it was one of the best books I'd read in recent years. I wasn't expecting this one to be as great,and it waI read UNBROKEN some time back,and thought it was one of the best books I'd read in recent years. I wasn't expecting this one to be as great,and it wasn't. It was pretty predictable in many many ways, but it also threw a couple of whopper punches....surprises around the bend....but ended pretty much the way I expected,and yet......left the ending kinda wide open for interpretation....I hope that doesn't mean a sequel......
I learned some things about the American Japanese internment camps or Concentration camps as they were referred to, that I didn't know,and some of the things that happened to the Japanese American citizens due to WWII. It was definately worth the read,and I was cheering for the characters while I read.
It's worth the time. I started it this morning, actually,and finished it by this evening. So, a quick read, not a heavy one....nice break from the heavier stuff I generally read.... a nice inbetween book.......and also a bookclub selection we are discussing this month. It was an okay book. If I didn't want the characters to be happy, I would probably give this one 2 stars, but I did like them,and was hoping things would work out for the characters...so gave it a 3. I can't imagine giving it 5 stars....nope.....
On to Donna Tartt's Pulitizer winning novel...GOLDFINCH. It winning the Prize was just announced....more
"On a warm night in early July of that long-evaporated year, the Interestings gathered for the very first time.They were only 15, 16,and then began t "On a warm night in early July of that long-evaporated year, the Interestings gathered for the very first time.They were only 15, 16,and then began to call themselves the name with tenative irony."
This is the opening statement of the novel,and frankly, a full synopsis of what the whole story is about...... the whole story is full of the ironies of life. What's expected, what's the true desires of adults that start to linger from the teenage years, and then goes long into adulthood. Desires of what you want to do with your life,and the desires of what actually happens.....what journey you follow to get that job,and how you work toward goals to attempt to gain that happiness you hope to gain....etc. etc. etc. And it's about how those goals can be unreachable, and yet...happiness happens in ways you never thought possible.
I know there are many people, especially men , who say...."I don't read those human drama type books." Yes this is human drama, raw taut emotions,and being a man, no offense girls, I hate a poorly written chick lit type novel. Folks this is not that novel. This is a tightly written, engrossing story of what happens to you as you age,and as you "supposedly" grow up. Not always an easy voyage, making lots of detours,and lots of mistakes.
I found myself driven to read this book...and when I had to put it down, it was tough to put down. I wanted to get back to it as soon as possible. I felt the characters pain,and their joys,and Wolitzer does a great job of getting to the core of how messy life can be,and yet so rewarding. John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." I think this novel hits that nail right on the head...big time.
I had a good goodreads friend tell me that this book reminded him of THE BIG CHILL for this generation. I think I see the parallels he's referring to...for sure...but it also has so much more in it for me. I loved THE BIG CHILL. I still do....and it certainly takes you back to your younger days,and how messy life can become, and rewarding...but I couldn't tell you the names of the characters anymore in THE BIG CHILL. I am convinced I will remember these characters,and their names. Jules, Dennis, Ash, Ethan, Jonah, and with everything they went through, I felt right along with them. This is most certainly why I gave this book 5 stars. Thanks Meg for a journey worth taking!...more
Every high school student should read this book of WW I. It will really make you think about NOT going into the military, plus the benefits a person rEvery high school student should read this book of WW I. It will really make you think about NOT going into the military, plus the benefits a person reaped from the G I bill,and making the military a career is going out the window.......who's gonna volunteer? This is a fantastic book to really give you a taste of the atrocities of war. Read it....more
This is a delightful quick read. I was able to finish it in little over an hour,and while eating breakfast. I love the language Irving uses....this baThis is a delightful quick read. I was able to finish it in little over an hour,and while eating breakfast. I love the language Irving uses....this basically talks about early Christmas celebrating in America,and some English traditions brought here.
Did you know they ate Peacock? It's interesting how it was prepared. I would recommend you read this with a piping hot drink to warm the cockles,and enjoy this short but fun little read. Definately worth the time to read on Christmas Eve or Day....to escape from those annoying little relatives....I also recommend Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales...also short...also delightful.
Now I am on to A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which I try to read every year....more