I was afraid that I wouldn’t like this one and was warned that it gets very weird. Yes, it does, but I was surprised how much I loved it. I liked it start to finish. It’s a page-turner and an excellent psychological thriller.
It was really fun for me to read a thriller and not be too afraid to read it before bedtime and not be too freaked out in general. I do scare easily. Jake’s and Alice’s situation and predicament is so far removed from anything in my life that I could feel the tension and suspense and, yes, some horror too, without feeling true fear.
What might have been the most fun for me reading this story was enjoying how she perfectly captures descriptions of my neighborhood. It was so much fun! The author always gets 100% right my neighborhood, the city of San Francisco and areas around the greater San Francisco Bay Area. So true of the three books I’ve thus far read by her. My favorite quote about the neighborhood: “ten blocks from the edge of the continent and the least sunny beach anywhere.” This author lives/has lived in San Francisco for a long time but is not a native, and she manages to “get San Francisco” and the Richmond District better than any other writer I have read.
Great storytelling! The characters are engaging and I had a blast rooting for and/or against them. I particularly enjoyed the very interesting two main characters.
There were some scenes that were extremely painful for me to read. (view spoiler)[ They include torture scenes. (hide spoiler)] Toward the end, events felt a little too compressed and maybe something felt slightly off to me, and some earlier things in the story (especially characters) weren’t returned to or tied up/revealed and those I’d like to have seen in some way, and though I did love the very end, how on one level it was a resolved situation and how in another way the final resolution was left up to the readers’ imaginations, the way my mind goes, I wasn’t entirely happy with it. So 4-1/2 vs. 5 stars, rounded down. I could have gone with either 5 or 4 stars when taking into account the pleasure I got as I was reading the book.
I did see one (I’m fairly sure) mistake, a very, very minor thing since it’s a barely mentioned part of the story: There is no Ph.D. in psychiatry and earning one wouldn’t make someone become a psychiatrist. It’s a Ph.D. to become a psychologist and an M.D. in psychiatry to come a psychiatrist. Both are doctors but psychologists don’t go through medical school and psychiatrists/physicians do.
ETA: I love all the marriage & wedding factoids included in the book.
And, this book comes very close to a 5 star book for me and I might change its rating at some point....more
I guess I’m over the 60s, even though compared to now there is much on which to look back fondly.
It might be because I “wasn’t ready” for 1967 until 1I guess I’m over the 60s, even though compared to now there is much on which to look back fondly.
It might be because I “wasn’t ready” for 1967 until 1969 or so, but the nostalgia of the era just doesn’t move me as much as I’d expected.
I’d gone to the museum exhibit and was surprised to feel so underwhelmed.
I decided to read the catalog and then return to the exhibit, perhaps appreciating it more after reading the book. (I actually didn’t read the entire book but I looked carefully at every page and skimmed the essays I didn’t carefully read.)
Okay, as early as 1967 I loved the posters and buttons, and there are a lot of good quotes and photos in here, from people of interest, including those in whom I have or had interest.
I continue to enjoy much of the music.
I still like some of the art, fashion, posters, buttons, although not anywhere as much as I did then.
I’m glad some of the negatives are included. In both the exhibit and the book photos of the missing persons (kids who ran away to San Francisco who had disappeared from their family’s lives and were being sought) are shown. They look so young.
So, other than the known celebrities I did search photos for people I might have known, but I would have needed a strong magnifier for most.
I was living in San Francisco at the time but spent much of that summer in Los Angeles. I do remember circa 1967 going across the Golden Gate Bridge to buy posters and buttons in Sausalito, remember listening to the music, remembering embracing some of the philosophy, etc. but I didn’t hang out in the Haight nor was I fully aware of “the movement” until 1968 or 1969. I was slow, and young.
I’m just not that wowed by the material any more. It’s a good look into history but even there something was lacking for me, and so many pages didn’t interest me at all. 2 ½ stars rounded up because of the attempt it makes and because it is an interesting subject. I’m curious about how other readers feel and think about this book’s contents and presentation. ...more
I really enjoyed the museum exhibit and then this catalog. I am a fan of Matisse and a fan of Diebenkorn. It was fascinating seeing their works presenI really enjoyed the museum exhibit and then this catalog. I am a fan of Matisse and a fan of Diebenkorn. It was fascinating seeing their works presented together and learning about how Diebenkorn used Matisse’s art as an inspiration for his own art. Because of that connection and the way the artworks are shown, it’s one of the most brilliant exhibits I’ve ever seen.
The book is excellent. If I hadn’t seen the exhibit though I might have given it only 4 or maybe 4 ½ stars, but this book does a reasonably good job showing the scope of the exhibit. There are excellent and well-presented paintings and drawings in the book and the essays do give more information than what is included as descriptions on the museum walls, but in order for the exhibit to be fully appreciated it really must be seen as intended, in a museum. Standing in all the rooms and being surrounded by the art was key for me in being so emotionally moved.
If you can’t see it the exhibit in person (I think today is its last day at SFMOMA) the book is still worth reading. Because I’m so interested in the topic I really enjoyed the essays, and some of my favorite paintings by both artists are included in the exhibit/catalog so I thoroughly enjoyed it, going back to view certain art pieces multiple times. If I was buying books, it’s probably one I’d want to own.
Highly recommended for all Matisse fans and especially for all Diebenkorn fans. If you love both artists, or are interested in art history, this is a must read/see book....more