Sunday, April 25

book review



i spent the entire weekend with the tv off, finishing this book in two days. i highly recommend it. i especially think that orbie would enjoy it as its background involves theater. it is one of those stories with another story going on at the same time, but not hard to follow. there are characters intertwined in a most unusual,heartbreaking way.

and now, since i am in the reading mood, i will attack another of the many i have tucked away.

8 comments:

emma said...

I'm now in the middle of EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author is often trying and dramatic(right, Schell?) but I'm enjoying her adventure

vq said...

I recently read the newest Harlen Coben thriller, Caught, and Elie Wiesel's Night. I also read Lisa See's Shanghai GIrls, which was good. I've been in a reading mood again after a long, long dry spell.

Catz said...

I see several good ideas I'll check out. I like Harlen Coben.

Mrs. Tree said...

I have two recommendations and they couldn't be any more different from each other. One is The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch. It was written in the 1970s and is a weird but very compelling novel about a retired actor who moves to a village beside the sea. Sounds mundane, right? But then it turns into something completely different. He encounters his first love, a married and somewhat dull woman, and obsession overtakes him completely. He's not likable, but the story and the descriptions of the sea and his unshakable belief in his love keep you reading to the end. There's lots of mystery, danger, remorse, and betrayal. But there's an undercurrent of beauty that buoys the whole thing together.

The other book is a memoir about a very young woman who becomes a sort of mail order bride for a Vietnam vet in Montana. The stuff she endures and the amazing number of skills she learns as they survive completely off the land and the animals they raise are almost unbelievable. Yet I do believe everything she writes because I know her personally and she really did live this dirt-filled, water-carrying, hide-tanning, bear-lard pie crust making life. It's called When I Came West. (Sheila, it's by Laurie Wagner Buyer, and it's about the relationship she had before the one she writes of in Spring's Edge.) I hope someone else reads it.

Jilly said...

i've been thinking on going to the store to get another book, but fiction just hasn't caught my eye in so long. last time I was at the store i asked for some help looking for a book and i told the salesperson i wanted something "nonfiction that wouldn't make me cry," and he laughed at me! he had suggested a book about a local woman in baltimore whose youngest child was in an accident and recovered but then was killed by a doctor at hopkins via a wrong medication amt written on an order. the mom then became a cruisader, among other things, and got legislation passed to hopefully prevent something like that happening again. it sounded good, but i knew i was going to cry right through it thinking of that poor dead child.

sheila222 said...

I enjoyed Shanhai Girls also- as well as snow flower and the secret fan.. I have peony in love in the pile. If you want to read a rather depressing account- Falling Leaves.

Tree- i'll get it. I am just so glad she seems to be in a happier situation. You will recall that Spring's Edge put me on edge. Probably because I like to read more about hopeful beginnings than the end of a relationship. I think I sent Spidey the copy of Spring's Edge,, Spidey,, did you like it?

Right now I am reading woman of a thousand secrets by barbara wood,, not her best effort.

Gail said...

I know I've read something in the past month, but dang if I can remember what. Dennis has been in the hospital (mostly ICU and now in a rehab center) since March 23.

If my brain ever kicks in again, I'll let you know what I read.

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