What a wonderful novel, I truly did love reading this! It was heart wrenching and honest in all ways that a child can be (and from the view point of a grown adult). I recommend this to the thinker... someone who analyzes his/ her daily life and wonders about the good in the world. An overview, it follows the daily life of Eli during one summer in 1976 when it seems that the Vietnam War has entered back into his family's life. Eli deals with the dizzying amounts of information and changes that occurs in his life during this one summer and what it all means to him. At the same time, he finds a certain peace of mind and grows up like the fox he senses in the forest.
I enjoyed the novel as a pleasurable read. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary as far as a Chinese novel that follows a young woman being forced into marriage. However, it has a simplistic nature that was very appealing.
What an incredible journey for Freddie Watson! I was excited and intrigued by the description of the book when I first saw it. However, my first impression as I read was not so great. It was mediocre and slow until Freddie reached Nuelle, both the climax and the denouement of the story in my opinion. Here, ghosts of the towns past called out to him, he who had harbored the spirit of his own lost brother, George. He walked in the shadows by living in the past as often the dead do. And, by interacting with the ghosts and in particular Fabrissa, Freddie was able to release his own heart and grief as he released theirs.The story is tragic and beautiful as well as beautifully written. I did not expect to be taken in this direction by the book and to be taken in so fully. I recommend it to those who love subtle ghost stories and have an intrigue for the what could and has happened.
A truly fantastic novel! I picked it up and read it in a day. Buehlman creates a very believable story that is so well written, you cannot help but bond with this book and its characters. I will definitely pass this book on to my friends!
Truly captivating and unique storyline. Although the intrigue of the novel can be derived from the title, the author did such a fantastic job with his narration that you seemed to be as completely unaware as Martin. It was a page by page adventure, and I will be picking up another Zafon novel very soon.
I absolutely loved this novel. It follows the life of Willow as she recounts it in her moments, thoughts, and feelings with her friend Pearl. I loved the open language and the observations. For me, someone who dreams of returning to China, as Pearl had, it was wonderful to experience the cultue both in ways I knew and in ways I could never imagine to experience. The book is well written and artistic, as befit to a Chinese novelist. I would recommend to those who enjoy memoir style writings and to those who enjoy being immersed into a culture.
As with all of his other books, I enjoyed Possible Side Effects quite thoroughly. His wit and humor seep from the pages. What was different from this novel that I experienced in his other memoirs was a background approach with all of the emotional intensity that someone hyped up on nicorette and alcohol can be. I believe because of this, I didnt feel as drawn into the novel as his others. However, it was still a great read!
I almost did not read this book. I, like many other reviewers, were off- put by the first few chapters since there was no indication that it was the novel it is. It is narrated by Dex Pratt, who is struggling with his aspirations to BE... to be SOMEONE other than him, something other than ordinary. That is what caused all of his choices in his life. When his step brother Feral became addicted then shunned him from his life in his recovery, he realized that he was no one without Feral, that he had never been that center of the social life. Returning home to his failed- suicide father and a small town, he was drowning in his fears of being normal.After adapting to the format of the novel (written both in script form, since Dex is a director at heart, and as a narration), the book picked up and I really enjoyed it. I felt that Dex's constant "lies" and editing is something that many of us do to either buffer an unpleasant experience or just something that happens. Although I don't do drugs, I felt that I could relate well to Dex and his addiction, instability in life, and the need to BE. The best part, was when Dex finally realized that yes you can have dreams, but you won't be happy unless you are content with yourself and the life/ people that surround you.
This novel started of slowly for me, I struggled to make it past the halfway point. However, events turned around and the characters felt more real. Passion and raw emotions came into play, giving a lterary light to the common struggles of the average american marriage. I enjoyed the novel and its odd- but life like- plot.
I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the first. It was filled with teenage angst and drama that didn't appeal to me. I have my own relationship problems to deal with, I don't need to be in another girl's head dealing with hers too. Plus, although this series is about a love of the ages story, I didn't pick up the first one just because of an undying love. The series was appealing in its epic mythical battle, with a romance at the heart. This book picked up towards the end when the excitement started to fill in and raw emotions came into play.