I struggled at the start of this book with the diction, starting with one of the maids, but once I got into the language of the book I was hooked. With alternating voices and a cast of vibrant characters the dynamics of the deep south in the early 1960's comes shockingly to life.
I had a lot of trouble reading other books by the author but I think this books subject matter and the way it jumped right into the heart of a complex dystopia had me riveted. The authors intense descriptions can be off putting for some readers, but I was hooked. The descriptions just forced the imagery into my mind and made the complex reality of this world come together for me. In this way I don't know if I could watch the movie, given how vivid my picture of the story is.
I have always been really moved by the storyline from the movie, and when I realized this was a book I had to read it. So I finally did and I loved it! The concept was very interesting, definitely different from the movie, in a good way. The descriptions in the book are just as lush as the imagery from the movie, if not better since my head spins it uniquely.
Not my typical fair but that is not why I only went with 2 stars. It just didnt impress me. Something about a virgin college graduate who doesnt know how to pleasure herslef that just doesnt ring true in 2012. Not to mention her immediate and mostly willingness to jump into the world of BDSM.... I have been told to give the second book a chance before writing off the series so I am and so far it is better than the first...
I enjoyed this book, though at times the possibility of the supposed 13 year old protagonist having such a voice is a bit unbelievable. THe book however makes you want to believe in Charlie and his views on the world and the emotions that are taking over his life.
Interesting book. A nice mix of empowered female characters. However it seems to fall right into the common problem of many books about women in the single world. It pushes the idea that women are incomplete with out a significant other. It also makes a few points about how women fall for the guy who will break their heart and still want to stay with him. Overall it was a good quick read and not bad if you want something not too engaging.
I had a lot of trouble with the style of writing. I just couldn't get into the story or the character. I felt very disconnected from the characters. It seems like a good book, it is translated from German and so I have to give some credit to the fact that things can be lost in translation and consider what I am losing by reading it in English.