This novel expresses a lot of truth that offers no apologies for acknowledging and then constructing a clear image of the good, the bad and the terrifying aspects of how a large segment of current culture has devolped in the US post Kennedy era affected by the progression of the hopeful, yet conflicted baby boomers. The folks who have not gotten much out of reading it will be surprised if it wins a Pulitzer, and if I had a vote it would be a 'yes'. There is important social commentary and a message, perhaps a gentle admonition to 'Pay Attention!' before life changes again irrevocably as it did after WWII.
This book is written by a former newspaper columnist and the protagonist of the story works for a fictional newspaper . The story is part coming of age, part romance and part slice of life in the heartland of the midwest. It is a cute story and engages emotional terrain from time to time. I am looking forward to a second effort from this author , as this, her first work, shows promise in being able to produce a more thoughtful, satisfying novel in the near future. The heartland of the country has long needed a realistic and captivating voice representing it in fiction, Rainbow Rowell may be that voice.
I requested this book assuming it would be a short, heartwarming story about animals which I always enjoy and am not particular about the specific details, similiar to those who avidly read romance after romance for the temporary thrill, not the plot. What I got was similar to taking a college course that was lifechanging, perhaps philosophy, and feeling like I learned and understood more about lhumans and their companions than I ever realized I could. This is not an easy read and once assimulated, it is evident that every moment engaged in ithe reading of it was pure gold. Kudos to everyone involved in it's publication! Get yourself a copy today and evolve and then share and discuss with others.
This book provides a wonderful reading experience, touching upon many emotions, joy, wonder, grief, anxiety and many more. It becomes almost a compulsion to keep turning the pages to see what happens next in the lives of the characters. I can't imagine anyone picking it up, beginning to read and not being fully enchanted by the first chapter.The story takes place in the South of 1956. There is a long set of well developed characters, all set perfectly in place revolving around the Samuel Swan mentioned in the title. He is a preacher whose slightly unconventional for the times practices has found himself temporarlly without a church to shephard. The year that ensues is the subject matter.A word to the faint of heart: this work of art shows life from all sides, glory to grit. Some of the beauty described is breathtaking, yet the grit can break your heart. If you're just looking for a beach read , a romance or a happily ever after, this is probably not the choice for you. Don't misunderstand me, it is plenty entertaining and there is romance, even joy within these pages. However to get to those things, you must be willing to travel with the author through the darkside a little ways.I rarely read books twice, yet I know when I have passed from middle into old age I will be taking this one up again. It has earned a permanent place in my collection.
This book is the story of what was happening in the lives of several people on the day Robert Kennedy's body was carried by train from New York to Washington for his funeral. The details of this historical event are rendered factualy. The characters lives are fictional, their stories inspired into the imagination of the author from photographs he saw of the estimated 500,000 to 2 million people who turned out that day to show their respect along the railroad tracks.The time and the passions are evoked skillfully. The stories have you holding your breath as you flip pages to find out what is going to transpire. Take this journey back to 1968, you will experience the ride of a lifetime.
This book is like reading 2 books, one, the author's life as a child on through college, and the other, everything that happened after that. By far, the first part of the story is best, written in detail at a slow, suspenseful pace that keeps the reader engaged at every turn of the page.A relationship is steadily built with the author that captured this readers heart.Then, suddenly, we find ourselves at the second part of the book where the pace changes to frenetic. In scene after scene, I felt shortchanged when events were stated but not described. It was as if the author wrote part one as a book and part 2 as a screenplay. If part 2 had been written in the same fashion as part one, this effort could have been a great and mighty, not to mention lengthy, contender. Maybe after critical acclaim from that kind of effort, a screenplay might have become appropriate.Even so, this memior earns it's 4 star rating. The man's childhood is riveting, the character studies of the people in his life amazing in their insightfulness. The book radiates wit, warmth and intelligence. Well worth reading, very glad to have won it through Early Reviewers.
This is an interesting account of the effects of a father's use of cocaine upon his son's life. The son uses many examples to illustrate his fathers's character and actions. Sometimes things get a little jumbled up as the leaps from past to present are huge, I would have appreciated a more linear approach.Quite evidently, the author found resolution in writing this memior and it was gratifying to take that journey with him. This is a searingly honest effort and sure to be noticed in the substance abuse recovery community.
This is 'lite' SK and I enjoyed it! The supernatural element is present and the story carried my interest. Some will say the ending is too tidy but I say variety is the spice of life and I am happy to see that SK can pull off uplifting as well gloomy when he so chooses. I enjoyed the story and true to life characters from beginning to end. After having recently read Full Dark, No Stars, this offering was like a slice of sweet pie at the end of a full course meal. Delightful!
This book was a novel written in verse about a woman coming to terms with the natural processes and consequences of aging. Her observations were fitting and cute to the subject matter, but frankly, not at all original or refreshing. To be fair, there actually was some good poetry to be found among the many pages. Unfortunantly, I am not much of a fan of poetry writers. Perhaps that is why I did not enjoy this book a lot. There is certainly heart to the story and I am sure there will be many readers who enjoy it.
This is a strange and compelling story. It raises questions that are not completely answered by the novel's end.However, like the characters in the book are taking a journey, so is the reader. At journeys end, both the characters and readers lives have been enriched. A trip well worth taking.