The book is soon overwhelmed by its own narrative ruse, which, revealed in the final pages, is clever but not meaningful.
...has proved to be the most lasting element of Burnett's literary legacy. Perhaps that shouldn't surprise us, given how ahead of its time it was.
...as is true with Victorian Lit, the books are long and wordy and a little dry. It was a little hard for me to get into at first and it was a little boring-ish for me, you have to be in the mood for some heavy literature, reading, and psychology with this book.
...this book is every bit as rich and satisfying as the marrow bones the author roasts at Prune.
Writing in shimmering, musical prose, Ms. Fuller creates portraits of her mother, father and various eccentric relatives that are as indelible and resonant as the family portraits in classic contemporary memoirs like Mary Karr’s “Liars’ Club” and Andre Aciman’s “Out of Egypt.”
With The Remains of the Day Ishiguro turned away from the Japanese settings of his first two novels and revealed that his sensibility was not rooted in any one place, but capable of travel and metamorphosis.
I’m pretty sure I would have been better off stopping with Twilight as each book has successively gone down the hill for me. It’s entire purpose is to provide the most happy ending of all time for everyone. And I do mean everyone.
At the start of the novel, Roxane is singing, at Mr Hosokawa's request...When the garua lifts, so must Roxane's spell, and then the novel will end. Whom the spirit of death alights upon is concealed until the penultimate chapter, and when it is revealed, the narrative returns to a shocking brutality.
It could all be a bit Waltons-ish, but Barbara Kingsolver is a sufficiently shrewd writer to make sure that Animal, Vegetable, Miracle stays just the right side of smug.
It's a bizarre and absorbing story, told brilliantly by one of the great storytellers of our time.
The Good Earth is such a human book, in so many ways. And for that reason I found it very moving. It’s too kind a book not to acknowledge that we are small and often impotent, and that even the most hard-working people go through bad times.
Revelations about how the way we eat affects the world we live in, presented with wit and elegance.
Long gives the reader a meal plan template with numerous suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks...I plan to prepare some of her vegan recipes including vegetable soup.
Face it: Wouldn’t you rather strike out on the road with John Waters than Jack Kerouac? If the answer is yes, then this book is for you, even if Waters...the ever-flamboyant auteur-(Pink Flamingos, Hairspray et al) turned-writer, takes his sweet time getting going.
Interweaving anecdotes, family history, and historical events, he tells the tale of Child’s remarkable life... to her rise to prominence as a television personality and everything in between.
His rise is gratifying to read about, partly because he never sounds as if he’s crowing.
...Claiborne’s precise, prissy voice, which McNamee accurately calls “genial, magisterial, casually knowing and sort of funny-peculiar.”
...this book seems to promise cutting-edge humor in a Florida setting. And Mr. Hiaasen leaves his state’s greatest natural resources untapped
...he is not by any means domesticated. A whole chapter entitled "Alan Richman Is a Douche Bag" skewers the GQ food writer...
Bourdain is just as likely to tantalize with his descriptions of food as disgust with his descriptions of the people and actions swirling around it, the activities disgusting yet somehow funny at the same time.