His mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.
Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.
Whether you agree or disagree, one of the great joys of reading Ta-Nehisi Coates is being challenged in ways you didn’t expect or imagine.
Novelists who can create vivid, plausible, living characters are rare, but novelists who also can create a believable world and a compelling story for those characters are blessed. Louise Erdrich is blessed.
Mr. Johnson is a wonderfully flexible writer who can pivot in a matter of lines from absurdity to atrocity.
Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.
This short novel does a particularly hard thing: It chronicles the recalibration of a 30-year marriage after it has fallen out of balance. Each of the two people strays to fulfill a need they don't share and the story resolves in a conversation after an amateur musical performance, in an homage to Joyce's "The Dead."
Minor gripes aside, this is a first-rate book—based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits.
Instead of focusing on the idea of “10,000 hours” as an essential path to excellence, he dampens this theory with determinist conclusions about the role of chance.
The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative.
In more ways than one, then, this is a work of imagination, but it also tells the truth in the way only good fiction can.
READERS will marvel at the intelligence and resilience of the Walls kids. We root for them when they escape, one by one, to New York City...
I find it a co-incidence that the lesson Malala found in the ‘Wizard Of Oz’ book is the lesson that I found in this book: if you really want to do something, you can – even with hurdles along your way.
A thoughtful edit might have removed many of the stylistic slippages...there might have been a good, possibly even great, 300-page social novel inside the 500-page tear-jerker we have instead. Let’s hope it will be different next time.
Appraising the book by the peak-end rule, I overconfidently urge everyone to buy and read it.
It is rare that a book is at once so timely and of such high literary quality.
Mr. Irving is unfailingly respectful and broad-minded in exploring these subjects...
Like all great novels, “Freedom” does not just tell an engrossing story. It illuminates, through the steady radiance of its author’s profound moral intelligence, the world we thought we knew.
Much more is revealed as this brilliant fiction works thrilling variations on, and consolations for, its plangent message: that “in the end, everyone loses everyone.” Yes, but look what Foer has found.
...this literary page-turner tells us in fascinating detail what it means to have every aspect of your life overturned.