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."
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.
...a spy novel, a writer’s autobiography and a victim’s affidavit pulsing with resentment and fear combine to reveal a man’s dawning awareness of the primacy of freedom.
Fans of the familiar will find this an unchallenging goth-and-glitter pleasure.
A Land More Kind Than Home is a smooth, elegant, and enjoyable novel. The characters are vivid and interesting. Mr. Cash has fantastic talent which is sure to make him a rising star in the literary world and I am waiting to read more from his pen.
This timely and inspiring book offers many insights into how to improve America’s mediocre school system.
The ploys for future stories were obvious and unlike a couple of twists to the Tohr and No’One storyline, were predictable which lessened their emotional impact.
I gobbled up this book in one afternoon. It's not long, and the story it tells is truly amazing...Read this book to be encouraged and inspired.
It is a brave and subtly disturbing affirmation of faith, and it is all the more remarkable for its engagement with the deepest questions, the most painful mysteries of our lives.
. . .gradually reveals itself to be way undercooked, the product of an inquisitive, good-natured spirit. . .that’s fallen perilously in love with a provocative but idealistic and impractical thesis.
As the events of the 1940s slip ever further away, they become harder to comprehend and imagine. In his foreword, Wiesel explains why he felt compelled to write Night, saying his "duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living". He has done more than most to keep alive their memory.
Rather than resting on her laurels, she's stepping up her efforts with each book, trying to not only spin a spectacularly colorful yarn, but also reveal truths about her readers and their world.
First of all, I must say that this is one of the books which grips your whole attention and, even more, makes you think about your life in a philosophical manner...I believe it is a great book to read and I thoroughly advise every single person to read it, especially those who are interested in philosophy.
The greatest pleasures of this book are its provocations, which are inseparable from its prose.
...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.
It is a fair tribute to her skill and sensibility to say that the book leaves a reader with an impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills.
Schiff’s book itself is less a patchwork than a nimbly woven tapestry, drawing together exhaustive research and the author’s own keen insights and being carried along by her effortless prose.
This brisk, page-turner of a story climaxes at Christmas. Another winner from Albom; this book just about shouts “Give me for a holiday gift.”
Cassandra Clare continues to produce consistently original, imaginative stories that manage to fit cleanly into the genre without falling into its clichés and pitfalls.
Truly a timeless classic that speaks so much of human nature. Plus, it's quaint farmyard setting makes this a very British book, lucky enough to have become a global phenomenon.