Clara and her fellow servants, who embody the spirit of the everyday patriot citizen, are written with detail and depth. Historical fiction lovers will look forward to more from this promising new novelist.
Framed by short anecdotes relating to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, Albom’s story unfolds in reportorial-style sketches, right up to a double-twist conclusion. A sentimental meditation on "[w]hat is false about hope?"
...Rodriguez doesn't beat this discovery over the reader's head but unpacks it gently, over the course of years, in seemingly disjointed stories that explain one writer's journey to a God of many.
O'Reilly and Dugard have swallowed hook, line and sinker the gospel writers' antipathy to the Pharisees. They seem unaware that in Jesus's time the Pharisees were in fact a newish, radicalising group, trying to wrest control of the Jewish religion from the stranglehold of the Sadducees...
This first installment reads like the work of a man who has already written abundantly about himself. He often tells stories that, he acknowledges, he has told before. He includes the texts of speeches he has made.
Without question this is a really enjoyable book, a real page turner and I can’t help thinking that (presuming!) it will make a fantastic movie that will have you weeping right to the last word.
An entertaining, well-researched account of the quest that brims with our fond hopes, foolishness and even desperation.
...a character who comes across as completely self-absorbed and selfish. Thoroughly disenchanting: Powers' admirers would do better to reread his stories or novels.
The sensibility that Mr Aslan brings to his latest book, about the founder of another monotheism, is by comparison rather one-dimensional, although his considerable gifts as a storyteller and populariser of complex religious ideas remain intact.
...Solnit subtly touches on subject ranging from Guevara’s contact with leprosy patients as he traveled around Latin America in the 1950s to the reach of Buddhism to Icelandic history, to her own health crisis—and all in her enormously fluid style.
The absence of characterization and overall blandness suggest authorship by a committee of self-improvement pundits--a far cry from The Little Prince: that flagship of the genre was a genuine charmer because it clearly derived from quirky sensibility
Mr Bullough largely succeeds in using this sad tale as a metaphor for the fate of the Soviet Union.
...the collection demands close attention and rereading, but, thankfully, the essays offer generous rewards too.
...the author pours a fervent message about love and reconciliation into a novel that makes the lesson of hope go down much more easily than it would via sermon.
You will find yourself staying up way past your bed time to reach the big finale. It’s worth the ride.
The book is diligently researched, calmly expository, and full of fascinating side-stories...
Good escapist reading in the Dan Brown vein. And these writers can write.
In The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey has crafted a marvelously complex and deliciously intriguing mystery.
Within a few years you’ll realize that half of what he said was totally bogus. But the other half will stick with you, and it may even change you.
Fans will particularly enjoy "The Wit & Wisdom of the Dolly-Mama."