...Ferris is back on track here. Smart, sad, hilarious and eloquent, this shows a writer at the top of his game and surpassing the promise of his celebrated debut.
The author’s use of antiquated language—even outside historical documents—adds color to his writing but may also be a source of confusion for some readers...A fascinating history that, while particularly appealing to those interested in religion, is sure to inform a far wider audience.
Ehrenreich's ability to talk about these subjects has been stunted by years of running in the other direction. I did not enjoy not enjoying this book. I was expecting something vivid, terrifying, curious.
So vast that the present volume, which spans roughly 2,500 years, ending with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492...Mr. Schama's history flashes by with entertaining velocity, though whether it is, strictly speaking, history at all is another matter, one the author himself raises with his decision to call his book a "story."
Throughout, vivid details of his search in blistering heat for holy sites both authentic and dubious anchor this complex, compelling spiritual testimony. "You've met my Jesus," he concludes. "Now meet your own."
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.
In Jess, Miller has created a narrator worthy of comparison with those of contemporaries such as Karen Thompson Walker and of greats such as Carson McCullers.
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.”
...Under Rodriguez's guidance, however, all the pieces are connected slowly until the project as a whole reveals itself. It's as if you've been wandering for miles in a desert and, suddenly, your salvation appears.
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.
I am saddened to say that even though the story did indeed make for tender and poignant reading with some whimsical dialogue and scenes, I found it a battle to read and felt almost relief when I came to the final page.
Bennoune, and those she profiles, bravely meets the tide of extremism with a sense of shared community and nonviolent purpose.
“If this dream were a book, what would it be about?” he pondered. “ “There was only one answer: a book of immortality.” For one, I am very happy Gollner had that dream — and wrote this beautiful, illuminating opus.
...a character who comes across as completely self-absorbed and selfish. Thoroughly disenchanting: Powers' admirers would do better to reread his stories or novels.
There is an odd intemperance about the tone of this book, with vociferous assertion often replacing argument.
...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.
While The Alchemist is a beautiful and extraordinarily optimistic tale, it isn't very well written, but that's not to say the it isn't a good book.
Mr Bullough largely succeeds in using this sad tale as a metaphor for the fate of the Soviet Union.
Perhaps every generation needs a writer to clear off this age-old path, renewing access and inviting entry, as Christian Wiman does in his weighty account of modern faith.