Book Reviews of The Elegant Gathering of White Snows

The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
Author: Kris Radish
ISBN-13: 9780553382419
ISBN-10: 0553382411
Publication Date: 6/10/2003
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 182 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 14
I'm sorry, I really am. But this is the most contrived, cliche piece of trash I think I have ever had to read. So overwrought. So dramatic. There were passages that were so bad, we took turns at book club reading them out loud and laughing. If you love low end, southern-ish chick lit, this is the one for you. Otherwise, keep moving.
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Helpful Score: 8
While charming in its way, this book seemed about thirty years behind the curve to me, touting in sometimes unrealistically lyrical terms, the bonds of women's friendships and overcoming life's challenges with the help of one's friends. Didn't we all learn about consciousness-raising groups in the 60's? Lesbian love is also given an unnecessarily strong boost here; it is already pretty much an accepted fact of life and doesn't need to be wrapped up in a pretty package and sold so hard. We get it, for some women, it's better. This book would have been a lot more interesting, and controversial, a generation ago. Now it seems absurd to portray a group of seven women who decide to go walking together for a week as somehow capturing national attention and effecting change across the globe.
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Helpful Score: 6
It was okay. Not my favorite. I didn't enjoy the style of writing. There were some touching moments, but most seemed very contrived.
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Helpful Score: 4
I picked this book up at an estate sale and though it is out of my usual genre, I read it and I really liked it. After reading the book, I checked out the 56 member reviews here and found that the average reviews were favorable. Sure, it's chick lit and the moral of the story is that women can be empowered by other women. Some say that the story itself is far fetched and unbelievable...I disagree. Haven't you ever felt like just "taking a break" from all the junk in your life? Well, I have many of times. Good, clean, get-your-stuff- together story. If you're strictly against lesbianism, abortion, beer and wine then this book isn't for you.
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Helpful Score: 4
A wonderful story of women, loss, love, happiness, sorrow... a true "chick" book! I only wish we got to know some of the men in the book a little better. This is a road trip reminiscent of Forest Gump's run across country.
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Helpful Score: 2
Lyrical and mystical, this tale of the sisterhood of women is a mesmerizing read. I found the vignettes of women whose lives were affected by the walk, even though they weren't walking, to be more satisfying than the main story of the walkers.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book a lot. Every woman can relate to at least one of the main characters and I am sure that many women wish that they have the nerve to do such a thing...I know I would do it with my friends.
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Helpful Score: 2
I don't get Kris Radish and I don't get her books, but this is not to say it was not well-written. Just not my cup of tea. Some people would enjoy the book and call it thought-provoking and soul-stirring. I was looking for brain candy and entertainment. We were just working on different levels. It is very well-written though and the right reader would get a lot of enjoyment from it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a great book that explores the bonds of woman. As a member of a all women book club I found myself wishing that I had a similar connection with our members. These woman are from different backgrounds, in different stages of life and they decide to step out of their lives and go on a search for...what, thay don't know, but they think they'll know when they finally get there.
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Helpful Score: 1
I was completely sucked in by this book and its characters. It is a fairly easy read, but mostly because the story is so well-written. A great setting that I would highly recommend to the female reader looking for some mental bonding time!
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Helpful Score: 1
I hated this book, it made no sense at all to me, and I usually have a pretty high tolerance for nonsense.
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Helpful Score: 1
disappointing
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Helpful Score: 1
Very intriguing and fun book to read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Wonderful book surrounding a group of women who get fed up with their lives and just leave on a walk... recants stories of their lives/trials and how they overcome them through walking. Definately a "power of the woman" read!
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Another excellent Kris Radish book! Entertaining, and funny.
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Helpful Score: 1
This title is referring to tea and yet it also works to highlight the group of women friends who decide to support each other by "going for a walk". It is a character study of diverse women, differing ages, backgrounds, work history, relationship status. They are friends living in south central Wisconsin when they begin their walk.
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How many of you would like to just take off walking and not stop till you figure your life out? well that is what a group of women did in this book.
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It's a story of what the power of friendship between a group
of women can accomplish.
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Couldn't really get into this one...didn't finish.
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It was heart-warming to read about this great group of friends, and it made me appreciate my own circle of friends even more.
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Contemporary women's fiction, telling the tale of eight friends who decide on the spur of the moment to take a walk-- that lasts for weeks.
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I think every woman can find a part of herself that relates to these women. Very good book and easy to become a part of these women's journeys.
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I really had hopes for this book until about three quarters of the way through when it became clear that all the women were from one mold and cut from the same cloth. They all feel the same, have the same vocabulary and agree on absolutely everything. No disagreements, no original thoughts. In the end, it turned out to be tedious.
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Fabulous book !!!!!!!!!!!!
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What a wonderful story. It's the story about friendship. About 8 women and how these women work through burdens they have carried in their hearts for years with the help of each other. It's the story of loving a friend and of trust. There are 178 reviews on this book alone. Just a few negative. But most of them positive...I'm on the positive side. It made me feel good while reading this book. These women were powerful, they did what they had to do for themselves to be able to move on with their lives. This book was really quite moving. I loved it.
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A story of friendship between women and the lengths that each will go for their friends.
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LOVED this book when I read it, purchased it with loose tea in a beautiful container for many friends. It is a beautiful story of women and rituals. The characters could be any of us, and their story will have your nose in the book the entire read. Recommend.
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NOT REALLY THE KIND OF BOOK I USUALLY READ BUT OKAY FOR A CHANGE. WOMEN TAKE OFF WALKING, SETTING THEIR LIFE HURTS TO REST.
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I like Kris Radish's books; that said, although this was not my favorite, it was still good. 8 women just get up and begin walking - looking for??? Themselves. Again a story of friendship between women. Of knowing who you can truly rely upon when needed. Of finding yourself - and possibly a friend or lover - during the search.
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What an empowering book! I thouroughly enjoyed the story of the unity of different women and the power to change your life an dt he lives of those around you!
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A unique story. It offered different perspectives from several characters in the book. A woman story.
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This book focused on the power of women's friendship provoked the best discussion our book group has ever had.
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A wonderful read...really lets you live the fantasy of walking away from life's sorrows and troubles.
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An excellent read - most women can relate to some of life trials that the women in this novel have lived through. Poignant and believable.
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I really enjoyed this book and could relate to the characters.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun!
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This book feels like and old warm quilt on a cold winter night! Sweet and moving!
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Seven women take a walk together,walk out of their lives, away from their problems, to talk to each other about their lives. They listen, they support each other, they empower each other as they learn from each other. Their pilgrimage down rural roads draws national attention and inspires other people to assess their lives, goals and relationships.
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This is a wonderful book! A book about the empowerment of women--to do what they need to do, be who they need to be and accept and love themselves as they are or can be. A must read (in my mind)
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Interesting story of eight different women on a journey of self discovery in Rural Wisconsin, that effects other women around the country.
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One of the best books about women and relationships I have ever read. Made me want to go out and walk too!
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very well written
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This is a wonderful, wonderful book. It is about 7 friends that decide to start walking. It is about their lives and how their walking affects others. Loved this book.
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What would it be like to chuck it all and walk away for that wonderful "my time?" A group of 8 best friends begins a walk that will open their eyes to what their lives are about.
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This is the story of the spontaneous odyssey of eight women - I found it fascinating reading. Any woman would recognize herself in some of the struggles, choices, and life patterns of these woman. A good read.
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Great story, premise....women are strong in numbers. This book is empowering for those who want to make a positive change in their life.
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Interesting read about female bonding.
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A touching and uplifting story about women supporting one another and the effect their actions have on everyone around them. A very positive story.
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It is a book that opens your eyes to what you could have if you would take a risk.
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An incredible story about female friendship, self discovery and forgiveness. The characters are wonderful and compelling. Could not put it down.
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Eight women form a study group that doesn't study. They meet to share friendship and support. One night the group impulsively begins walking the backroads of Wisconsin, keeping anonymous the entire time.

The writing style can be annoying. There are some attempts at colorful language that just doesn't make any sense and the story itself is unrealistic at times.

The personal bios the author created for each character was the most interesting and enjoyable part of the book.
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Warning: one storyline deals with abortion-if I'd have known I would not have wasted a credit on this book.
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LOVED this. It's a nice story of friendship.
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a wonderful mid-life thelma and louise escape from your rut life adventure... except the gals in the book don't kill themselves in the end...
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some cursing
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Very good book!
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I enjoyed this book a lot. A great read for women.
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Was a good book about womens relationships. I think maybe I am ready for a sexy novel now.
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From back cover:
"Just after midnight in a small town in Wisconsin, eight women begin walking together down a rural highway. Career women, houseives, mothers, divorcees, and one ex-prom queen, they are close friends who have been meeting every Thursday night for year, sharing food, wine and their deepest secrets. But on this particular Thursday, Susan, Alice, Chris, Sandy, Gail, Mary Joanne, and Janice decide to disappeaer from their own lives.

Their spontaneous pilgrimage attracts national attention and inspires other women from all across the country. As the miles fall away and the women forge ahead on their backroads odyssey--leaving small miracles in their wake--each of their histories unfolds, tales of shattered dreams and unexpected renewal, of thwarted love affairs and precious second chances."