Long winded and slow moving with no discernable point or ending to this book. I thought rather the same thing about Myla Goldberg's other book: Bee Season. I should have saved myself the trouble.
You know how annoying it is when you are telling a story and someone else keeps butting in with details that aren't even relevant to the main point of your tale? Unfortunately, that butter-inner wrote "Wickett's Remedy." This book literally has "comments" printed in the margins, and they are very distracting. You can choose to read the text of a chapter, and then follow up on the comments, or to read the comments as they occur, and then try to re-find the train of the original passage. Very irritating. Not worth the effort.
An interesting insight into the flu epidemic during and after WWI. I was not sure I would enjoy the "supernatural" voices that are interwoven into the story but they were fun and added comic relief. There were several plots and subplots that were connected and resolved in creative ways. The author shows great skill and wrote a unique novel.
In reading reviews of this book I was motivated to read it as it was supposed to depict a folk remedy that was developed into a type of soda drink that was found to cure the Flu disease. Also depicting the early days of life in Boston. Unfortunately I found neither of these to be developed in this book. Further the "footnotes" which are "side notes" in this book are mostly inane and I think the reader is better off not reading them as they confuse the flow of what story there is. I suppose this is not the way to get someone to request this book. However, there may be someone out there intrigued by this review? It has a nice picture on the cover.
Interesting read, but a little disjointed. Tried to tell several stories at once, might have been better as three separate novels!
Good book. Not the best on the market but an enjoyable read.
After listening to this book ; I was glad that I did not "read" it. I wondered how in the world those commentaries and commercials and all those extra sound effects could be put into a paper book. And after reading reviews I see that listening to this book must have been the right choice . Inventive and yes sometimes tedious to the meat of the story ; all those extras did make the audio more like a radio play. And I was so anxious for the end of the real story that I zipped through some extra dialogue ( by a tour guide in the present day) just to get to the end . The main character Lydia does have an interesting turn of the century tale. This is a book better on audio.
Beautiful language I felt like was there in Boston With her. This book takes you through her hopes and dreams. Her disopontments and fears of life's setbacks. Although I read this book several years ago. I still think about it and want to return to it again.