"This is a long and interesting read.
The author's use of language and descriptions are mesmerizing.
I always looked forward to picking up the book and reading the next chapters.
However, I found that towards the end of the story the plot seemed to thin out and did not hold my attention as much as at the start.
I learned a lot about the life of the intrepid whalers and their brave wives."
"This book is packed with riddles that either have you groaning or laughing.
I bought it to get ideas when I wrote to my grandkids who were living in Iceland.
Those grandkids are now young adults so alas no more use for this treasure.
It is a fun book for grandparents, teachers or kids who love riddles."
"From the first page through the last one....this story had me in a firm grip. I could not put the book down.
I found the writer's story telling style very different and unique.
I was sorry when the book ended."
"Took me less than a week to read this novel.
It grabbed me from the first page and held me through to the last one.
A heartbreaking story of what war does to men interwoven with a heartwarming story of friendship between 2 mismatched characters.
Like all good novels..this one had a happy ending."
"Sorry Mr. Coetzee .... I was disappointed in your book.
It has two fragmented themes running through the story.
Maybe I just did not "get it."
I enjoyed the real story - the one about the professor and his daughter and wished it could have gone on to reveal a conclusion.
However the secondary story that wove between the pages, the one about Byron and his love life - well I just did not get it.
This book left me feeling relieved that it was over!"
"I read the stories in my youth however decided to read them again in my "old age."
I found them as fascinating and intriguing now as I did then.
The plots cover absolutely everything...from love stories, murders, thieves, swindlers, liars, greed, mystery all rolled up in the most fantastic imaginative writings.
This translated edition by Richard F. Burton, takes a bit of getting used due to the English vocabulary used at the time in 1840s. However it is charming and easily understandable.
If you want to be transported to another time and place - this book will take you there"
"I tried ... I honestly tried to stick with this book and read it all.
I failed miserably. Only reached page 58!!
For those who are astronomy, history, politics, religious buffs this is a fascinating read.
I could not keep up with all the back-stabbing, lies, fawning and struggles this brilliant man had to endure.
I was hoping it was a story about his relationship with his daughter.
Alas it was not. Maybe if I had persevered she would have become involved in the story.
So I gave up and decided to move on to the next book on my bookshelf."
"I absolutely loved this book.
The writer's powerful descriptions transported me to his home, neighborhood, town and country.
I just wish I could have visited the Afghanistan of Mr Hosseini's story.
Alas that will never be.
I was sorry when the book ended."
"I must be the only person to not understand all the "Hoo-Haa" surrounding this book.
I started out enjoying it and then couldn't wait to finish it ... not because it was a good read but because I wanted to know why everybody else thought it was a good read.
I found the story-line so fragmented that it was hard to keep all the characters in place.
It was a relief when it was over and left me with a feeling of "wha???"
Maybe it is only me but I did not have a feeling of "I wish the story had never ended."
It was a relief when it was over.
Sorry Ms Sebold. I must say though that she has a marvelous demand of description and emotions."
"I gave this book a 5 star rating even though the subject matter is very difficult to read let alone comprehend.
Mr. Wiesel takes you into the camp with him and you live every moment as if you are actually there."
"This book was an eye-opener.
I thought I had an idea of what life was like for Muslim women.
My knowledge can only be described as the "tip of the iceberg"
I knew very little.
I can only say - Thank G-d I'm an American.
By the way as usual the author, Geraldine Brooks, leaves not a stone unturned.
Amazing detail and explanations."
"A non-stop read that held me captivated from the first page to the last.
I learned a lot about an ugly blot in history which was swept under the carpet and never talked about.
The 2 parallel stories was a new reading experience for me. I liked it very much.
This was an excellent book and I look forward to Ms de Rosnay's next one."
"Whew!! This was a lengthy but interesting read.
The writer, Gregory David Roberts, has an amazing power of description (Maybe a bit too much at times.)
My one frustration was trying to keep all the characters lined up.
After a while it was just a blur of names, faces, and situations.
Vivid insight into a life one can't even imagine.
A good book for those long winter days/nights."
"This was one of those books where you had better forget about doing anything else on your "to do" list.
It captured me from the first page to the last.
A quick read and totally captivating.
Also very revealing about the life of the privileged in Morocco.
How naive I was...and how disappointed I am about the inner workings of the leadership."
"This was a captivating eye-opener of a book about circus life during the Great Depression.
There were parts that were hard to read. The cruelty, injustices, dangers and life style were beyond imagination. The author, Sara Gruen, paid a wonderful tribute to circuses by going behind the scenes and allowing us to be part of the mayhem.
I loved this book from the first opening chapter until the last closing sentence."