This book was very well written. Excellent descriptions and character development. It's one of those books that I liked so much that I won't send it out on PBS because I know I'll want to read it multiple times.
This is a very entertaining book I read as a child and just re-read. It has a great ending leaving the reader wondering whether "The Borrowers" are real or imaginary, and allows the reader to imagine the characters' future however you want. A great book for a child or adult.
This book was not at all what I expected after seeing the movie. The movie essentially told the story of J.D. Bauby's life, his stroke/seizure, and his life afterwards in the hospital. The book is more about his reflections on life. While some of the stories are the same, the effect is not. Both are good in their own ways, but don't expect to love the book just because you loved the movie. I was expecting more of a narrative, and it is more a series of vignettes.
Even though I would agree this is chick lit, I don't think it's as simplistic as most other books in that category. The people in Jane's life are just like people you know, or people you will someday meet. Some of the lines in this book will stick with you. It has its sad parts, which make the ending sweeter. I would highly suggest this book, especially for women in the 18-30 age range.
I read this book when I was young and loved it. I'm going to Pony Penning Day this year, so I decided to re-read it. It's just as good as I remember (although of course it is simpler than I remember). What a great children's book. It's a magical story with a great moral.
I wanted to read this book mainly because the author won the Nobel Prize. During the first 50 pages or so, I thought I was in for a real treat. The chapters are each told from the point of view of an alternating character and are sometimes very inventive (like the point of view of a painting of a dog, or a gold coin). Somewhere in the middle, the book becomes bogged down with the love story between Black and Shekure. There are also extensive descriptions of paintings which are Dickensian in length. This book became a chore to read near the end and I found myself not even really caring who the murderer was anymore. If you majored in Arabian art and literature or love Dickens, then this book is for you. If not, I wouldn't bother.
Ishiguro uses an intriguing style throughout the book; introducing a hint of a topic that will be more fully discussed later, and then eventually getting to it. In the meantime, you wonder and come up with your own theories. Most of the loose ends are tied up at the end, but the ones that aren't allow you to feel a sense of mystery even after the book is over. His other books that I have read (The Remains of the Day and A Pale View of Hills) had a similar style, with details left untold.
The characters are described through their words and actions. There is little physical description given, which allows you to picture them however you like. Ruth is a particularly interesting character, and the contrasts and conflicts between Kathy (the narrator) and Ruth are the most complex parts of the story.
If you have enjoyed anything else by Ishiguro, you will like this book also.
A fast read, organized into chapters like individual studies so you can pause easily. Interesting concepts, but occasionally has flawed reasoning. Attacks other people's assumptions while ignoring his own. Innovative thinking however.
This book was excellent. The descriptions of the classical culture, including foot binding, arranged marriages, and traditional female roles, were incredible. The ending was perfect, not in a "everything turned out great" way, but in a realistic way. I am reading "Peony in Love" now, and I think I'm hooked on this author.