This was a fast but incredibly enjoyable read. Just when you think the book is headed in one direction, it takes an entirely different (and many times comic) path. The book is similar to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn although adds more humor to the mix.
Very hard to sum up this book except that it is an excellent read. Not only was it a bit of a tearjerker but also an eye-opener - I had no idea how terrible living in communist Cuba really was for certain minority groups. For those of you who have seen the movie, the movie in no way does justice to this very well written book.
It was a little slow starting off but soon I was quickly taken in by the true stories of the people covered in the book. As always, the holocaust stories are heartbreaking beyond belief but it was so interesting to see what happened to Jews in Italy...a similar yet distinct tale to what happened to Jews in other parts of Europe during WWII.
Interesting book on an interesting topic and a nice, quick read. My only beef is that I lived in the Dominican Republic for quite some time and I think a number of his translations and interpretations of Dominican culture and sayings aren't quite right. For the casual reader, this might be overlooked, it was an annoying distraction for me that kept derailing my focus on the book.
I wonderful read and very applicable to the busy, stressed-out American lives that so many of us live these days. It will definitely make me look at life and the need for balance in a much different way.
It's a bit of a long read but worth the time. An amazing story that sucked me in and gave me a new perspective on the struggles the Jews have faced and the way they selflessly have of themselves to ensure the future generations of their people.
Yet another excellent tome of the tales from 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco...this is yet again a page-turning, emotion-jerking piece of fun, light-hearted reading. The short chapters make the book easy to read, especially for commuters and those who need a book that allows them to stop and start constantly. I love it for my 2 hour subway rides everyday.
I really enjoyed the book - a fast read and an inspiring story. There were some parts of the book that the author seemed to use to fill pages and didn't particularly make a whole lot of sense to the overall story but overall, he did a great job of sucking the reader in. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!
I great read with lots of excellent examples, even for those of us who don't get soccer...lol. Overall, the book isn't as effective in explaining globalization as I would have expected, mainly b/c it doesn't 'close the loop' but overall, I enjoyed the analogies and would definitely recommend this to others.
INCREDIBLE...an amazing page-turner on the lives of four sisters in the Dominican Republic who struggle against their violent, ruthless dictator. This book puts you there and let's you see and feel how it all plays out...you won't regret this read.
*One bit of advice - read it in English. I've read both English and Spanish versions but as it was originally written in English, that version retains much of the original flavor that is somewhat lost in translation.