I really liked this story, with all its emotions and realism of a long marriage, but I felt it was too short! I wanted it to continue and to find out what happened to the characters. I will be interested to see the movie, now.
I struggled with this book, but liked it, despite some rather repetitive sections, and parts that did not seem to flow well. The reasons I persisted were the glowing reviews and awards, and to reach the ending which, as reported, was depressing.
I am trying very hard to like this book, but find myself skimming over pages to get the main thread of the storyline. Some writing is good, but then it weaves around all over the place, and one quickly can lose interest. Not a book I would recommend; maybe I should read the first book by this author. I must be missing something as so many readers love it!
I tried very hard to read this book, but could not justify the bad language, which constantly invaded the story line. I gave up after almost 100 pages of offensive dialogue. By being awarded the 1994 Booker Prize, it must contain a high standard of literature which sadly I could not appreciate.
I liked this book, especially since many years ago, as a young adult, I sailed under similar circumstances from South Africa to London. However, my voyage took five weeks on a cargo/passenger vessel, but the characters of passengers and events are comparable, despite occurring a few years later.
I tried very hard to like this book, due to the fantastic reviews on the back cover. However, I found it very difficult to digest, especially the vivid descriptions of surgery, and finally I gave up after the first 100 pages!
Initially I found this novel a totally engrossing story of a young girl evacuee in war-torn Britain. However, as the narrative unfolds, it bacomes more and more disturbing, but despite leaving one feeling depressed, it is a well-written saga.
I was mesmerized by this story, mainly because I lived in South Africa many years ago and can imagine the situations described in this book. Africa sings to one, despite the horrific happenings described by the author (which no doubt happened during independence of the various countries). However, it brings current situations into focus for those of us interested in this incredible continent and the progress made.
I heartily agree with other reviews that this book is highly over-rated, although well-written. The author has had more advantages in life than most of us, and continues to expect everything to be perfect, which is impossible. The travel sections were interesting, but I skipped many other parts since it was so boring.
Obviously the excellent marketing of this book put it on the N.Y. Bestseller List for so long, and this was the reason I actually went out and purchased it.
I found this book very boring and full of unnecessary detail. Although anxious to learn the story of Einstein's life, I found it impossible to continue realizing the number of pages ahead. A condensed version would be welcome.
I didn't like this book as much as "The Devil Wears Prada", which was much more believable. In fact I found much of the story line repetitive and rather boring and the characters somewhat artificial in their similarity.