Imaginative and thought-provoking. While others may have found it less so, I enjoyed it for being so different. One line stood out for me in this book: "Missing can make a day take forever to end; remembering, though, can make it fly." If I had one suggestion to improve it, it would have been that the last part of the book which takes place above-ground I would have wished took up the whole of the last half the book instead of a smaller segment.
Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish--Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. A powerful memoir. Two sisters piece together the painful story.
While set with a few fictional characters, many were real women heroes in a network of spies in World War I. This combination of historical fact with some fiction makes the book very readable, and interesting. A good balance and a nice read.
There's nobody like Wallace Stegner who can write so vividly and well from the heart, allowing such vulnerability that we the readers are taken right into his heart as he describes his emotions. His prose is as always, just beautiful. Cover said 'will hold any reader to its last haunting page'--that was true.
Really? It started out beautifully written and continued to interest me all the way to the 'almost end.' Then it becomes bizarre, unbelievable and loses all the good writing of the other 2/3..just a mishmash of 'oh here's the answer to the mystery'--oh no I thought of a better one, here's answer #2--oh no? well...here's....
I admired and like Barbara Bush and I liked her even more after reading her memoir. She wrote it herself and it's a beautiful reflection of her personality and the way she thinks. "Known for her wit, honesty and compassion, Barbara Bush, in this fascinating autobiograhy candidly talks about her life. Warm, funny and touching.
Great book-- super fun read. In the very beginning, I was suspect--thinking, 'what kind of story is this?' but once it takes off, you are completely captivated and enchanted by all the great characters and definitely want to find out how it ends. A super love story to boot: of a man and woman, of an adopted father to a found son, of two men as lifetime partners. The addition of all that is within hearing, of life and music only makes the book that much better.
He was a consummate writer--this book has very very well developed characters, plot and descriptions of everything if you slow down long enough to really really read them, are wonderful. Found myself going back pages when I was reading too fast because I realized I was missing the whole, round 'sense' of a scene he set up with incredible descriptions that made you feel like you were right there. The subtlety of how deeply he understood each of the characters was impressive.
If you've never read the A.B. Guthrie books from 1940-1950 era, you are really missing out. He wrote several outstanding westerns that just top anything I've ever read since in Westerns. He was a beautiful writer, with that 'well-written word' I so love. The forward in this book was by Wallace Stegner, and that's saying a lot because Stegner was a phenomenal writer in his own right. Read A.B. Guthrie's westerns slowly and absorb his incredible ability to describe the surroundings, the feel of everything, the beauty of that time. The plots are fun but honestly it's the writing I feel the most in love with. Yes, he's got great characters and it's fun to follow their paths, but oh don't miss the beauty of the writing and prose. Historical fiction big-time.