A poetic style adds to this story of perserverence over twenty years of failed surgeries. As a child growing into a teenager and then an adult, Lucy faces everything we do, and battles within hersledf to determine her personality. A truly humbling read.
This short novel is compelling and haunting. The story of an 18 year old Jewish boy who survived the concentration camps and is now an executioner and terrorist and surprisingly human and empathetic. I challenge you to put the book down!
A classic dark portrait of life in the twenties and thirties in Paris and London. THe main character, much like Orwell, is in Paris struggling for survival and thankful for the drugery of sixteen hour work days and four francs a night for drinks. Fascinating, amusing and powerful!
Empire Falls is a sometimes comical, sometimes heart-wrenching tale of a small town in Maine. Through flashbacks, we see several generations of the Whiting family which owns and controls most of the property and the citizens of the town. Facing rural decay and economic hardship with the closing of their manufacturing, the people of Empire Falls are slowly falling apart like the buildings they work and live in.
Miles, the main character, struggles with his appearance to his family and neighbors and his true self, presenting a fascinating dicotomy. Where others see him strong, he is actually weak, and where others find him weak, he actually finds great strength as he puzzles together the events of twenty plus years which have shaped him more than he ever realized.
Though sluggish in parts, the plot twists and excellent character development make this a great book that will stay with you long after yuo have finished it.