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Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 165
Review Date: 3/26/2011
Helpful Score: 1


Oh what a Grand Tale!
and Grand Tale must be capitalized.
This book has been likened to stories such as "The Old Man and the Sea"
"Robinson Crusoe" and others, but for me it was much like reading Grimms Fairy Tales.
It was a wonderful, captivating, awful, sad, delightful, compelling, horrific ..story.
I was like a fish on a hook. I thought I could try just a taste, but nibble after nibble and then suddenly SLAM! the hook was set, I was caught unawares and I couldn't stop. Oh and I did want to more than once. Stop that is. Sometimes it became just too much, but those non-stopping times were the times I put away more pages than ever.
I won't bore myself and anyone that may read this with a "book report", but I will say that although one reviewer said that this book would make you find God. I do not agree with that assessment. What it will do is restore your belief in the power of story telling. Because that's exactly what it is. Powerful , awesome story telling.
I loved this book!


The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 2003
Review Date: 4/10/2010


A fascinating concept, writing this from the murdered child's perspective. Thankfully, not morbid at all , as I feared. A very good study on the dramatic, altered dynamics a family goes through after something as horrifying as the murder of a child. A quick read that is very thought provoking. I enjoyed it.


Stuart : A Life Backwards
Stuart : A Life Backwards
Author: Alexander Masters
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/11/2011
Helpful Score: 1


In "Stuart", Alexander Masters makes the homeless plight a true human condition. There is now a face and a name attached to the people of the streets. For myself, I will probably never see someone on the streets again without thinking about Stuart Shorter. Funny sometimes, tragic always, this book should be required reading for all people so that our culture might grow a heart that new, realistic programs may be developed to help these people that feel "irrelevant".


A Thousand Splendid Suns (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Review Date: 11/18/2010
Helpful Score: 1


Utterly heart wrenching story of Afghan life. It chronicles three decades, told intimately through the lives of the main characters. I absolutely recommend this book to any westerner that cares to peek into a world so different from our own.
Listening to the CDs, for me, made the tale so living and real. I thoroughly enjoyed this format.


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