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I found this book to be completely engrossing, and there are just so many good things to say about it.
It's also hard to believe that with little or no formal education Lilia is able to speak several languages and appears to be intelligent.
The characters are rich and memorable, the prose is descriptive and evocative and the story line is captivating.
If you want occasionally pretty scenery and people being inexplicably sad, this book is for you. If you want a single main character, there isn't one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justin Robinson
The characters were just a little "off" and sad. The weather was cold cold cold and I had a hard time reading but I did ... and I am glad I did but would not do it again. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tobylu
I liked the character development and the complicated story regarding abuse, neglect and travel. Travel and language knowledge were used as a means to escape and eventually get... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Laurel Yocom
Sad, lovely and deeply affecting, this first novel about who we are, what memory is, how we construct our lives, is poetic, sometimes hallucinatory, and so original....Published 15 months ago by Sally Anne Mccartin
This book had good writing; the prose itself was lyrical, with nice imagery. But the plot left a lot to be desired. Read morePublished 21 months ago by amidoe
This is a character driven novel about searching for answers and longing for lost loves. It's a pretty dark story about damaged souls living on the fringes of society. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jeffrey Tucker
Although I rarely quit a book, I put this one down half-way through. Not finishing a book is a valid form of criticism. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by tunalover
Although the book is initially captivating, there is little in the story that offers any glimpse into the meaning of life, for any of the sad, miserable characters in this story. Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by busyreader
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend and was extremely disappointed. I agree with other reviewer's comments about the implausibility of spending years on the road... Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by "carpelibrum"