"When you cover the bottom of the last page so you won't accidentally see the poetic final words before you reach the end of the journey-that's when you know you are reading a book of uncommon beauty. An epic of one life."
"I loved it. Genova has the ability to capture simple quiet exchanges with touching, even devastating simplicity. Her words place you in the mind of dementia and opens your heart wide by breaking it first. Possibly one of the great first novels."
"My favorite Christmas story and my students were in speechless awe. Beautiful insights into the home life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Gorgeous, intimate illustrations where the Holy Family actually look Middle Eastern rather than European. And the story gently illuminates both Christmas and the sacrifice that Jesus would eventually make. So, so good."
"Loved it. Want my own copy. Great way to teach the instruments and very clever too. The reed instruments had the good sense to compliment the inspector's coat and the violas were feeling sorry for themselves as usual."
""This earth which formed their home and fed their bodies and made their gods." An easy read, informative of a culture and the great novel of the Great Depression.Impressive how much these characters and the story stick with you after 10 years."
"Each time I read this book I am more and more in awe of the literary devices that Selznick employs. I am leary about the movie adaptation, because the book is so perfect the way it is. But really, I don't want to share it with so many people; I prefer it to remain a special treasure that only I and a few others know about."
"This was an ideal Adoration read. It's one of those books you think, "I'll have to read that one again soon." There are so many great little moments to reflect on. My favorite was young Jesus playing with little Dismas along their flight to Egypt."
"Placeholder for Father John Reinkemeyer: God's Humble Servant. The writing and organization leaves a lot to be desired, but Fr. John's quotes more than make up for it. What a character. "I feel like a vagabond on the face of the earth. Oh well, we have no lasting home here.""
"It is quite coarse in its language and often describes food in quite…carnal…terms. But I found it quite enjoyable. One writer goes on a culinary odyssey, giving a fascinating look into the inner workings of a restaurant and the all-consuming demands it places on its cooks. Writing about pasta and cuts of meat, the heightened way he describes dishes-you will salivate."
"A great ending can make up for a lot. I did not care for the treatment of sex, or the author's repetitive structuring of "and that reminds me of something that I'll now tell you about." But this is a haunting story that should generate good discussion. Did they indeed have souls?"
"The dialogue is the star of this series. It perfectly captures the mumbling, snarky way people from my generation really talk to eachother. Morally, there is definitely some problems here, but the plot was made for a movie."
"An eerie and singular piece of writing. Thank goodness for the list of characters at the front, because it was definitely needed in this untangling of complicated events. A fascinating glimpse into the extreme (and masoschistic) mind of a mountain climber."
"Very well-written and definitely made me chuckle several times, especially with how much Siegfried resembles my brother Mark. But the loosely connected stories lack the compelling drive to "find out what happens next". Still, a worthwhile read."
"The title is what grabbed me, and it certainly lives up to it. The genius was this books dual narration from the main character and how you end up actually rooting for him. The evil was the depressing cynical tone the whole book embraced. In the end, the genius wins out, but just barely."
"The first 200 pages were pretty slow, and it was plagued by characters with unmemorable names. I also wished the author had explored Augustine's fatherhood a little more. But still, I certainly liked the book and how it captured the personality of Monica, the history of Ambrose and Augustine's struggle for virtue so well."
"Good, not great exploring of Martin's decision to "stand down". "Teaching is, after all, a form of show business." "I've learned in comedy never to alienate the audience. Otherwise, I would be like Dimitri in La Condition Humaine...""
"So. Lots of graphic violence against women and a very cavilier attitude towards sex. The characters are not terribly unique (Lisbeth=man+goth chick+dash of "vulnerability"), the denoument is astonishingly boring. All that said, the construction and pacing of the story are pretty impressive. Enter into evidence: Reading 150 pages in one night."
"I am proud of myself for finishing this book. Novels where the protagonist is "adrift" are so all over the place. Is Percy a great writer? Sure, but did my heart connect to this book? No. Did I understand all of it. No."
"It is a noble effort to join forces with other authors to try and craft a series that will capture the imaginations of youth (and teach them about Benjamin Franklin, Mozart and other historical figures). But I wonder if the kiddos will make it through this plodding, overly-dense intro."
"The 1 star reviews here already say it so well: "reads like a children's novel except for excessive profanity and graphic sex scense," "less is more in these areas in the hands of a capable writer. Particularly in the case of masturbating dwarves." The idea of a novel at a circus being told by a reminiscing character in a nursing home was very intriguing, the delivery was not."