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And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road Paperback – February 2, 2012
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How disappointing! Each paragraph pulled me deeper and deeper into nothing but a downward spiral of wordy-mush and confusion.
I dare you to open the book at random and try reading it aloud. Turn to page 40, for example, where you'll find: "And so from the glimpse on my birthday in June to the 9/11 morning in the driveway and into the wooden box out back, and then, before long, into a whole cottage of his own (a heated shed behind my house that became Jack's, cat door and all), before winter wrapped itself around us that year, my days with Jack began." Seriously?
Or flip over just a little to page 45 (try it aloud, again): "No, you don't end up in China as Mommy said all those years ago would happen if you dug and dug and dug from this side of the Earth. You end up right here, right now -- and speaking not Chinese at all, but passable botanical Latin, punctuated with some key Buddhist phrases for good measure, or maybe my own made-up outdoor language in which some Hindi and a lot of Hello, baby, Mommy loves you, all fuse into a delightful gibberish -- or at least it delights me, and the creatures -- the frogs and birds and plants and cat -- do not in any obvious manner object."
All I can say is, if this writing style appeals to you then this is your book. But, if not? Stay far, far away.
I agree with the other reviewers who have said the writing is all over the place! I began to wondering if this author drank a lot of cups of strong coffee before she sat down to write! It just went all over the place and it was increasingly difficult to find any point she was trying to make.
I never did get a sense that she found any peace in the country! She seemed spoiled by the "Stuff" in her big city life, and ill suited for country life. But that might just be because she never conveyed it to the page or the reader (at least not to THIS reader) in an clear or understandable way.
All in all, I would say do not waste your money. I am sad to feel that way, but this book really was a terrible disappointment.
First off, the writing style is exhausting. If this has been edited, one wonders how it looked before the editing. One gets the feeling Ms. Roach is trying to impress the editors at The New Yorker, or maybe she's thinking about that review in the New York Times Book Review. The sentences run on forever, and are sprinkled with quotes from the literary and philosophical world, where it's really not called for. It's just too much. She also gives nature writing a shot, writing about species and their behaviors. It's a confusing mix of intentions.
She clearly doesn't want to burn any bridges with the glossy women's publishing world of Manhattan, so she never says anything overtly negative or revealing about her former big job with Martha Stewart or the publishing industry in general (being an executive was stressful, is what we get). She also doesn't want to write too much about very personal things (childhood, relationships etc), so she glosses over them very superficially. Hence, we never really understand the source of her somewhat neurotic and tightly wound personality.
It doesn't seem as if she has left the mindset of her former trappings behind quite yet.Read more ›
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"Snap out of it!" Remember in 'Moonstruck' when Cher's character slaps Nicholas Cage and barks out that line. That's what I wanted to say to Ms. Roach. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Beverly Dame
The lovely cover, title, and the author's blog led me to think I would love this book. She leaves the fast lane to garden and delight in a farm in rural upstate New York. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Pratt
I was expecting a lovely story about shedding the corporate life for the tranquility and beauty of country living. Which Ms. Roach did, eventually, get to...I think. Read morePublished 10 months ago by #1NDfan
i see a lot of people have got the point so I won't elaborate, I don't know what she did at Martha Stewart, but she can't write, that's the bottom line, the other reviews which... Read morePublished 12 months ago by ioanna carlsen
I was a little disappointed with her writing style. She seems to jump all over the place. I began the book and kept reading hoping I would find some continuity, but gave up after... Read morePublished 12 months ago by foxdancer2
This was such a nice book, a life transition described gracefully and with a sense of humor, great reading for gardeners and non gardeners.Published 13 months ago by Franca
Not impressed with it. No one steps out their front door onto a poisonous snake. I live in the mts. and never had that experience once. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Betty Boop