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The Whiteness of Bones
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2014
So very many errors about Hawaii. where she says she grew up. "Tiny" mountain apples, mongooses on the only island that does not have them, cane flumes like none I ever rode as a boy, "blue" Japanese fishing net floats, a color I've never seen among a great many green glass floats, and on and on and on, page after page. Descriptions of nature, such as Hawaiian reef life, seem far more the products of imagination than experience. Thanks to so very many goofs, I'm having great fun reading this carelessly-researched novel. It's more than one hoot I've given it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
Beautifully written. Not a pleasant light read but a gripping story. I couldn't put it down. she is an amazing author.
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on February 11, 2008
Yeah...no. The back of the book was far more compelling than the actual novel. Some well-written scenes and occasionally a lovely sense of time and place, some well-crafted caricatures -- none of it is enough to rescue the self-concious, coming of age tone, despite the author's obvious attempt at something much more noble and searingly insightful. It's as if we get a lot more anatomically involved in "Are You There, God, It's Me Margaret" when what the author was shooting for was "The Vagina Monologues." The book is readable, but only if you've checked it out from the library.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 1999
I read this book 7 years ago in college and still think of it frequently. Moore's lush settings and precise literary technique underscore the personal, deeply held pain of Mamie and Claire's past. I have read all of Moore's books and this one is the best.
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on April 12, 2014
Excellent writing, wry humor, and pointed questions about sexuality make this book readable. Don't read it if you are looking for an action-packed plot, but do read it if you admire an author's ability to balance boldness and subtlety, tragedy and humor, and fear and insight.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2004
I agree with the other readers, with one caveat: an annoying distraction for me while reading this otherwise excellent book was the author's chronic use of incorrect terminology when referring to female genitalia. There are at least 5 or 6 points in the book where she refers to a woman's vagina, when what she clearly means is vulva. It's just irritating when female writers, especially, don't know the parts of the female body.
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on June 22, 2014
A story about Hawaii and two sister. Toomuch sex in this book and no story line. I could not wait to finish it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2007
I also read this book in college, more like 15 years ago for me. It was part of a Contemporary American Fiction course. Even then I found myself wondering if this was really the representative of the best than contemporary fiction could offer. If so, I was happy to stick with older works. While other reviewers remember lush scenes, I remember a sorid Hawaiian themed bar in NYC and the main character's rape with a plastic tiki. I can stomach rough scenes when they are purposeful. I found little of purpose in this story. I think there are far better uses for your book money than this book.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2000
One of the best contemporary novels I have read. The scene from which the title comes offers a BEAUTIFUL, original and mouth watering image that will stick with the reader forever.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2000
I have to agree with the other readers, this book is a gem. You will feel like you're right there with the characters! A must read.
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