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Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral Paperback – January 31, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
You can read the professional reviews to determine the gist of this novel. I can only say, the message was thought provoking and comforting. I thought of my dearest friends and am grateful.
I would have given it five stars, however a couple of the characters (my age) were prone to expletives that I cannot relate to and thus I'm unable to share this book with my Mum. This was my first Kris Radish novel; won't be my last. She left a memorable impression.
The first half of the book is fun to read and a grand adventure, but I think I need to call my friend and modify my recommendtion.
The book has been read, commented on, and passed around a group of us who
have been friends since college.
I did not read it from any "literary critic's standards" point of view.
I simply enjoyed the story, with both laughter and tears, and vowed to work
harder to keep those college friendships important in my life. There is no
doubt that my funeral will be very different from Annie's, but I hope my
friends and family who are still alive when I'm gone will remember me with
the love and fondness that Annie's friends had for her.
I also read two other books by K.Radish, and while I did enjoy the reading,
I did not like them nearly as much as "Annie..." I'm glad I read it before the others,
as I might not have been willing to put in the time reading it had I read
her other books first.
Every reader brings her (or his) own set of standards and interests to the
task of reading a book that has been recommended by others. If you did not
like this book, oh well. But each person who starts it will have to
decide for herself whether or not to complete the reading. I have often
found that my opinions differed from "critics," but if a good friend
recommends a book, I'm much more likely to enjoy it also.
Give it a try; make your own judgment.
My biggest criticism is of the cloying, sentimental prose that infused the whole piece (or, certainly, as far as I read). Moreover, as another reviewer mentioned, this author never gave her audience any reason to enjoy her characters. It is all "tell" and no "show". Everything is assumed. I never got any sense of why this Annie was so beloved, which is the entire premise for the book! And the five main characters were simply irritating. The author seemed to want her readers to fall in love with these women, to look to them as models to which they might mould their own lives. But there was no rational as to why these women were so fabulous, or why any self-respecting woman might consider their characters admirable or aspirational.
For me, this is the worst kind of "womens" writing: sentimental, superficial schlock. Ultimately it was just not worth the time or effort expended in reading. Don't bother.
My feeling is "so many books, so little time" and this one sure was a waste of my time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the book but the discussion made it a fabulous book and brought up so many memories of friends and relatives. Most enjoyablePublished 1 month ago by Sandy Levitt
This book makes you realize how important it is to celebrate life not mourn its passing. Enjoy it from beginning to end!Published 1 month ago by Sharon B.
I ordered this book for a book club reading, but it wasn't my style of book, so it didn't keep my interest.Published 2 months ago by Marilyn
Just loved this book! All about the importance of our girlfriends. Good summer read.Published 2 months ago by LL
Never finished the book....wanted to like it, but seemed silly...sorry.Published 2 months ago by Kathleen