- File Size: 627 KB
- Print Length: 232 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502793644
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bucklebury Books (December 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G97MB4Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This story brings a wonderful feeling of 1950 that is nostalgic .The characters are all very good.Although the setting is college it isn't filled with the usual detailed drinking,bed hopping,angst filled stuff of modern day settings that get run of the mill.I liked that too.The story is moving as the search for life without his brother Peter sends Sam looking at faith and God,the path he wants to follow in college within the grief he is caught up in..The story starts with him immediately face to face with Elle who loved Peter and hadn't been told about this younger brother Sam.Elle becomes a constant woven within Sam's search for answers and peace.Irish and Catholic upbringing bring charm to this story too.
I really liked this author's style of describing Notre Dame,people's feelings...even ducks.Very good story and satisfying ending.
This story is told in a non-preachy, experiential slice of life manner as Sam learns what he needs to hammer out a more mature understanding, faith, and relationship not only with God but also his late brother and his new relationships at mid-1950's Notre Dame. It starts out a bit slow as the protagonist's back story is filled in. Then the pace and emotional depth of the story are colored in fast as are the dimensions, humanity, maturity, and shifting worldview of our drifting narrator. Life gradually shows him the hard way that his ability to cross the barrier separating him from others and to find the direction, meaning, and fulfilling relationships he craves remain blocked and stunted until he first works through his alienation and anger with God. I once read that the work of mourning involves learning to live in the reality of a new world in which our loved one is no longer present. For our protagonist learning to live in that new world without his beloved big brother involves perceiving a new reality not only of earth but also of heaven.
I found this to be a deeply moving book. The pace was slow and suspense came in very small doses. I've read and enjoyed books that were all about the plot, but this book was all about the characters. It was about college students confronting the big questions of life -- love, loss, faith, purpose and calling, as well as the meaning of friendship and the difficulty of opening one's self up to love were all explored in this tender story. Just like real life, the characters are all flawed or broken in some way. Some ignore the cracks in their foundations while others grapple with them and move toward wholeness. Most thinking adults can relate to at least one of the characters and have known people just like others. This isn't a beach read but neither is it a heavy emotional slog.
The book lacked sex, violence, and all but the mildest profanity.
Throughout the story there are relationships which intertwine and come back together to form a book that you will not want to put down. It is a page turner and one that makes you hope for a happy ending for this young man.
Of course you will just have to read it to see if life gets better from him then standing in the pouring down rain looking at the bell tower. I promise you will not be disappointed.