- File Size: 3048 KB
- Print Length: 373 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 24, 2014
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IBZ5Y7U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In many of Nancy's more recent books, she starts with an almost 'bullet point' overview of each character's back story - like she wants to quickly bring the reader up to date so that she can get to the 'good stuff' - their lives, how they interact, great dialogue, and of course, the plot and subplots of the story.
With Bodies and Souls, the entire book takes place in a very small town, and is devoted to building each individual character, and there is some, but not as much interaction between them. There are quite a few characters here, each providing very different perspectives and motivated in very different ways. She clearly conveys how each character thinks - letting the reader into their minds, how they talk to themselves and see their world and the people around them. What I'm saying, is that the book is basically a character study. In that way, it's interesting to get inside different heads and see the other characters and events that unfold from the perspective of each of the characters. However, even after 60-70%+ of the way through the book, I was still waiting - and wanting - to know what the plot was, and since it was becoming clear that there really wasn't one, it started to drag for me.
This is basically a snapshot of a small town, and an in-depth look at a handful of people who live there. The characters are very rich (but of course, that IS the story), and Ms.Thayer reveals a keen and deep, compassionate understanding of people. This would make for an interesting book club read. But, I gave it only 3-stars since it was a bit slow-going and didn't have Nancy's trademark wit or fun plot twists that I'd been hoping for.
In comparison, the woman the people think of as immoral is at least honest. She may have loved no one except her late husband, but no one who knows the difference between love & lust would expect love from her.
Several of the nicer characters in the book don't recognize the difference between lust & love. Somewhat unrealistically, things turn out great for them. Love requires knowing the person & wanting the best for the loved one. Going from attraction & lust to love is a choice.
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