- File Size: 1100 KB
- Print Length: 406 pages
- Publisher: Just4kix Books (December 11, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 11, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0042P5HCK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,705,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Breadwinners : A Family Saga Kindle Edition
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I thoroughly enjoyedthis excerpt. Charles is a conflicted man, a flawed hero, and the author nimblyrenders the inner conflict regarding his seduction of Hilde and his pride inthe resultant paternity, as well as his lovelorn abjection. Characterdevelopment is pitch-perfect. The narrative tension is growing steadily. Thepace and rhythm is lyrical, and the local color/environment is vivid. Thisauthor knows how to write an entertaining and substantial narrative.
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I was hooked from the first page by the writingand by the character of Charles. The author pays attention to detail and localcolor, creating an environment of dimensional characters and conflicts. Theprose is muscular and the mood and tone are spot-on. Moreover, I was intriguedby secondary characters, for example the obese Benjamin, who fears thepotential violence of his father. There is nuanced foreshadowing here. Theauthor is also portraying the prejudices of South Africa with subtlety. I wouldcertainly want to read the rest of this story.
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I've always loved a good multi-genrational saga and read a lot of them back in the 70s and 80s. I'm glad I jumped back into the genre with The Breadwinners.
The story follows three families with bakeries in South Africa. There is intense rivalry, some of it caused by love or lack thereof, and others by revenge. There are enough twists and backstabbing, love and lust, functional families and dysfunctional families to keep the story moving right along and the author wound up the storylines so that I could see how the families would continue on.
My only caveat is that as we get to the second and third generations, it's hard to follow who belongs to what family and/or parents. A family tree would have been helpful. Even so, that bit of confusion never threw me out of the story.
ETA, just found the family tree. The book opens at Chapter One and the tree is on the page before. I suggest you bookmark it for reference as the story goes on, but don't read the tree ahead of time. Too much danger of spoiling.
Ms. Nicholson also writes about the personal live's of each family and she has done a wonderful job describing each and every character and their traits and it makes you feel like you really know these character's.
I haven't read such a well written saga in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed every single word written. Jan Hurst-Nicholson had to have spent along time doing a lot of homework with the research to develope such a great historical fiction story. I love her style of writing and will read what ever she writes. Jan has found a new fan for sure. I am a indie author addicted reader and I have found a gem in Jan Hurst-Nicholson.
I didn't find any formatting problem's or any errors in her book. Great job Jan
I highly recommend The Breadwinners
I was pulled in at the start, thinking this might turn out to be a 4 star book. The writing style took a little getting used to. Much of it seemed old-fashioned, but since the story started out in 1924, I was willing to go with that. The basic premise of unrequited love, a marriage of convenience, and an ambitious young man battling the odds kept me reading. Initially, the author did a fairly good job with an omniscient POV, which is generally difficult to pull off. Though this tended to keep all the characters distant, and I never felt much of a connection to any of them.
And there are A LOT of them. This is not a book to put down and take up again next day. I tried this, and found I had lost track of who was who. But it's too long a book to read in one sitting, so I resigned myself to jotting notes. Ug.
The heavy used of the passive voice made many scenes pass by as if it were all happening behind a scrim, or out of focus.
Eventually, I came to the conclusion that the negatives in this book outweighed the positives.
Positive: I wanted to find out what happened to the families.
Negatives: Most of the characters are completely unsympathetic. The few I came to like had something horrible happen to them. Almost everyone is just mean and vindictive to each other. I kept waiting for good to win out, but it never does. There is nothing satisfying about the abrupt and ambiguous ending. I was left with the feeling that I slogged through all that nastiness of human nature with nothing at all to feel good about. Oh, and after years of loathing and contempt, turns out that was really just magnetic attraction in disguise? Yay, another dysfunctional partnership in the making. Wonderful.
Remember that omniscient POV I mentioned? Well, it dissolved into distracting head-hopping. I'm pretty sure this story could have been told effectively without knowing the thoughts of every person in the scene, always.
Often, the author was not content to show us fits of rage, but then felt the need to tell us the character was enraged. Yeah, I got that.
Overall, I have to say the author didn't have quite the skills to manage this bakery. The writing was amateurish in many places. This confection--a dry doughnut with just a smidgen of cream filling to entice--ended up giving me indigestion.
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it is a shame there is no follow up to this book.