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Letters To My Mother Paperback – March 1, 2008
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When I first bought the book "Letters to My Mother" I really didn't know what to expect. The one review available at the time said she laughed and cried and as the book was free at the time, I was sold on that review alone and quickly purchased the book. If you are looking for an endearing mother daughter story, this is not the book for you. However I must recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a tale of lifelong love. This book is a love story told from the perspective of an innocent young woman as she goes away to college in the late 1950's and continues through-out her lifetime.
I enjoyed the writers light and easy style even when managing difficult subjects and emotions. I laughed as each letter home was told in the vivid detail of the character's actual memory of the event described in the letter home. With that said I believe this book is well worth purchase and would recommend it be added to your reading list no matter its current cost.
The frame-work of the novel is clever and works wonderfully for the plot and the characters. I didn't care too much for who the characters were and their values, but they were true-to life, and at times, I wondered if this could be an autobiography. This feeling is of course due to the author's skill with the characters and her elegance with the use of the language.
The sailing scenes were exciting and made me believe that the author knew a lot about sailing, which was a bonus. The book through its pacing reminded me of the works written in the first half of the twentieth century, rather than today's novels that usually are too fast moving to leave the reader gasping for air.
In short, this is a masterfully written novel, but more for those readers like me who may remember the world as it used to be during the late nineteen-fifties.
If you sail you will enjoy it more and even if you are not nautically savvy you can read over it. It is obvious that there was a nautical expert involved.
There was only one loose end. Oh how I would love to ask the author just one question....Was it an accident or did she do it intentionally?????
I gave it 4 stars because some chapters end and the story line ends there. The next chapter has nothing to do with what just ended.