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The Lion Trees: Part Two: Awakening (Volume 2) Paperback – August 13, 2014
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[FIVE STARS]..."I've been an avid reader for well over thirty-five years. I've been a reviewer for over a dozen. I've been bombarded by today's cookie cutter story assembly and I despise it. ... Then, someone like Owen Thomas comes along and reminds me what the book world CAN offer, what a story CAN be. ... [T]his was an astounding read for me. Not only was the story telling mesmerizing, but Owen's writing style is inspiring. His writing is seamless and flawless and makes me yearn for more." -- LiteraryLitter.com
[A] cerebral page turner...a powerful and promising debut.--Kirkus Reviews
[FIVE STARS]..."This is a powerful, gripping and realistic story. Once, a few decades ago, many authors would set out to write "The Great American Novel," hoping to tap into whatever it is which makes the US and its people so unique and hopeful, particularly at a set point in time. ... These days it doesn't seem like anyone tries to write those kind of seminal novels anymore... until now. ... The Lion Trees does what so very few great novels can: it will take a lot out of you, but leave you with much more than you had when you began." - Pacific Book Review
[FOUR STARS]..."In its structure and nature, [The Lion Trees] reminds me above all of John Updike's wonderful Harry Rabbit novels and their ability to summarize the essence of change in American society across a decade at a time." - BookIdeas.com
“A sweeping literary saga in the tradition of ‘Dr. Zhivago’, ‘Gone with the Wind’, and ‘The Thorn Birds’, this book has it all, including scandal, aspiration, treachery, and reinvention. Thomas’ fiction has a fresh feel—original and stirring—delivering a tale of monumental family dysfunction, which captures interest through numerous plot shifts, quickly alternate between poignant and humorous. By turns exhilarating and exhausting, Thomas creates compelling, rich characters. The ending is just as satisfying as the beginning.” – The Eric Hoffer Book Award
[FIVE STARS]“Every now and then, seemingly out of nowhere, a new voice comes along and knocks your socks off. Owen Thomas owns that voice. . . . Intoxicated by his prose, you gorge upon chunks of passages and while awestruck by the language’s majesty two discordant thoughts course through your brain: why is the book so long and then, superseding that sentiment, please don’t let it end. It is not often that a book like ‘The Lion Trees’ graces our lives.” – The Anchorage Press
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Perhaps this was just a good foil for me as a way to escape the problems of my own life, by immersing myself into another far more problematic than my own. Then again, I think I would have been drawn to these characters regardless. They came alive for me and I found myself thinking about them often throughout the day. By the time I reached the end, I hated to let them go – even if the story did conclude satisfactorily.
In a previous review of The Lion Trees, Part One: Unraveling, I wrote about a central theme of identity that was introduced in the first volume. Are we doomed to replay the central elements of our characters over and over again, like an actress playing a part, or perhaps even being recast in the same persona for multiple iterations of a film production? Can we ever escape that wheel of pain by finally getting it right, nailing the role? Is this high Buddhist philosophy or the insightful comedy of Groundhog Day?
In Part Two: Awakening, answers are provided, or at least suggested, and they are, I am pleased to say, hopeful. The story of the lion tree, recounted by a fictional persona played by an actress, is a metaphor that combines survivor guilt, abandonment and the cycle of return. It is emblematic of the lives of Susan, the mother in the dysfunctional Johns family, and Tilly, her daughter. Yet, both are able to break out of the cycle, largely through their own strength.Read more ›
As I finished reading the novel which fully deserves that loosely and widely used epithet ‘magnum opus’, I realized that The Lion Trees was much more than what it claims to be and definitely wiser than what I could comprehend in the first reading. And yet, it is those first impressions that matter most of the time and of which I’m about to share with you. As I close my eyes and look back at the book, certain images that my mind crafted while reading this novel comes alive to me in spurts and in solitary, of connecting with another individual, experiencing their angst, their remorse, their resolve, their happiness, their endings. And when I think about it, it sometimes feels like I’m drifting in and out of sleep, recollecting images from a dream that I’ve seen or perhaps one I’m seeing right now but I know they were from a book, from a novel that is as real as fictionalized reality gets or perhaps and funnily enough from pure fiction shot with an absolute dose of honest reality.
Author Owen Thomas’s two part saga on family and the lives of individuals that make up such a social unit form the base for his novel, ‘The Lion Trees’. Juxtaposing with the moral and social environment of America circa 2005, his novel reads as a part impressionistic memoir and part anecdotal account of the lives of five individuals of a family. They are the Johns family; papa Hollis, mom Susan and siblings David and Tilly’s separate narrative intertwines with each other’s and sometimes stays afloat on its own. But the one thing that unites them all is Ben, Hollis and Susan’s third child and the one constant presence in all their lives.Read more ›
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The intellectual journey continues in Part 2. I encourage you to settle down for a tantalizing multi-course meal, this isn’t a trip to grab a burger at the drive-thru. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amy M. Hawes
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a story about a dysfunctional family. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Teri Hicks
It received this book for free in exchange for an honest review and sadly I didn't read the first book prior, that being said, I can't imagine what could possibly be in the first... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cricket61
I was given a free copy for an honest review.
The conclusion to the epic family drama. This was very interesting, especially David's story. Read more
I was very lucky to receive this book for free from librarything.com giveaway.
I reviewed the first part of the book and I can say the same about the second part. Read more
I received an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is a two-volume epic. Read morePublished 15 months ago by QA
A wonderful story, woven with delicacy thru all of the characters. Totally kept my interest all the way thru part 2. I Loved the diatribes.Published 16 months ago by Katherine Flynn