Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) Paperback – October 1, 2001
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I loved this story about the resiliency of the human being. This book is a portrait of the different kinds of love and shows the importance of each. I grew to care about the characters, as I saw the vivid settings in my mind. This book is a treasure.
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I like that she tackles complex human conditions through a series of beautifully drawn characters. I can finish her books in one sitting, so I have to pace myself in order to make it last! I usually experience every emotion from laughing out loud to crying and all points in between. The subject matter of her books provides the stuff for many heated debates.
Not so with this book. The story line seems flat and uninteresting. The characters one dimensional. Rebecca telling the story backwards and everyone else telling it forwards seems contrived and unnecessary. I read the book over a period of several weeks - I kept putting it down and couldn't be bothered to pick it up again. The ending was dull.
If this was the first Picoult book I had read, I would not both with another.
The ending was predictable but disappointng for me. I couldn't undestand the decision made by Jane, given her strength of feeling.
I preferred this book to others by the author, as there was no big moral dilemma to grapple with.
So although, I agree not her best work I gave this book 4 stars as I do not feel that it is anywhere near as bad as some of the other reviews on here
This is the only book that I've read of Picoult's that has strayed from the formulaic 'courtroom drama' style she uses.
It didn't work for me.
I felt it was confusing and the characters didn't gel well. There were a few of the 'dazzling' plot points that Picoult is infamous for, but realistically, nothing happened. I learnt the outcome of the book in about the second or third chapter, and I was no more aware of any character development or story development in the final chapter.
I think this would of been better as a short story...