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Such a chore!
Listened to this for book club, it was such a chore i got no sense of the main character, of how his experiences affected or shaped him as I was dragged through a very drawn out rendition of his life and those around him!! I felt like I was watching a soap opera on TV of largely disjointed events. If he wasn't in every part of the book I would have struggled to know Theo was the main character. The other key object, the goldfinch, was abstract to the story in my opinion. I did not get a sense of the strength of importance it lent to all people who came across it other than it's value. It could have been a marble, or a letter opener, anything. If it wasn't for book club I would have given myself back 32hours. I'm shocked that this is being made into a film. They would have to put some serious Hollywood and CSI elements to get it halfway interesting (which would be a shame). I'm happy to be proved wrong but I didn't enjoy this at all.
Brutal but refreshing
This is a new take on Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Throws romance in the wind and turns modern day relationships into a stint in the Colosseum. The uncomfortable truth is that it's really really accurate. The resounding message however is finding inner strength and confidence which is very impactful.
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Much much more than I expected
I read the first in a series just over a month ago and I couldn't put it and the subsequent books down. I hoped they'd loose their appeal so I could stop but they didn't and now the seventh and final book has topped the lot. Such a good read.
Paying twice for one book is bad form....
But brilliant read. I couldn't stop listening I'm not a usual reader of this genre but I'm now hooked.
Kept me listening
this was a very intelligently written book and I enjoyed it albeit the dark subject matter. I have to say however it was also a bit predictable for me in not so twisted twist and ended as expected. Good read non the less