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The Most Painful Joy I have Read In A While
Incredible story and narration. As a nurse who trained in the 1970'6 I had experienced what happened in the novel from the perspective of a student nurse and had acted in the same way as the student nurse depicted in this novel (much to the annoyance of my superiors). I am still practicing as a nurse and listening to this book made me think how much my ability to defy the authority of a senior helped a mother to spend time with her child who had died. What an incredible novel sensitive to grief on so many levels though engaging, interesting and very perfect. Made me weep
What a book. I found the narration superb. Not a book for anyone looking for a romantic slant to anything. I liked Turtle very much. Whilst I would not have wanted her life I would not mind some of her talents in regard to survival.
I Did Try To listen To The Whole Book
To be honest I was not gripped or impressed. I did not particularly like the narration and maybe that put me off. I was hoping to be enthralled and I just got very bored with the story. Disjointed (I can usually do disjointed very happily) not quite up to the mark, a could do better.
How a community failed to safeguard a child
There were so many times in this novel when this girl could have been protected from harm it is unbelievable. Her mother may have lost the plot but there were teachers, friends ( written as, as strong women!!) who knew exactly what was happening and intervened intermittently and failed this girl on so many levels because her father (and mother) were truly bonkers. I am glad I do not live in Alaska. Not because of the weather, the hard living conditions, remote living or any other difficulty from the environment but because all those so called supportive neighbors (who often very forcefully voiced their concerns) did not get this girl out. The novel was ridiculous in its plot, disjointed and disappointing.
Fabulous a must read
I am sure you will be reminded of your own mother and your own family at some point during your listening . I thought of the similarities with Joyce Carol Oates, We Were the Mulvaneys and the family angst when listening to Motherland. Paul Theroux has a huge genius in making me feel very guilty and then making me laugh and feel no guilt about my own Mothers Death
As a huge fan of Jane Harris I was a tad disappointed with the end bit. I think maybe I shall read the book to see if I can get a different perspective. The Narration was just superb I think I was mesmerized by listening to the story rather than fully understanding the plot.
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A life story well told and well narrated
I have read most of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s novels and found all of them well written, intricately put together, incredibly funny and enjoy the way in which Howard has the skill to describe the complexity of relationships. Artemis Cooper’s biography has led me to believe that Howard wrote Novels that were based almost identically on Howard's life experience. An incredibly sensitive, thoughtful and well researched biography that I would recommend to anyone to read. The book left me slightly disappointed in Howard herself as a person. I so wanted her to be a woman full of confidence in herself as a woman and a writer and she was not.
Listen You Will Not Be Dissapointed
It is a life lived and very well read I cant explain it all but you will like it
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Not a good book
I have read/listened to all Tracy Chevaliers book and all but this novel have been superb. This one is awful the story is not good and made worse by the most dreadful characters imaginable. Ella is the most ridiculous pathetic woman with no substance what so ever. Ms Chevalier is usually able to give an unpleasant character some substance as part of an unfolding story but Emma was just a boring fool who needs to get a grip.
Not one of her best
I did listen to it all and was entertained but it was a bit rubbish
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