“Longggggg book! Good story but a long time putting it all together.”Sandi S wrote this review Thursday, September 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Best Phillipine history summer beach novel ever! And I mean that in a good way. I think Sayles is an even better writer than he is a film director.”Aengus strother wrote this review Wednesday, September 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fantastic book - the first book I've ever read on a Kindle. I have the hardcover version from McSweeney's Book Release Club but it was so big (950 pages) it was physically difficult to read so I borrowed the Kindle version from our local library.
And although it is nearly a thousand pages it was a fast read. I recall in high school there were classes (that seemed new and unique at the time) called "American Studies" where you would study history by reading novels set in the time you were studying. Well, this book would be perfect for that - a captivating novel that specifically deals with historic events - the Alaska Gold Rush, the Spanish American War, racism post Civil War, US involvement in the Philippines - all through the experiences of various characters.
Also - to a certain extent this novel covers some of the same ground as Pynchon's *Against The Day* - but in a much more conventional mainstream novel type of way.
Because it was written by John Sayles I kept thinking of how the story would present as one of his movies. Eventually I thought it would have to be a series of movies - I estimates at least five feature length films here - but I bet they'd be great. Highly recommended.”
“Very well researched and thoroughly surprising and rich. Depressing, but also uplifting. Eye-opening, but also infuriating. Long.”Bradley Woodrum wrote this review Tuesday, February 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a great history lesson. It didn't change my life, but it was really good nonetheless.”Joseph S wrote this review Sunday, January 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Truth is I didn't finish it. Well-written and captivating. But as one other reviewer said ... "just way too long." ... 4/13 starting to read it again”Dan G wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“too long”Terry K wrote this review Saturday, August 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No