did you find the method of story telling interesting or annoying?
I have read two other of Barbara's books and found both stimulating. I was wondering if this one was on the same level. I can't find the synopsis on the website ..... ?
This was a "slow read" for me. I kept putting it down and then coming back to it. I thought the second half of the book was best. I enjoyed his life in Asheville, NC. It was beautifully written.
Not Kingsolver's best but certainly a good read, albeit with some slow spots. Thought the protagonist's early years in Mexico quite colorful, which made his grown years seem dull in comparison.
This book is starting out so slow.....I can't even recall what I have already read. Her other books have been much better for me. Should I hang in there?
I'm with you on this...I'm maybe half way though -- have forgotten some of what I read already. I keep hearing about how it's worth hanging in there if you can. But I'm having a hard time doing that.
I have been trying since September (now nearly January 1) to read this. I have read two other books since I started this one. I just can't get into it. I love Barabara Kingsolver, but I feel like I'm reading something for grad school...it's like work to read it. My friend gave me permission to put it down. I just can't seem to quit a book. I've only quit one in my life.
Beautifully written, however, a little slow. Not my favorite read, but I am learning a lot. It has inspired me to learn more of Trotsky as well as Diego and Frida.
Just finished. Loved the ending.
I found this to be her best book to date. I l;oved that it encompases so much world events from that time, even if only from the edges. It made me want to go sluething for more knowledge. It is not, I agree, fast paced, but I certainly found it hard to put down and have recommended it to others, including my 15 yr old, who is just about finished it and thinks it's great as well.
I loved the opening sections in Mexico, but found it slowed down considerably in the middle, especially when it launches into newspaper articles, letters, and so on, and the character of Violet Brown became more predominant in the book - I really had to push through until it settled into the whole section on McCarthyism, when the pace picked up again and the whole book became more readable. It is not Kingsolver's best, in my view - I think she achieved that with "The Poisonwood Bible".