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Our book club generally liked the debate/ debates sparked by this selection, but not all of the members enjoyed the actual reading of the book
Most members would recommend the book, with caveats
OUr book club overall rted this a 4 for discussion. A women in an accident who confronts every personal tragedy known to man
This is an excellent non-fiction book. It illuminates an important period in Americas history along with the accoun of the mass murderer Holmes.
Out book club was divided into those that loved the book and those that were lukewarm on the book.
Decide for yourself - it is worth the time
This book would classify as a beach read for an idiot!
Overall the book club had trouble finishing the selection. All agreed that the writing was exceptional but, the storyline dry. Had another writer crafted this tale it would have been a dimal failure
The group liked the book, but compared it to the movie. Most felt it either did not live up to the movie or the movie altered the book too much. Most readers would recommend the text, but with reservations.
The South Bay Book club generally rated this novel a four and would recommend it to friends and family.
The general consensus was that the author did an excellent job writing about women and their plight in war torn Afghanistan. It was a sad novel and painful at times to read about Leila and Mariam.
If you liked Kite Runner, you will enjoy this novel as well.
This novel is simply and beautifully written - not only odes the writing carry you away into the lives of these tragic people, you feel that you are there world walking in step with them.
Our book club rated this a one of the most loved books we have read. A beautifully crafted novel based on a true woman and true events during a turbulent period in Mexico's history. A must read!
OUr club really liked this book. A sweeping epic worth reading.
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Couldn't believe it was written by a man
touched on thought provoking ideas
this is beautifully written book that sneaks up on you with it simplicity - not for every reader, but a gem none the less
It was said that overall that for this genre the book was good, but slow to get into.. very graphic and not for the faint of heart
The group felt that although the novel had some beautiful prose throughout the story that we were left feeling unsatisfied with the ending and the overall character development.
What a fantastic book, a must read! truly an inspiring story and ultimately about love and forgiveness
Our club felt that the character pretty much wasted his lives and was not a tale a redemption that we had hoped for. Some beautiful writing, but would only recommend to certain people
Beautifully written collection of short stories that are interwoven so wonderfully. The subject matter tends to lean to the darker side, but the characters are so wonderfully developed that you feel hope and love. Marra will be one of our generations great authors and I cannot wait to read more and more of what he writes.
Overall only half of our bookclub finished this book, the other half thought it boring and a poor read. It is the first in a four part series. And it translated, somewhat poorly from Italian. I think it is book you either love or hate.
Yaa Gaasi has retold the story of African-Americans and Africans in a way that I don't believe it has been done before. She tells a multi-generational story so beautifully that you don't know that you are being let in on the secret stories that have been told for generations by her people an ultimately all of our peoples.
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