This is a sad tale of a true Yuppie whose lavish lifestyle is totally stripped away. As an urbanite I could relate to her "instant gratification" attitude. At times I laughed out loud because the chapter reminded me of my own similar experience. It was the Book Club's initial book right before Summer started so it was a good beach read. Our discussion was insightful regarding her sense of entitlement and we found ourselves empathizing with her in the end. I believe this is a trilogy but the club is not interested in the other two books.
We were not sure if the book was good for a book club since it was a msytery but the author develops the characters well thoughtout the storyline. Good plot.
Most of our members liked the book. We learned about animals in captivity and their care and have a new appreciation for zoos. The writer adds humor to his experience in developing the run down zoo throught to opening day. Through it all he suffers the passing of his beloved wife.
This was the first book for Amor Towles. The plot was weak but he defines the characters beautifully. The Rules at the end were very interesting and some still apply to good manners today.
We read the book as a 2nd option and because we wanted to see what all the hype was about. I agree with all other opinions that the book is poorly written and a bit far fetched. It is erotic or simply porn but also a love story. It is a fast read.
Definitely a page turner, humorous, sex, drugs and violence. I would like to read more of this author's books from the past such as "Power of the Dog".
All six members in the club liked it. Most thought it was slow to start but the characters were developed nicely as the story unfolded. We all learned a bit of history about the Chinese way of life and history of the time. I had gotten free copies through Book Movement.
Interesting form of writing where the entire story is a letter to someone else.
Carmel is a daydreaming little girl who is taken from her mum. She adapts well with her lying abductor while her mum is dealing with her daughter's disappearance. Kate Hamer keeps you in suspense as to what will happen next to Carmel in her new environment. The ending was a bit disappointing perhaps there is a sequel planned.
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