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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is my absolutely favourite book of all time, and to think I put off reading it for so long because of the length! I'm glad I finally made myself read it. Once I had started, I was in love. Brilliant characters, story and writing. Scarlett O'Hara is truly a one in a million kind of character; I can't imagine where Ms Mitchell came up with her. Scarlett's story of the Old South is riveting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. She's a character you love and hate all at the same time and I often felt like slapping her. When I got to the last few pages, I was sad that I'd finished it. But I will be reading it again, most definitely.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 7 Mar 2004
The Poisonwood Bible is a beautiful, engrossing and heartbreaking tale told by the wife and four daughters of an evangelical Baptist priest who takes his family on a religious mission to the Congo. Each chapter belongs to a different daughter or the wife. Its characters are beautifully developed (especially memorable is Adah, the crippled twin of Leah, who likes to rhyme everything and read backwards). The character of her sister Rachel was particularly horrid and irritating I often felt like throwing the book against the wall in anger! But I see this as good work on Kingsolver's part, to make me believe so much in a fictional character.
Kingsolver's descriptions of their new home are… Read more
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 12 Jan 2004
Sorry, Mr McEwan - I realise you are a talented writer, but this was just boring. The reviews promise a gripping first chapter, and yes, I must admit it was a beautifully written, suspenseful chapter. The obsessiveness and stalking of Joe were good too, but just too stretched out. Maybe it would have served better as a short story, as it seemed like McEwan was spewing pages just to get it to be a novel-length book rather than a short story.
The characters were uninteresting - especially Joe and Clarissa who I had trouble finding any sympathy for - they were boring intellectual snobs who just have sex all the time. I could not believe these people were truly in love.
I also have to… Read more