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- Print Length: 342 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0042RUKSE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #836,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
To sum it up is hard because it includes so many things: Family relationships and how the dynamics have the power to make you who you are. Reincarnation (whether you believe or not doesn't matter), and a journey of how we may get to who we are now. It's sad, hopeful, painful, forgiving, thought-provoking, all rolled into one. And it's like nothing I've read before.
Thea has such an eloquent way with words, her writing is smooth and the descriptions are vivid. This is an amazing book!
It is not a book that you can just skim read, you have to pay attention because it moves backwards and forwards in time and there are lots of characters that seem to be unrelated, but it ties up the threads of their lives slowly and thoroughly, until you realise that you are actually completely ensnared in their stories.
It is not a pretty book. The characters are not sweet fluffy bunny types who bake cupcakes for each other. They are real characters with real flaws, and one or two of them actually are not very nice! Even so, you care about how they feel and what happens to them.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The beginning of this novel was a confusing muddle that had me going back to the Amazon page to read the description. After that little detour, the plot gained a little clarity. I was still a bit lost, but the individual scenes drew me into the story.
Reading this book was somewhat like reading a couple of novellas that have been taken apart and put back together almost randomly. It took some getting used to, and I had to suppress my frustration, at times, when I didn't get to continue a particular thread of a story. The main character felt the same frustration I did, though. Somehow, it made me feel better that his dissatisfaction mirrored my own.
It took me until the end of the book to really get a grip on all of the relations in the novel. This was partly because, after the first few chapters, I quit trying to figure out any overall picture and just enjoyed the individual scenes. The ending did tie up all the loose ends and contained an explanation for all events. However, I actually read the last few pages twice to make sure I had it all straight.
Overall, the reading process was enjoyable, but I didn't really enjoy the feeling of being lost that permeated the entire novel. Whereas the plot was intact and interesting, I thought there should have been more clues throughout the book to impart better understanding of the underlying philosophy.
Characters: 4 1/2 Stars
Above all else, this novel was a true character study, rich with unique and interesting personalities. Astrid was my favorite character. Reading about her gave the feeling of reading about someone that could be anyone you could pass on the street, yet also like reading about an old friend.
Amazingly, this author managed to write both male and female characters equally well.
Warning: These characters have the power to make you cry.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
The eloquence of the writing style made the reading smooth and effortless. The descriptions were rich and immersive.
It was a little hard to get my bearings in the beginning of this book with bits and pieces coming from seemingly random places. But it all comes together and by the time you realize you understand what's happening, you're already hooked and have no choice but to keep turning pages to see what happens next.
There's not a lot of action in the book. There's not a lot of suspense. It's a compelling character study, one that pulls you in and makes you feel like you're part of the characters' lives. This is particularly true of Astrid.
The book has a few grammatical errors, and by a few, I mean three. From what I've seen of Kindle/Indie authors, three errors is not bad at all, and is nothing to complain about.
Buy the book. Read the book. You'll be glad you did.
This is not a beach read. This is not a fun read. This is the real deal.
From the beginning, the author pulls you into the story with imagery that flows from surreal serenity to a hard slap up side the head. From the bobbing in the ocean... to the unknown stains on the frat house floor... to the vomit on the borrowed shoes... the descriptions are almost poetic, then suddenly so stark and real that you can smell the scene.
The main characters are genuine, not super-human imaginings that can do no wrong. They're scarred by life and full of the foibles that make people human, yet still struggling to maintain the course toward the right thing to do. And at the end, you almost understand.
Then there are the pieces strewn here and there... little things that appear to be random thoughts that spilled from the author's bit bucket. Gradually you realize that these aren't just accidental droppings, that they're brush-strokes, that the author is painting a picture on the canvas of your subconscious. It isn't a smiling, happy picture, but it's beautiful in its reality. It's a picture of humanity in turmoil, dragged from the One Insular Tahiti into a world of doubt and pain and fulfillment. It's a picture of purple grass that grows by the side of the ocean.
Though I could easily enough, I won't ramble on any more.
Reading "One Insular Tahiti" was a painful pleasure that I just had to say something about.
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