I thought I should update what I've read so far, I'm still on schedule and The Book Discussion Scheme I belong to started up again last month, so at least one book choice every month will be from the BDS.
Week 5 - Book 5
"The Thorn Birds
is a robust, romantic saga of three generations. It begins in the
early years of this century when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and
their seven children to Drogheda: an Australian sheep station, a
quarter of a million well-stocked acres, owned by his autocratic and
childless older sister. For more than half a century we follow their
As background to the Cleary's family lives there is the
land itself: stark, relentless in its demands, brilliant in its
flowering, prey to gigantic cycles of drought and flood, rich when
nature is bountiful. It is like no other place on earth, and binds fast
those who have known it, however hard they try to break its hold."
entirely sure how I feel about this, part of me says the author should
have left well alone, then part of me says great we get some closure on
the characters. But a big part of me is feeling a little sad because the
romantic in me didn't get the happy ending I was hoping for. But then
life can be like that sometimes, chances missed and moments lost. What I
do like about his way of writing though is that he makes it seem as if
it's all real and not a work of fiction at all. I remember Googling
after reading The Bridges of Madison County, looking for Robert Kincaid,
I wasn't the only one it seems. A sign of a good writer then perhaps,
that he can make us believe it's all true.
A coming-of-age story
set on the Gulf Coast follows the misadventures of Daisy Fay, a
straight-shooting girl with an eye for the bizarre. By the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe."
This was funny, frequently I had some laugh out loud moments. There were some flat moments but on the whole a good read. I will admit to not having read Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe or seen the movie, at least I don't think I have, something I hope to remedy sometime. I got the book because I loved the authors name, not sure the significance of 'Miracle Man' in the title has though? It was also released under a different title, Coming Attractions which makes better sense. If you want a light hearted, funny and sometimes a bit tragic read, then give it a go.
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second
chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to
live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its
own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? '
I have mixed feeling about this book, it was February's Book Discussion Scheme choice,
'I read to page 210 and the
darkness came.....I fell asleep! If I wasn't reading this for the book
discussion scheme I would have stopped. I found I was getting annoyed
every time I read the line 'and the darkness came....' Just when I
thought the storyline was gaining some momentum it ended and we started
all over again, like Deja vu on steroids. Should the darkness come for
me and I am reincarnated then I doubt I would read it again.'
I wrote the above review before we discussed it at book club, it made for an interesting discussion and the group were quite divided on it. It was a cleverly put together book albeit confusing at time, it certainly demanded your full attention otherwise the reader would have been completely lost. Kate Atkinson does write extremely well, probably the main reason why I persevered.
Don't overlook this book, give it a read, make up your own mind.
I applaud her however for making a success of her life under such an awful start in life.
That's me up to date and I need to start the next book soon.....so many books so little time.