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Top Reviewer Ranking: 206 - Total Helpful Votes: 311 of 397
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
When I began reading the book, I was confused by the timeline (new incarnations of the same character over and over) and a little miffed; however, I loved the writing style and the characterization. By fifty or so pages, I decided I loved the way it was written, loved the story/stories and could hardly put it down. It is not a time travel story, rather it uses time as an interesting device to tell the story/stories of a family and the wars they experienced, most spectacularly the Blitz of London in World War II. And it is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. But, beware, we don't really get to know Ursula, the main character, until the middle of the book, and even then, there is a distance from… Read more
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The opening chapters of the novel were riveting, keeping a tension that made it difficult to put the book down. By the halfway point, I could hardly wait to finish because I was no longer interested in the story. It wasn't that it was boring, it was more that I couldn't bear any more of the main character's poor coping strategies. Theo Decker suffers post-traumatic stress from a horrific experience as a young boy. He easily had my sympathy until he began drinking vodka and taking opiates. While it is understandable, even realistic, I wasn't able to keep caring much about Theo. It may have stood up better had it been written in the third person rather than the first. I'm certain the author… Read more
Call the Midwife: Season One <b>DVD</b> ~ Vanessa Redgrave
Call the Midwife: Season One DVD ~ Vanessa Redgrave
BBC really did an amazing job with this period piece about nurses, midwives and nuns caring for the poor in East London in 1957. While the premise may sound dull or too focused, it isn't. The characters are engaging, the plots of each episode resonant with history, drama, sorrow, joy, love... it has it all. The casting is perfect and it is filmed beautifully. It makes me yearn for the old days when large families lived in small homes happily; when simple pleasures were luxuries.

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