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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
A Glimpse of the Eternal
Deciding to set this tragic love story in such beautiful, yet harsh places make the theme obvious. The world is beautiful and terrible at the same time. We have to appreciate the beauty and live to the fullest with the tragedy and cruelty.
I highly recommend this book. It's not an escapist fantasy. It says something about honor and living a productive life.
posted by nfam on January 25, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Most Helpful Critical Review
5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Not so eternal per this reader
Here's what I really liked about the book:
1. Stories about crows and raven mythology
2. A very positive portrayal of the value of assisted suicide
Here's what I did not like:
1. Characters, settings and situations were not believable for me - too perfect.
2. The writing was not challenging for me - the author often writes for young adults, and I felt the vocabulary and style would have been great for that audience.
3. In the first few pages I knew the death of our heroine would occur before the end of the book, and I felt it was a slow, tedious journey getting to that point.
The book Love Story kept echoing in my mind, but then Segal also wrote a very popular book that was not well received by the critics. This book may have the same appeal, which means it could be something you will totally enjoy. But to describe it as a major literary achievement with eternal lasting qualities might be quite a stretch.
posted by JaneM on January 26, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 27, 2010
Don't waste your time
I'm not quite finished with the book yet, but I already know how I feel about it. If you take out all the characters and all their conversations, and leave just the in between lines it might make an interesting enough book.
I expected a lot more from someone who's been previously published.
The characters were so flat, the conversations so cheesy and unrealistic. the love too quick for me to take seriously. The brother sister relationship creepy; I realize why he made them have so much banter with each other, to show their closeness but no siblings do that in real life, it made them seem more like lovers then siblings.
Everyone was so stereotyped; From Mary with her quirckiness cause god forbid a love interest could be anything else other then quirky, to the Chungamunga girls, who I loved, but I don't think he really knows how kids with an illness really feel inside.
There was Mary's brother, who's name I forgot (probably cause he was so not memorable); He was pictured to be this huge, hairy beast of a man with a good heart, but when he opened his mouth, if you hadn't had that description of him you would have thought it was just Cobb, or Mary or any of the other characters talking, cause there was just nothing remarkable about his speech.
There's also Mary's brother's girlfriend who of course has to be a small angry foreign woman, cause that's how they all are!
And Cobb's relationship with Francis, that student of his; No teenager would ever have been like that with a teacher, the author was just flattering himself and his almighty ability to help anyone who comes across his path (to specify, I do not mean to say that I think teacher-student relationships are impossible, just the way the author went about doing it all wasn't believable).
He Mentions MySpace; figures.
I'm sure there's more but that's just how far I've come, couldn't wait any longer.
Now that I'm fully done I have this to add; The story really began for me at chapter 15, that's when I really felt like they were a married, in love couple, the story became more urgent, it had picked up it's pace and I wish it had been like that from the very beginning. I can't help but feel that had the author started the story from the middle, with them already married, and just gave flashbacks of how they met, it would have kept my interest more.
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