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Fall on Your Knees

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

It is not often that I am so moved by a novel...

This novel shook me to the very core of my being. The twists and turns, smatterings of cultural revelations, use of setting as a character in and of itself, and the musings on family (what makes a family and what isn't a family) all merged together to make for an extra...
This novel shook me to the very core of my being. The twists and turns, smatterings of cultural revelations, use of setting as a character in and of itself, and the musings on family (what makes a family and what isn't a family) all merged together to make for an extraordinary novel. The book is really lyrical and dark at the same time. I recommend this book to readers who are ready for heavy content that causes you to think very deeply about the human condition.

posted by Anonymous on May 26, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Almost a masterpiece that ends up being pretentious rubbish!

Incest, rape, racism, violence, forbidden homosexuality coupled with religious fanaticism and ridiculous allegory! The story is fascinating at first, and then dissolves into a tragically bleak portrait of the darker side of an unsympathetic group of people that have th...
Incest, rape, racism, violence, forbidden homosexuality coupled with religious fanaticism and ridiculous allegory! The story is fascinating at first, and then dissolves into a tragically bleak portrait of the darker side of an unsympathetic group of people that have the misfortune to be related to one another. There is no doubt that the author is a compelling writer; the prose is often beautiful and brilliant but interactions between the characters are derivative and pretentious; those stories have been done more effectively before. Mostly, it seems as though MacDonald feverishly vomited every "bad" thought she ever had on to the page so that she could exorcise her own demons or come to terms with her own terrifyingly violent battles with horribly dysfunctional family relationships and religion. Granted, that can make for a powerful story, but in this case, it is simply a lurid, unoriginal mess that you are painfully embarrassed upon which to intrude. WARNING: it is likely that once you start the book, you will be unable to put it down. After a while you will keep reading because you have to know how it ends. Then you will shut the book, disappointed and furious that you invested so much time to read the whole silly thing. Despite the often lyrical prose, the book is simply not worth the time and emotional investment the author unsuccessfully attempts to evoke from the reader.

posted by WishICouldWrite on February 17, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    This book is strange, for now.

    This book is very strange. I am only on page 107 but it is very hard to establish a lot of things, it is not very detail oriented, but I can not seem to put it down. Hopefully, it will be better towards the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    Mixed feelings!

    This book was SO hard to get into, but I never give up on a book. I go through books quickly, even long books, but this one took forever! The way it was written was so confusing. I had to reread some sentences because the grammar was so bad. However, the story was interesting. I just wish the story was better explained. Was it just me, or was anyone else getting lost at times? If you have patience, read this book because the diary of Kathryn is very interesting. Also, I found the dark humor clever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Haunting

    I read the book and immediately identified with the characters.. Having 3 girls of my own, it was hard for me to keep my girls separate from the characters...therefore, the book haunted me for months...What those girls went through was too much for me...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    I must have missed something...

    The title of the book is worth way more than the story. The story was good, but it seemed like it was too long winded. I skipped a couple a pages and didnt miss a beat. This is great as a debut novel. The character that I most enjoyed in the book was Frances. I surely don't agree with all the hype about this book.I think you should read it,but don't buy it first...please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2002

    Hmm....ok so far

    Ok, it's not a bad book, but it is uneven. I haven't finished reading it yet, but wih 100 pages to go, I find the pace increasing. Very engaging up until 1919, it loses some of its momentum during the section following Kathleen's death, but picks it up again. The author has the ability to write some finely polished and precise prose, but she has also included some jarring anachronisms that overall tend to sour the reading experience. For instance people didn't say 'You suck' or 'Yuck' in the 1920s, nor did giving the finger come into general use until the 1960s. These little false notes have marred what is overall a pleasurable reading experience. The plot is intricate, most of the characters are well-drawn and mostly believable. The author does not shrink from dealing with the issues of race relations, incest, and marital unhappiness. The descriptions of the geography are quite lovely and evoke the rural quality of the Northeastern seabord.

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