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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    Great Book, Great Reading

    This book is a very good book in my opinion. Although it jumps around a little bit the story line is very well written throughout the entire book. Bobby Ann Mason did a great job in helping the reader get into the book. The detail that she puts into this book is very good and this allows you to picture what the characters are doing in the book. Although this book does have quite a few flaws as well; one of the flaws that people might not like is that Bobby Ann Mason uses quite vulgar language that is used throughout the most of the book. Another flaw in her book is the mentioning of sex and pregnancy. This book shows many different emotions throughout the book, such as sympathy, pain, sorrow, confusion, and many other emotions. She does a remarkable job with not letting you get confused with how many different emotions that she puts in this book, and I think that Bobby Mason deserves some credit for that, because she could have left you wondering "what the heck just happened." This book to me was slightly dull at times, because of how long of a period the book went by until you got to what the characters goals were. But as soon as you can find out what the goal is the book just keeps getting better and better as you get further into the book. Now that I have read this book I know why it is a classic. I personally like this book because it is showing how people really live and how it is not a fairy tale or something that right off the bat you can tell that it is not fiction. It just has that kind of spark that a book needs to be a really good book. I like it because it is one of those books that are place about fifty years ago and it gives the younger readers a view of what it was like after the Vietnam War. Bobby Mason does a great job in detailing how life was like after the war for Sam and Emmet. She wrote pages about the different opinions of the war from several different characters and what they are still suffering through because of the war. She also shows the worry of the family of the returned vets and how the vets are still coping with the world without the war. I think that this book was written very much, but I would not recommend this book to those people that do not like the vulgar language and the other things. But I would recommend this book to those that do not mind the language and to those that like books that are based on peoples' lives after the Vietnam War, and how it shows people's feelings for the war. It would also be a good book for those people that do not like the fake and cheesy stories, or how it seems real until something messed up happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2008

    Not Very Good

    This novel started on a promising note. It contained the elements of a good story. And the ending was absolutely poignant. But the middle was terrible. The narrator, Sam, is a thoroughly despicable person. She's ignorant, unrealistic, and horribly selfish, she drinks, smokes marijuana, cheats on her boyfriend, resents her mother for daring to move on in life, and has utter disdain for her industrious and generous stepfater urges her happily pregnant friend to have an abortion. The authors goes on in way too much detail about the kinds of household products the characters have, the food they eat, and the TV they watch. The author furthermore makes the book difficult to read by providing too much information about Sam's bathroom habits and way, way too much detail on Sam's sexual adventures with her boyfriend and with an ED-plagued veteran twice her age, with whom she suddenly becomes obsessed for no apparent reason. Then, just to make things really bizarre, the author throws in a man-hating diatribe. The worst parts of all are when Sam goes camping in the swamp and attempts to equate that to a soldier's experience in Vietnam and when Sam is mysteriously stricken with post-traumatic stress, especially since she hasn't done anything traumatic. Her mental ordeal is laughably unrealistic. Craziness like that ruined the book for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    please shoot me

    in short this book is horrible and i hated it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2008

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