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Posted September 15, 2008
As much as i liked this book i found it sickening and pretty much rude how many times the word 'retard' was used. it came to the point were i just didnt want to read the book anymore. truthfully i dont get the whole reason of that word. i never use it, maybe its just me or maybe its b.c my little sister has downs, i dont know. dont get me wrong it was a good book with a happy ending but when you're writing a book about God and faith why have a word like that in it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2005
A good read, but not entirely satisfying.
This is not typically the type of book I read. I only ended up reading it because it was my book club's selection. I really liked the author's easy, natural writing style. I also found the subject matter interesting...family tragedy and all that follows. Unfortunately, the whole religious aspect and final point of this novel were lost on me. What caused Annika's bleeding? Why did her environment always smell like roses? What about the spontaneous action of the snow globe? If it wasn't God, what caused those things to occur? Strause is at once suggesting and at the same time denouncing an other-wordly presence. And what was the point of Annika's becoming a world-wide religious icon? To prove Christianity right or to prove it wrong? The whole religious aspect of this book seemed like a wrong turn...but I suspect to the author, and others, that it was the whole point! I despised Annika's reaction to her ordeal once she woke up. She hated becoming a spectacle, but perhaps she benefited from all of those prayers. And her treatment of her mother would make any mother cringe. Any mother who lost a child to death or a persistent vegetative state would do ANYTHING to get their child back. Blaming that mother for doing what she did is a horrific crime in my opinion. Annika's awakening was very anti-climactic. She woke up no wiser, no more grateful for life, and a bit too snippy for my taste. Her coma should have meant something much more than a 2 1/2 year nap to her. The whole story just seemed to unravel a bit at the end. A good first novel, but not exactly my cup of tea. I would read another book by this author and hope for a bit more purpose to the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.