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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Soul Satisfying Book

In The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd does for fiction what the Flemish masters did for painting. She imbues each scene with so much reality it unfolds in your mind like a memory.

You can taste the salty sea air and smell the murky island scents of Egret Island. You fe...
In The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd does for fiction what the Flemish masters did for painting. She imbues each scene with so much reality it unfolds in your mind like a memory.

You can taste the salty sea air and smell the murky island scents of Egret Island. You feel every horrific and blessed thing that Jessie experiences.

I have never fallen so completely in love with a book before. Her writing is beyond beautiful. It¿s startling and humbling. I found myself nodding and rereading lines, thinking YES that is exactly how it feels but how did she capture it so perfectly?

The book is brimming with brilliance. Some of my favorite lines are:

¿The mind is so good at revising reality to suit its needs.¿

¿There¿s release in knowing the truth no matter how anguishing it is.¿

¿Sometimes the heart wanted what the soul demanded.¿

The story felt like a mid-life crisis crossed with a finding oneself journey.

Sue Monk Kidd¿s website describes the story as ¿the transendent tale explores the lush, unknown region of the feminine soul where the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic exists. Here is an unforgettable love story, between a woman and a monk, a woman and her family, and ultimately a woman and her own soul.¿

I think of it as a spiritual journey that leaves Jessie and the reader forever changed by calling into question the bonds of love and commitment. By reminding us that everything is a choice. Whether to leave a husband, to reunite with a parent, to be fully alive.

Sue Monk Kidd is a master of the writing craft. Her ability to set the scene is breathtaking and realistic. Her dialogue is poignant. Her character¿s internal thoughts vivid and engaging. There was not one point in the book where I wanted to put it down. Every aspect of the writing was engaging. I will be rereading this book for years to come, hoping to gain insight into how she does it.

posted by KourtneyH on December 21, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Buy The Secret Life of Bees pass this one by

I bought this book for my mom cause she loved the Secret Life of Bees, do not buy this book you will regret it. She hated this book and told me all the details daily as she read this book, she could not have hated a book more. Save yourself do not buy this book it is re...
I bought this book for my mom cause she loved the Secret Life of Bees, do not buy this book you will regret it. She hated this book and told me all the details daily as she read this book, she could not have hated a book more. Save yourself do not buy this book it is really bad.

posted by i-READ-BEFORE-COMMENTING on May 7, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    An excellent story teller -

    I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the writings of Sue Monk Kidd. The only way this story compares to 'The Secret Lives of Bees', is that Ms. Monk wrote both...so to compare stories really isn't fair. This is a beautifully written story about a tune the heart plays. I think it will capture YOUR heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    Highly recommended.

    I enjoyed the 'Secret Life of Bee's a little bit more than 'The Mermaid Chair' but both are excellent reads and I am looking forward to her next book. I will certainly buy it as soon as it comes out. If you are looking for a new author ,as I was (I am a Danielle Steele fan),then this is the book to buy and a new author to add to your list. I certainly am. I was excited after I read 'The Secret Life of Bee's' and went straight out and bought 'The Mermaid Chair' and I was very pleased.This was an easy read .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    this book is a great book to share with your girlfriends and mothers

    Right now I've only read a few chapters but it's great and I would recommended it to anyone involved in a book group. Our just pass it around with your friends or co-workers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    A Treasure!

    I have found a treasure. I fell in love all over again with Kidd's writing. Her words are amazing. I was transformed into the characters minds...if that makes sense. I felt apart of the characters. Each character is suffering something in this book and in a weird way I can almost relate or feel these characters sorrows. The power of the women in this book fascinates me. They are so close, so tight like the knots they tie in this story. I just loved it. Kidd's writing is so giving, all the details layed out, everything described perfectly. Her writing just doesn't get boring. I refused to skip over words-scared I'll miss something. Well, as you can tell I loved this. As well as the Secret Life of Bees. I treasure books that teach me things about life, and her books do just that! I shed tears in this, not because of sadness but because I felt perfect closure for these characters. Something that so many books lack. This book I hold high on a pedestal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    Intriguing story and well written

    Isn't it true that we do the same things each and every day? Our hours become so routine and we feel the need to escape and try anything different. This story deals with a woman who is caught up in a life in which she is trapped and not happy. She is tired of the monotony. I loved the way it ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    Incredible

    If you liked THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (and you know you did) then you will adore Sue Monk Kidd's latest masterpiece. Her writing is luscious and her stories are so moving. Pure brilliance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2005

    Once again a hauntingly beautiful work

    Have read an advanced copy of this book - and as with Secret Life of Bees, think this book hauntingly beautiful and a 'must' book to give as a gift to everyone you know who matters to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    Secrets Lies and Forgiveness

    The Mermaid chair was an easy read. The charcters were alive and honest and very interesting. Lots of secrets and lies are confronted in this story. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend this book to others. Things aren't always as they appear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    WOW! This is a good book!

    Wonderful read. You will love the characters.

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