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Mother of Pearl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Extraordinary!

I started reading this book expecting to put it down after a few chapters and never touch it again. The description on the back of the book didn't really appeal to me. Twenty pages into it and I was hooked. This author is highly talented. She gave so much depth to the c...
I started reading this book expecting to put it down after a few chapters and never touch it again. The description on the back of the book didn't really appeal to me. Twenty pages into it and I was hooked. This author is highly talented. She gave so much depth to the characters and she intricately wove the story of their lives together. This book has spirit and excitement unlike any other book I've ever read.

posted by Anonymous on September 23, 2004

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

50/50

This book was recommended to me by my sister so I read it. I like the ending, but the rest is very wierd. There were several times when I put it down because I was frustrated at the wierdness. I just don't think some of the things that the characters do are realistic...
This book was recommended to me by my sister so I read it. I like the ending, but the rest is very wierd. There were several times when I put it down because I was frustrated at the wierdness. I just don't think some of the things that the characters do are realistic. I did finish it and like I said the end is very touching.

posted by kellisat on January 17, 2011

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    50/50

    This book was recommended to me by my sister so I read it. I like the ending, but the rest is very wierd. There were several times when I put it down because I was frustrated at the wierdness. I just don't think some of the things that the characters do are realistic. I did finish it and like I said the end is very touching.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    Hooked me!!

    Like most, I started reading the book and couldn't get past the description of a man walking a bridge. it was so boring. Two mins. into the book I put it down and didn't even consider reading it until i had nothing else to read. I enjoyed this book. The characters were amazing and well constructed and the whole southern soul of it had me hooked like no other book with this kinda context. I enjoyed it. !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2001

    a slow start that quickly picks up the pace

    This novel was very slow in the beginning. It took some time to get into it, but once I did I enjoyed it. I liked most of the characters, and the storylines. It was not the best book, but it was far from the worst.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    A very slow read!

    This is my second attempt to read this book. It took getting to the middle to understand what was going on and I am still not sure. It definitely was not one of my favorites. But it was okay.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    I had to put this one back.

    I liked the characters in this book, but it got to be SO boring that I couldn't finish the rest! I was truly fed up with it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    an ok read

    There is nothing new about recycled character types and plots; it is a time honored device. Authors borrow shamelessly and we often love the old favorites, so that may be easily forgiven. Hurston blazed the trail long ago that Mother of Pearl wanders down. However, Zora Neale was fine wine and this is everyday chablis. Haynes' technique of creating dark, convoluted and suspenseful foreshadowing leading nowhere left this reader hard pressed to care when something finally did pan out. Besides the anti-climatic foreshadowing, the flow of the story was also interrupted by a plethora of made-up, nonsensical and often inane metaphors and similes. 'Canaan's school of thought is different now, settled to the forefront of his reasoning like bottle-birthed blood' p. 309. WHAT??? Aside from the fact that I have always thought that one could ascribe to a school of thought or contribute to one, but didn't know one could have a school all to oneself, what on earth is 'bottle-birthed'? Birthed from a bottle? This leads us to the characters who seem not to have been birthed at all, but rather like paper dolls. The black characters, while more fleshed out than the white are also somewhat stereotyped - mystical, super-sexed,earthy wise (in contrast to the inbred whites) and even visionary. Unfortunately, that sixth sense, while hammered at repeatedly, takes a vacation at a very inopportune time. All this said, I persevered and did find the book mildly entertaining, but much less so than the hype.

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    Posted December 15, 2008

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