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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Begins very odd but well worth the read!
I was impressed with how this author interweaved the mother's diary entries (over 17 years of time) with the present day of the characters' lives. Though hard to do, it worked for me, even though the diary notes at times were long and involved conversations and I wonder if any person would really write the dialog down like that. However, the diary entries gave a huge insight into Hope, the mother of these three children, and her motivations and her view of life's reality as she saw and experienced it, and thus it gave us insight also into her children and their subsequent acting out of their own lives.
I was fascinated with the fact that Ms Kallos wove this story out of a real part of her own history as the plot sounds so far-fetched. Also I was intrigued with the Welsh traditions of funerals which I assume are real as I think Ms. Kallos researched her material well on all fronts as expressed in her Acknowledgments in the end of the book. Part of me wanted to experience this myself as it must be a very unique cultural background that only the Welsh could claim. I would have loved to have heard the Welsh words and the singing harmony of the townspeople!
Since I feel all novels should offer a redemptive ending, I found this one satiated my own reader's palate. I ended up with a feel-good glow as the book's ending provided a double entendre of the book's title, "Sing Them Home."
posted by Megan_Fisher on February 9, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
Sing Them Home not quite in tune
The plot is sufficiently off-beat and dramatic enough to engender some interest, but again the pacing is too slow and by the time you have finished the book, you are simply relieved. For anyone who has lived through tornados, there is nothing implausible about the plot, although the fantasy elements clearly are not subject to the "plausibility" definition.
Mostly, I was sad that the book did not fulfill my high expectations. I read close to 200 books a year and on the strength of my love for Broken for You, I would buy anything that Kallos wrote. I probably would not again buy multiple copies of her books as gifts until after I had read the book, just to be certain that it met my standards for recommending and giving it. So, while I would say it's worth reading, it's not in the same class as Broken for You. I'm hoping her next effort will be.
posted by BookWomanLG on March 2, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I read Broken for You and loved it! I could not wait to purchase the latest book. I just began reading and could not even get past 150 pages. Certain authors you can depend on such as Wally Lamb, Ms Kallos you cannot. Did she have a ghost writer?
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Posted September 13, 2012
Unless you just honestly hate yourself or are stuck in a prison
Unless you just honestly hate yourself or are stuck in a prison cell with nothing else to read I would give this one a pass. Of the half dozen plotlines that meander through the first 200 pages I was only interested in two. I read through the many, many, MANY descriptions of practically nothing to find a conclusion to those two plot lines and was disappointed in both.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.