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The Solace of Leaving Early

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    A thoughtful and telling story

    Leaving early ...wasnt someone always leaving??? Alice and Jack from this earth. Langston from school, her and Taos from the theater..and certainly our protagonist...Incredible how he could love and understand her just because she had been loved and in love with the Donne Scholar..incredible so many subtle things to think about..I really enjoyed this read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Never have I read a novel that made me want to take the two main characters and just SLAP them

    This book was selected by a member of my book club because it was written by a fellow Hoosier. She thought it would be nice to read a local author. I can not say I was neither pleased nor disapointed by this book. I was however, riled and frustrated by it. The two main characters, Langston and Pastor Townsend drove me up the wall with their conceit, arrogance and self importance. I came to a realization that possibly Langston is much like the author. Someone who feels 'ordinary' people are beneath her and a waste of her time. The character of Pastor Townsend was much the same....full of presumptuousness that those of his 'flock' in this small Indiana town were beneath him. He could never preach to them his real thoughts because he did not believe they could understand his oh so lofty ideas. The one (or I should say two) redeeming qualities of this story were Immaculata and Epiphany. They made the story worth reading. My only hope at the end of the story was that these two beautiful little girls didn't grew up as narrow minding and as shallow as the two adults who were given the responsibility of raising them. It is quite possible that Haven Kimmel's writting is 'above' me because I do not have a college degree let alone a PHD and I do not stay awake nights contemplating the theory of quantum physics. All in all the book is very well written and was successful in keeping me ingrossed to the end in spite of Langston and Pastor Townsend.

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