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Three Weeks with My Brother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Not very impressed...

    I purchased this book based on the great reviews, but to be honest, I'm having a real hard time staying interested and I'm more than halfway through it. I find this book to be a lesson on geography if anything. It really lingers on and it seems the same thing is wrote in each chapter...a little tid bit on their past and a whole lot about the next place they visit on their trip. Maybe I'm not getting it, but this book is so so. If you want to learn about different countries, it's very informational. I don't recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    A Traveler¿s Revelry to a Romantic¿s Dismay

    A Traveler¿s Revelry to a Romantic¿s Dismay Guatemala. Peru. Chile. The Cook Islands. Australia. Cambodia. India. Ethiopia. Malta. Norway. Ancient ruins and tombs, lush islands and volcanoes in the proverbial paradise, all inclusive museums, majestic cathedrals, immeasurable riches and devastating poverty. All of this and more, jammed into just three weeks around the globe. For Micah Sparks, this was the adventure of a lifetime. For his brother Nicholas, it began more as an obligatory trip that would only put him further behind on his inevitably packed schedule. In fact, he had to be prodded constantly to at least act excited about departing. Little did he know that on this journey he would come to grips with painful events in his past, regain a zeal for dealing with present hardships and reignite his relationship with his best friend¿his big brother. The only surviving members of the Sparks family, Nick and Micah have dealt with the loss of their mother, father and baby sister, all on different occasions, and all of whom they held preciously dear. Never did they leave one another¿s side, a constant stronghold for the other in the midst of despair. They grew up with parents who allowed them to roam the streets of their cities day and night, in varying degrees of safety they wielded BB guns and archery sets from young ages, evading trouble with authorities while never compromising their mischievous nature. They looked out for each other and defended one another to the extreme. So many of the stories about their wacky family will have you shaking your head in amusement, only to turn the page to find a perilous time of financial hardship, sibling jealousy, serious injury or a devastating death in the family. Throughout the novel, as the dynamics of this family are more clearly revealed, the reader grows to love each member of the Sparks family. This is largely due to the authenticity with which Sparks presents their characters. Throughout this family saga, Micah is a foil for both his brother and his sister, Dana. Micah is adventuresome, extroverted, and rebellious both Dana and Nick are far less outgoing, though Dana proves to be much more of a homebody than Nicholas. Nicholas eventually pours himself into only two areas: academia and track. From an early age we learn that he feels inferior to both of his siblings¿Micah is strong and independent, Dana is sweet and nurturing, immune to punishment. He controls what he can, constantly striving to be better in order to gain the attention from his parents that in his mind directly relates to love¿a department in which Nick most always feels deprived. This story recounts in (painstaking, at times) detail the experiences shared by these men as they embark on a trip around the globe, along with eighty-four other travelers, as well as countless anecdotes from their childhood through adult lives. Though the descriptions of these foreign lands are fascinating and expertly relayed, Sparks admits to tiring of the museums and replicated battlegrounds, bored of the artifacts and tour guides. Unfortunately, the same emotion may be felt by his audience. He often describes where they have been as¿ ¿indescribable¿ and ¿unfathomable.¿ By about their fourth country, I found myself wanting to skim over the descriptions of landscape and appearance of ancient fill-in-the-blanks in order to get back to the stories from his childhood, or to learn more about his writing career. Nicholas Sparks, an accomplished writer who has authored best selling books such as A Walk To Remember, The Guardian, A Bend in the Road and The Notebook, among others, proves once again in Three Weeks with My Brother that he has the ability to compose a novel with the key elements of comedy, credibility of personal experience and language of tragedy that has potential to move one to tears. He focuses on familial bonds¿especially between his siblings¿even as an undertone while relaying the excitement of travel, his

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    Achingly sweet

    This is a great summer read. The book moves quickly and the travelogue/memoir makes for really fun reading. I was not a Nicholas Sparks fan after Message in a Bottle, and pretty much abandoned his books (though The Notebook was one of my all time favorites...), though I have a new found admiration and understanding for him and his work. I may or may not read another of his books, but I am so glad I read this one. I certainly recommend this to any Sparks fans, actually, anyone human would enjoy this one. The book is full of laughs, tears, descriptions of the journey and destinations (literally and metaphorically...), and above all you feel like it was written out of love. You can't say anything bad about that!

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