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The Vision of Emma Blau: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    Visionless Emma Blau

    Hegi's novel was visionless in my opinion. The characters were developed as a continuum of Stones From the River, and in this novel, showed a lack of depth, a lack of movement and lack of interest. The book was slow-paced, the characters filled with greed and manipulation (which gave them some depth), and the repetition caused me to put the book down for several days, go back to reading it, and then the cycle started over again. I could not stay with the story straight through. I am disappointed in Hegli, and am not sure I would purchase another one of her books after reading this one. I read for stress release, and for the pure enjoyment of reading, and for me, there was no enjoyment in this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    Slow-moving Follow-up to 'Stones from the River'

    I found this book to be a disappointment after enjoying thoroughly 'Stomes from the River.' The Blau family's story was told in a tedious fashion that left me wishing for some action, some relief from the slow narrative. I was bored with the first section and the plotline, which was quite depressing, and as a result it took me about two or three months and several other books before I decided to try again and go back to continue with this one. If you want to sample Hegi, try 'Stones' rather than this dreary second act.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    She does it again

    I have read each book Hegi has written about the inhabitants of Burgdorf and found this book to follow her others in style and depth. Although this is not her best effort (not as good as "Stones From the River") readers will still find characters they like and dislike, tragedy in missed opportunities/communication, and the hope and power that comes with accepting change and creating a life for yourself. I especially appreciated Hegi's exploration of the immigrant's experience. There is a lot to learn from this book about that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    Not as good as Stones from the River

    Having really enjoyed Stones from the River, I was deeply disappointed in Hegi's lastest. Vision is shallow, full of underdeveloped characters, and uneven. I found the beginning of the book interesting, but the author attempts to cover too much ground making it a chore to finish the last 100 pages.

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