Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl

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Mother of Pearl 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
kellisat More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. !
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one was fun. Left me with questions but that is ok. I loved the characters and their names too. Sad, funny, and uplifting also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Born and raised in Alabama, I found that Melinda Haynes' vivid description of southern life to be strikingly true to reality. The southern connection made it all the more special to me. I loved the book, however, (and I know some may disagree with me) I wish it was longer! I would love to know more of Valuable's family history, more about what shaped Neva into the woman she is during these events, and especially what happened to Jackson! I'd also have loved to see Pearl grown up too. Melinda Haynes' writing is so compelling, that I felt as though these characters were not only life-like, but also as if they were my blood relatives. I wept and rejoiced for them. And as with my own kin, I would love to see how things turned out for everyone else. Very tragic and touching, this book is not only a stellar pick from Oprah's list but also is sure to be studied in colleges, especially here in the southeast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A JOY TO READ FROM BEGINNING TO END. THE CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE,,,,,,TRUE GENIUS
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took this book on my honeymoon, which probably wasn't the best idea because I couldn't put it down! This is definitely not the kind of book you should buy if you want mindless, easy reading (see 'Bridget Jones' Diary'). This one is very involved and turns and keeps you wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that seems quite boring at first but, by chapter 6 it becomes hard to put down. a story of two people who happen to meet under just the right circumstances. They seemed have so littel in common, but in reality they so much have in common. The story of Val and Even's lives make you feel for them. Both were abondened by their mothers, had to learn to trust, and had to learn that the human spirit is a wonderful thing. All the time that they are trying to stay inside their shells they are being forced out by those around them. The supporting characters are superb and only add depth to the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books from the Oprah book club and this is one of the most enjoyable!! The writing is descriptive and the text pulls you into the characters' world with interest and the desire to continue reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't really like this book. I read 200 pages so far...and I am like...Get to the point. I am expecting something great to happen...and nothing happens. I am still stuck on page 200. so far...a crippled white woman dies...a kid runs away. It is hard to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried, I really did, to 'get into' this story, but between the language and the inability to follow all the characters, I could not finish it.I am an avid reader, reading a book a week or more, but this was one I just could not get through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
However, I couldn't read the whole thing. I didn't understand some of the language. It was very confusing (as far as characters go) and as much as I love reading, especially Oprah's picks, I did not get through this one. I even bought the hard-cover version, despite the cost, but did not like anything about this book.
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Chanel5Girl More than 1 year ago
Melinda Haynes has done a terrible job clarifying her characters. Like reviewers I have made it to 200 pages and I usually read a bad book just so I can feel a sense of achievement. Her book sucks. The beginning was good until sjhe in cludes Juleb. He from nowhere and has sprung from some place Haymes doesn't explain. Usually Oprah picks are dead on, but what in the name of God what was she thinking. Where is the story line, there is no story line just a bunch of characters living a boring life. I'll like a fool will try again to finish but I do not see wht others saw in this novel. Clearly taste is lacking. What is the book about? It better make sense in the end because this is the worst Oprah book yet, let alone the worst book I've ever read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Initially, I tried to read this book on a few occasions, but got too tangled up in the wordy descriptions and quit before I got to the 2nd chapter. Patience paid off. Desperate for a good read, I made another attempt to get through this book and was glad I did! That which turned me off in the beginning turned out to be the very riches in this book. It is worth the trip through. I passed it on to a good friend to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intelligent book, but way, way too long. I do love long, interesting books that you want to stay with the characters after the book ends. But this book is not good enough. It drags in most places. I liked the characters, the writing was good, but the plot just wasn't exciting enough to sustain you for the length of the book. A miss for Oprah's book club.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book, very touching and realistic. Haynes does a wonderful job yet again. However, I feel that the younger aduience should not read this book. It's content is more for adults. But truly a wonderfully written novel.