Three Junes

Three Junes

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Three Junes 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not since Madeline McCarthy in The Way the Crow Flies have I fallen so completely in love with a character. I want Fenno McCleod, so beautifully shown and not told by Julia Glass, in my life. I was intrigued though slightly put off by Paul, the patriarch, but Fenno drew me in and taught me lessons I still needed to learn: Family dynamics, the wounded children we still are even when we are grown, and the ultimate realization that, as Fenno says, we don't have to be understood to be loved. I hope Julia Glass has another novel in her because this one is now on my list of favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is probably in the Top 10 reading experiences of my whole life. This is a deceptively simple book, which could be dismissed by those who claim that 'nothing ever happens' in it. In fact, momentous things happen in THREE JUNES; but they're internal things that happen in the minds of its central characters. Ms. Glass knows her characters the way every novelist should but few probably do -- after reading this book, I feel as though I know them as well (I even like most of them). This book teaches life lessons without preaching or hitting the reader over the head with didacticism; perhaps the reason I'm so over the moon about THREE JUNES is because it taught me things that I desperately needed to learn as I read the book, and taught them to me in a way that I could let the lessons in. This is a beautiful book. Obviously, it's not for everyone -- but if you're already considering it, I would highly recommend it.
jkny23 More than 1 year ago
I struggled to finish this book. Though the descriptions of places and things were good, the transitions were jarring when floating from past to present and back again. I never really understood why or how they were connected besides it was a memory to give the backstory. The first story was the best. The second story of the older brother (Fenno) was the longest and I felt the same for him when I started and when it was over - nothing. The synopsis said this book was about, "a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments, and betrayals of love in all its guises." I certainly didn't see a long of joy, longing, or fulfillment in this book. It was mostly depressing and very unsatisfying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to see such disparity among the reviews posted here. For me, Three Junes is a beautifully written book that meshes form and content. It evoked a feeling of wistulness -- I wanted to know the characters better, learn more of their story. But isn't that what Fenno wants as well? Doesn't he gather his insight from external sources and clues rather than from the characters themselves? Memory and memorial, I treasured this book yet longed for more.
summerwine More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of those love it or hate it books. I couldn't get past the first 5 chapters. I was hoping it would get better, and that if I just kept reading, I'd get hooked. I was wrong! It seems many people enjoyed this read, but it just wasn't for me. This is one of those rare books that I wasn't able to will myself to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took me a while to finish this book because I just couldnt find any real plot. The book came in and out of different peoples lives with no clear purpose. Overall not a horrible book, but definitly did'nt keep me looking forward to picking it up each night.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Very good storyline, characters and interweaving connections. First two sections were exceptional. Last section and ending did not live up to my expectations. Sometimes confusing time progression and flashbacks.
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It was very interesting and different from books I have read before. There were changes to the plot, it wasn't predictable.
booksnoopks More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You may be confused the first time the author switches the setting or character but after the second or third time you realise she will tie them together and take pleasure in how she uses this technique to bring you closer to the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At unexpected times, the language of the book brought tears to my eyes This author has truely created something beautiful. Do not let less than bright reviewers deter you from reafing this bpok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This remains one of my favorite books.  It's masterful at weaving together strands of a story, complete with flawed characters the reader grows to love.  I absolutely cannot comprehend 1 or 2 star ratings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the way the author went from the present to the past within a chapter and seemingly at random. There were too many separate stories going on with yet anither introduced towards the end if the book. The ending was not satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
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Got this book because it was the answer to a Jeopardy question, and the contestant knew the answer. Hey, if it made it to Jeopardy, it must be good. Not so. I thought most of the characters were weak, and the story fractured. The only relationship I believed was the one between Fenno and Mal.
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MrsO More than 1 year ago
I could have used a dictionary to look up the meanings of the big words in this book, and there were so many foreign phrases and terms that I felt it was more of a homework assignment than a relaxing read. I read about 1/3 of it and decided not to waste any more of my summer on it, so will donate it back to the thrift store where I bought it in the first place.
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