My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
Elizabeth Gilbert has not only proven that she can write a highly entertaining memoir but that she can write one AMAZING novel!
I was a little daunted at first by the girth of this novel, I mean it is like one and half books compared to the size of the books I would normally read. I am not complaining but The Goldfinch was also on my to read list this month but guess what it will have to wait till February the complexity of my ordered reading list is ridiculous but it makes me, well me.
Back to this amazing read, even though this whole novel is about the Whittakers, primarily about Alma, I still found that Hanneke, their housekeeper and Alma's mothers former nursemaid, was my favorite character I cannot quite put my finger on it but her no nonsense ways were a breath air of fresh air on the pages to the odd Whittakers.
The only thing I did not get was the purpose of Alma's visits to the binding closet in the library to attend to personal, cough-ahem, matters; what bearing did this have on the story at all? I still cannot figure it out, it is quite infuriating. Ugh.
On to the story as a whole, it is beautifully written and at the end with the tree holding Alma up I must admit that I got quite teary eyed, Thank You Ms. Gilbert for not letting Alma die in the end I would have looked like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer for at least two days; oh and I didn't spoil it by spilling the beans that she doesn't die just look at it as friendly advice that you will only need a pocketbook pack of tissues and not a whole freaking box!
I gave this 5 out of 5 stars because I absolutely loved the book. I was so lost in the story I could barely put it down. I sacrificed sleep (got about 4 hours a night) and may even have ignored my kids and husband to finish the book (my husband actually slept on the couch for me because my book light was broke and I had to have the lamp on my nightstand on, but he knew I wouldn't have been able to put it down) and even then it haunted me long after the final page (Yep still thinking about it). Plus I took it in the tub, to the bathroom, and pretty much every weird place you could think of, I think I even read some of it in the Dollar General while I was picking up some stuff!
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