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This book felt like one missed opportunity after another. Just when you got interested in a character, a story ended and moved on to the next character. No satisfaction at the end either. I was so frustrated, after I read this!
Caught the last 2/3 of the Winona Ryder version of the movie last night and had to read them all again. It has been long enough that I can't remember all of the details! It feels like visiting with old friends, so wonderful to just slip away into this wonderful family. It's remarkable that a book written over 140 years ago still feels so fresh and vibrant. I've also had a lot of fun reading it for the first time in the computer age. I've looked up several words already that I've been skipping over for years (because my iPhone is so handy, why wonder and not do?), downloaded a biography and several of her other works from Project Gutenberg (for free and instantly!) and reserved a few more from the library, and was able to do all of that in the middle of the night on a Saturday. All of that before chapter 12!
Holy biblical epic. What I liked: California roots, primordial themes, good v. evil. What I didn't liked: classic evil-eve themes and lack of depth in female characters - it starts to be a bit of a masculine snooze fest at some points.
** spoiler alert ** I did really like this book although I felt very uneasy about it considering Josh was overseas at the time. It is a story about a woman who has no knowledge about her husband's (who is a pilot) double life he is leading with another woman. He has a whole other family and the book is about her process of finding out about this other side of her husband's secret life. I did really like it, but probably would have enjoyed it more had I not been away from my own husband at the time!