For the first third of this book it felt like it could be a (rather lame) sequel to Prince of Tides - different characters, same themes. Eventually though the author began to allow the story to take its own shape and that's when it really started to shine....Continua
This books barely gets marks above regretful. If you are looking for a book that is going to ramble on about every event in history from Vietnam to the Holocaust, while trying to include stories about the environment, family and Republican bashing (but failing completely) then you should read this book.
If you like a book with a point and believable characters, skip this one.
The writing was not completely horrible, saving it from 1 star. Except for that every character sounded almost completely the same, including the young girl in the story. Yay.
I wanted to finish it so badly because I kept thinking there would be a point which would be revealed at the end, but unless the only point was to mock Republicans for stereotypes, then I totally missed it. Boring with a capital B....Continua
I tried to read this book, since The prince of tides is one of those movies I always watch and that always makes me cry... Several American bookcrossers had also told me it is one of their favourite books, but I couldn't get into this novel.
When I eventually got to page 100 I realized it was taking too long to the author to tell his story. And I couldn't stand the tone he used when talking about Rome, the Romans and Italy in general. It is clear he loved Rome but in the book there is too much of what foreigners (and Americans especially) want to read about Italy - which is not exactly the truth but a stereotype most of the times... I'm afraid this goes with all those books written by Americans about Italy, like those by Adriana Trigiani.
And I'm not the target reader of these novels. :-/