Originally Posted by kangamitroo
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
i really enjoyed this! i have requested the sequel from the library. it is a graphic novel that tells of the growing up years of the author, who was born in Iran just before the revolution and Iran/Iraq war. you really get a solid sense of the human cost of war, while also seeing the ways that kids are kids everywhere. i liked the art style a lot.
I loved this book too! The movie was fun as well. I loved hearing Marjane Satrapi talk in the special features too.
Originally Posted by greeny
#4 Atonement by Ian McEwan
Not as good as I thought it'd be after the great reviews it got. I thought the characterization was pretty good. And the premise and plot were fascinating.
But there were WAY too many details and descriptions that weren't always necessary and, oftentimes, detracted from the plot/action of the book. Say, for example, a character walked into a room to confront someone else. Instead of letting the dialogue and action proceed to build momentum and excitement, there might be a long recollection of that character, or a detailed description of something, and the break in the action really weakened the story, I thought.
I found myself skimming long descriptive passages instead of reading them in detail and savoring them.
I do want to see the movie now, though.
I enjoyed this book as well, but had a really hard time getting going on it, b/c I couldn't believe how much I had to read before we moved on from the first day in the story. I thought, sheesh, do we have to analyze the entire day from every.single.perspective? Then I realized, yes, for this story, we do
It is pretty detailed though at times isnt it? I ended up liking that after a while....
#18 My Jim by Nancy Rawles
A short novel inspired by the character of Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The story is told from the perspective of Sadie, Jim's wife, as she tells the story of her life to her granddaughter. It was a tragic story that made me so sad at times, the remembering of being a slave and the horrific things that happened in their lives. But there was also so much strength in this story.
It's our Seattle Reads library pick for the city this year. I can see why. It's a good one. Persepolis was a pick a few years ago.