Comments: 11
Murder by Death 5 years ago
Yeah, I went in expecting more science and wasn't prepared for the last bit at all. But the story is a tragic one and needed to be told, although I could have done without the emotional manipulation.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
I'm totally with you on this. In fact, so far, any book that heavily relied on emotional manipulation completely crashed in my estimation. In this case it's a real shame because the story does need to be told.
Person Of Interest 5 years ago
Oh no. I thought this focused on the science, too. How disappointing. :(
Murder by Death 5 years ago
It's still a good book, but not the book I was expecting, and not as great as it could be if the author had refrained from exploiting the emotional. (imo)
BrokenTune 5 years ago
What MbD said. It is still a great book book, but it should have ended sooner than it did. The story of the Lacks family is, of course tied to the story of Henrietta and the science parts, but the end of the book did move away from the connection between the family and the scientific use of the cells.
rameau's ramblings 5 years ago
It can be scientific and human interest without emotional manipulation and religion brought into it. It's just damn hard to do.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Well, to be fair, I'm not sure that the author wanted to give the story a religious aspect. It may have been more about portraying the beliefs of the family than about making a statement, but it would have worked better if the author had chosen a more detached vantage point. I really did not need to "live through" the "religious experience" that the Lacks family seemed to go through at the end of the book. That was just weird.
Hol 5 years ago
I'm bummed for you. Real pity.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Still worth reading, which is pretty amazing.
Hol 5 years ago
I'm on it...
BrokenTune 5 years ago
WooHoo!