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text 2017-11-09 21:13
The Good People - Hannah Kent
I loved "Burial Rites" and snapped this book up without getting too far into the description.

While I liked the first book better, this one was still a good read.

I like how the author really sets me in the scene. You can really tell that she has done a lot of research on this, as well. Especially if you read the author's note at the end. I also just read that the author picked a mysterious disease for Micheal so it would add to the mystery. I know I was having a hard time just picturing what the heck he had wrong with him.

I had to laugh a few times when those ladies would meet up at the well. The superstitions that they had were hilarious. I'm rolling my eyes now at some of the beliefs.

A really great and entertaining read that had me mesmerized for hours.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

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review 2017-11-08 23:59
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

Wow. What an incredibly haunting and tragic read. It was just so chilling.

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review 2017-11-07 17:36
The Good People ★★★★☆
The Good People - Hannah Kent,Caroline Lennon

Nora had always believed herself to be a good woman, a kind woman. But perhaps, she thought, we are good only when life makes it easy for us to be so. Maybe the heart hardens when good fortune is not there to soften it.

 

There is a lot going on in this book, in between the basic plot of what happens when a woman comes to believe that her damaged grandchild is a fairy changeling. It’s an interesting examination of how sincerely held beliefs – superstitious and religious and intellectual and political – can drive and rationalize cruelty. It’s human nature, I think, to want answers to the unknowable and solutions to the unsolvable, and to take action – any action – rather than to accept that sometimes shit just happens. Today, we resort to conspiracy theories about the government and “big pharma” and try chelation and rolfing and cupping and arsenicum and coffee enemas and bloodroot salves. In the Ireland of the 1820’s, they blamed barren women and evil eyes and Good Folk and tried bathing in cow urine and putting ash in their pockets and foxglove and nightshade. Or asking an old woman with The Knowledge to banish the sickly, screaming fairy changeling so their real child could be returned to them.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library, with an excellent performance by Caroline Lennon.

 

 

I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, Square 13: December 25th - Read a book whose protagonist is called Mary, Joseph (or Jesus, if that’s a commonly used name in your culture) or any variations of those names (e.g., Maria or Pepe). In this book, one of the protagonists is a servant girl named Mary, who cares for the sickly child and watches in horror as the attempts to return him to the fairies escalate.

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text 2017-11-05 06:11
Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 338 pages.
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
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review 2017-11-04 16:34
The Nightingale
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

Author: Kristin Hannah

Rating: 5 stars

 

Book Blurb: With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

 

I read this book earlier this year and said I would post a review when I had gotten my emotions under control...

 

...and then never did.

 

Seeing it at the top of this historical fiction book list reminded me to post my review, as I do want to read more books on that list.  My goal is to work through the list to discover reads I may not have considered otherwise.

 

Anyways the review! 

 

This book was hyped quite a bit and in my opinion, the hype is well deserved. It's emotional and it's gripping. I struggled with the weightiness of both sisters' decisions- Hannah does an amazing job of letting you inside their heads as they make very different and difficult choices.  I told myself I would not cry but the last three pages left me a blubbering mess at work. I had to go to the bathroom to collect myself. 

 

This book was amazing. It was what good historical fiction should be. I highly recommend it. 

 

 

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