Saturday, November 30, 2013
Alas, my attention wasn't really grabbed by this latest adventure - I didn't find the clever in it and was a little bored. There was a bit much driving around for me, even though I was glad you found a car or two it just seemed a little too convenient to find a hillbilly ATM burning at the time you needed cash.
So honey, take care, stay away from those country roads, quit the hitchiking, maybe use your pension money to buy a few more shirts, take a vacation, and head off somewhere new. 3/5
Friday, November 22, 2013
I felt very emotional reading this novel, as I think she captured Margot, a character we all think we know well. In Annes shadow while in the Annexe Margot feels slighted by her father, who has chosen to publish Annes diary, and make a new life for himself in Switzerland.
A 4/5 for me.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Less than a year after her fathers death, her mother then becomes ill and after the experience with her husband and his medical issues, Katys mother makes some different medical choices, with the end of her life not extended by surgical intervention.
In this memoir, Katy talks not only about her own family experience, but about the moral issues surrounding doing everything possible vs gentle waiting and a slow medicine approach to caring for our elderly relatives. Working in a hospital I find myself asking the same questions, when I see elderly people who are subjected to vigorous surgery and treatments, ones which seem to only be prolonging the suffering and their dying. For myself, I think I would much prefer a quality of my life rather than the quantity.
5/5 - As I will be thinking about this book for some time to come and think that it will certainly be worth a reread in a few decades, when I am sure not much would have changed in the care of elderly patients.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
For all the drama in her life, I can't help but admire the strong love that she has for her family and that even with all the issues of years ago, her kids seem to be quite normal now and settled now their wild years are behind them. Living with Ozzy sounds like a daily challenge, and not something I could handle, so good on her for sticking it out all these years. 4/5
Friday, November 08, 2013
I did find it a bit dry at the beginning, I struggled with the story and was a bit bored, but once it got into telling the story of Sarah the housemaid who begins to notice James, well a touch of romance was what the story needed for me, and I loved the second half. I wasn't surprised to see on the back page that the story has already been sold to be made into a movie, as I can see it in my head already. 4/5
Saturday, November 02, 2013
It's nice to see a love story about real love, the love you have not only for a significant other, but for your friends, your family, parents, siblings, family home, children, aunties and uncles. There was a real mix in the audience for this movie, and I think everyone left smiling. Made by Richard Curtis who did Notting Hill and Love Actually, he is onto another winner I think, a quieter more grown up winner. 5/5
Friday, November 01, 2013
Life for Nick is quiet, until the Guild come back into his life, needing his help to find out what is causing rifts in time travel - are the Ofan to blame? For the Guild are not the only ones who can manipulate time to their advantage, and Nick has to figure out who the good guys are.
A 5/5 from me - I am sure the story has been left open for a second novel or two (but hopefully not seven more). It has been a while since I actually didn't mind such a longish novel, and it was all down to the interesting time periods, good writing and likeable main characters.