I listened to the audiobook. The depth of complexity was disturbing. The violence of Japanese, Chinese and Russian life pre and post WWII puts the violence of 2017 into grim context. The author needs no complements from me as he is so outstanding he forms his own world like Hemingway and Hardy but his viewing of the world is unique. Not everyone would enjoy this as an audiobook but to me it was riveting though at times I was genuinely sickened by the violence. Such a different book from IQ84 and yet similar themes are apparent.
Reasonable but more a filler than a real story. Lots of arcs to follow and more to come. Cross has just a little too much luck but hey it’s a fantasy yarn. Good for a weekend and keeps the Alex Cross saga moving forward and making money.
I was awarded this book as a prize in Dec 1968. Finally read it. General Custer’s last stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Enjoyable little adventure yarn about a time the TV shows never really capture. Some significant commentary about the life of the Indian tribes and their treatment by gold hungry settlers.
A wonderfully constructed examination of a family’s life over three generations and the complexity of Bangladesh culture meeting USA. Very enjoyable for the most part and some beautifully poetic imaging. Great writing. I think it fell away at the end sadly and I would have preferred to finished with the lives of the living with more depth to be explored in the older ages. Great development of relationships and tremendous understanding of human behaviour and thinking.