Dec 28, Tanya Lea rated it it was amazing Well, I just finished the last book I will ever read for and what a way to end the year. I have always loved tales of coming of age and reliving past life lessons and love, but this one was a keeper. So Well, I just finished the last book I will ever read for and what a way to end the year. So do yourself a favor, read the book and go for a ride, because you will love the characters and story.
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Dec 28, Tanya Lea rated it it was amazing Well, I just finished the last book I will ever read for and what a way to end the year. I have always loved tales of coming of age and reliving past life lessons and love, but this one was a keeper. So Well, I just finished the last book I will ever read for and what a way to end the year. So do yourself a favor, read the book and go for a ride, because you will love the characters and story. Askew rated it it was amazing This was one of those stories that come into your life for a short time, but leave a profound effect on your soul.
It is about their rites of passage to university, marriage and parenthood. The story then accelerates, much as life seems to, and takes us to some extraordinarily moving chapters as the quartet move into old age. It is This was one of those stories that come into your life for a short time, but leave a profound effect on your soul.
It is without doubt the most emotionally evocative book I have read in many a year, possibly ever. I grew to love Silvia and her sister, Lucy, and the twins they marry, Oliver and Alexander. Their lives felt real to me and came to matter to me, as did those of their children and friends. The story is almost a model for a good life lived well and to the full. Some of us may learn essential insights from the story. It may help us to make sense of our own unsolved issues.
There is one pivotal scene about two thirds of the way through the book when Silvia and Lucy throw a napkin back and forth at each other during a row, as Lucy shows Silvia just how things were regarding their father, with whom Silvia has had a difficult relationship. I found this profoundly moving as things were not easy between myself and my own father.
I am sure others with find things in this road map for a life lived well that may have meaning for their lives. The story and the characters in it are V for Vigorous. In these times of shift and impermanance, it shows strongly how spiritually sustaining a sense of place and belonging is. There is a great lesson here for us all. No story better portrays the absolute joy of motherhood than this one.
It is not about gender politics and power. It is about timeless human instincts and, this is the word: joy -- the joy of motherhood.
It is about fundamental emotions and instincts. I sympathise with the book on this count because such emotions and instincs are our roots and we are lessened as human beings if we ignore or deny them. Another feature running discretely through the story is a gentle feyness.
The story is about trees, winds, the Welsh countryside. But it is also about deeper spirits which whom the characters commune. These spirits of the woods have a pagan feel to them, are entirely benign, and seem to link the lives of the characters to ancient times. This quote from one of the fey captures the essence of the story, "They humans share a magic with us called love. Because it is so strong within him he takes it with him when he crosses through the veil.
And Welsh is, I believe, the oldest living language in Europe. Yes, there is a magic in all this. Back to practical matters, the author has resisted the temptation to split her story into two or three smaller books.
I applaud this as there is a unity to the story as it is presented which wld otherwise be lost. And I for one hate stories that have false endings clearly designed to lead into the next marketing opportunity, ach, sorry, sequel. There are at least a dozen emotional peaks in the story, moments of absolutely powerful emotional intensity. This story is not a genre thriller, far from it, the lives are very recongnisable, but it is emotionally thrilling because all the emotional peaks are things that will happen to most of us.
The impact is totally overwhelming at times. It will trigger recollections, hopes, and fears. It is also a beautiful story because the joy the characters share feels tangible. I loved reading about their happiness as this made me feel happy and hopeful.
I was intensely saddened at times also, but such is life. I read with mist in my eyes, esp the last third of the story. That said, this is not a sad story. The concluding chapter is.. Well, I will let you find out for yourself. I think someone in their early-to-mid twenties might love this book because they may take much from it because they will still be learning life. And I believe older people will enjoy it also because they may enjoy pointers of how to age well, how to make sense of their own nostalgic hankerings.
They may also enjoy the memories the story is bound to trigger in them. Oh and middle-aged women esp may enjoy the vivid birthing scences as they are absolutely sure to make them remember their own experiences. And, erm, there are a couple of phwoarrr bonks in it, too.
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