a great book – solc2018#9

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah was an intriguing story that pulled me into its very heart. In it, a former POW, his wife, and daughter move to Alaska for a much needed “new start.”

The book is about Alaska – its wildness and beauty, and the people who are drawn there: the coming-of-age and strength-gathering of Leni, the daughter: a wide variety of love stories: and above all, I left the book with the sweet remembrance of all forms of a mother’s love.

The tough parts of PTSD, and abuse, and injuries that seem impossible to overcome, and the repetition of bad patterns of behavior – plus a “Legends of the Fall” series of one disaster after another – were all hard to read through.

But the richness of the character development and the beauty of the language made this, in my mind, a wonderful read. Not a day has passed since I completed it that I haven’t thought about some aspect of this tale.

I just read a review that called it “satisfying, predictable, easy to read.” Those, to me, are good qualities, but apparently that reviewer doesn’t prefer those things in a book. And she also didn’t like Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  So… we obviously have different tastes.

I was so sorry for this book to end. I miss the characters as if they were real people I know. I thought The Great Alone was a great book.

4 thoughts on “a great book – solc2018#9

  1. aggiekesler says:

    I’ve been seeing things about this book, and I liked Nightingale. I think I’ll download it for Spring Break reading!

  2. agriffinwa says:

    I love a good book talk. Thanks for posting your feelings about the book and what stayed with you. I just finished Little Fires Everywhere and I enjoyed it. Lots of great character development and the family dynamics were a trip!

  3. My daughter really likes Kristen Hannah and recommended I read “Nightingale”. I will put this latest book on my list as well. I take it from your post that you like Ng’s book “Little Fires Everywhere” – that is also on my list. So much reading to do!! What fun.

  4. bjdonaldson says:

    This sounds like a great read. I love it when I leave a book and the characters linger on like old friends who need to stay just a few more mi utes. Thanks for sharing!

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