Thursday, July 27, 2006
The book addresses themes of our relationship to each other and higher forces. As in the last book, I really liked the Edori, a gypsy-like group of people, who are the outcasts of the society, but bring a lot to the lives of everyone.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
But the language - though it was English (and not translated as far as I could tell) was unlike any I have read before, e.g. "elegant, as though a hymn wrapped in a sari." I hate to cheat, but the Newsweek quote on the cover says it well: "An erotic tale of love and loss, loaded with magical realism... The aching wisdom in this meditation on love truly satisfies."
The book is full of different forms of love - a beautiful, but sad love between wife and husband, parents and children, two men, two older artists and a young girl, women friends, and a strange house that plays a larger than usual role in the lives of its inhabitants. The eroticism is also of a much more varied sort than usual. (finished reading in Northport)
OK, don't laugh - I picked this up for free at ALA - even signed by the author, who was sitting at the Romance Writers of America booth. She explained that it was a funny modern romance along the lines of the movie When Harry Met Sally. What I liked about it was that it started right off the bat with the hunky rich guy Holt finding out he has a son, the mother has died in a car accident, and he now has custody of the child. He takes on the responsibility, but the child is inconsolable. I loved seeing a difficult baby as opposed to the cute, smiley, always perfect and calm baby often romanticized in books. He goes through a bunch of nannies until he finds Stevie, who really can calm the child and bonds with both of them. Well, you know the rest.
The other neat plot line was about Stevie's parents. Her father is retired, feeling useless and growing grumpier by the day, while her mom is taking off with her own catering business I thought their talking past each other was very realistic. Anyway, a fun piece of fluff.
Did you know that 55% of all popular paperback fiction, and 39% of all popular fiction books sold are romances? Compare this with 30% for mysteries, 13% general fiction, 6% science fiction, and 12% religious, occult, westerns, male adventure, general history,adult and movie tie-ins. (From the Romance Writers of America site.) Pretty mind blowing.