Ozeki wrote a beautiful, eloquent story of character, a novel with far-reaching, mind-bending ideas, and a book that is so enjoyable and effortless to read that you can't help but love it.
Out of all the contemporary literary fiction books to choose from, why is this little book a favorite? I think there is something very great about the hope of souls that know their time on this Earth is limited, that they are here only to serve a great sacrifice. If you take away the reward of a long life and long love and great achievements, what does it mean to be human? In some small way, this little book found an answer.
One of my all-time favorite books! It was such a pleasure to read a more modern gothic tale.
On the surface this book seems to be about two young boys growing up somewhat abandoned and disillusioned. But really, I think it is about the inherent meaning and value of art. I have never before read a book that so perfectly captures what it is about art that inspires us, moves us, changes us, saves us. It doesn’t matter whether it is an art gallery painting, a dusty old piece of furniture, a hand-painted souvenir, or a simple poem we love, it represents something of the beauty and singularity that we all hold inside of us, and it deserves to be treasured.
This book includes the most exquisite, fresh, engaging writing I've read in a very long time. I could read it over and over just for the prose.
I love books that teach me something in an enjoyable way, and this book is such a favorite to recommend for that reason. Lynch included so much detail and scientific information about the critters of the Puget Sound, carefully interlaced throughout this delightful, fast-paced, thoughtful, and hysterical coming-of-age story. I couldn't put it down.
It's been several long months since I've finished a book and wanted to turn it over and start reading again. I fell in-love with these beautiful characters, pondered and even dreamed of their stories. I hunted down pictures and maps of their cities and towns. Thank you Doerr for a beautiful read.