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I could not put this down, to my husband's regret. Having never read Lee Smith before I went into this with hesitation. Her vehicle of story telling (documents) was ingenious. I found this to be a wonderful story with great character voices reading the material. And the music, all placed in appropriate areas, to be an welcomed and natural addition to the storyline.
Well Done Ms Smith.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Move over Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner, there's a new girl on the block. Beautifully conceived and written as a series of documents (diaries, letters, legal documents, etc.), the novel is here wonderfully recreated by a diverse cast of voices. You have to get used to the idea that the book will flow from place to place, rather like most people's lives, rather than setting up a singular plot and resolving it, and you will have to tolerate a n aggravating excess of infant mortality, but if you can get past those hazards you'll find a wonderful portrait of a certain time and place, with rich characters and powerful emotions. Ought to be in college literature classes, and on teenage girls' nightstands, both.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book to anyone as it is a pure joy to listen to
What was one of the most memorable moments of On Agate Hill?
The strength and the Joy of Molly despite all the hardship and sadness she endured
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
The sheer perfection
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was hard to stop listening but I needed to savour it in chunks
Any additional comments?
This book is about dealing with deep deep grief and doing more than surviving. It is so very well written. It is in my top ten of best books