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I liked the basic story of 2 handicapped people finding each other, however this book had major disappointments for me:
. even though most of the book is set in Burma, there's really not much about Burma;
. the writing is often predictable;
. the 'love story' includes dumping another woman;
. a lot reads like a romance novel; and finally....
. it's way too MUSHY for me!
That said, you may like it....I have friends who adored it!
56 of 60 people found this review helpful
This book called to mind another popular romantic novel - The Bridges of Madison County. Both of them are over the top as far as unbelievable romanticism is concerned, with the main characters in both taking no responsibility for the betrayal of commitments in their lives. This book never explores why in the world Tin Win - committed as he was to MiMi - married an American woman and fathered 2 children, then abandoned them all. I was not at all moved by Tin Win and MiMi's love story - a lot of teen angst and incredibly repetitive. How many times was it necessary to narrate Tin Win's touching MiMi's body and the ecstasy that engendered in both of them. We know, we know...they're in love. A lot of this book strains belief - is hearing heartbeats (without a stethoscope) really possible??? And in the end, the fact that they, primarily MiMi, were so loved by the locals that on the 15th of EVERY month the townspeople form a procession to their home, bearing offerings, flowers, candles, etc. Oh, and what about the blatant plagiarism of John Denver's song, Shanghai Breezes (The moon and the stars are the same ones you see, etc.)
I did find parts of the book compelling - especially Julia's story - I wish that had been a bigger part of the book. I had to listen until the end just to see what happened. Not a boring book for the most part, but overly romantic and melodramatic.
39 of 42 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this story. An endearing and intriguing tale of love and devotion over time. My book club reviewed the book and there was a real mix of opinion...some found it a bit cliched and couldn't complete it while others absolutely loved it.
The American accent of the reader jarred a little for me but I managed to finish the story so can't have been that bad on reflection!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A fascinating story, very well told. I could not stop listening to it and feeling part of it. Brilliant. A sentence towards the end sums up the essence of the story: "Not all truths are explicable....and not all explicable things are true."
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am easily bored and struggle through the first couple of chapters of most books. But I loved this one: the characters were really interesting and I enjoyed the insight into a different culture. Some very insightful philosophical issues.ts a good read.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful