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What can we learn from a widow who, in late middle age, decides to vacation where she had her honeymoon many years before? Something about how our perceptions shape our beliefs and how we carry past family problems deep within ourselves, using them as a filter against current realities.
The pace is easy and gentle, kind to the protagonist, but the novel pulls no punches when it's time to make a point. It's old-fashioned in a way, I suppose, resembling the way people "used to" write novels. I'm all for literary invention, but sometimes I just want to read a story that starts at the beginning and ends at the end, and this is a good one.
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I've been wanting to read something by Vindela Vida for awhile now, after seeing the movie, Away We Go, that she co-wrote with her husband, Dave Eggars. I had no expectations going into this book. I decided to let it take me on whatever journey it wanted to.
It was never boring, but I found the seemingly pointless details very tedious. And I absolutely hated the narrator. She over-exagerated every sentence as if she were reading an action packed thriller, or she were about to reveal a sinister plot in a gripping who-done-it. She redeemed herself, however, by doing a great job with the accents. She even did a New Zealand accent with a fair bit of accuracy.
In the end, those things that bothered me didn't matter so much. Once you find out the whole point of the journey and all the little details, the tedium proves to be all worth it. It isn't a gripping tale, or a breathtaking masterpiece. Rather, it is a quiet meandering story that results in self-awareness and acceptance.
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