First, let me tell you that I rated this Five Slices of Pie.
I don’t usually write my reviews in Goodreads, but this time I did. I now copy and share here. As always, the book cover above links to the book blurb in Goodreads.com. Feel free to go there and read the official “what’s the book about” bit first since I rarely do a good job with that.
Based on the reaction at today’s bookclub, I am in the minority for loving this. Just my kind of book, I guess. But why do I feel the need to apologize or temper my five stars by saying, “Well I loved it but I doubt anyone else will.” Raspberries! I liked it a lot. Amazing? Yes, to me. Not “Should be amazingly adored by everyone!” Skillfully constructed, well-balanced and authentic seeming characters, (and by ‘well-balanced’, I mean in how they were presented, not the character’s personalities!) Sure, suspend some beliefs but yet, as a reader, I didn’t doubt ANY of it. I totally get that some people might not find it authentic and rather thought it silly, even; but I loved it. (Some one thought the relationships were as dry and arid as Western Texas.) I don’t know why it made sense to me and was believable or why I didn’t feel I needed to believe that two strangers sharing a car is possible or ‘would ever never happen’. Who cares – it works in this story. The Buick Electra was a character and I didn’t care that the last chapter ‘didn’t make any sense’ or that the story of the mother and dot who followed the car in Indiana was odd and didn’t connect. I loved it.
So, if you want to experience this book and you know I hate to give spoilers, just know this: The first ten pages are WHAM!-punch. And then the author inserts little short stories about a Buick Electra. Pay attention to the years on the chapter titles and just roll with it.
It might have helped that I read the last 2/3 of this book in two days. I was not expecting to 5-star this when in the first 1/3; I thought it had chances of being a solid 3-star. But something about the prose and the thoughts shared and the emotions provoked pushed it into the amazing realm.
I loved it.
I suspect that most of my book club would have given it 2-3 stars…
(AND I bet they are very worried that I am extremely excited about our next book! The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Totally different book, I’m sure, but they are nervous.)
and I also managed to copy my Reading Progress! LOVED some of these quotes. Forgive my laziness to fix the words – I use voice comments in goodreads on the iPhone app and sometimes my phone doesn’t understand me. Sigh…
|03/11||page 6||1.0%||“Tucked a strand of it behind an ear” (for Rhapsody Jill)|
|03/11||page 10||3.0%||“Well, THAT was one packed-full impactful first chapter.”|
|03/13||page 11||3.0%||“… Perhaps it was the landscape that noticed him and announced itself, Eric and Tony, as the opposite of the farm he fled in the lush sea level swamplands of southeastern North Carolina” – Ack! I had to return the book! I don’t think it really said Eric & Tony but ARID and … something else. Blame it on voice notes confusion.|
|03/13||page 19||5.0%||“She spoke of narrative a term he distrusted for its odor of linearity. She spoke of flow a term he disliked for its elasticity”|
|03/16||page 139||43.0%||“”mistakes were made” is a phrase that made you feel slightly better for a while after you uttered it, for its passive construction put the onus on the mistake, as if the absent subject of the sentence – the implied “I” – were walking contentedly down the street, and out of the heavens dropped the net that was the mistake, scooping up the innocent “I” and dangling above the sidewalk, trapped, foiled, ruined.”|
|03/16||page 157||49.0%||“… The compromise and sacrifice that results when you rise out of yourself into the wider world.”|
|03/17||page 220||68.0%||One of the longest run-on sentences I have ever read in a book starts on page 220.|
|03/17||page 226||70.0%||“He was passing through, slower than a train, faster than a drought.”|
|03/17||page 239||74.0%||“”Go straight” and her brother taunted her saying, ” you mean forward, dummy, not straight.” Her life had been straight but not forward.”|
|03/17||page 242||75.0%||My fave of the lil Buick stories is Evelyn!!!!!!!|
|03/17||page 275||85.0%||“To make Marcus realize how utterly unoriginal were his sins”|
|03/17||page 280||87.0%||“Marcus sat in the parking lot of the Fina station accusing himself of the crime of attempted living.“|
|03/17||page 293||91.0%||Waterworks starting|