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Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft (Wsp Enriched Classic)
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft (Wsp Enriched Classic)
von Thor Heyerdahl
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 4,40

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4.0 von 5 Sternen I now want to sail across the Pacific!, 20. Juni 2000
Although the middle part of this book drags (which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5), I was really satisfied when I finished reading this book. I was on vacation in Oslo and had visited the Kon-Tiki museum. I had never heard of Thor Heyerdahl before, but from what I saw at the museum, I was very fascinated and intrigued by the story of his trip across the Pacific on a balsa-wood raft. The week I came home I immediately started reading this book, and I was not disappointed. I was really fascinated by the accounts of interaction with sea animals, whales, sharks, dolphins, etc. that I immediately wanted to go sailing on a wide open sea in order to see all these exotic animals that Heyerdahl and his crew encountered. This book allows you to live vicariously and experience three months worth of sailing on a raft in the Pacific Ocean. This is a definite read for the sea lovers and travelers out there in the world who yearn for adventure.


Here on Earth (Oprah's Book Club)
Here on Earth (Oprah's Book Club)
von Alice Hoffman
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,60

1.0 von 5 Sternen Save your time!, 15. März 2000
This story is a major rehash of Wuthering Heights. There are no new ideas, and March, the lead female character, is weak and unbelievably lame. This book is further evidence that classic stories, like Wuthering Heights, should be left alone and not re-written, or you run into the danger of having a book like Here on Earth that offers nothing new. Why read Here on Earth when you can read Wuthering Heights, which is the same story, but is much more memorable and thus a far better read? Oprah, what were you thinking?


Jewel (Oprah's Book Club)
Jewel (Oprah's Book Club)
von Bret Lott
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,60

5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book that can be easily misunderstood, 15. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Jewel (Oprah's Book Club) (Taschenbuch)
Jewel is a great story of a woman with determination and preserverance. I got a lot out of this story. I will always remember several things about the book, particularly the lines "it is only a dream when you make it a dream," and "one goes through several lives during one's lifetime." Both sayings are true, and I didn't realize it until after reading the book. Dreams never come true when you only look at them as dreams. You have to actively pursue them or they will never come true.
I have to admit, I didn't think Jewel was a great book until after I finished reading it. Most of the characters weren't really developed and you didn't get to really know most of them. Also, the use of the N-word got really annoying after a while. I was frustrated when the book didn't explore the other children's feelings and possible resentment about having a retarded sister, but then I reminded myself of the title Bret Lott selected for this book. The title of the book is Jewel, and thus the book concentrates on developing the mother, who is the title character. The purpose is not to develop any of the others, but rather to explore a mother's emotional growth and maturity through the experience of raising a retarded child. Also, the setting of the story takes place at a time when the N-word was more commonly and frequently used, making its use easier to stomach. If the reader does not keep these two ideas in mind, he/she will really misunderstand the story and not enjoy this truly worthy read.


The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
von James McBride
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 18,88

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Read, 14. März 2000
This is truly a great book composed of two inspirational stories: a black man's recount of his difficult childhood, and his white mother's experience of racism, forbidden love, and raising 12 black children. I found it very uplifting in how people can overcome great odds (poverty, racism and lack of family support) to achieve their goals in life. It made me believe that I can do almost anything, especially since I don't have those problems. James McBride's story gave me more confidence that I can do it all. A worthy book to read by far.


The Pilot's Wife: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
The Pilot's Wife: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
von Anita Shreve
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,95

1.0 von 5 Sternen Save your Time and Money!, 28. Februar 2000
I found this story very unbelievable and I had to suspend belief in order to get through to the end. It was hard to believe that Kathryn would have no idea that her husband was married to another woman at the same time, and that a wife could be that clueless for so long. This is not one of Oprah's better choices.


Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
von Billie Letts
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen Among the best of Oprah's picks, 7. Februar 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's so uplifting and inspirational and I felt so good after I finished it. Novalee and the rest of the characters had such great STRONG names and were developed in such a way that made me care for them. I only didn't like the rape/assault scene, since it seemed forced and didn't go with the flow of the book. But a must-read nonetheless. The ending is a tearjerker, and very heartfelt. The best thing about the book is that it includes an interview with Billie Letts and allows her to explain why she chose certain plot developments (like why Wal-Mart, why names like Novalee and Americus, etc.). It made it a better book after reading the interview.


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