A great book that can be easily misunderstood,
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.