Oh man, is this one riveting! I'm ashamed that I haven't read a book by a Native American author before now. I'm hoping to finish it tonight!
Unique and captivating so far
I‘ve been putting off reviewing this book because it was a lot to digest. It was emotional, angry, raw. Brilliant, too. It‘s not an easy read, and I suggest against reading it all at once. The prologue hits your hard and that tone is consistent throughout. As a white person, I felt like I needed to apologize for what was done to Native Americans. I felt guilty and ashamed, and irate. I recommend a funny book (something by D. Sedaris) after it.
This is one inTENSE book. The large cast of characters added to the challenge, but I find I‘m still thinking about them days after finishing the book. Instead of going deep, Orange goes broadly into the urban Indian experience. Calling it a tour de force is an understatement. I also loved the nonfiction essays he added to the fictional story.
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I didn‘t know much about this book going into it other than the rave reviews I keep reading. I haven‘t stayed up late, on the edge of my seat, excited to read the end of a book in a long time! There were a lot of characters that I often had to stop and think about there story before continuing which may bother some readers. I loved how the book had an open ending. So, so good!
I did not like this at all. The writing didn't draw me in, the characters were too numerous & similar, their stories so disjointed I couldn't keep track, and the ending was so grim that I was left feeling a little depressed by it all. There didn't seem to be any development in the narrative & I couldn't quite be sure what the author was saying. The deaths were just brutal & I found the gun violence gratuitous & distasteful. Not for me.
A few of my purchases from the mammoth weekend Garage Sale!
I totally forgot that #ThereThere was my #IndigenousAuthor for #Booked2019 #Spring!!! 3 down, 3 to go!!! I'm still working on my #HappyPlace book from #winter but I'll get there... LOL
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This is a crackling debut. Starts out in the manner of short stories and begins linking them in part 2. I would have liked to spend more time with each character BEFORE they started linking but that‘s a fairly minor quibble. I can‘t wait to see what Tommy Orange does next. 4🌟 #booked2019 #indigenousauthor
No spoilers but DAMMIT... that ending made me so angry!!! I thought this was a necessary story but I got bogged down with a couple of superfluous characters. I loved living the lives of Opal and Jacquie and just needed a bit less from Edwin and the drummer who I can't remember...Tommy? I also understood the necessity of Manny & David but there wasn't enough development. The quality of writing was great but a little more editing was needed.
I feel like every person in Oakland is a Native American... a little under 2 hours left and I just want it to be done. I'm a 1st and 3rd generation American so all the guilt heaped upon the reader of this is making me uncomfortable. Like John Lennon said it's Christmas and what have I done.
#Spring #Booked2019 complete.
In A Dark, Dark Wood (night oriented title)
The Dreamers (Cli-Fi)
There There (Indigenous author)
Serving the Servant (features a musician)
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (social media)
Lab Girl (food or beverage on cover)
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"If you were fortunate enough to be born into a family whose ancestors directly benefited from genocide and/or slavery, maybe you think the more you don't know, the more innocent you can stay, which is good incentive to not find out, to not look too deep, to walk carefully around the sleeping tiger. Look no further than your last name. Follow it back and you might find your line paved with gold, or beset with traps."
There There follows twelve seemingly unrelated urban Native Americans as their lives and connections converge at the Big Oakland Powwow. I came to feel deeply for each character, each is so vividly and confidently written, and Orange skillfully depicts the impact of history on each life. I maybe wish a little bit that the ending wasn‘t so literary and a little more satisfying plot-wise but this is a brilliant work that deserves all the hype.
For a debut novel Tommy Orange knocked it out of the park. The characters were vivid, the last few chapters of the book was riveting. He crushed the stereotypes re Native Americans. My main issue was too many characters to follow. Every time we switched characters I was taken out of the story bc I had to figure out who this character was. I love that Tommy Orange has created a space where his NA characters are multi-facet, complicated and human.
Finished There Therea few days ago and I‘m STILL trying to process my thoughts. I normally love a novel that reads like connected short stories, but this one felt somewhat disjointed. At the same time, I found the writing to be absorbing and each of the characters very compelling. The plot, which you can see coming from the first pages, is still a gut punch in the end - no small feat. I‘m glad I finally read it!
This was almost a so-so for me. The writing is great and the narrative is important however I thought there were too many characters to follow so I forgot who people were. It also was a tad slow at times but it was still a decent read. It'll be heading your way soon @Beatlefan129 . #lmpbc group q. @EliNeedsMoreShelves @rjsthumbelina
So, I'm driving my son to an Avalanche game when he casually asks "Hey Mom, do you know who Tommy Orange is? He spoke at school today". I said of course I know who he is! I asked if he got a copy of his book and he said no, but he thinks he's going to buy it. Face Palm! He said he didn't tell me sooner because Tommy Orangw is new and he didn't think I would have heard of him. Where did I go wrong ? Lol!
The Omaha Public Library has voting up for their Omaha Reads program. Which one would you choose for the whole city to read?
About to tuck into this. Really looking forward to it. I hope it lives up to the hype!
I thought I‘d just zip right through this on audio, but the rich tapestry of Native characters and stories insisted that I slow down and digest it slowly. I‘m already ready to work my way back through it again, this time in print. Reminiscent of the scope and intimacy of Dos Passos‘s best works, this one lives up to all the hype. Truly a Great American Novel, one of my top picks of the year so far ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I wasn‘t interested in reading this.
I fell prey to the hype, to Obama‘s favorites of 2018 list.
And it was worth it!! I started out on the fence, kinda meh. I was quickly absorbed in it, with the pacing racing at the end.
If you‘re wondering whether or not to read this, I encourage you to go for it.
After yesterday‘s disappointment (my favorite kicked out of the #ToB2019) I am now voting for the two Zombie reads, which I like much better than both finalists. So here‘s to Tommy Orange 🤞
So what do you do when you‘re already drowning in library books? Go and pick up one more😂🤷🏻♀️
I started this one two nights ago and I‘m loving it. Tommy Orange‘s writing is so lyrical. I could get lost in these pages all day🎶✨ I will say that my first impression is that it reads more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I‘m hoping all the stories begin to connect soon. Anyone else read this one?🍊🍊🍊
I am over 1/3 into There, There! It‘s good so far. And, I hit a pie mention. #pieinlit #iLovePie #BooksandPie
So, I attempted to add txt to my image but couldn‘t figure out how to move or increase font size, ... but can anyone tell me how to access my bookmarks when reading on the iPad Kindle app? Crazy question but I can‘t figure it out... seems like it should be the only thing I would/should want to see so why are they hiding this? Ugh.