I loved how this touched on the resilience of the human spirit, despite how broken and bruised we may feel or be. Happy Reading…let it help you fight through this last bit of winter!! When they arrive in Alaska, everyone tries to prepare them. They made her feel as if women could be in control of their own destinies. Ernt was a prisoner of war for several years. Thanks so much to for providing us with copies of The Music Shop for review and giveaway! See all of my reviews at , or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at. And all of your friends, I might add. Strong and not afraid to stand up to the men.
Cora sees the face of the love she long remembered from before the war. In an incredible turn of events, a home is bequeathed to Ernt in Kaneq, Alaska and he feels that it is has last chance. The story is told from the perspective of his daughter, Leni. It's about who you become. You will not want to miss it. With some confusion, they admit their love for each other. There is no way anyone could have pried this book from my hands while I was reading it.
But the story was compelling enough to hold me through the tough parts. He is now prone to fits of anger and extreme violence. As they take in their first look at the town of Kaneq, with dilapidated buildings with peeling paint, built perched above the mud with a boardwalk that connects the buildings. Very good up until about the last 150 pages. I highly recommend this wonderful book! The world beneath it dwindled down to nothing: a dollop of firelight, a squiggly white reflection of moonlight on the tarnished waves.
Her mother, Cora, is hoping the next town will transform Ernt into the man he was before Vietnam. Yet they know that winter is not that far away, and they've heard that many people don't even survive one winter in Alaska. Hannah does an exquisite job expressing the fear Leni lives with every day. But back then, there was no diagnosis or treatment. And coupled with the fact that I read 400 pages of this newest release in a single day, my reading experience took quite the toll on me. It was like visiting with an old and trusted friend, one that helped inform my own poetic coming of age. There is a love story packed within these pages, although despite the anticipation, I found it all to be sort of lackluster.
We move from the beginning of the book with hope for a new life, to it changing like the weather, to love, fear, anger, sadness and faith. The bonus was when I started reading the book and became quickly swept up in Leni's life. Matthew witnesses his mother Geneva die when she falls through a frozen river. The complexity of the characters makes this book something extra special. All she could think about now was Matthew, and how it had felt when he kissed her, and how much she wanted to kiss him again.
The Great Alone: Book Review by Dinh. I feel like Hannah wanted to make her readers sad, so they would feel things, and isn't it a good book if it makes you cry? Do you think Ernt was abusive before the war? She really knows how to pull the heartstrings with great descriptions of the characters and their relationships. My mind was so overrun with thoughts and emotions; I felt like I was in a zombie state when I dared to get up from the book. How would you compare and contrast the homesteaders in Alaska to the pioneers in early America, who came west in covered wagons? If you wanted to pray to a weirdo god or live in a school bus or marry a goose, no one in Alaska was going to say crap to you. There are, however, aspects of the novel that don't live up to the quality of the author's writing in my opinion.
However, Leni soon find that their seclusion, the challenges of living in such a remote area, and the unending nights ultimately release her father's demons instead. Additionally, the Vietnam vets were often treated badly by people upon their return. With the exception of Leni whose romantic story was laughably bad , the rest of the characters left me utterly indifferent. Her dad even laughed and smiled. Hannah manages to make it sound like a lot of them are crazy.
Sorry if this sounds more like a rant than a review : There are thousands of 4-5 star ratings for this book, and I definitely understand why. Maybe yours just starts up here. Why do you think the author chose this time period? Could it be that it is so isolated from all that I know or that the stories that come from this far-away land tend to contrast so much with those I am used to reading? Large Marge was my favorite but I also loved Matthew who was the only friend Leni could remember having in her life. Do you think Cora was a good mother? But once I did get into the story I just needed to know how it all turned out for them. The Great Alone went one step further and utterly ripped my heart out. But, she is determined to help him, and so when he inherits a home in Alaska, she and their thirteen -year old daughter, Leni, follow him into unchartered territory. At only thirteen years old, Leni has already been bounced from school to school, city to city.
I will have to go back and look at my review to jog my memory a bit more! Do you think the unrest and troubles of the '70s are relevant today? She tried to pretend he wasn't drinkin' again But daddy'd left the proof on her cheek. We will experience the dramatic changes that take place within Leni as she shields herself from the rages that exist within as well as those from the treacherous land itself. However, Ernt's condition worsens, exacerbated by alcohol. Leni and Cora find Ernt waiting at home—he was released from jail because Cora did not press charges. With the help of Mad Earl's family and the resourceful Marge Birdsall, also known as Large Marge, the Allbrights cut into the land and start to dig in.