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Tekijän teokset

The Law of Dreams: A Novel (2006) 558 kappaletta, 14 arvostelua
The O'Briens (2011) 130 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Carry Me: A Novel (2016) 78 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Travelling Light (2013) 4 kappaletta
Night driving : stories (1987) 2 kappaletta

Associated Works

Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Avustaja — 136 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua

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Carry Me by Peter Behrens is a beautifully woven tale of the world wars that gives a unique perspective into the life of people in those times.

The first half of this book was incredibly addicting to me, and I could hardly put it down. It was a solid five out of five stars, and I wish I could have kept reading! Unfortunately, life hit me and I came back a week later to this novel. When I started reading at about page 243 I found myself not as interested and the story began to drag on and on and on. Some of the information could have been left out and the story would have felt just as full when I got to the end.

While this book seemed a little to long, I think the descriptions Peter wrote were divine. I couldn't believe how clear I could imagine this story in my head! The beauty in Peter's words truly wow-ed me, and if you love a descriptive author/book then this one is for you! It's truly exquisite, and I'm surprised this book hasn't won many awards for it's intense descriptions.

The story goes back and forth between World War 1 and World War 2. Sometimes I found it hard to distinguish between the time lines (even though it stated which was which), and I almost wish Peter would have written the timelines in different tones. This wasn't a major issue, but it did make this book a little more confusing for me (personally).

There is a small bit of romance in this novel, but you can hardly call it romance. While that was part of what drew me to the novel (you read the back of the book and it makes it seem like an epic war story with a splash of romance), yet there wasn't much there in terms of romance. There was attraction and sweet comments, but it was more just happening in the story - there was no focus on the romance specifically. This could be a pro or a con for you, but to me I felt the marketing portrayed the romance as more than it was.

The battles in this story were well written - the war itself, the battle between leaving and staying in a place you love, and the troubles of complete opposites (woman vs men, idealisms, romanticism, etc). If you're into themes and like reading into a book, there is so much potential to pick apart in this novel.

And then the ending is somewhat expected (I mean, most people know about history so we kind of know where it was going), but it still blew me away. Without spoiling, I think the way Peter tied this story together and increased conflict was truly incredible.

Overall, this piece of writing is a definite must read for fans of history, war stories, descriptive fiction and historical fiction. I normally stray far away from novels about history, but this one was fantastic!

Three out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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Briars_Reviews | 1 muu arvostelu | Aug 4, 2023 |
Skillfully crafted with well-drawn characters and evocative settings, this is escapist fiction that feels more literary. It does seem half-baked at times, as Behrens creates too many inconclusive narrative threads, but I appreciate how immersive his storytelling is. Behrens exemplifies one approach to writing fiction as a sort of wish-fulfillment, creating an alternate life where things are better, the people are more beautiful and more interesting, with just enough drama to justify a plot.
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jonbrammer | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 1, 2023 |
Se ia lumea super-dură a lui Dickens, se umflă cu steroizi și se adaugă foamete descrisă la fel de realist ca Holodomorul, furturi, crime, adultere, rebeliuni, sex, epurare etnică, cruzime față de animale, lipsă totală de umanitate sau milă... și iese o carte care te lasă cu un nod amar în gât.
Nota e undeva între 4 și 5, pentru că vreo 60% este incredibilă, dar ultimii 40% scade ritmul și devine mai puțin captivantă, deși oarecum mai sentimentală. Per total totuși, este deosebită și, deși nu o recomand celor mai slabi de inimă, o să mai caut cărți de Behrens.… (lisätietoja)
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milosdumbraci | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 5, 2023 |
Sweeping family saga covering the 1900s to 1960s. Joseph O’Brien is the eldest son of a large Irish family who has settled in the wilderness of Quebec. The narrative covers Joe’s life story as he endures abuse at the hands of his stepfather, leaves home, marries, has children of his own, and eventually becomes a successful railroad executive. Joe’s life contains many setbacks, tragedies, and addictions. The story is told from the perspectives of Joe and his wife, Iseult.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the positive side, the author’s writing style is atmospheric. I enjoyed the descriptions of the landscapes, moving from Quebec to British Colombia to California to Maine. Where it did not work as well for me was in “character management.” It starts off with a large Irish Catholic family, but characters are killed off or otherwise disappear from the narrative, sometimes with no explanation. It is more the story of a marriage, and its ups and downs. The historical elements remain largely in the background. Personally, I like a bit more history in my historical fiction – and there is so much potential here, since it covers the time period of tumultuous events of the early twentieth century, such as the Great Depression, WWI, and WWII.… (lisätietoja)
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Castlelass | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 8, 2023 |



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