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The Giver of Stars

– tekijä: Jojo Moyes

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"Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job--bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women's friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond"--… (lisätietoja)
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    The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (tekijä: Kim Michele Richardson) (out-and-about)
    out-and-about: Same time frame and setting, about the PackHorse library in KY.
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    The Ship of Brides (tekijä: Jojo Moyes) (MM_Jones)
    MM_Jones: Earlier book by same author makes better use of its historical setting. And perhaps a bit more evidence of research done.
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The premise of an Englishwoman coming to Kentucky kept my interest for a while, but the book was trite and so filled with anachronisms, I couldn't stick with it once my interest in the characters waned. For example, the book is set during the Great Depression (1930s), but a 38 year old character’s story includes a memory of her grandmother listening to the wireless when the character was five, which would have been around 1903, when nobody had the wireless (i.e., radio, which is the American term), never mind people living in the hollers of Kentucky. How did no editor catch that?

For a much truer picture of the time and place, read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. So much better. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
A page-turner. Not my usual thing: my daughter (who is a big fan of Jojo Moyes) recommended it, as she knows I love historical novels. And Libraries. And while this hasn't converted me to Jojo Moyes fandom, I was impressed with its "readability."

I understand that there's controversy about this novel, and just how ... original it is, both in subject matter and on deeper levels. (I think that's the diplomatic way of putting it ...) I honestly don't know enough about the issues to feel that I'm able to comment, so my review is entirely on what I read, and my impressions of it ...

Moyes can certainly weave a story, and create engaging characters. Her main protagonist is a true "fish out of water" -- an upper middle class English girl, whose boredom with her stodgy judgemental family and social life has led her to a disastrous, whirlwind marriage, and a new life with her husband's stodgy, judgemental family, in their stodgy, judgemental Kentucky town. She's a good guide for us, as modern readers, to help us see and understand the strict social strata of the local people, and the limited opportunities for friendship and stimulation that are on offer -- until the arrival of a Government initiative to deliver library books to rural families, by horseback.

As a novel, I felt that Moyes can definitely write, but didn't have the "chops" to make more of the interesting subject matter, and serious social questions she had taken on. Some of the drama (the over-hasty marriage, a murder trial, a flood caused by sloppy practices at a local mine) were cleared up too neatly, to my mind. Some of the efforts to build up minor characters into suitable companions for the two female leads felt like padding, and I was very tempted to skim ... As I said, this isn't really my kind of thing, and I just couldn't find in it myself to care if a rather silly English girl sorted out her love life. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
When Alice Wright agrees to marry handsome American Bennett Van Cleve and leave behind her stifling life in England for a new adventure in Kentucky, she's soon disenchanted by her newlywed status and overbearing father-in-law, owner of the local coal mine. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, the smart-talking, self-sufficient daughter of a notorious local criminal, a woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. Alice finds Margery as bracing and courageous as anyone she's ever met, and comes to rely on her, especially as her marriage starts to fail. They will be joined by three diverse women and become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.
JoJo Moyes never fails to entertain. This is the second book I've read about the pack horse librarians (the other book is Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson). While I thoroughly enjoyed both books, The Giver of Stars spends less time on the historical context and more on the story and characters. Highly recommended. ( )
  lrobe190 | Jul 4, 2021 |
Not my usual fare but my daughter passed it on to me because of the subject matter.
Alice Wright, an English woman is charmed by the attentions of a young american Bennett Van Cleve. she accepts a proposal of marriage and imagines living in an American city. However the reality of small town Baileyville, Kentucky is far from that. a community where everyone knows everyone else's business and passes judgement. Bennett's father owns the local coalmines so is a major source of employment in the town and has a certain status. However, he is not easy to live with, as Alice soon realises that Bennett has no intention of setting up his own home and is under his father's control both at home and at work.
When there is a meeting locally looking for volunteers to act as travelling librarians, reaching out to the far flung hill communities i.e. the hillbillies, Alice decides to break loose from the oppressive home atmosphere much to the horror of both Bennett and his father.
There she finds friendship adventure and a sense of purpose, away from the confines of an unhappy marriage.
But not all in the community support the scheme and events turn ugly when, racism rears its head and one of the librarians is arrested for murder. ( )
  HelenBaker | Jun 29, 2021 |
I also read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek which is a similar story. In the hands of Jojo Moyes, the masterful storyteller, the characters are much more developed and the storyline has more action. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 12, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 96) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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To Barbara Napier,
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And to librarians everywhere.
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December 20, 1937
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“There is always a way out of a situation. Might be ugly. Might leave you feeling like the earth had gone and shifted under your feet. But there is always a way around.”
And there is the bare truth of it, for her and all the women around here. Doesn't matter how smart you are, how clever, how self-reliant---you can always be bettered by a stupid man with a gun.
Just a little homesick, Alice answered. it was the truth, she thought. She just wasn't sure she had yet been to the place she was homesick for.
"You know the worst thing about a man hitting you? ...Ain't the hurt. It's that in that instant you realize the truth of what it is to be a woman. That it don't matter how smart you are, how much better at arguing, how much better than them, period. It's when you realize they can always just shut you up with a fist. Just like that...Course, you know that only happens till you learn to hit back harder."
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"Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job--bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women's friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond"--

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