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The Giver of Stars: A Novel (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Jojo Moyes (Tekijä)

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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)
Jäsen:vernefan
Teoksen nimi:The Giver of Stars: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Jojo Moyes (Tekijä)
Info:Pamela Dorman , reprint HC
Kokoelmat:Fiction/literature
Arvio (tähdet):*****
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The Giver of Stars (tekijä: Jojo Moyes)

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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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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 69) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I read this for one of my bookclubs, and having read Me Before You, I was braced for an emotionally wrenching tale. But while the book cranks up the emotions through a series of injustices and disasters, the historical elements (new to me) provided a ballast that lent heft and nuance to this tale. To be honest, this book reminded me a bit of the Virgin River series (which I've not read but seen on TV), in which a nurse/midwife moves from LA to a tiny town in northern California, where there is an idyllic setting, eccentric characters, and a series of problems, one per episode, as well as a growing romance with the sexy, evolved bar owner that you can see coming a mile away. In Moyes's tale, Alice is the fish out of water who finds romance (with a surprisingly evolved man) and makes good. Admittedly, as some other reviews have noted, the characters divide fairly neatly into good versus evil, with Margery, Fred and Alice being the "good" ones who risk their lives to bring books to people and then save others during a flood, which is caused in part by Van Cleve, the financially rapacious coal mine owner. He is arrogant and a chauvinist ... and (lest you missed how evil he is) who beats up Alice for giving some old dolls to two recently motherless girls. (This is an example of the extremes Moyes employs.) Still, I flew through this book in a day and learned about an aspect of Kentucky history involving some extraordinary women. Enjoyable. ( )
  KarenOdden | Oct 20, 2020 |
This is my first Moyes book. She's also written bestsellers like Me Before You, After You, and Still Me. This book, The Giver of Stars, is a historical fiction set in the Kentucky Appalachian mountains. Alice Van Cleve is a newly married woman who has followed her husband to his home all the way from England. She left behind a comfortable albeit stuffy and constraining life for love and adventure in the hollers and mountains of Kentucky.

Her marriage ideals leave her wanting. Her husband is boring and uninterested in her. Her father-in-law, with whom they live, is a nasty misogynistic piece of work who owns the coal mine and keeps his dead wife's dolls in the bedroom. Because Alice is not who his wife was, he sees her as unfit and tells her so. Alice struggles to find her place until she meets Margery O'Hare and becomes a part of the Packhorse Library.

I love reading a book about books or people who read, write, love books. Books have the ability to bring people together, to change lives, and I like experiencing that through a written characters. I'm also partial to Appalachian Mountain stories. (Let's get this straight here and now: it's ap-uh-la-chen. The AP and LA have short "a" sounds. If I could figure out how to type that on my laptop, I would.) My family has roots in the North Carolina and Tennessee parts of the range and I feel a kinship to their culture.

The Giver of Stars is good. It starts slowly even with a prologue meant to provide foreshadowing. It does, but it also sets a standard for the writing that Moyes does not continue into the first chapter. The pace slows down considerably and I think Moyes loses readers because of it. The prologue isn't strong enough to keep some readers committed to the story.

I like the female characters, especially Alice and Margery. There are several female characters in this book, it being about a mostly women packhorse librarian staff, but I did find the character Beth to be extraneous. Her attitude is rough and her personality and skills rely on no one, which is interesting, but those attributes are already present in Margery. I forgot about Beth for awhile and then had to think about who she was and what role she played in the plot (not much of one).

The story is well-contrived and the plot and focus are opportunities to teach readers more about a culture that is beyond the stereotypes. Moyes does sprinkle mountain culture facts throughout the story, but I do wish there were more depth. I wish I had come away with a better understanding of the everyday struggles that produced the ingenuity of many mountain people.

I appreciated the influence the coal mine had over the people in the area. There's a lot of truth to how the coal companies treated the miners, destroyed land, and overlooked the safety of workers. I felt like this was a weak thread in the story, though. Halfway through the book, the coal mine becomes more of a big deal, but then it just disappears much like the rest of the story. The second-half of the book goes too quickly. It's like Moyes was just trying to tie up loose ends and get it out the door.

Moyes does romance so well. The relationships in this book are slow-blooming flowers. I enjoyed seeing the love and respect build over chapters for these characters, overcoming obstacles, and becoming full and open and living things. That said, the romance didn't carry the rest of the story for me.

Even though this book felt rushed, Moyes is a good story-teller. She taps into female needs and longings creating characters that are relatable no matter the time period and for some, that will be enough.

PLEASE SEE ORIGINAL REVIEW ON MY WEBSITE FOR LINKS INCLUDED BELOW.

* In this post, I address the controversy surrounding The Giver of Stars and another book about the Kentucky Packhorse Librarians, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, that came out within months of Moyes'. I also review Richardson's book and talk about why I enjoyed it more. ( )
  AlissaCMiles | Oct 20, 2020 |
Kentucky Pack horse librarians 1930s. colourful saga of women railing against male dominance set within the history of the pack horse library.
  MarilynKinnon | Oct 13, 2020 |
This powerful story of women who stood up for themselves, for each other and for literacy is all the more remarkable given the obstacles they faced in Depression era Kentucky. Take a little time after you read to learn about the real Pack Horse Library, a WPA project as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal designed to bring literacy to poverty stricken Appalachia. ( )
  Lindsay_W | Sep 29, 2020 |
This story of packhorse librarians in the mountains of Kentucky in 1937 was interesting enough for me to finish, but characters were too stereotyped and the storyline too predictable for me to truly enjoy. ( )
  njinthesun | Sep 27, 2020 |
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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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