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  1. says:

    Stupid people read books because Oprah says so Other stupid people won t read a book just because Oprah picked it to be part of her club The second group of stupid people think they are very smart though, and they are usually pretentious windbags who say very stupid shit but with big words that people are supposed to be impressed with The people in the second group will never read this awesome book, and I don t feel sorry for them because they don t deserve it A note Of the second group they will also whine when a book from Oprah Book Club 2.1 ie., the second incarnation of the book club which began with John Steinbeck s East of Eden, and was in it s 2.0 manifestation only going to be for dead authors, but then morphed into 2.1 to include such titles as The Road, and Measure of a Man they want to buy is now affixed with the Oprah wrapper or sticker They will now whine about the little blemish in the same way they whine when the book they now want to read has just been made into a movie and only comes with a movie cover In both cases these people are bandwagon jumpers but don t want to seem like bandwagon jumpers and by buying the new edition of the book they will be seen as no different from the ignorant masses they so deeply despise Again they deserve what they get, especially since everyone knows that you can goto a used bookstore and buy an old cover, and if you really need to lie to yourself and everyone around you, you can claim that the 1960 s beat up mass market copy of Steinbeck you bought was really bought by you in a much better condition when you were thirteen, and now you have worn the book down by your constant reading of it, and because of that you know the book soooooo much better than anyone else alive.


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    Episch familiedrama gesitueerd in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, rond 1900pijnlijk, rauwdaardoor ook mooiDe jonge pianostemmer James wordt verliefd op de dertienjarige MateriaHaar ouders staan niet achter haar keuze en ze worden verbannen Ze leven bewust geisoleerddoor het leeftijdsverschil en het verschil in karakter, voelt James weerzin voor Materia Hij richt al zijn hoop en liefde op hun eerstgeboren dochter Kathleen Zij heeft de stem , hij onderwijst haar en haar volledige onderricht is gericht op haar ontwikkeling en haar carri re Dit vormt ook haar karakter Alle gebeurtenissen die volgen vloeien hier uit voortde gebeurtenissen ik verklap niets zijn heftig, rauwmooiEen briljant debuuteen aanrader


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    OMG, I hated this book It was painful to read I spent a good 3 hours trying to read this book and ended up skimming the rest of it so I could be done with it MacDonald covers just about every topic in her book racial tension, isolation, domestic abuse, and forbidden love, which leads to incest, death, and even murder, but does it in a very complicated way that will turn many readers away I consider myself a strong reader one who has fantastic reading comprehension but this book tests even the strongest of readers I felt that I had to read for days in order to get the jest of what she wrote about 30 50 pages back It was ridiculous.I consider myself pretty open to reading just about anything but this one just was too much.I think I ll stick to my VC Andrews for my abuse and incest stories She does them so much better than MacDonald didand that s not saying much is it I ll give it 1 star but to be honest I wish Zero stars was an optionmaybe even negative ones I will not be reading any of her books.updated shelves June 2011 zero stars due to skimming and not fully reading


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    For 15 years 1996 2010 , Oprah Winfrey picked books for her book club Out of the 69 titles that she chose only 13 19% have appeared in at least any of the three 2006, 2008, 2010 editions of Boxall s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die 4 by TONI MORRISON Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Sula and Song of Solomon 2 by CHARLES DICKENS A Tale of the Two Cities and Great Expectations 2 by GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera 1 each by LEO TOLSTOY Anna Karenina , ALAN PATTON Cry, My Beloved Country , JONATHAN FRANZEN The Corrections , BARBARA KINGSOLVER The Poisonwood Bible , BERNARD SCHLINK The Reader , and ANN MARIE MACDONALD Wait, Ann Marie, who You see, for me, her name does not really ring a bell Similar to the names of others in the list like Pearl Cleage, Sheri Reynolds, Mary McGarry Morris, Edwidge Danticat, Billie Leats, Bret Lott, Melinda Haynes, Breena Clarke, Gwyn Hayman Rubio and Malika Oufkir I think, they all became household names because their books were picked by Oprah What was being included in the Most Influential People lists for so many years if she could not rally people to read her chosen books I must admit that I read David Wroblewski s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and Ken Follett s The Pillars of the Earth because of Oprah s stamp However, I have had no motivation to read right away her other choices including Fall on Your Knees because of what Jonathan Franzen said in the interview that Oprah s picks catered for readers who were women than men.On the superficial level, that still is my main comment for this book, Fall on Your Knees by Ann Marie MacDonald The story of 3 sisters Kathleen the eldest She is beautiful, a musical genius and an apple of the eye of his father Mercedes, may not be as pretty as her siblings but she stood as the mother for her sisters when their mother died Frances is as beautiful as Kathleen and she suffered in the hands of their father when the latter came back from the war Joining them is Lily who is the daughter of Kathleen and a twin of the baby infant Ambrose who accidentally died in the hands of Frances when he and Lily were born The 3 sisters mother, Materia completes the list of female characters She is the only daughter of a wealthy Lebanese businessman She defied her parents who wished that she would marry a dentist by eloping with her husband, James So, the only male main character is the father James who may be good intentioned and has big dreams for her children but he is weak to resist temptation and to overcome the psychological effects of war.So, there you go 5 strong female characters versus 1 weak male character So the mostly female adorers of Oprah cheer and clap their hands when Oprah raises the book and says Hail, hail, read this book as I could not keep my hands from flipping over the pages while reading this However, for me, there are three saving graces for this book And this maybe the reason why Oprah just flipped and flipped the pages till the wee hours of the morning 1 Brilliant first chapter that begins with They are all dead now then you follow the camera that zooms in to the things that the previous occupants of the house possessed and used.2 Character driven plot Mac Donald s characters are bigger than the old familiar themes family love, sisterly love, incest, war, etc that we have all seen in the movies and read in similar books Jane Smiley s A Thousand Acres easily came to my mind For one, MacDonald was never melodramatic and you don t close the book feeling emotionally cheated.3 Having said that, the denouement is well handled The use of the family tree not only wraps up the whole story but it provides the symbolism of the book s main theme family love, that no matter what we do, at the end of our lives, what matters most is our family Then when you close the book, you know who the narrator of the first chapter should be Well thought of novel Well organized Well written For a first time writer, this is just amazing Now, I no longer wonder why the Boxall s 1001 editors chose this book over the popular Oprah titles like The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Pillars of the Earth, The Road, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, East of Eden, I Know This Much is True, She s Come Undone or The Deep End of the Ocean.


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    I was in a super geeky frame of mind when I read this book in early spring of 2012 I had been reading books about metaphors see I told you geeky And as fate would have it I picked up this book suggested probably via the stream of books suggested on after you look at a book title there right after my nerdy metaphor phase I literally started writing down metaphors I came across in the prose of this book AMAZING Beautiful I m not talking about similes or simple comparisons people I m talking about brilliant metaphors,that blow my mind the glass panes gloated the silvery sea flatters the moon cleanliness of steel born of soot Shivering slightly at the unaccustomed breeze passing through the new spaces in her spine She fell through a crack in time without spilling a drop When she returned the tea was still piping hot Teresa smiles at her Frances collects the moment and puts in in a safe place, with 2 or 3 others other moments isn t that brilliant The air New York is what the Gods live on Sits down in train station serenaded by the noisy crowd Scared It s autumn in her mouth and all her tongue can do is rustle Upon waking Light in eyes she buries her face in her pillow because the light is an eye operation in the scalpel light Kathleen is an abandoned mine after c section death knocking The door is thumping like a heart attack happy He was Aladdin in an orchard dripping with diamonds It was all boarded up, but he set to work, prying planks off windows, healing the blind Her hair smells like the raw edge of spring he was a Cucumber in a woollen suit vs cool as a cucumber A bookish girl, plain as a rainy Tuesday And possibly my very mostest favorite est one of all enough merchandise to Mephistophelize a miner s wife I didn t know that word could be a verb Oh the story The Plot Also fabulous WORTH READING Worth reading twice Follows a young man in Nova Scotia and his life in a mining town His young wife, their children and later the story of the children s lives Epic Amazing Disgusting Compelling Sweet Horrible EVERYTHING a wonderful novel should be and is Okay just go read it already.


  6. says:

    Opet poetska kanadska autorka i opet veliko MUST READ Ovakve knjige pamtite dugo nakon to ste ih pro itali i preporu ujete je dalje Na alost, ne postoji srpski prevod


  7. says:

    This book reminded me of a grown up VC Andrews, except you can read it on the subway without feeling like a pervy 12 year old Very Gothic at times and the crazy family drama had me reading non stop, despite all the main characters being unlikeable assholes in one way or another One thing that bugged me was that some of the writing didn t seem historically accurate Did people in the 1920s really say barf Maybe they did, I don t know Regardless, I couldn t put this down and I blew through it in a couple days.


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    2.5 stars Jaidee fell on his knees and screamed Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh How can a book that is written well with many excellent elements cause such dire frustration and become a hodgepodge mess Ms Macdonald is a very good writer with wonderful ideas that seem limitless but unfortunately she tried to fit them all in the span of one novel There are a thousand stories in here and none get developed She creates a number of interesting characters only to plaster them with and make up and gaudier and gaudier costumes that take them from being flesh and blood to Vaudeville players This book is like taking first rate ingredients and putting them all together in a stew without any thought to how they will taste together.She piles dysfunction on top of dysfunction on top of dysfunction so that something that is initially interesting becomes histrionic and then just plain tedious.I will try another novel of hers at some point and see if she has been able to direct her talent into something cohesive, whole and ultimately satisfying.


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    An amazingly harsh view of the hardships of life.This book is most definitely one of my favorites It is absolutely amazing It s scandalous, it s real, it s intriguing, it s just plain good MacDonald s writing style creates an interactive world that pulls you in to first person view of the characters lives The story follows the Piper family, a unique little set up of father and four daughters Mr Piper s wife has passed, leaving him to fend for himself in a home bursting to the seams with the drama of being a young girl growing up with three other sisters Kathleen, the eldest of the girls, has been sent away to live out her father s vision of fame and perfection with her glorious voice Left behind are Frances a fiesty middle child who lives by her own rules , Lily the youngest of the four, living with a crippled leg and a strong desire to please and do good , and Mercedes the second eldest, longing to take the place of their late mother and following her faith closely and fiercely Each girl has their own story which is brimming with secrets that are both outrageous and real Mystery is around every corner, and controversy hides behind each one If I had to describe it in one word, it would be intense Every story is intertwined in surprising and unexpected ways It s difficult to not fall in love with someone in the novel because there really is somebody for everyone to relate to If you can stomach some harsh, dramatic reality with believable characters in a world covered with a dark veil of the unexpected, then this book may be the right way to go.


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    Lily stays sitting Frances What if Ambrose is the Devil He s not the Devil I know who the Devil is and it isn t Ambrose Who s the Devil Frances crouches down as if she were talking to Trixie That s something I ll never tell you, Lily, no matter how old you get to be, because the Devil is shy It makes him angry when someone recognizes him, so once they do the Devil gets after them And I don t want the Devil to get after you Is the Devil after you Yes This is Ann Marie MacDonald s debut novel I need to keep reminding myself about this fact that it s a debut novel because it is a polished work of complexity and beauty Fall on Your Knees, set in Cape Breton at in the first half of the 20th century, tells the story of Materia, Kathleen, Mercedes, Frances, and Lily i.e all the women of the Piper family Each woman has a voice, a distinct history, a distinct outlook on life and a distinct fate So, really this is a novel with five main characters not to mention James, who dwells at the centre of all their lives.This book has so many layers that it was easy to be sucked into the world of the Pipers But it is not a comfortable place Far from it, it is a world full of harshness, brutality, and abuse, where each of the characters is trying to escape the confines of what holds them Be it religion, loyalty, or something else each character has their own form of imprisonment God did not put me on this earth to stand by while my sister Frances is killed Beaten is one thing Wrongly touched is one thing Stabbed with a bayonet is another Push Be strong enough to carry the burden of sin that goes with doing the right thing There is only one saint in this family and I m not it God has made Mercedes a judge No one loves you for that Not like a crippled child who s prone to visions Whom Mercedes prizes Not like a fallen woman who makes people laugh Whom Mercedes loves When reading some of the reviews, the aspect that I have picked up on most is that people have read this because it was an Oprah bookclub read I am usually hesitant to follow up hyped up books, but sometimes, just sometimes, they are a exactly the type of book that will work their way into your soul.Fall on Your Knees is a perfectly constructed family saga, but it is also than this It is a beautifully sketched insight into the human condition Mercedes is neither a saint nor a sinner She is somewhere in between She is why purgatory was invented.


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Fall on Your Knees download Fall on Your Knees, read online Fall on Your Knees, kindle ebook Fall on Your Knees, Fall on Your Knees 5677fec47536 They Are The Pipers Of Cape Breton Island A Family Steeped In Lies And Unspoken Truths That Reach Out From The Past, Forever Mindful Of The Tragic Secret That Could Shatter The Family To Its Foundations Chronicling Five Generations Of This Eccentric Clan, Fall On Your Knees Follows Four Remarkable Sisters Whose Lives Are Filled With Driving Ambition, Inescapable Family Bonds, And Forbidden Love Their Experiences Will Take Them From Their Stormswept Homeland, Across The Battlefields Of World War I, To The Freedom And Independence Of Jazz Era New York CityCompellingly Written, Running The Literary Gamut From Menacingly Dark To Hilariously Funny, This Is An Epic Saga Of One Family S Trials And Triumphs In A World Of Sin, Guilt, And Redemption