my take: i love it when a novel can transport me to a different place and time ... i love new language and finding myself in a compeletly different part of the world.
immersion. the lush tropical islands of hawaii, the ocean's surf, the devastation of leprosy ... this novel carried me to the middle of the Pacific. i was cramming just before book club, and that turned out to be a good thing ... immersion by time (hours of reading rather than minutes) into this novel really enhanced the experience. as is so often the case. i wasn't knocked out by the dialog, but it was easily over-looked when i dove in.
joy, deep sorrow, loneliness, love, pain, death, birth. this book runs the gambit and sweeps through a long span of time. i believe they call that epic. favorable reviews at our book club meeting with lots to talk about.
my source: book chicks october pick ~ thanks, Cherise
my verdict: great read.