About Grace Audio CD – Audiobook, October 1, 2004
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- Publisher : Recorded Books (October 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1402597762
- ISBN-13 : 978-1402597763
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.22 x 1.55 x 5.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Winkler is a hydrologist passionate about snowflakes—their variances, their beauty, their delicacy. This is a book about patterns, design and complexities, not just of snowflakes, but of human lives.
Ever since he was a little boy David has had premonitions. When he falls in love and has a baby, these premonitions disrupt his entire life. He has constant visions of his daughter Grace drowning, of his inadvertent involvement in her death, and because he can think of no other way to potentially keep her safe but to remove himself from the picture, he up and leaves his family in the middle of a flood.
David's journey takes him from his home in Alaska to Ohio to the Caribbean and back again to Alaska. He remains haunted by his past, never truly knowing if Grace is alive, and finally decades later works up the courage to find her.
This is a sad and beautiful book about relationships of all kinds: romantic, paternal, platonic. Doerr evokes a strong sense of place with vivid prose about the majesty and indifference of the natural world. His characters are broken, lonely and incomplete, yet they still manage to find beauty and meaning in what they can.
In contrast to how most writers end chapters with a hook, Doerr relied on his beautiful way with words to encourage the reader to turn the page. It was as if the last few paragraphs of each chapter were the dying notes of a much-loved tune. The tune was over but the music was so captivating that the reader eagerly turned the page, wanting more.
Last chapter: who was the woman at the window? Was it Sandy, forgiving him for abandoning her? Or was it Grace, forgiving him and telling of her love?
As I have always been fascinated by water myself; in childhood riveted by the pictures of the structure of snow crystals in a book I owned; his descriptions of the natural world were captivating. There were, however, incongruities in the plot around David’s search for his wife & daughter, and also in his five year old grandson’s mile trek on foot through a snow blizzard to a shopping mall alone! David’s relationship with Naaliyah and Christopher were more credible than his short relationship with Sandy. What possessed David to steal another man’s wife and abandon his career? Was his motive overwhelming love? Or was he always mentally unstable? The story leaves many unanswered questions, although overall I found the conclusion satisfying.
A beautifully written, complex story by one of my favourite authors. If you have not already done so, read his brilliant short stories as well as “All the Light We Cannot See”
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I struggled with the main character, David. I saw he was broken by his dreams and it was hard to move on, but he was just too tragic for most of the book and it made it hard to will him on.The premise is great, but at times I wished I could skip ahead (my personal curse, I've never been able to do this in any book!) I loved the other characters: Felix, Soma, Herman (surprisingly!!) and Christopher. But Grace and David were too extreme and they had nowhere to go in their development. I would read another of his books but not anytime soon, I need some distance between this one and the next.
In conclusion a very disappointing, long book with under developed characters supernumerary to the story. Read something else or read it all if you have ocd traits like myself and were taught never to discard a book without reading it first but you have been warned.
So why not 1 star? Well I love insects geography and climate and quite fancy a trip to Alaska.