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About Grace: A Novel Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B003L77UHK
- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint edition (May 8, 2010)
- Publication date : May 8, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 5350 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 428 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,199 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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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?
Top reviews from other countries
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.