I cannot remember why I added this book to my long to be read pile, all I know is that I am so glad that I did. This book is powerful in a way that so few books are able to achieve. It is a fictional account of two sisters who found their voice to fight against slavery. In the process they found they also had to fight for the right to fight and unintentionally helped found the feminist movement.
This book is historical in nature. Yet, the themes that it represents are still needed in our current day. Slavery may be outlawed, but African Americans have the police called on them just for being black. Women are 'equal,' except we still receive lower pay, less opportunity, and still must fight for a voice.
The Invention of Wings is also about the personal struggle to find one's place in the world. It is about the struggle with God. It is about what it means to be human. It is about accepting others, despite their difference from yourself.
The writing is beautiful. The characters are brilliant. I am left wondering how I have not read Sue Monk Kidd before now, yet grateful that I have started.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a book that I have been seeing all over BookTube and various book blogs. It took a few reviews before I decided that it was worth trying out. It is a different read for me. I am not big in historically set fiction, and this book is set in Europe of the past.
Monty is a player. He is also bi in a society that considers male relationships as depravity. He is also a gentleman expected to play a part and settle down to run an estate. Monty is not an extremely likable character. He makes a lot of bad choices and is pretty self absorbed. Considering he was raised with a friend who is mixed you would think he would be a bit more sensitive to the way the world works. Yet is his entitled and clueless.
There is thankfully a lot of growth in this book for all characters. Although it comes about slowly. There is also a weird plot twist involving alchemy, giving the story a fantasy element.
Overall it was a good read. I like that it took me out of my element. Although, it did not really wow me.
My Way to Canossa is a collection of novelle's that all have a historical slant. Each story is suppose to have a connection to a historical event called the Walk to Canossa. However, the stories are more like a mixture of moden life with historical overtones with a lot of historical technobable thrown in at times.
The writing structure is good. The words flow well most of the time. There is no glaring grammar or spelling errors. The story structure is not as great. It was not obvious to me when a story ended and another began. Until, I realized that the chapter headings just were longer. The stories did not really have a great conclusion. They just seemed to end.
The characters themselves are varied. You are able to discern the differences between all the characters, even when there is a large cast interacting at one time. Although, I cannot say that any of the characters were really of much interest to me.
If you are an avid history buff then you may enjoy this collection of fictionalized stories. However, I have a feeling that they way the events are warped in each story would cause a true history buff to cringe. Having only the vegest sence of what is really going on, I just felt like I was always missing something.
Overall, this is not a bad collection. The story plots could use some fine tuning, but the writing and characters are fairly solid.
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