Review: Run and Eat, Pray, Love

 Hello again!  I am so excited to share what I’ve read this past week — two of the three works were truly delightful and I highly recommend both Run by Ann Patchett and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.


 First I read Run by Ann Patchett.  I had enjoyed her Bel Canto very much (and sort of liked Patron Saint of Liars), but Run is by far my favorite of her novels.  The quick synopsis is a story about a widower and his three sons — two of whom are adopted — who accidentally meet their birth mother when she saves her oldest son from getting run over by an SUV — sound hokey?  Kind of, but the plot is not the best part of this narrative — the character development is supremely satisfying.  Even today, five days after I finished the novel, I find myself thinking about Sullivan, Tip, Teddy and Kenya, and I actually miss their presence in my life.  Highly recommended, even if you didn’t care for Bel Canto.

For another perspective, check out Mrs. B’s review on The Insatiable Reader!


The second work I finished this week I read somewhat reluctantly — Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I know, I know, everyone — and I mean everyone — is reading and talking about this memoir.  My curiosity got the best of me, so I requested it — months ago — from the library.  In the meantime I saw Gilbert on Oprah and thought she was…  I’m sorry to say… kind of annoying!  I have now revised this first impression after reading her witty, clever, thoughtful and thought-provoking memoir.  I literally couldn’t put it down, bumping into tables and chairs around the house, nose in the book, as I devoured it.  Memoir is a tricky genre, but this one really worked for me.

Last, and actually least, I finished the set of kits on Mendelson’s The Things That Mattered by reading Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf.  Didn’t care for it.  This is disappointing since I’m a fan of Woolf, but maybe not surprising since I had never heard of it, and she didn’t have a chance to edit it before her death.  (I just realized that is a strange way to put it, since she committed suicide, and therefore, in theory, decided whether or not she had a chance to edit it, but there you have it).  The focus of the novel was a pageant that encompassed the entire history of England, and that’s really all I want to say about it. 

 On a related note, here is a link on what business leaders are reading:

So, I would love to hear what YOU are reading!!

On deck for this week…  The Echo Maker by Richard Powers, The Gathering by Anne Enright and Gilead by Marilynne Robinson…

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9 Responses to Review: Run and Eat, Pray, Love

  1. Joe Sack says:

    I’m reading The Pillars of Earth – and given my small amount of time for reading fiction, I may be working on this for a while.

    Looking forward to reading Oprah’s next pick, but that is further down on my book queue. Next book is “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal”, then “Duma Key: A Novel.” Sadly this may be it for 2008. The rest are C++ and SQL Server books. 🙂

  2. Kristen says:

    I only wish I was reading and understanding SQL Server books!! Thank you for sharing what you are reading, Joe! Enjoy Pillars… (I did)

  3. Anna says:

    I’m reading “Night Birds” by Thomas Maltman. It takes place in Mankato, MN in the 1870s and I’m loving it. Also, just finished the first part of the classic graphic novel, “Maus.” Unbelievable.

  4. Kristen says:

    Thank you for the recommendation! I remember really liking Maus, too — powerful…

  5. Mrs. B. says:

    My review of ‘Run’ is here:
    I gave ‘Run’ a 6 out of 10.

    My review of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is here:
    I gave ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ a 9 out of 10.

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