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If you haven't read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte before, you probably 'think' you know the story - well, you probably know the romanticized, sugar coated version through one of the various screen versions found on TV, but in reality, that version is nothing like what's to be found among the pages of this book. If you think that this is the tale of one of the greatest love stories ever told, think again.
This storyline is everything that is dark, brooding, angry and vengeful, with selfish, twisted and all round unlikeable characters, plainly put....it's awesome. It's a complex story, with haunting imagery of the Yorkshire moors and unforgettable characters.
It's not a book for everyone, there is quite a lot of old English to wade through, which might put you off but I found it well worth persevering through, so much so that it's made it onto my all time favorite book list that I'm just starting to put together. I can understand why this book was not well received when it was first published - it was considered to contain too much brutality and violence and garnered many complaints.
One little criticism if I'm pressed, is that the storyline contains multiple characters with similar names, and it was hard to keep it straight in my head who everyone was, but that was a very minor issue for me. You may need to read it more than once to embrace and appreciate it fully.
I don't recommend this book for those looking for a light hearted, period romance piece, you won't find a Mr. Darcy type male lead character in this book. Think more Charles Dickens than Jane Austin. It's a sad, moving book with a surprisingly upbeat ending.
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One of my life's passions is to travel and I'm not doing nearly enough of it at the moment, so instead I live out my travel yearnings by reading about the adventures of others, and with this book I got plenty of those travel adventures!
Sihpromatum - I Grew my Boobs in China by Savannah Grace grabbed my attention as soon as I laid eyes on the book description, don't be put off by the title of the book, it's an attention grabber I suppose. The book itself has lots of substance, and is the riveting story of a family who leave behind everything they've ever known, to travel the world with a very low budget for initially a year, but with a view to possibly keep traveling beyond that.
The word sihpromatum means "a blessing that initially appears to be a curse" and that's how this whole journey seems at the outset to the young author. Savannah, is only 14 and the youngest member of the traveling family, who put this book together from her journal and family blog that they posted to while on their adventure. This book, volume 1, takes the family from Hong Kong to China and onto Mongolia and initially reads as a whiny teenage journal, although who can blame her; Savannah is torn away from her friends, her dog, her home, her schooling and everything she's familiar with. She's whisked away to foreign lands and to not knowing where she will end up sleeping each night and were much of the living conditions are quite frankly eewww, and by the way, there are lots of descriptions of those unsanitary conditions, those with a delicate stomach beware!
I loved this book, it was well written with brilliantly vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds (and smells) of mysterious far away places. China is on my bucket list, so I was enthralled. As a Mom of three, I was amazed at the Mom in this story and her sense of adventure and her lack of worry about taking her children into the most crazy but ultimately mind broadening situations. I have to admire her for that honestly, even though her kids were older, an adult and two teenagers, I'm still not sure I would be brave enough to do what she did but kudos to her and her spirit of adventure!
The story stops rather abruptly, nothing like keeping us readers hanging on, I hope that volume 2 is out soon, I can't wait to read more.
Read more about this amazing family at their family website