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About Grace Kindle Edition
About Grace is the brilliant debut novel from Anthony Doerr, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning All The Light We Cannot See.
Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family’s home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming, unstoppably. He sleepwalks during them, bringing catastrophe into his reach.
Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter Grace is born. And then the visions of Grace’s death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by the same horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come, he cannot face his destiny and flees.
He beaches on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades, he musters the strength to find out…
‘I loved this wonderful book’ Monica Ali--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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‘I loved this wonderful book’ Monica Ali
About Grace is a novel of uncommon dignity and beauty. It is built on water, and bobs with buoyancy and perfect balance. It is as moving a book as could be imagined.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B006K113N6
- Publisher : Harper Perennial (21 December 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1542 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 428 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,396 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was not disappointed either. Such a different story but still a great read. Felt as if I was involved in the plot all the way. Family relationships very much revealed.
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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.