Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Rescue" by Anita Shreve ~ Life Lessons Aren't Easy!

In "Rescue," Ms Shreve offers up a cautionary tale, writing a moral story and a reminder to us that sometimes those who are our best equipped, and most professional "rescuers," are not always the ones capable of saving their own families in crisis.

Anita Shreve is the consummate storyteller. She never fails to provide the well-written, well-constructed, relavent novel to which her thousands of readers can relate. Her books are timeless. They are filled with grains of truth that surely 90% of her readers will understand on a profoundly personal level. I found this book no exception, although it was lighter than some of her previous books.

Characterization is strong and believable throughout, with people we love to champion, as well as those who will challenge our sense of right and wrong, and fairness. The characters are so well developed that the line between fantasy and reality come close to fading.

Ms Shreve's book extolls the benefits and warns of the consequences of rash decisions made in youth. It's this flipside of the coin that contributes to the story and the meanings of "rescue." These questions of consequence, family problems and moral obligations should make this book hit home for nearly everyone.

I highly recommend "Rescue," not only to fans of Anita Shreve, but also to those who want a contemporary novel with timeless, thought-provoking qualities...and, of course, beautiful writing.



Danielle said...

Thanks for another vook review. I have downloaded the sample for Kindle.

Online Book Shop said...

I was so into the review, I didn't realize it was a vook. Should make for a dazzling multimedia experience :)

Patti said...

I am so sorry I have been such a crappy friend. I have been reading your blog back to the last time I think I read it. I haven't been reading blogs or stitching. No excuse I know - I should have read yours if nobody elses. And I have read the odd blog I have to admit but not stitching. I got ill last May and, no excuses because I don't deserve any, but I just went off stitching then big time and have hardly threaded a needle since. I am quilting now - my stitching mojo hasn't come back. I am so sorry about Elaine - I know what a GREAT friend she was to you and you to her. I wish I lived nearer, like 3,000 miles nearer but I don't and I have been an incredibly CRAPPY friend. I love and have missed you and am going to STALK you from now on. I hope you have found a little bit of solace over the past six months since Elaine passed. I'm glad you have Larry and Clara and him are getting along. Well that's all from me for now - I have to go and babysit Oliver before they go and live in LA. More about that later if you are still talking to me.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx