Reviews by margieweiss
My kids and I were excited to discover this refreshing series recommended by a friend. This first book grabbed us and got us hooked on the series. It's geography and names are loosely based on our own here on Earth. What is really good is the writing. The story lines are interesting and the writing is quite good.
Geraldine Brooks presents the reader with a beautifully crafted and detailed account of what life might have been like in certain places in England during the plague. The characters are so well developed and also so artfully used to describe the times in which they lived. I couldn't put this book down and then went on to read her other works because I enjoyed it so much.
Someone lent me Year of Wonders and I was hooked. I had to read all Geraldine Brooks' books. Caleb's Crossing was just as satisfying as Year of Wonders. It is the believable tale of a friendship that develops between two youths from very different cultures, and explores the ramifications of their knowledge of one another over the passage of time. That two young people would become friends on remote Martha's Vineyard is highly believable. Their individual and joint stories are used to describe the tenor of the times, the customs, all cultural values in both their worlds and successfully demonstrates that even within strict cultural settings, there are variations in opinions and views and actions just as there are in any society or culture. Her writing is always beautiful and the stories captivating.
This is a fantastic series. It is so interesting to see things from the servants' perspective. I am currently reading "Cakes and Ale" by W. Somerset Maugham and the parallels are fascinating.
Cynthia Rylant can do no wrong, it would seem. This little gem is a delightful read for little kids. I liked it but my 5-year old daughter really enjoyed it. It's sweet and fun.