Reviews by ekjensen
Just when one thinks they have had their fill of WWII novels, this captivating story about a French girl and a German boy continue to entwine their lives during their mesmerizing and sad days of youth during the devastating days of this great war. The ping pong storytelling of the chapters about them keeps your attention all the while you are scurrying through this book..
This courtroom drama that only takes place in the jury room is timeless and features a tremendous cast of 12 characters/actors who debate the nuances of a case for which a guilty verdict is a death sentence because of an initial lone juror's voice. A must see even nearly 60 years later. You can feel the sweat and intensity even today when you watch this great film classic.
Alice, the protagonist, is captured by the terrible disease of early on set Alzheimer's, and is surrounded by wonderfully supportive daughters by the end. A distant husband and even more distant (maybe undeveloped character) son are present. Although the family characters are not so well developed, the author remains focused on Alice the entire time, and her journey from brilliant intellectual professor to simple loving prisoner of a terrible disease. Interestingly the movie with Julianne Moore does an incredible job transferring the page to the picture!
The autobiography starts out strong with fluid descriptive language and emphasizes Dorothy Day's drive to be Roman Catholic and need to embrace social reform for the worker, but the personal citations of the people she meets along the way is lost on this contemporary reader who does not have the grasp of the persons involved in activities of her era, in particular, the 30's through the early 50's. Nonetheless she must have been an incredible person who totally embraced a simple lifestyle, often poverty, and the needs of the poor.
Former President Jimmy Carter has written a profound, full-of-data, current book on the abuse of women around the world. Men more than women need to read this book because they are mostly the cause of the bad effects/roadblocks/destruction of women in many, many areas.