Wayne Xu Xu từ Audrain County
What a great book! I spent a long time reading it...could put it down for weeks (until a certain point) during the semester, but it was interesting enough that you do not forget what's going on. It is a complex interweaving of characters. Man, and for the 19th century, a lot more sinning and temptation than you usually get, and you end up feeling a little bit for everyone. No wonder it's a classic!
Amy did an excellent job of describing the symptoms and difficulties of Tourette's and OCD from an insider's perspective. It was odd because sometimes, I really felt connected with Amy as a person, and other times, I felt like she was lecturing me on technical things. I guess...it just didn't really seem to flow. It's not a book I will buy, or ever read again, but I am glad I read it. One more thing, I read another book by Amy Wilensky, another memior. It's called "The Weight of It" and it's about Amy's sister's struggle with obesity. Reading the other book, I had no hint or clue that Amy herself lived with Tourrette's and OCD. Also, I noticed, reading this book I had no hint about Amy's sister's struggles with her weight. I sort of expect books involving the same 'characters' (even though these are real people, especially because these are real people) to have some sort of ....well, similarities at least. Reading the two books, it almost seems like the Amy in the book about Alison's weight is an entirely different person than the Amy in the book about Amy. It's less important to me that Alison seem like the same person, because Alison is not often mentioned in Amy's book about herself , but it is impossible for Amy to write about Alison without talking about herself. I don't know. I guess it bothered me because I had an idea of who Amy was both as a person and a writer from "The Weight of It" and then she seemed completely different in "Passing for Normal." I understand that the two books had very different themes, and it's good to focus on just one subject or theme, but I just don't get how she could write another book that is also mostly about herself and her family and have it seem like it's about two different families.
"I read this book many years ago. I liked it because it talks about tools and techniques that we can use to make our work life more balanced and less chaotic. It talks about prioritization, planning and organizing, it talks about doing home work. This is a good book for those who ususally tend to go home from work feeling exhausted and drained.
take the politics and the pseudo-philosophizing out of the book and there are some surprisingly insightful moments. interesting too to see his characters go from two to three dimensional. not sure what i think about the narrator yet.