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This was not a book that kept me turning pages, and I thought it would be. It's a story about people and all their human traits. Some reviewers on various sites have said the characters weren't believable, while others disagree. I do think they were believable, though possibly not relatable to every reader. There are all kinds of people in the world, and here are some fairly regular ones in a story of their lives authored with keen insight into families, individuals, relationships, mistakes and what small things can change the course of a life. While I admire the author for all these words, the story could have been told in less words, but then, maybe that's like saying an artist could have left out a few brush strokes to please some people. The story didn't grab me. That's the bottom line for me. Time will tell whether the story is nonetheless memorable after some time passes. Some stories sneak up on readers that way. It's a modern story of our time.
This memoir is almost breathtaking in scope, and almost unbelievable in content. It takes you through three generations of family history in a way that unveils some of the most important historical events in China in a very visceral and real light. It's frustrating, depressing, suspenseful, touching, and beautifully personal. I would recommend this to anyone. One of the best memoirs I've ever read.
I did enjoy it, but it wasn't all I had hoped for. The author based the book on a magazine piece she had written and I had hoped the book would take on some more depth. I didn't read the magazine piece, so maybe the book technically did. But the overall feel was just like a 200 page magazine article. Skimming surface human interest material. While interesting to read about the rare book world - and in fact it inspired me to maybe dabble myself - and interesting to read her musings on what makes people collect things so obsessively, they were just that: musings and observations, with little more behind them. I think I would have liked this better if Hoover had really dug more into the psychology of collection as related to obsession, weaving in studies and science and such - using the story of this book thief as an illustration. Instead it was using the fact that people like to collect things to illustrate that this guy was obsessive. (ie, a lot of people like to collect X, but most people don't steal for it, like this guy does let me tell you about him). What was also most interesting, that you don't get from the dust jacket, is the degree the thief doesn't recognize what he does is wrong. That was really interesting - but again Hoover doesn't explore further than make guesses as to why he doesn't think what he does is wrong and relating all the times she tried to talk to him about that in particular and he avoided the question. So good, worth a read probably, but don't have high expectations of analysis.