I read this book due to my obsession with Broadway’s Hamilton, and it has more than rewarded the three weeks it took me to finish it. Through this sensational, eye-opening view of our founding fathers, the brilliant, verbose, and fatally flawed Alexander Hamilton stands out for his prescience, his passion for his adopted nation, and his work ethic. At the end of the book, I actually wept over his loss to our country. A triumph for Chernow, this book showed me history in a light in which I’d never considered it, filled with flawed men, gutter politics, and a genuine amazement that we had the gifts of these people at this time in our national life. Highly recommended.
First time I’ve returned to this book in a while, and it continues to bring joy with every reread. Hard to read it this time, though, without seeing Emma Thompson’s exceptional film adaptation of it in my mind. The story, for the uninitiated, revolves around sisters Elinor and Marianne, who along with the mother and younger sister, are forced out of their home to a small cottage in rural England. Both of them have, or soon find, young men that interest them, but it is ins and outs of these relationships, and the mutual support and affection the sisters have for each other that make this book a classic. The 200-year-old language is more formal than our own, but careful reading is rewarded with humor and the 19th-century equivalent of eye-rolls at some of the more amusing characters. A delight.
These books are absolute gems, recreating the Yorkshire life of a country vet in the 1930s. Herriot tells stories beautifully, loves the animals he cares for, both great and small, and his deep affection for his adopted part of the world glows throughout. Wonderful, wonderful books. For ages 10 and up.