Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.
The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
1989 Anchor Books (first published in 1988)
Finished in June 1997
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)
Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel, this exquisite book confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence from which the author creates a stunning testament to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and love.
My Original Notes (1997):
Very, very good! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, so much so that I bought her second book, A Map of the World.
The novel wasn't very uplifting and kind of depressing at times. However, it was so well written, I could't put it down.
Disturbing and beautiful.
My Current Thoughts:
I have no recollection of this book, which is a shame since it's one I apparently enjoyed.