Paul to her small farming community, and forms a debate partnership with Alice, love blooms and life will never be the same for the small-town, highly intelligent young farm girl who desires to be anything but a clay-o culture collision Alice, the story's heroine, is pitted in a battle between the challenges of her Dutch Reformist culture and her rather eccentric mother whose life is driven by her faith and fear of Y2K, the new millennium.
Paul to her small farming community, and forms a debate partnership with Alice, love blooms and life will never be the same for the small-town, highly intelligent young farm girl who desires to be anything but a clay-on-my-feet person. The writing style and tempo of the book keeps the reader engaged and committed to finding out how life will evolve for Alice and her family in a time when their existence is threatened on many fronts. Aug 03, Nicole rated it did not like it Recommends it for: adults who have forgotten was teenagers really sound like.
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My greatest frustation with this book was the protagonist's voice. Alice simply didn't sound like a 17 year old. She sounded like 35 year old--witty, wise, and more deeply cynical than any teenager I've ever met. So much about this book was intriguing to me-- the Iowa farm setting, the Doomsday religious fanatics, the Hmong people. But I couldn't get over the voice, which means I couldn't get into the story, which means I gave up. If you think I gave up too soon, let me kno My greatest frustation with this book was the protagonist's voice.
If you think I gave up too soon, let me know and I'll try, try again. An awesome read I couldn't put this book down. The main character, Alice, a year-old super student was not just book smart but had a deep intelligence in her soul. I won't talk about the dynamics because I don't want to give anything away about this phenomenal read. I hope to read more books by this author. May 21, Rebecca rated it really liked it.
I gave this a four because I liked the writing style, especially the descriptions of farm life. I also loved Lydia's political speech, and the Nancy Swifties were a hoot. I did not particularly care for the way the plot went near the end but it didn't bother me enough to knock off a star. The writing wins the day on this one.
Jan 11, Kathy Fictorie rated it liked it. It feels very bitter. Not sure that was his point. Pretty accurate description of that neck of the woods, though!
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Nov 20, Pamela rated it did not like it. I'm not even going to finish this. Jan 18, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction-read , literary-fiction. I am glad I came across this while browsing the shelves at the library one day. I became a bit hesitant with the low average rating here on GR.
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But it turns out Alice K was a nice surprise. Although a talented athlete, she decides to forgo sports to focus solely on her studies. Unbeknownst to her, she is about to fall in love for the first time. Life quickly becomes complicate I am glad I came across this while browsing the shelves at the library one day. Life quickly becomes complicated with her budding relationship and ongoing stresses occurring at home. The Fall is Alice K examines so many elements: family, farming, culture, religion, first love and friendship.
I think this novel deserves so much more recognition and appreciation. If you enjoy literary fiction, I suggest you give it a try! Why did the author end the book with Alice's mother standing in the doorway with the trace of a smile on her lips? Are we just supposed to accept that she stayed in Dutch Center and he stayed in St.
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Paul, MN and they never saw each other again? If so, did she open up the college envelopes or did she enroll in Redemption to remain friends with Mai when Mai came back that next semester? Nov 02, Laura rated it it was ok. What I enjoyed most about this book were the descriptions of farm life and the tools they use on a farm in the mid west. The automatic feeders, sorting pigs, what happens when one animal is sick or injured. I know this is meant to be a picture of a small farm but compared to my own experience, it is huge.
What bugged me about the book, to the point where I had to force myself to finish, was the self centeredness of the main character. I found it hard to believe that a young woman What I enjoyed most about this book were the descriptions of farm life and the tools they use on a farm in the mid west. I found it hard to believe that a young woman in high school would have so little understanding of her parents' stress and fear related to the farm.
And that she would be so angry with and belittling of her mother all the time.
There was a minor amount of questioning and growth during the course of the novel but it was agonizingly slow. The bitterness. The lying. The decision-making based on pure self satisfaction.
The vision of herself as a special case deserving special treatment. It was like she really couldn't see anyone else, or herself, clearly. Okay, the truth is that these are the qualities or behaviors that I least like about myself. But I never spoke or behaved like Alice K. Her anger was fierce.
So I don't like to read about people behaving badly. Being selfish. I kept wanting her to "grow up already! I don't know. I don't think so. The young people I know are far more mature than Alice K.
It's been so long since I was that young. My memories of that time are somewhat embarrassing in both their self centeredness aspect but also their innocence. Maybe I secretly liked this book. Feb 28, Ewa rated it did not like it. This is a book that is supposed to be focused on character development, which is what it leads you to believe the whole way through.
In the end, this book did not accomplish throughout many pointless interactions and internal dialogue, what it could have. The ending itself felt like a cop-out. Something didn't seem right about Alice's mother throughout the whole book for me. Alice's mother, through her interactions with Alice, seems to be a total crazy and someone not even worth regar This is a book that is supposed to be focused on character development, which is what it leads you to believe the whole way through.
Alice's mother, through her interactions with Alice, seems to be a total crazy and someone not even worth regarding with respect.
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