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About Grace
About Grace
Author: Anthony Doerr
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ISBN-13: 9781476789019
ISBN-10: 1476789010
Publication Date: 10/6/2015
Pages: 432
Edition: Reprint
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed About Grace on + 41 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This was a very thought provoking book. Fear is a very paralyzing emotion for the main character in this book. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming.
xserafinx avatar reviewed About Grace on + 78 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The majesty of nature, the meaning of courage, the redemptive power of love and the pathos of isolationall are gracefully explored in Doerr's story of the price paid for a gift. So why does so little seem to happen in this beautiful, ponderous and sometimes monotonous first novel by the author of the exquisite collection The Shell Collector? David Winkler has seen glimpses of the future ever since he was a boy. As a 32-year-old hydrologist in Anchorage, Alaska, he dreams of his future wife; soon they meet, fall in love and run away to Ohio, where she gives birth to their daughter, Grace. But when he dreams that he fails to save Grace from a flood, Winkler abandons wife and child, hoping to flee the future. He becomes a hermetic handyman on a Caribbean island near St. Vincent, befriended by a local family. The years pass until, emboldened by his surrogate family's grown daughter, a gifted marine biologist, Winkler realizes that he must embark on a journey to discover if Grace is alive. This is a lyrical tale tuned a bit too fine: Doerr's dreamy prose accords more attention to nature than character, so that Winkler, transfixed by the wonders of water and snowflakes but singularly unreflective about his actual life, is a frustratingly opaque protagonist. There are gorgeous moments here, but a stifling lack of story.
reviewed About Grace on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
wonderfully written...moving ....sad.
reviewed About Grace on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The setting reminded me of Smilla's Sense of Snow. The protagonist's life and search for meaning lead the reader through a maze as he searches for his daughter and finds grace throughout the journey. I really liked it.
Nee avatar reviewed About Grace on + 82 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A very interesting and symbolic novel. Great for book clubs!
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Helpful Score: 1
It is rare for me not to finish a book I start, but this was one of those cases. I thought the premise was fascinating--a man who can foretell tragedy for his family, but the execution failed for me. There were times I felt like I was reading a science textbook because there was so much about water and snow.
justreadingabook avatar reviewed About Grace on + 1710 more book reviews
Intriguing and haunting. The whole story about a man who has dreams that come true and how one dream changes his whole life.
Written beautifully and with descriptions of all that is around you. Senses seem to be engaged at all times.
It is not an easy book to read, you will find yourself asking, What the heck?, and Why?, but hang on and continue to read and find the answer later on.
Shows the kindness in others, the fear in ourselves and the love we have for all.
reviewed About Grace on + 46 more book reviews
Interesting story, although it drags in the middle. Author is very descriptive of the setting and the characters feelings, but I was anxious for him to "just get on with the story". Moves too slow for my taste.
Munro avatar reviewed About Grace on + 95 more book reviews
David Winkler, the 59-year-old protagonist of Anthony Doerr's debut novel, About Grace, is a dreamer but not, alas, of the carefree, California kind. Instead Winkler is a modern-day Cassandra who dreams about future events -- some momentous, some trivial -- and when he tries to warn people, he meets, for the most part, with incredulity and skepticism. As a result of this questionable gift, he also shares characteristics with two other legendary figures: Like Oedipus, Winkler is cursed with a terrible prophecy about himself that he does his utmost to avoid, and, like Odysseus, he must go on a long journey and endure many hardships before he can return home. In the hands of a lesser writer, these mythic premises might prove disastrous, but in those of the wonderfully talented Doerr, the result is a beautiful and expansive novel. A Washington Post Bookworld Best Book of the Year
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This book is about a man who, even as a young boy, could dream of the future and then watch it happen minutes, hours or days later. It was never a good event, always something horrible tragic. As an adult, he has repeated dreams that he is the one responsible for his daughter's death. To avoid this fate, he escapes to another country, another life. It has become tedious at this point, with the same recurring dream. It made me depressed. D.