I didn't like the characters-- except for Mavis, and she was nixed from the story so quickly. I guess I was just expecting this great love story, and I got a story written in hillbilly colloquial context. At some points, it was just confusing because I don't speak hillbilly as a 2nd language. Then, one of the uneducated characters, like Jack, would use a word like 'accumulate.
Anyway, I'm done ranting. I would not suggest for anybody to waste their time reading this book. Sep 26, Linda Lipko rated it did not like it. After reading Ellen Foster, I thought I simply had to read more by this author. I made a special trip to the library to obtain another. While I realize it is difficult to follow one superb book with another, this one fell flat, was choppy, was boring and I'm very glad I read Ellen Foster first or I would not have continued to read more.
Ruby Trip is privileged by southern, small-town farm standards.
She has loving parents who dote on her and who can afford food on the table and After reading Ellen Foster, I thought I simply had to read more by this author. She has loving parents who dote on her and who can afford food on the table and a roof over their head.
Ruby was pampered to the detrimental extent that when unsupervised she makes very poor choices, including running away to marry a near-do-well migrant worker. Jack Stokes is a tenant farmer, poor in worldly goods, rich in a loving spirit and gentleness toward ruby. Rescuing Ruby from poverty when her abusive husband dies, Jack shows Ruby respect, patience and a life of kind understanding.
This is the story of Ruby and Jack as they grow to love each other. A story is one of a loving untraditional relationship, with one chapter told by Ruby and another by Jack. View all 4 comments. Mar 28, Tara rated it it was amazing. I loved this simple, oft-told story of two down-and-out people who find each under and get pleasure in the duty of caring for one another. The story and setting are not unique, but the voice of both characters, and the collage the story is laid out in, and the insights resonate with me still.
OK, and I cried at the end. Not many books can make me do that anymore. Sep 08, Elizabeth C.
I jumped out of the water and went running home in time to get the second call. Instead, and we should be happy about this, East of Eden, thanks to Oprah, was one of the most widely read books of , and the same will likely be true of One Hundred Years of Solitude in One of the reviews on this book was from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. The Best Way to Play offers your child an example of great way to have fun—using TV instead of being used by it. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. The Poisonwood Bible , by Barbara Kingsolver. The story takes place in a rural farming community and is a wonderful mixture of humour, seriousness So good.
Haynes rated it it was ok Shelves: Started strong and drew me in, but then slowly fell apart. May 30, Melinda McGuire rated it really liked it. I can't seem to talk about the novel without including details from the plot. I read Ellen Foster first.
So, off I went to find A Virtuous Woman. I loved this connection. These characters are fleshed out and flawed, but they love each other. They share a life together. And, when Ruby dies, she does all that she can to ensure Jack is taken care of for as long as possible. His love for her threatens to send him into a downward spiral he cannot recover from, but then, he is saved by a gift.
I enjoy the style of writing in this book. I enjoyed the change in the points of view. I enjoyed the characters and their development. I also enjoy the dialogue, the setting, the sensory details. Again, it is a gritty, earthy story that is about two people who love each other and share a life together.
I would NOT classify it as romance. I would classify it as a southern gothic story. Jul 26, Suzanne rated it it was ok. Gosh, for such a small book, it took me forever to read it. While I enjoyed Gibbon's writing style, she really does a good job making her characters lifelike, it just never took off for me.
It was very slow paced. Nothing exciting happened that made me anxious to pick it back up after I put it down. Lesser characters Tiny Fran and Roland were painted as stereo-typical small-minded and selfish archetypes, creating the brunt of the conflicts in the story. The main characters, Jack and Ruby initial Gosh, for such a small book, it took me forever to read it. The main characters, Jack and Ruby initially came off as a cute mismatched pair, She the young beauty.
He the skinny older man and I enjoyed reading about them, but if the author was inferring that Ruby was a virtuous woman, I'm not sure I'd agree. Virtuous means righteous, good, pure, upstanding. Half way through the story, Ruby and Jack, along with their neighbor, Burr, seem to take too much enjoyment out of tormenting the antagonists.
Jack and Ruby's ridicule and often harsh reactions to the antagonists' infractions made them nearly as unlikeable as the people they condemned. It's not often I come out of a book not sure of the point of the story. Sep 12, June rated it liked it. This was a very spare novel about a husband and wife, Ruby and Jack. The author alternates the POV between the two. I found the vernacular a little confusing at first, and the switching between narrators had me flipping back and forth to see who was speaking. The last two or three chapters were told by other narrators, and that was interesting.
The book gives a very intimate look into their lives.
You find out early on that Ruby is dying of lung cancer. It reminded me of some of Annie Proulx's b This was a very spare novel about a husband and wife, Ruby and Jack. It reminded me of some of Annie Proulx's books. The prose is very spartan.
A Virtuous Woman (Oprah's Book Club) [Kaye Gibbons] on uzotoqadoh.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt. Editorial Reviews. uzotoqadoh.tk Review. Oprah Book Club® Selection, October Gibbons's novel, A Virtuous Woman, takes place in the same hardscrabble .
These characters say what they need to in few words. It's intimate, but not overly introspective, which is nice.
Sep 12, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: I started this book twice. The first time I thought it odd, rather strange yet in the back of my head I knew I have loved all of Kaye Gibbons books, so decided to start again. This book ripped at my heartstrings. It is so honest, told one chapter from the husband and one from the wife. It was short, an easy read. I don't often run across the word virtuous - it's definition is: Ruby was truly that. Sep 19, Louize rated it liked it.
Bauknight and the Bible reference was from Proverbs That day was my birthday.
A virtuous woman, Ruby was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. She was more worried about how Jack will get by without her. Being orphaned at an early age, it was difficult for Jack to let go of Ruby. She was the only tangible evidence of life for him… the only one who truly cared.
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Mother of Pearl , by Melinda Haynes. A Fine Balance , by Rohinton Mistry. Sula , by Toni Morrison. Tara Road , by Maeve Binchy.
Where the Heart Is , by Billie Letts. These characters pursue their dreams of success and freedom amidst the oppression imposed by their sex, race, religion, or social class. Paradise , by Toni Morrison. Cane River , by Lalita Tademy. Vinegar Hill , by A. The Rapture of Canaan , by Sheri Reynolds. Mixing honesty with humor, these coming-of-age tales follow young men and women as they come to terms with the unpredictable world they live in—and find their place within it.
Song of Solomon , by Toni Morrison. The Book of Ruth , by Jame Hamilton. Ellen Foster , by Kaye Gibbons.
White Oleander , by Janet Fitch. The Treasure Hunt , by Bill Cosby. The Best Way to Play offers your child an example of great way to have fun—using TV instead of being used by it. With their insight on mental health, physical illness, and racial prejudice, these stories question our common perceptions of normalcy and beauty. Stones from the River , by Ursula Hegi. The Bluest Eye , by Toni Morrison. In a better world, Steinbeck and Marquez, to give two examples, would be so widely read, that naming them for this book club would seem utterly ridiculous. Instead, and we should be happy about this, East of Eden, thanks to Oprah, was one of the most widely read books of , and the same will likely be true of One Hundred Years of Solitude in So, perhaps the earlier incarnation of the Oprah Club was getting ahead of itself as it steered readers to somewhat more obscure books though they had never read, or perhaps even heard of, many of the classics.
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