Goodreads has its flaws
with the hateful trolls and system errors,
let’s not forget that it was set up initially to bring together readers and books.
One of the discussion groups over at Goodreads votes for two books to discuss amongst them each month.
TIME TO LET GO
has been nominated as one of the books for September, so this is your opportunity to talk about the book with other readers.
That is if……
you want to do this
if the book gets selected.
You have three days to vote for the book you would like to discuss. Voting will remain open until the 24nd. Here is the link to the vote.
I especially liked learning more about how people cope with Alzhelmers Disease.
The theme of this novel is so important to so many people that reviewers have tended to focus on that; and indeed Christoph Fischer handles his subject with a delicate sensitivity which impresses. But I’d like to focus, instead, on the skill and creativity with which Fischer brings his characters to life, plunges deep inside their emotions and thoughts, and makes us feel that we know them and know all about them. Hanna, an attractive woman who has escaped from the constant putdowns of her father during her growing years to create an exciting and fulfilling life for herself as an air hostess, has experienced the death of a passenger and is going through the turmoil, both emotional and practical, which this has brought her. Going home for a few days rest she is drawn inevitably into the situation caused by her mother’s disease. Walter, her father, a man set in his own ways and with very definite opinions, believes that the way to treat his wife Biddy is to keep her to a regular routine. Hanna thinks a little change and excitement would be more stimulating for her mother. As we see the results of this conflict we learn more and more about Walter and about Hanna. Then there is the elder son, Henrik, who thinks his mother needs the professional care she would get in a Home. Henrik, a successful businessman, has spent his life proving that he is better than his younger brother Patrick, and finding continually that his father cares more about Patrick than about him. Patrick himself has cut himself off from his family and refuses even to visit Biddy, because he is afraid to reveal his secrets to his father. This all makes for fascinating and engrossing reading. There are moments of happiness, such as the joyful reaction of Biddy to the dog and the swans, both when she is with Hanna and then later with Walter; and there are times of deep sadness as when Walter tries to force his wife to remember something which is clearly beyond her ability. Walter’s love for Biddy, which is so important to him, humanises a man who might otherwise seem hard and stern.
Quite apart from the character drawing, this is a very well written book. It has a style which never drags and which is never wordy or annoying. Once started, I felt myself drawn in and wanting to go on reading.
Time To Let Go is far above most of the books I’ve read recently.