Why don't you girls pick on somebody your own size?
better question... how could you stand that tiny little brat?
Don't you judge me! And don't you judge little Vinnie.
You gave Lavinia much too much credit. She was such a B.
How would YOU behave if you were different from EVERYBODY else, a "freak", in pre-politically correct world? A tiny person in a Giant Land, pointed at, jeered at, picked up like a doll, sold as a sex slave... almost.
I enjoyed reading the reviews. I'm still curious though since I didn't finish the book what happened to her sister. How did she die and why does she blame herself?
If I was a relative of hers, I would sue this author for defamation.
Of all the people who got judged by her looks, she should have been the least judgy judgerson of all. But no, she was the worst midget judger ever.
I would have either stayed in the fetal position or been a "self-absorbed, selfish, arrogant, condescending, uppity, heartless, cold, manipulative, opportunistic, cruel, self-righteous, judgmental hypocrite.”
Completely agree with Landee, about how the author over-used foreshadowing, and never lived up to her promises.
She got preggerz because Vinnie was stupid and didn't tell her that she'd get torn in two giving birth.
The foreshadowing was my biggest pet peeve."And I kissed her goodnight knowing she was safe..... for now" DUH DUH DUNNNNNNN.
I assume the best of people, Markie, so I would assume she would have handled it just fine. Embraced it. Not turned into a selfish brat.
Not sure why Markie keeps defending Vinnie. How tall are you Markie?
Markie must have a midget fetish he's not fessing up to.
I love little people, even grumpy ones... like Grumpy.
I thought it was so arogant of Vinnie to assume blame for Minnie's death! Minnie was a grown woman and could make her own decisions. I don't believe for a second that she didn't understand the risks, I think she was just willing to take them since she wanted a baby so badly.
I wish I had my own tiny person.
Oh, that's terrible. What man in his right mind got Vinnie's sister pregnant????
I loved when Barnum pointed out to Vinnie how arogant is she for assuming blame for Minnie's death, cuz I was thinking the same thing!
I thought that too Jenny. How dare she try to take the blame! And then try to blame PT even. Vinnie has issues. I was thinking about it and if Minnie really was 30 lbs. that would be like Brynn (5 years old) giving birth to a full term baby. Yikes.
So, I'm not arguing that the author portrayed her as all that mean stuff you girls said, and yes I think it was dumb to blame herself for Minnies death, but I know people like that. I don't despise them though.
We weren't told very much about Minnie's relationship or marriage, as the author instead spent her words telling us more boring and uninteresting stuff. Did the author lack the imagination to tackle the interesting stuff? Was it too daunting? What's the deal!!??
Every night I had to MAKE myself read this book and then after a while of spending so much time with someone I didn't like I just couldn't do it anymore.
Don't you give her some credit for being brave enough to teach school knowing the kids would always be laughing and taunting her? And credit for being brave enough to leave home and tour the world?
You don't have to HATE her Markie. But do you want to know her every bratty thought? No.
It wasn't only Vinnie's likability factor that was a problem, it was also just a very dull book.
So willing to accept, embrace, and applaud the depressing deaths and irreparable damage done to the leading characters of The Book Thief and The Hunger Games trilogy, but so unforgiving of the minor character flaws of a little dwarf.
I would never read another book by this author. I'm not one for taking real, live people, and recreating their lives and telling their stories. Shows a lot of arrogance on the part of the author if you ask me. I'm with Jenny on the defamation suit.
I hate reading the thoughts of a character who just doesn't get it. It's annoying. How can she not see what a condescending hypocrite she was being? How could she think that every little person but HER was simpleminded?
I agree it was a dull book. I had to force myself to read too sometimes. I also don't think the author did justice to what I believe was a very interesting subject.
I will say that a part that made me sad was when the Astor daughter (or Vanderbilt or something) was saying how her mom used to dress Vinnie up like her like a doll. ANd when Charles mentioned about the Egyptian guys laughing at them.
Stay on task here, Markie. Besides, those are strange comparisons. We're talking about her personality.
I didn't finish. What did I miss?
Right on as far as dull. Dull, uninteresting, boring.....all that. I even skipped to the end to see if anything exciting happened and I couldn't find any meat at all to the book.The difference, Markie, between this book and The Book Thief and The Hunger Games is so grand that I'm not sure I have enough hours to explain that to you. To sum it up, this one is boring and the others are captivating.
@ Amanda, "I'm not one for taking real, live people, and recreating their lives and telling their stories. Shows a lot of arrogance on the part of the author if you ask me." Did you read These is My Words Amanda? I think the problem is just that the author didn't do it very well.
Best parts of the book were her time on the river boat, and the fire at the end. Those are the only times anything happened.
Well, there was a little war going on. What did you think of the little "intermissions"?
I also liked when Barnum was around. That's it.
Well, I almost didn't watch Top Chef: Just Desserts so that I could make some progress on the book and now I am glad I didn't. In Markie's defense, The Body Finder was awesome, especially chapter 17...
Would you trust this author to write a fictional biography of you, Markie?
Or anyone else?
And, yes, Vinnie, we get it... your gloves need to be custom made. Fhs.
The writing was dull but I have read duller books. And I agree about the excessive foreshadowing.
Read about her on Wiki, Eek. It's more interesting and more accurate, and much quicker.
No, haven't read "These Is My Words" but if you say it's well done I would be willing to read it.
Yes, I would trust her to write my life. I just hope she doesn't leave out the part where I was going to be an electronics engineer, but changed my major to computer science.... so exciting!
lol @ Markie
I thought the intermissions were random. Some were applicable. Some were random.I was bugged about the Mormon thing at first... but then I remembered when we toured the Lion House this summer and I got totally creeped out talking about "the mommies." Gag.
Although Vinnie was a world traveler in the 1860-70s, had seen all these exotic locations and cultures, nothing was more shocking and horrific than her encounter with them Mormons down in UT. Charight! That's the author's hand in there. That's just pure laziness. An easy jab.
My grandmother started writing her autobiography at age 32. She started writing again at age 60 or so. Very fascinating stuff and very well written. Wish I had time to write my life, but there's too much living to do. Busy, busy, busy all the time.
Don't worry, Markie, she only needs the "bones" of your story. She'll do what she has to do to, even if that means you come out hated.
I am writing my life on my blog. I am just on intermission.
I'm sure she'd focus mainly on his dislike of The Book Thief. That would paint him as a ridiculous fool.
I'm used to being hated. Especially in this book club.
I wonder if Vinnie kept a journal? How did the author come up with the time line for her story? How did the author decide on this arrogant personality? Hmm.
Thanks for validating my comment Landee.
No prob, Markie. I gotcher back.
Anybody else been to a freak show? What did you see?
Her conclusions are unfounded to me. But she's not the only one who thinks Vinnie was probably a huge B. ::pointing at Markie::
Now I'm just wondering if someone kept track of all the famous people Vinnie met or if someone researched everyone who had met Vinnie and then added them all up to create a story? I wish I knew more about her meeting Brigham Young. Was that her idea or his?
You age yourself when you say you've been to a freak show. :)
I was called up on the stage of freak show before. As part of an illusion one of the freaks was performing. He pretended to remove my bra and got a huge laugh.
I think Vinnie was a tablespoon of "B" and gallon of courage.
How many times has Anthony performed that trick?
I think she got a lot of that info from news paper accounts, A. She said they were always in the new. Front page stories, even tho the war was happening.
Well I did enjoy this discush. I better put my seven dwarfs to bed. Night everybody. Thanks Markie for the pick. You are a good sport. :)
Wow, markie. I have no words.
Thanks Amanda, sorry for the pick.
Only three times, Markie. We have three kids, and that's the only evidence to prove it, so it's safe to assume it only happened thrice.<--using the author's logic.
I wonder how her other book about Alice in Wonderland is.
1. I made the mistake of reading about her on Wiki BEFORE reading the book.2. It was torture making myself read it. Booooor-iiiing.3. I've always wanted a midget for Christmas (that and a gay) and never get one. This book may have cured me of that forever.4.I appreciate VERY much Markie stepping up to choose a book, even if it wasn't my fave.
I'm glad you weren't split in two. You are a tiny little thing.
Oh, newspapers, that makes complete sense. It would be like someone writing about Brangelina 100 years from now and getting all their info from magazines. Nice. Says a lot about our society how war can be going on and still we are fascinated by entertainment. I guess some things never change.
Thanks for not being a hater Memzy!!!
I read the Alice book. It was almost as boring as this one, and I just barely liked Alice. She was a pretty terrible person as well, according to author.
Markie, you're grossing me out...
I am kinda like Vinnie in that way.
I would rather read about midgets than the war. BORING!
Like YOU Markie, but not Vinnie. And you didn't read it before you chose it, so you can't accept blame. That's really very arrogant of you. Plus, you gave us Gen. I am forever in your debt.
I can't imagine what Minnie must have looked like at full term ::shiver::
Don't apologize for the pick Markie. I got it from the library so no worries.Okay, really going to put the kiddos to bed now. Night.
I'm glad I read it, too. So I will know to avoid this author in the future.
That's the beauty of picking a new book. You can't take it personally. PS Prevention powders.
So did anybody finish Divergent? I just started it.
Yes, Memzy! I get my little person fix watching "Little People, Big World."
I stayed up until 4am reading Divergent. I think it would make a good discussion.
Does anyone want to pick the next book, or should we read Divergent and make Sam be in charge again?
Where did everybody go?
Idk, went back to watching 9-11 documentaries?
I haven't read Divergent and I probably won't unless forced by the SRBC. Let me know if I'm forced.
I read Divergent and really liked it. It was a quick and easy read. Riley also read and loved it.
Ok, well I guess this discussion is over. I vote we force Landee to read Divergent. Goodnight everybody & thanks for your participation.
Do you wanna pick the book, Landee? Or should we force you to read Divergent?
Sorry I didn't make it I was putting my little guy to bed. I read the first couple of chapters but wasn't really getting into it. I had to push myself through those chapters. Now that I hear that the rest of the book was slow movin I'm glad I didn't force myself through it. I can't wait to find out whats next. If Landee is forced to read Divergent I think she will be glad she did!! Seriously, sooo good!!
Like Landee I haven't read Divergent and will never get around to it unless it's a SRBC pick. I've heard it's non-dull so I would be all for it. Sounds like an easy, quick read.This is just an aside.....on my to-read list is The Language of Flowers. Has anyone heard anything about it or read it? It just came out in August. I heard an interview with the author on NPR and I was fascinated by her story. When it's my turn to pick the monthly book I think that's what I'll choose. So consider yourselves warned, ha ha.
Post a Comment