Monday, April 30

Book Review: Fall On Your Knees


Title: Fall On Your Knees

Author: Ann-Marie MacDonald

Pages: 566

Summary: A sprawling saga about five generations of a family from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is the impressive first fiction from Canadian playwright and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald. This epic tale of family history, family secrets, and music centers on four sisters and their relationships with each other and with their father. Set in the coal-mining communities of Nova Scotia in the early part of this century, the story also shifts to the battlefields of World War I and the jazz scene of New York City in the 1920s.

My Rating: 9.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Fall on Fall on Your Knees was an incredible, riveting read. There were many times were it was hard to put the book down, as I was so involved in the story. I think it's safe to say this is a book that will likely be one of my favourite books of the year.

The writing style was what initially pulled me in, from the first few pages the author had me hooked by how the story was told. Something about it just grabbed me and kept my attention. The book moved slowly, which helped develop the characters and plot, but it wasn't noticeable in most cases because of lovely writings style. The ending was spectacular and beautiful, I was surprised by parts of it (and disturbed out by other parts), but many of those plot developments were tied into the story beautifully - although I do wish the reader was able to experience some of these plot revelations more directly.

The characters were well done, although I don't have a favourite in the book I still enjoyed there stories and development. I did find some of them hard to like at times, but even those characters had some great development - especially Kathleen. She was a character I found to be very unlikeable, until near the end f the book when secrets were revealed, then I grew to really enjoy her character, especially on an emotional level. All of the characters are well rounded, complex and have multiple layers, some more apparent than others, but the characters were well written.

As I said above, the plot did move slowly at times, which was a good thing for me because it gave me a chance to savour the book and story longer. But there were a few times were I did want it to progress a little faster, but that was a minor issue.  Overall a wonderful read which I highly recommend!
Would I recommend it to read: I would, this was such an amazing read - and hard to tear myself away from it at times. I'd highly recommend the book.

What to read next: More Canadian Classics and Award Winners



11 comments:

  1. It's on my TBR pile! I Tried to read one of other books ans I couldn't go through. Now, I'm looking forward to read this one!

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  2. I read this book many moons ago, and it is still one that I think of often. I agree that the writing style was incredible and it was a story that just floored me. I am so incredibly happy that you loved this one so much! Your review totally made my day!

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    1. I'm glad I made your day! It was a fantastic read and I will check out the author again soon!

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  3. I borrowed this from Serena ages ago and still haven't read it. Sounds like I'm going to have to change that. Thanks for the warning that it's a bit slow in parts. I'll keep that in mind.

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    1. Borrowed ages ago and still haven't read it? Well then, I hope you get a chance to read it soon. The slow parts aren't too bad in this book, they're there, but it wasnt a huge issue for me.

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  4. I've actually re-read this and still found it completely riveting. It's the kind of book that's perfect for long travels and waiting room reading: the story just won't let go. I still have her second novel close at hand, but feel as though I wanted to wait until this one faded (again) so that I can properly appreciate something else and now just want "another FOYK"!

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    1. I will definitely track down and read her second novel at some point - just don't know when, but you are right, it best to wait so you're able to appreciate it as it is.

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  5. I bought this book a long time ago and have never gotten to it. Unfortunately, I think I got rid of it at some point, so I'll have to track down another copy.

    I sent you an email, by the way. Hoping it doesn't go to spam!

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    1. Ooo! You must get another copy and read it ASAP! I did get your email and replayed. To it the other day.

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  6. I read this way back when it came out. I liked it, but hardly remember it any more. I need to read her other book. I did read her play...

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    1. I also plan to read her other book. I may read her play to, although plays are generally out of my reading comforts, it's always worth trying to get out of those comfort zones.

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