Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review–The Heart Broke In by James Meek

The Heart Broke In

I had a hard time getting into The Heart Broke In by James Meek.  I could not remember who was who.  My notes for the book read:  "Bec - trying to find a cure for malaria" and "Ritchie - Bec's brother, married to Karin"  and "Alex is Harry's nephew."  But once I finally got everyone straight - almost halfway through the book, it started to come together for me.  I started caring about the characters. 

I am not one of those people who analyzes books - what does this mean, what does that mean, what is the author trying to say.  I just read for entertainment.  But it is obvious even to me, that this book is about betrayal.  Every one is betrayed and/or betrays someone.  But through it all, the human spirit keeps going.  They keep on loving.  They keep on living. 

As I said before, after I finally settled on who was who, I really enjoyed following the characters.  Some books are plot driven, this one is definitely character driven.  You live their lives, you feel their pain, you share their triumphs.  

I didn't highlight many passages (too busy sorting characters out), but here is a prime example of the fine writing:

"None of these was the memory of what it meant:  the beginning of a time when being with Alex forever became something that would happen unless she stopped it."

Isn't that wonderful?  I think that totally captures that moment in a relationship.  This is why I read books, to have an author put into words what I have experienced, but can't state so eloquently.  


Joanne said...

That is a GREAT sentence. Wow. I think I really do need to read this!

Marjie said...

I hate it when it takes so long to figure out the characters, but I'm glad you were able to enjoy this book.

shabby girl said...

Too many characters too soon is a spoiler for me. There has to be some pretty special writing for me to hang in there with it until I figure it out.