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Sarah's Journey

Post by Mjgarrison » 02 Oct 2017, 10:42

When Sarah was in the boat rowing, I could smell the stench as I was reading, I could feel the bleeding hands. How did you like the descriptions of her journey by herself? Were you scared for her? Was it hard to follow?

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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 02 Oct 2017, 11:17

It was very descriptive. I found all of the nautical talk exhausting though. I thought it disrupted the pacing too much for me to really be scared for her. I found it a little hard to follow, especially in the beginning. I had no idea what was happening and the names and characters were hard for me to keep track of. As they got narrowed down though, it got easier.
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Post by Mjgarrison » 02 Oct 2017, 11:22

@Mallory Whitaker I found it very hard to follow at first, I actually quit reading for a few days, but when I came back to it and went further into the book it started to make more sense. Once it became more clear I really got into the details though.

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Post by Amagine » 02 Oct 2017, 16:36

I like the fact that it was very descriptive. It was the first time I was able to sympathize with her because prior to that, I wasn't her biggest fan.
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Post by Mjgarrison » 02 Oct 2017, 16:39

@Amagine I think you're right, the descriptions of what was going on around really helped to get to know her struggle.

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Post by gali » 02 Oct 2017, 23:07

I found it the most interesting part of the book, but thought it could be shortened.
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Post by Mjgarrison » 02 Oct 2017, 23:10

@gali I agree that it could've been shortened, that might have made it easier to follow.

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Post by Christina Rose » 03 Oct 2017, 00:14

I found it somewhat hard to follow. I had a hard time keeping up with the different characters. It was very descriptive, yes, but it took me longer to get through this part of the novel. I had to kinda slow down.

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Post by hsimone » 03 Oct 2017, 03:38

Christina Rose wrote:I found it somewhat hard to follow. I had a hard time keeping up with the different characters. It was very descriptive, yes, but it took me longer to get through this part of the novel. I had to kinda slow down.
Yeah, I sometimes had a tough time following this storyline. It might have been because it was hard for me to enjoy the read in general, but I will say Sarah was more enjoyable here and afterwards compared to the beginning of the story.
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Post by Amagine » 03 Oct 2017, 05:25

Christina Rose wrote:I found it somewhat hard to follow. I had a hard time keeping up with the different characters. It was very descriptive, yes, but it took me longer to get through this part of the novel. I had to kinda slow down.
I agree with you. There were a lot of parts that were slow and i had a hard time reading it too.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 03 Oct 2017, 11:02

I found the narration fascinating. It used "Indian talk" with the characters being given descriptive names, the men searching for big animal and small animal signs, and the women yearning for journey children. I was there rowing and bailing water out, hiding in the bushes for private business and learning how to make and throw darts.

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Post by Christina Rose » 03 Oct 2017, 20:10

hsimone wrote:
Christina Rose wrote:I found it somewhat hard to follow. I had a hard time keeping up with the different characters. It was very descriptive, yes, but it took me longer to get through this part of the novel. I had to kinda slow down.
Yeah, I sometimes had a tough time following this storyline. It might have been because it was hard for me to enjoy the read in general, but I will say Sarah was more enjoyable here and afterwards compared to the beginning of the story.
She really was a more enjoyable character afterwards.

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Christina Rose wrote:I found it somewhat hard to follow. I had a hard time keeping up with the different characters. It was very descriptive, yes, but it took me longer to get through this part of the novel. I had to kinda slow down.
I agree with you. There were a lot of parts that were slow and i had a hard time reading it too.
You're right about the slow parts. I would occasionally have to reread something because my ADD got the better of me, and my thoughts wandered.

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Post by BoyLazy » 04 Oct 2017, 04:11

I felt the experience but still would suggest better usage of words so that it becomes more interesting.
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Post by Snowflake » 05 Oct 2017, 08:07

Miriam Molina wrote:I found the narration fascinating. It used "Indian talk" with the characters being given descriptive names, the men searching for big animal and small animal signs, and the women yearning for journey children. I was there rowing and bailing water out, hiding in the bushes for private business and learning how to make and throw darts.
I felt this too. I really enjoyed this part of the book, especially the language. After the first narration of her vision, I kept waiting to get back to it and learn more.
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Post by sj_robert » 06 Oct 2017, 04:19

I commend the author for such an immersive experience. I really enjoyed that bit of the book more than the other parts.
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