The Great Alone

The Great Alone

Book - 2018
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Jun 16, 2021

Dec/21 book club

Apr 28, 2021

How many people, in 2018, allowed a thin white woman to create a “magical negro”/ “mammy” trope character AND call her “LARGE MARGE”??!! I couldn’t pick my jaw up from the floor when she had the audacity to DESCRIBE HER HAIR at one point calling it “etch-a-sketch shavings GLUED TO HER HEAD” and constantly described her size and the furniture “groaning in complaint against her weight”. Disgusting. Do. BETTER.

Additionally, the story has about 3 too many tragedies, it would have been more poignant, and drawn a stronger thematic metaphor between the characters and the terrain they inhabit if the book had ended after the “main event” you see coming the whole way. It also felt really regressive AND lazy to have forced, unplanned, trauma-born motherhood as a “redemption” plot. Booo.

I loved the setting and imagining living there, but beyond that you can tell she’s a commercial novelist. Will NOT give her any support/money again. She needs to educate herself.

ArapahoeJulia Apr 26, 2021

Wow. Just wow. This book was INTENSE and WILD and RIVETING. I highly recommend. There is immense pain, but also unbelievable strength and resilience. The reader experiences incredible love, heartbreaking loss, and the power that lies in surviving another day.

Apr 16, 2021

This was, at best, a 3.5 star book. I was expecting big things after all the hype and this book just dragged. I think it suffered from previous-book-fame wherein the editors in charge of the next book overlook a myriad of issues because they know it will sell anyway. What was so wrong you ask? It was just overlong, by at least a hundred pages. The pace was too slow and there were lost opportunities for show don't tell. The entire first part of the book would have been better served as a series of select flashbacks. I spent 300 pages waiting for the big 'something' to happen. Once it did, the book hummed along at a good pace but until then it was a slogfest.

JCLSteveC Mar 29, 2021

A well written adventure with intense situations.

LCPL_Vivian Mar 08, 2021

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah is a hard-hitting historical fiction that is set in Alaska. It's a survival story, but the characters are trying to endure more than just the weather. The father in the story has PTSD from the Vietnam war, and he becomes very toxic and abusive to everyone around him. The story mainly follows Leni, his daughter, and the struggles she goes through while living in Alaska with what seems like no escape...until she meets Matthew Walker. I really enjoyed it, but I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. There are many content warnings, so proceed with caution when picking this up.

Mar 07, 2021

I loved Kristin Hannah's Nightingale, and this one was equally as awesome. It had adventure, romance, strong women (and one weak link), and huge insight into life living in Alaska. One also got a inside look at domestic abuse. I love fiction with a dose of education. Terrific read!

Feb 15, 2021

This was a very good life adventure story and although the abusive and social issues were near the forefront of the story, they did not overpower the whole. I appreciate that. Thanks for a good read.

Feb 09, 2021

I loved this book so much! I'm having a hard time deciding whether I liked this one or Hannah's other book, The Nightingale, more. It is that good! The story never lagged and there were times that I was anxious reading it because I knew something pivotal was on the horizon. Reading it during the winter when snow is on the ground is an extra treat to being transported to the harshness and beauty that is Alaska.

Feb 03, 2021

I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for a book that tells you about the place: Alaska, maybe this book is not for you. But if you want to read about a life journey of someone's, this is very interesting and a good story line. (I think.) A lot of subjects are not easy to handle but I believe all those subjects are happens everywhere around the world.
I am looking forward to reading more of Hannah's books.

Jan 13, 2021

If you would like to read about an alcoholic, abusive man, his co-dependent wife and the daughter that has to live with them then this is for you. It is not about Alaska. It is written in a mediocre style for a young adult. Very disappointing!

Jan 06, 2021

I really enjoyed this book but there is some definitely dark content and there were times the scenes were a bit hard to read. Loved where it ended though.

Dec 28, 2020

Writes beautifully about Alaska. Its cold, desolation yet warm community, and how the people survive. The book however, was too predictable. For all the beauty in the book, the domestic violence was too dark a contrast. Did not enjoy the novel as much as her last one, The Nightingale.

Dec 11, 2020

recommended by kay

Dec 09, 2020

I highly recommend this book! The story is told from Leni's point of view and follows her journey with her parents to Alaska. Many difficult subjects are discussed: PTSD, domestic abuse, divorce, and the death of a parent. The characters are very well developed and the story line is believable. I could feel the emotions of the characters and at times had to put the book down for a break. I am looking forward to reading more of Hannah's books.

Nov 20, 2020

A good read and quite a thick book so it lasts a long time. The description of Alaska is beautiful. I had a hard time with the last 200 pages. It felt like the main character kept having bad things happen just to keep the story going. There were a couple instances in those last 200 pages where I felt the characters made a choice that was out of character or just felt under developed. You want the character to have a hopeful ending but it felt like I was never going to get it because so many bad things happen in the last half of the book.

Nov 19, 2020

An amazing story. At times difficult to read the traumatic situations, but overall an amazing read. The growth and development of the characters; their drive. The world of their lives, came alive in my mind. It truly took me away to the world of Alaska int her dark. A great read. Thank you Kristin Hannah.

Nov 01, 2020

Excellent book. Great writing, characters you feel, you have to read this book.

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 28, 2020

This story stole my heart! It is beautifully written, with gorgeous descriptions of Alaska, and is wonderfully atmospheric. I didn't want to leave this story or these characters. I could write forever about this book, my thoughts, and love for this story.

Oct 12, 2020

Being a visual person, this book was like watching a movie of Alaska and the family unprepared for homesteading in the 70's. Her description of the relationship between Cora and Ernt was from someone who obviously understands the abused woman. The character development was superb with the deep and abiding love of a mother and her child. The book made me want to visit Alaska as it was and not as a tourist.

Sep 21, 2020

This book was good but hard to read in a lot of ways. It is hard to read about abuse and domestic violence. There is a lot of education in the book about the Alaska of the 60's and 70's. The ending was a bit corny.

Sep 18, 2020

I have never read a book from this author, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. I love all things related to homesteading and the wilderness. This book was really well done, and I was in love with the first 1/3rd of it. In a way, I do wish I had only read part I, because it felt like it was finished in and of itself. Part II seemed a bit dramatic and unrealistic to me. However, I still enjoyed the whole book and she did a great job writing the characters.

Sep 14, 2020

Such a good read! This was my introduction to Kristin Hannah and I can say am in the process of reading all of her works. I cried twice reading it, and once you are finished you will know where. I wish the ending was a little longer, but it was a fantastic read.

Sep 14, 2020

This one should have been the award winner.
It's not a happy story but it is sooo well told.
You get a wonderful feeling for what life is like in Alaska and for the people who choose to live there. It is a book that succeeds on so many levels.
Highly recommend you read it.

Sep 07, 2020

Dragged out unnecessarily in the first three quarters of the story which for me, made the outcome a little rushed in comparison.

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