[Reading] ➿ Dream When You're Feeling Blue By Elizabeth Berg – Dolove.info
This book was SUCH a disappointment I d heard of the author, kept seeing the book around, and decided to give it a shot It started out okay and got better as the story moved forward Some of the period references got old for example, instead of just mentioning rations, the author went on and on, describing the different ways this affected their lives , but I was willing to overlook that because I was drawn into the lives of the main characters When I neared the end, I thought how much I was actually enjoying this book and then the author went and wrote the absolute worst ending I have ever read in a book Seriously The ending absolutely ruined the book for me it skipped forward in the future, robbing the reader of understanding WHY anything happened and HOW it happened, and it seemed like the author did not know how else to end it but wanted to surprise the readers It completely ruined my opinion of the book It just made me mad and did not make me ever want to read another thing by this author I hate it when an ending is bad, but it s even worse when the ending is SO bad that it makes you forget all the good parts about the novel I ve enjoyed many of other Elizabeth Berg s novels, which are well written summer quick reads with satisfying endings, but thought that this one was a clunker The story revolves around three Irish Catholic sisters in Chicago during World War II Berg s novel shouts, I did research on World War II at the expense of creating a flowing narrative or an interesting plot The ending is entirely unbelievable. I picked up this one for our summer reading program Of course it s fun to read about the city I live in during a different time period This is Chicago in 1943 during the second world war, when so many young guys were being shipped overseas Three Irish sisters, Kitty the glamour girl , Louise the sensible one , and Tish the youngest and flirtiest , deal with life at home while their boyfriends go off to fight Louise is in the most serious relationship Her boyfriend proposes before he leaves The other two sisters flirt with soldiers at the local USO dances They write letters to their guys They eat gross meals prepared with rationed food They listen to FDR s speeches on the radio Kitty takes a patriotic factory job, only to find that the men there sexually harass the women workers, and that she isn t given a seat on the streetcar because she s wearing unladylike pants Little details show how much Berg must have researched the time period She says in her acknowledgments that she did a lot of her research here at the downtown library and even thanks some librarians that I know She also really has a knack for writing about the intimate details of family life I didn t like the ending It felt tossed in as an afterthought and ruined the flow of the rest of the book She killed off the one character that I just she would off I was annoyed that the one tragedy was so predictable If you don t read the last 20 pages, it s a wonderful book I can see how many people would find it overly sentimental and sappy, though. I like Elizabeth Berg s books, and I didn t plan on reading it because I heard the ending sucked My grandma liked it and told me I should give a try anyway She grew up in the era Berg writes about in this book, and told me her mom and stepdad were so happy that she was old enough to qualify for coffee stamps because they couldn t get enough of it It s hard to imagine having to ration anything, let alone coffee.After reading it The ending pissed me off way too much to enjoy it the way I would like Despite the rest of the book, which gave a glimpse into the life of women who wait for men off at war during WW two, the end was abrupt and so STUPID SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT..Who really thinks it s for the best to shove the love of her life onto her sister so her sister can be herself again Basically freaking Kitty spends the rest of her life missing Hank and not having kids, and he apparently still loves her too, though he does eventually marry her stupid sister instead of sticking with her, though we don t know why.and freaking Louise just assumes everything is fine and that Kitty and Hank weren t that seriousI don t care how serious a relationship is, if my sister was dating someone, I wouldn t freaking marry him because that is wrong. Four discs into an 8 disc book, I m bailing I gave it a lot of play, because I really like the WWII home front setting, butThis book was TERRIBLE It had all the character depth and dialogue truth of Nancy Drew whom I m not criticizing, because she is a mid century series character written for children by multiple people , except with an eccchy Greatest Generation gloss Every character was a stereotype and every speech was some variation on Gee whillikers or It s a bird It s a plane Instead of providing the living skeleton which lets the narrative drape and move over it, the historical research poked through, page after page of jarring, unnatural Facts in Action jutting out of the prose gee whillikers.Note I didn t even GET to the ending that so many readers are objecting to, not least because I realized, as an impetus to ejecting the disc, that I legitimately don t care which overseas love interest dies or what the aftermath is Also, for the reader who liked it because it s like Little Women yeah, that will happen when you just steal the paper doll version of the characters and stick em in your book To clarify Kitty is Jo, Louise is Meg, and Tish is Amy Think the analogy s bad because there s no Beth Wrong Tommy is Beth Jesus Christ. Book on CD read by the author.2.5 From the book jacket Berg takes us to Chicago at the time of World War II in this story about three sisters, their lively Irish family, and the men they love As the novel opens, Kitty and Louise Heaney say good bye to their boyfriends Julian and Michael, who are going to fight overseas On the domestic front the Heaney sisters sit at their kitchen table every evening to write letters Louise to her fianc , Kitty to the man she wishes fervently would propose, and youngest sister Tish to an ever changing group of men she meets at USO dances In the letters the sisters send and receive are intimate glimpses of life both on the battlefront and at home The lifelong consequences of the choices the sisters make are at the heart of this suprb novel about the power of love and the enduring strength of family.My reactionsIt started out okay, got very interesting in the middle and then completely lost credulity in the last two chapters Lost a whole star there.I have to say that what I most enjoyed about this novel was the look at everyday life on the domestic front during this very trying time in history I especially liked the way Berg painted Kitty s own awakening to her true ambitions and goals in life, and how she talked about the way that the roles of women in America were forever being changed by the requirements of war I also really enjoyed the strong family dynamics in the Heaney family mother Margaret, father Frank, and younger brothers all added layers of nuance to the central story of the three Heaney sisters Berg narrated the audio version herself She does a credible job, but she should really let a professional voice artist read her books. Kitty E Louise Heaney Despedem Se Dos Respectivos Namorados, Julian E Michael, Que V O Combater Na Segunda Guerra Mundial As Irm S Heaney Sentam Se Mesa Da Cozinha, Todas As Noites, Para Escrever Cartas Louise, Ao Noivo Kitty, Ao Homem De Quem Anseia Ardentemente Receber Um Pedido De Casamento E A Terceira, Tish Heaney, A Um Grupo De Homens, Sempre Diferente, Que Ela Vai Conhecendo Nos Bailes Da United Service Organization Nas Cartas Que As Irm S Enviam E Recebem, H Imagens Fugazes E Ntimas Da Vida, Tanto Na Frente De Batalha, Como Em Casa Para Kitty, Uma Jovem Confiante E Voluntariosa, A Partida Do Namorado E As Li Es Que Aprende Sobre Amor, Resist Ncia E Guerra Trar O Uma Surpresa E Revelar O Um Segredo, Levando A A Uma Ac O Radical Em Nome Das Pessoas Que Ama, Que Transformar Para Sempre A Fam Lia Heaney As Consequ Ncias Perenes Das Escolhas Que As Irm S Fazem S O O Centro Deste Magn Fico Romance Sobre O Poder Do Amor E A For A Duradoura Da Fam Lia 4.5 starsI round up I really enjoy reading Elizabeth Berg novels because her characters are believable, the events accurate and settings memorable and because she is always able to keep the story flowing without the crude language graphic sex that seem to be the norm in modern romance and historical fiction This is a character study of how 3 sisters and their Irish American family coped while their sons, husbands, and boyfriends were away during WWII I found the book educational and appreciate the insight I gained reading about this period in my parents generation I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author and it was exceptional. I ve never been over the moon for any Elizabeth Berg book I ve read, but sometimes they hit me at the right time and they re the perfect light read This was not one of those books, and I really wanted it to be It s set in Chicago, on the home front, during WWII if nothing else, I expected to like the details that emerge in the background of these types of stories the music, the dances, the clothes, etc But those details seemed canned The story revolves around the three sisters in the Irish Heaney family, each of whom writes to various soldiers who are fighting overseas The sister the reader gets to know the most is Kitty But Kitty s character wasn t believable to me, particularly her actions as the novel is wrapping up I suppose the reader is meant to think that in acting so selflessly, Kitty has matured But her acts simply didn t ring true to me and while Kitty is indeed quite selfish at the start of the book, I found her selfishness then as over the top as her selflessness at the end. This book takes place in Chicago during WWII and tells the story of 3 sisters who correspond with friends and lovers who have gone to war Lots of description of what it was like to live in the times and you do get transported into the era.I actually listened to this book, and glad of it, as there was a lot of description and daydreams that I would have skimmed thru to get to the meat of the story if I had read it At first with the flowery and long descriptions read surprizingly well by the author I thought oh god, I m not going to be able to stand listening to this , but I was slowly sucked into the story and started looking forward to being able to listen to it.The ending was abrupt and I thought maybe I had skipped a chapter or two and had to go back and listen to it again to make sure I understood the ending I didn t like the ending but it does make you think Similiar to Anita Shreve who never has a happy ending spoiler alert I wished she had gone into how Kitty ending up giving Hank to Louise.