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1,0 sur 5 étoilesExtreme bias
12 octobre 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Really disappointed in her depiction of pro-lifers. She made no effort to understand pro-lifers. She made them look like a bunch of ignorant religious fanatics who are more concerned about religion than people. This book was a waste of time. I’ve always enjoyed her books because they make me think about both sides of an issue. This book had an agenda but it fell on deaf ears because she didn’t take time to develop the pro-life characters. She treated the abortion doctor like a saint. It was really slanted.
1,0 sur 5 étoilesGimmicky, unresolved plot lines, and utterly disappointing
7 octobre 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a long-time fan of Jodi Picoult, I could not be more disappointed in "A Spark of Light." First of all, her choice to write the entire story backwards was a poor one. It's not that I had a hard time following it, but that the plot (what little plot there was) didn't warrant it. The "twists" were cliches at best, and all were apparent to me before 25% of the book had passed. As for the characters - they were afterthoughts, chosen to serve Ms. Picoult's chosen and timely issue. None were followed up on in the Epilogue except the detective and his daughter - and even that was just the immediate aftermath. Every other character was left hanging, except the ones we knew were dead from Chapter 1. While her afterword claims she was open-minded to both sides of the issues, her pro-life characters were all cliched and extremely unlikable. Even the main antagonist, the shooter, wasn't well written. Despite being hit over the head early on with "bad childhood, PTSD," yadda yadda, and even given what was his motivating factor, I couldn't see how quickly he had moved from the life he was living to mass murder. The entire time I was reading, I just felt like there were missing pieces everywhere. I know Ms. Picoult is a much better writer than this, and I'm not sure what happened. Maybe she should go back to writing compelling characters instead of relying on gimmicks and making the hot issue of the day the main character of her story.
In A SPARK OF LIGHT, Jodi Picoult attempts to address the hot button divide between pro-choice and pro-life advocates in this country, specifically the Deep South. Given the current political climate in America, this could have been a provocative story in the manner of SMALL GREAT THINGS, her magnum opus on racism. Instead A SPARK OF LIGHT reads like the script of a mediocre Lifetime movie. Never afraid to confront controversy, Jodi Picoult, to my great disappointment, let me down. The Author’s Notes are far more intriguing than her fictional account of The Center, a women’s health facility in Jackson, Mississippi.
Using a literary device that sometimes works, she begins with the denouement and works backward to the beginning of a pivotal day in the lives of several women and a doctor who performs abortions. The story begins when a man enters The Center and begins shooting and taking hostages. From there, Picoult goes hour-by-hour back to daybreak, introducing each character. By the time she reaches breakfast, I have repeatedly heard the same stories.
George, the shooter, is a pro-life zealot who is avenging his daughter, presumably because she had difficulty during an abortion. Wren, the motherless teenage daughter of a police officer, is seeking birth control. Bex, Wren’s aunt, is her mother figure. Hugh, father of Wren, is the hostage negotiator. Izzy, a nurse, is contemplating an abortion because she, who grew up destitute, does not want to tie down her wealthy boyfriend. Olive, a lesbian neuroscientist, has an unspecified medical issue. Joy, who grew up in foster care, is pregnant as the result of an affair with a married judge. Vonita is the motherly owner of The Center. Louie Ward is the physician. Janine, a pro-life advocate, pretends to be pregnant in an effort to demonstrate that The Center advocates “killing babies”. Beth, a teenager, is lying in a hospital bed, having been charged with murder of her unborn child.
Every character is a stereotype; every plot line is cliche. The reverse timeline doesn’t work for me. Over and over, the characters tell the same stories, and I became terminally bored by them, not to mention unsympathetic. Needless to say, I don’t expect resolution of this highly charged and emotional debate in one work of fiction, but I hoped that Jodi Picoult would tell a more interesting story. What a disappointment.
I was sadly disappointed with this book, and until now have been an avid fan of Picoult’s books. There was no “spark” between the words and me. Nope, not at all. And then the cutesy artifice of writing the book in reverse. Who wants the denouement in the first chapter. Not I. Save your money. Hope she redeems herself with her next book.
2,0 sur 5 étoilesKept my attention but pro-choice propaganda
1 novembre 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
It kept my attention on a rainy weekend. The backwards timeline made it a bit confusing.
Prolifers like myself will probably be a tad irritated. The pro-lifers in the book are made to look like either hypocrites or insane; and the pro-choice characters like the abortion doctor are made to look like saints. And no, Ms. Picoult, one cannot be a Christian and ok with abortion.
Disturbing, Ms. Picoult, that you admit you witnessed several unborn children being killed, yet don't seem to be bothered by this. You should have included some pictures of the mangled body parts of the unborn children, if you really wanted to educate your readers about abortion.