I can't imagine writing anything original about this. So just, it was beautifully written, the plot was amazing, and the end, oh the end, was wonderful. Moving, poignant, funny. Sad. Happy. Exquisite.
I thought this line was particularly beautiful, and stuck in my head: "Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.”
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A big, fat, tear soaked YES to this magnificent piece of literature. This wasn't required reading in my junior high or high school, so I missed reading it in my formative years. I was enchanted as an adult, which makes me wonder how I would have reacted as a fourteen or seventeen year old. I can't add anything of worth to the discussion of this book; I would imagine that there are enough term papers written about the novel to stretch to the moon and back, and probably too many comments on the web and blog after blog. I bawled like a baby calf at the end; I cried so much my eyes hurt. That's a damngood book.