I’ve been re-reading them in between other books since Jane has been born and I’m on my 6th book of hers in a month.
I haven’t yet had the words “dinna fash” or “you’ll ken” come out of my mouth yet but it’s a good thing I’ve only got one book left or I’d be yelling “Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ” next time I burn dinner.
Would I recommend them? Having just stared blankly at the computer screen for a many minitues I have no tidy way to sum up the books nor why exactly I’d recommend them.
I think I’m in a Jamie and Claire induced stuper… and now I have to go read what happens next – even though I’ve read this one twice before.
The most wonderfully written car crash of a book I’ve ever read. I couldn’t look away and I couldn’t stop reading even when I wanted to.
Would I recommend it? No. It’s well done, but I just can’t recommend a book full of incest, I can’t do it.
The Favored Child
One of those books where you know the end. Right from the beginning you know the chances of a happily ever after are slim, very, very, slim. Then it gets worse, and you see the character falling into trap after trap and then end is coming and all of a sudden it’s back to the car crash that you just can’t look away from.
Would I recommend it? No. See recommendation above and add in verbal and physical abuse and a barn owl that says “whoo, whoo”
Would I recommend it? Well, you can’t just go read the last book of a trilogy, it’d make no sense whatsoever. This one almost made the rest worth it.
The end result:
While this won’t be a trio of books I’ll be highly recommending, my lack of recommendation is only due to the content. While they are clearly not for everyone I believe that they are remarkably well written, go read something else of Gregory’s I doubt you’ll be disappointed!
Which begs the question of just what was I expecting from “an unconventional memoir” of “how two Manhattanites became gentlemen farmers.”
I think the answer to that is that I was expecting more farming and less about the balancing act of relationships and life in general. Then I was disappointed and didn’t feel like being all introspective.
Then I found out that one of the men worked for Martha Stewart, in the words of my friend Katie, “Hilarious.”
Would I recommend it? Yes. It was funny, and introspective and it’ll do you good to read about gay farmers.
No. It was at times laugh out loud funny but at the end of the day it is a book about gay men (one an ex-drag queen) who start a small farm. I think the nich of people who would enjoy such a book is too small to give it a full recomendation.
Heck, I’ve got no idea if anyone should read this, but I admit, I mostly liked it. If you want a peek at their lives you can check out their website here: http://beekman1802.com maybe it’ll help you decide!
Would I recommend it? Yes! After a few false starts I’ve decided that whatever I say will not do this book justice, and it will ruin the fun of reading it. So, I’m not saying anything, you just need to get it, in fact even if you don’t have any kids as an excuse you should go find it. It’ll be worth it, I promise.
P.S. If you have also read it back me up in the comments!!!