Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed muligenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love.
Compellingly written, by turns menacingly dark and hilariously funny, this is a tale of five generations of sin, guilt, and redemption.
©1996 Ann-Marie MacDonald; (P)2002 HighBridge Company
"An unforgettable novel." (AudioFile)
"MacDonald is a talented storyteller with a crisp yet lilting prose style." (Booklist)
"Ms. MacDonald skillfully shifts the story backward and forward in time, giving it a mythic quality that allows dark, half-buried secrets to be gracefully and chillingly revealed." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Beautiful....this big, bold, epic shocker of a novel reads as if John Irving met Joyce Carol Oates in her Gothic period....It's a wild ride." (Chicago Tribune)
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"One of the best stories I've come across"
I absolutely love this book and I have recommended it to countless people for some time now. I read it in paperback about nine years ago and it had me literally sitting at the edge of my seat with my hand clasped over my mouth while I was reading the beginning of Book 2. Never before has a story held me quite so breathless. I have been meaning to reread the book for years but never got around to it, so when I saw it on Audible I couldn't resist. I've been so happy with Audible and look forward to my credit day every month.
Nikkii James mostly did a fine job, and definitely differentiated the character, but I must say she ruined the very part of the book that had been my whole reason for wanting to reread it in the first place. The sing-songie baby voice that she used for the Frances and Mercedes during the most gut wrenching chapters took away from the severity of what was happening.
I would definitely watch the movie.
I wish it would have been more upfront that this story is largely centered around pedophilia. I'm a pretty liberal book reader but this is a book that I wouldn't want to discuss with anyone because it's perverse. The description makes it sound much more romantic but it's really nothing of the sort.
I really hated how the narrator changed her voice for the characters. It was very forced and annoying.
"Good, but not memorable"
This is a good... long... read. It was well written with good insight into this family's life. It was touching and interesting and *perhaps* worth the listen, but it wasn't memorable. If given the book read/listen to it, but if you're considering buying it, I'd give it a miss.
"A dark, dismal tale"
The subject matter of this book ranges between disturbing (on the bright side) and revolting (on the dark side). I gave the book two stars because given the subject matter, it is written and narrated well. I found the characters somewhat flat and, looking back on the reading/listening experience, can't really decide if I related to any of them. I also took exception with the somewhat bland way some of the more violent issues were addressed.
"After the first half, it's definitely worth it"
This book was full of surprises and the characters were extremely well developed. It did a great job at writing about real life with real descriptions.
Frances was probably my favorite character. She was complicated and adventurous but also pure in a surprising way.
In the end, it is really hard to choose because the book does a great job at telling each character's story from their point of view, and you really get to know them well. Kathleen and Frances and Rose and Lily maybe in that order haha.
The first half of the book I wasn't that into it, and I kept waiting for something to happen. After the first half LOTS happened and I was intrigued and moved in many ways - I even cried at one point. Worth the read. Intricately woven, and I can see why this book got such high reviews from Oprah and others.
"Puts me in a bad mood...."
So much death. I listen while I commute to work, and by the time I get there, I feel depressed!
I couldn't get though it... My attention was not grasped and I found myself mind wandering...
This is a great story with great characters. It misses the overall 'great' mark by relying on too many literay cliches and coincidences. Overall, I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. I have always been intrigued by this part of the world (Nova Scotia) and really wish the author had spent more time on the setting.
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