The Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth

Large Print - 1997
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A standout in the crowd of first novels, Ruth narrates a story that confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence from which Hamilton creates a stunning testament to the human capacity for mercy, compassion, and love. Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award.
Publisher: Thorndike ME : Thorndike Press, 1997
Edition: Large Print ed
ISBN: 9780786210510
0786210516
Characteristics: 525 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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tirhimjt
Oct 18, 2015

At first I enjoyed this book...and then it dragged on and on! I ended up skipping ahead looking for something to change but it never did. Boring!

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

Ruth is true grit -- a child woman of the American Midwest whose relationship with her family and friends shines with pathos and humour. Her gentle yet resilient spirit enables her to bear deep emotional pain and still have the gumption to look ahead.

While I enjoyed this story and the writing skills of the author, I had a hard time with the brutality and emotional sadness. The cruel life she had to life made me very depressed. I wouldn't suggest reading this book in the winter when it's already hard to be cheerful.

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momoe
Dec 28, 2011

The twist at the end of this book was so sad and unexpected. I was shocked!! The main character, Ruth, always seems to be on the edge of hard times but is a strong willed and compassionate person. What happens in the end seems so wrong to happen to her yet she still is able to put forth a positive attitude. A great read, I definitely recommend it!

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

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