I truly enjoyed reading this book. After a brief moment's hesitation, I dived right in. TheFinalTwo have come and gone and so we have said goodnight to The Donovan Series. The pivotal moment in Donovan's childhood was so deftly brought to life by the author, that it made nauseous. McFadden deftly manages to convey three unique points of view, gently displaying the nuts and bolts that formed each of the main characters. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for a review. We know from the first page that this isn't ultimately going to work out, but it's the getting there and being there that is the important thing, not what happens after.
I did not buy the love between the two characters and felt their relationship in the book was a bit rushed. It was still an enjoyable read but I wanted there to be more. Although, thematically, love is the subject, the truest love is that which the reader will unquestionably feel for McFadden as a writer and her novels, as national treasures. Fans will exult in Loving Donovan. I have met a Campbell and a Donovan. Loving Donovan has generated near-cult status among readers.
Even though this particular read fell unexpectedly short for me, because of my reading experience with McFadden's past material, she remains one of my favorite authors, as I know what she is capable of. Why do some of them walk away from their wives? Praise Song for the Butterflies is her latest novel. How fitting that Terry McMillan has written a new introduction. Her brilliance, her talent as a novelist, is the very life she breathes into all of her characters. I just kept hoping they were gonna find some love in each other to cure themselves of their pasts.
What they discover—together and apart—forms the basis of this compelling, sensual, and surprising novel. I haven't read anything by Bernice L. Her brilliance, her talent as a novelist, is the very life she breathes into all of her characters. McFadden writes: The love she had for him never changed, never shifted or waned, just lodged inside her, wrapped around her heart. Maybe she needs the money. Art Hindman 1984, 1986—1987 Ronnie Davidson Hassan 1993—1995 Peter Davies Fr. Throughout the book you learn more about their separate pasts with some surprises no less! This was an amazingly well written story that just broke your heart.
This book, I wouldn't recommend. By exploring the depth of her characters, the novel transforms what, on the surface, may appear to be the run-of-the-mill, paperback sentimental, tear-jerking coupling, into an understanding, unflinching, expertly told tale of human nature. Despite being born to a brokenhearted mother and a faithless father, Campbell still believes in the power of love. The trippy essence was spread over five coiling minutes. Perhaps this definition or description does not do the brilliance and emotion of Loving Donovan justice, but McFadden has opened long shut doors and reveals details once hidden. Campbell has a better understanding of love and the paths God and the universe have laid out for her, and it allows her to muse that perhaps she and Donovan will meet again in another life, on another plane.
The arrangement led with a jazzy bass groove, dotted with flashes of harpsichord, as Donovan's more familiar folk strum got a boost from guitarist Jimmy Page of and fame , who supplied inventive blues licks throughout. By exploring the depth of her characters, the novel transforms what, on the surface, may appear to be the run-of-the-mill, paperback sentimental, tear-jerking coupling, into an understanding, unflinching, expertly told tale of human nature. In the end, Donovan became a ghost, disappearing into the realm of eternal goodbyes and Campbell fell into the bottomless well of emotional despair until the bottom rose to meet her she cuts her hair -- a symbol of change and surrender. Overall, I enjoyed McFadden's storytelling. It tells the story of love: good, bad and in between, of longing and wanting and of realities so well known that the characters will lose their fictitious names and take on the names of people you know. In the chilly hours and minutes Of uncertainty, I want to be In the warm hold of your loving mind To feel you all around me And to take your hand, along the sand Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind When sundown pales the sky I want to hide a while, behind your smile And everywhere I'd look, your eyes I'd find. This, from my purview, is not intended to universally denigrate men and is not, in my opinion, an attack on their character, but instead, in its complex simplicity, utters the truth as aforementioned, McFadden opens doors once hidden about simply complex relationships, knowledge of self, and misunderstandings of love.
After I read the last page, I wondered about men. In any event, while not one of McFadden's best, her best is so phenomenal that Loving Donovan is not one to miss. I previously read Glorious and then Gathering of Waters. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski, and the executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. McFadden, whose prose is a joy to read, Loving Donovan deserves a 5 for her ability to turn a phrase and to make her characters rise off the page and become flesh and blood for the time you read this novel.
She still looks for him behind the smoke-glass windows of Benzes. In the literary styles of Angelou, Walker, Morrison, and Brooks just to name a few , McFadden is a voice that resonates and becomes fodder for evening conversations. I loved this book and the undercurrents of our social ills. Each part calling them chapters minimizes the overall nuance of Loving Donovan carries readers across waves of family, community, and social history. To bring her cousin home, Zera Kennedy would give up everything she worked for…including the first man to capture her heart.
In light of Loving Donovan being re-released this year with a modern fresh new cover, I was enticed to pick it up. I wanted to like this book. Bernice McFadden continues to embellish her literary reputation and mastery of storytelling with her new novel, Loving Donovan. Neither is he looking back. McFadden is quickly turning into one of my favorites.
The reason I rated Loving Donovan a 3, however, was because there seemed to be no arc or purpose to this story and it ended abruptly. Jim Vochek 1983—1989 Leslie Denniston Gwyneth Alden temporary replacement 1989 Cecilia Thompson Sowolsky 3 1986—1988 Dan Doby Judd Beecham 1 1985—1986 Robert Dubaq Alex Masters 2 1990—1991 Shannon Eubanks Ann Alden Forbes 1 1983—1984 Geoffrey C. Rather than the play-by-play Loving Donovan features the color and analysis part of the relationship. I didn't really like the ending -- I felt like it undercut the power of the structure and richness of the characters, but the book as a whole is an engrossing and moving read with rich prose and just enough humor to keep it real. I must say, I yearned to read more increments of the love between Donovan and Campbell. I knew their pairing was going to be combustible, and would leave me uneasy. The rich characters, life situations, and language all wrapped up in such a small book and saying so much is a feat.