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The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischwili

tancrni's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

merelmeersman's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

vlreid's review

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4.0

I read this book with a summer book club over the course of 2 months. We divided the book into four sections and met every 2-3 weeks to discuss each section. It's not an easy book to read, but the story of five generations of a Russian / Georgian family is very compelling. It is told from the viewpoint of one of the younger family members to the youngest. We learn about their ancestors and much about Russian / Georgian history along the way. Typically I shy away from books more than 500 pages, but I'm glad that I met this challenge and had the book club camaraderie to discuss it along the way.

roosgillissen's review against another edition

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4.0

Dikste boek ooit! Sommige stukken wat saai, andere stukken kon ik het boek niet neerleggen.

stephaniesteen73's review

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4.0

Wow, this was an EPIC! 40 hours on audiobook with great narration (really appreciated someone else reading all those Georgian and Russian names for me). Really interesting to travel through the "red century" with this family and happy that I now know much more about the history and geography of this part of the world.

The only things that kept this being a 5-star read for me were 1) the hot chocolate storyline was cool but could have been better developed; and 2) many of the characters, especially Elene and Niza, and many of the male characters were super passive and powerless due to this supposed curse and I found some of their storylines to bog down and be less interesting.

libluv's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful informative mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

esthercwb's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated

4.5

kim4673's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

elmo_isnotmyname's review against another edition

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I had watched this as a live-theatre performance -- great! -- and since wanted to give the original novel a try. But then I picked it up and just wasn't in the right mood for such a long story. And/or wished to skip to my favourite plotpoints immediately. So I dnf'ed.
But I'll likely pick up the book again in the future.

gwencl's review

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dark emotional informative slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0