Praise for Tracy Kidder's "Strength In What Remains"
"That 63-year-old Tracy Kidder may have just written his finest work -- indeed, one of the truly stunning books I've read this year -- is proof that the secret to memorable nonfiction is so often the writer's readiness to be surprised. Deo's experience can feel like this era's version of the Ellis Island migration. Deo is propelled, so often, by pure will, and his victories...summon a feeling of restored confidence in human nature and American opportunity. Then we plunge into hell. Having only glimpses of Deo's past, we suddenly get a full-blown portrait. Kidder's rendering of what Deo endured and survived just before he boarded the plane for New York is one of the most powerful passages of modern nonfiction."
-Ron Suskind, "The New York Time Book Review"
"Kidder tells Deo's story with characteristic skill and sensitivity in a complex narrative that moves back and forth through time to build a richly layered portrait. One of the pleasures of reading Kidder is that sooner or later, in most of his books, someone puts us in mind of the closing lines from Middlemarch'': For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.''"
"A tale of unspeakable barbarism and unshakeable strength." "-Time Magazine
"It is a mark of the skill and -empathy of Mr. Kidder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning -author, that he makes Deo's story come alive believably-as the experience of a real -individual-and avoids...the usual tropes of a -triumph-of-the- human-spirit tale. [T]he book encourages a general hope that individuals can -transcend even the greatest horrors."
"-Wall Street Journal
"Strength in What Remains" builds in magnitude and poignancy. It is moving without being uplifting, because Kidder hshow more