That I didn't rate it higher has mostly to do with discomfort over the protagonist's actions. As a lawyer and former prosecutor, I couldn't imagine anyone in my acquaintance so violating the legal canon of ethics.
Nor can I imagine a committed and caring single parent traversing a path most likely to lead to disbarment or worse. While it might make for good storytelling, I couldn't empathize with Bohjalian's main character as we are meant to do. Haven't read Midwives yet and wonder if I will have similar issues with that book. I am very involved in classical homeopathy, so this was of particular interest to me. I read it many years ago, when it first came out, but bought another copy to consider it as a book club recommendation. One person found this helpful.
Not up to the usual level of his books Main character acts like a teenager with his first girlfriend I tired of reading his thoughts about Clarisa None of the characters were very interesting I have been spoiled by other books by this author Usually very good. What an interesting work by one of Vermont's own. This piece of writing brings the reader out if the traditional box of medicine and health care, to another avenue of treatment not always even thought of.
What a wonderful way to place the idea, of healing health, hearts and minds on the table. It held me fast until the very last I enjoyed the book and learned quite a bit about naturopathy. I'm always impressed by Chris Bojhalian's ability to tell the story from the different characters' points of view.
He does that so well that it really reinforces the fact that a person's mind, mindset, circumstances, etc. I liked the book.
Bohjalian's people always make a place for themselves in your heart. Maybe it's because most of us can see a little part of ourselves in one, or more, of them. They are flawed,ordinary, exceptionally human. I find I never think of them as characters, but always as people. And this makes what might be a commonplace plot extraordinary. See all 97 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 5 months ago.
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Mar 14, Pages. Aug 13, Pages. Aug 05, Minutes. As love and legal obligations collide, Leland comes face-to-face with an ethical dilemma of enormous proportions.
Graceful, intelligent, and suspenseful, The Law of Similars is a powerful examination of the links between hope and hubris, love and deception. Once opened, The Law of Similars is a hard book to put down. This astonishing story will keep readers up late at night until the last page is turned. It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of To Kill a Mockingbird. It is a rare pleasure when a finely written novel also grips us with sheer storytelling power.
Chris Bohjalian on The Law of Similars: Meeting a midwife at a dinner party. Seeing a photograph of an elderly dowser—or water witch—in a newspaper. The fact is, The Law of Similars was inspired by a cold. My daughter was in a new day care, which meant I was making contact with every single cold germ medical science has catalogued. Nothing was able to keep me cold-free for more than a day or two, not even that workhorse of over-the-counter New Age wonder drugs, Echinacea.
I saw it on the library shelf, and I thought it had a nice title View all 3 comments. Sep 13, Rose rated it really liked it. Chris Bohjalian's great talent is to bring his readers into the lives of ordinary people at the moment that those lives begin to unravel. With great compassion and suspense, he demonstrates the struggles that ensue.
You embrace every character in their very human nature. How much are we responsible for our own decisions for our health? When things go wrong how far will we go to Chris Bohjalian's great talent is to bring his readers into the lives of ordinary people at the moment that those lives begin to unravel.
When things go wrong how far will we go to desperately protect someone we love? View all 4 comments. Nov 12, Jessica rated it it was amazing. For years, people I trust have been telling me to read Chris Bohjalian. Now that I've finally gotten around to it, I'm sorry I waited so long. This is the best kind of "gripping tale" that book jacket copy is always promising us. It's a thriller, but not a sensational one. These are ordinary people in ordinary circumstances -- no government conspiracies or serial killers to plump up the plot.
It's just a convincingly complicated tale about bad decisions compounded by lust, loneliness and despera For years, people I trust have been telling me to read Chris Bohjalian. It's just a convincingly complicated tale about bad decisions compounded by lust, loneliness and desperation. He tells us right up front that the protagonist has done something bad, but then conjures up a character so appealing that you can't help but root for him anyway.
Bohjalian's writing is so good that my heart raced and my stomach roiled with dread as I turned the pages, waiting for the moment when Leland's tangled web of lies would give way beneath him. Very few books have ever inspired that kind of physical reaction in me. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I started this book genuinely liking the main character Leland but finished up really very much disliking him. Serves me right for automatically wanting to like a character just because of his circumstances, in this case the fact that he was a widower with a small child.
Turns out he was a selfish, obsessive, hypochondriac who made one bad choice after another from the beginning of this book to the end. The plot itself is compelling whether or not a homeopath is responsible for the death of a pa I started this book genuinely liking the main character Leland but finished up really very much disliking him. The plot itself is compelling whether or not a homeopath is responsible for the death of a patient.
The "drama" created by Leland was absolutely ridiculous. He sacrifices his job, his health and compromises himself as a father all because he thinks he's falling in love with his homeopath. What is he 15? I know people act irresponsible but this guy really took it to unbelievable levels. Jan 21, Karen rated it it was ok Shelves: I thought the premise and plot idea for this book was really intriguing and had a lot of promise. But in the end, it just didn't deliver for me. The introduction of Richard Emmons earlier in the story was choppy and not at all fluid.
There was much jumping back and forth but the transitions weren't handled well. The idea of a homeopath dating a state's attorney who then finds herself potentially libel for a patient's negative reaction and complicating her relationship with the attorney was very I thought the premise and plot idea for this book was really intriguing and had a lot of promise. The idea of a homeopath dating a state's attorney who then finds herself potentially libel for a patient's negative reaction and complicating her relationship with the attorney was very interesting.
It could've delved more into the legal aspects, but didn't. I also felt like the ending was a cop-out. How did the author resolve these things? Well, I think he took the easy way out and side-stepped resolution. But the ending was not satisfying. Apr 23, Katie rated it really liked it. I love Chris Bohjalian's books and have decided I'm going to read all his stuff I love discovering authors like this! This one had all of that compelling writing and interesting characters but I found the ending kin I love Chris Bohjalian's books and have decided I'm going to read all his stuff I love discovering authors like this!
This one had all of that compelling writing and interesting characters but I found the ending kind of weird. It seemed to end a little abruptly - I expected there to be a lot more story there. Maybe he had a deadline and had to wrap it up, haha. But, still a good read and an interesting topic to think about i. Aug 02, Marie Theron added it.
The Law of Similars: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) and millions of other books are . Midwives (Oprah's Book Club) by Chris Bohjalian Paperback $ Editorial Reviews. reinforcedearth.com.my Review. In Chris Bohjalian's fine follow-up to Midwives, individual judgment and the unconventional again clash with the.
One cannot put this novel in the same class as the excellent Midwives by the same author. There is almost no tension and everything is predictable. Homeopathic medicine is not sacrosanct, we use it all the time and can buy it readily, and I cannot imagine a homeopath hiding 'the cure' or withholding it. It is really sad that the Richard character was banned from having more of the so-called 'cure', and driven to his tragic self-experimenting.
He was keen for a breakthrough and Carissa fobbed him One cannot put this novel in the same class as the excellent Midwives by the same author.
He was keen for a breakthrough and Carissa fobbed him off as if she alone had the right to a 'wonderful secret'. The history and quotations were interesting. There are some good passages and metaphors but good writing alone does not make a good story. Much ado about nothing! Aug 07, Kendra rated it liked it. This book is very similar to Midwives written by the same author and I enjoyed it about the same.
Leland narrates as he shares the story of a month that changed his life. Leland falls head over heels in a very short period of time…but at the same moment Leland is feeling blissfully happy, horror is happening within another family also involved with This book is very similar to Midwives written by the same author and I enjoyed it about the same.
Leland falls head over heels in a very short period of time…but at the same moment Leland is feeling blissfully happy, horror is happening within another family also involved with Carissa. Leland fights to help Carissa and struggles to control his own life, now spinning out of control.
The story flows and the characters easily come to life. Apr 03, Cece rated it liked it.
This one was a little off for me. Leland was a character I had a hard time relating to. The subject matter was intriguing to me, but the story fell flat.
Jul 07, Lianne rated it liked it. Interesting story about a lawyer who falls in love with a homeopath. One of the homeopath's patients falls into a coma and eventually dies. The back cover describes it as a thriller, but I see it more as a story of ethics, relationships, and responsibility.
May 09, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: This third book piqued my interest because it deals with the science of homeopathy, a healing art that I briefly researched in college and have maintained an interest in ever since. I enjoyed this book, if more for the storyline and its believability than for the writing. This is the story of a mids widowed father and public attorney in Vermont who comes down with a cold that lasts for well over six months, and for which he desperately turns to a local homeopath for a cure.
He not only uses this two-word combination in the middle of his sentences, but also when beginning sentences and paragraphs, and with a frequency that made me cringe every time I saw it written yet again. Most books have a main character who is good and who does good things throughout the book. Bohjalian's book, "The Law of Similars" is a bit like watching a train wreck as the reader morbidly watches a very sympathetic main character risk disassembling his life and career before our eyes.
Leland Fowler is an assistant state attorney whose wife was killed in a tragic car accident two years before. He bravely continues, working as a single father to raise his daughter, and to do good work in the st Most books have a main character who is good and who does good things throughout the book. He bravely continues, working as a single father to raise his daughter, and to do good work in the state attorney's office.
But inside, he's falling apart.
Then he meets a young woman, a homeopath, who gives him a homeopathic remedy with amazing results. But he falls in love with her, and she with him. Shortly after, one of her patients suffers anaphylactic shock after eating a cashew which he's deathly allergic to. He lapses into a coma. The man's wife believes the homeopath encouraged him to do this, and she contacts the state attorney's office to try to file criminal charges.
Leland instructs the homeopath on how to answer the state attorney's questions, and helps her rewrite her file notes to cover what Leland perceives is her potential liability, all the while concealing his relationship with her. Apr 19, Sue rated it really liked it. Probably I would not have picked up this book had my Book Group not been reading and discussing it later in the week. I looked at the pages, and wondered if I could plod my way through it by Wednesday.
But then I started reading, and literally could not put it down. Leyland and Carissa became real. Despite the fact that I got a bit irritated with them at times - after all, Leyland is a bit of a hypochondriac and Carissa can be a little intense. But I lived their tale and here in sunny Florid Probably I would not have picked up this book had my Book Group not been reading and discussing it later in the week.
But I lived their tale and here in sunny Florida felt the Vermont Christmas snow on my face.