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Ursula Under In Michigan s Upper Peninsula a dangerous rescue effort draws the ears and eyes of the entire country A two and a half year old girl has fallen down a mine shaft the only sound is an astonished tiny

  • Title: Ursula, Under
  • Author: Ingrid Hill
  • ISBN: 9780143035459
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ursula, Under By Ingrid Hill, In Michigan s Upper Peninsula, a dangerous rescue effort draws the ears and eyes of the entire country A two and a half year old girl has fallen down a mine shaft the only sound is an astonished tiny intake of breath from Ursula as she goes down, like a penny into the slot of a bank, disappeared, gone It is as if all hope for life on the planet is bound up in the resIn Michigan s Upper Peninsula, a dangerous rescue effort draws the ears and eyes of the entire country A two and a half year old girl has fallen down a mine shaft the only sound is an astonished tiny intake of breath from Ursula as she goes down, like a penny into the slot of a bank, disappeared, gone It is as if all hope for life on the planet is bound up in the rescue of this little girl, the first and only child of a young woman of Finnish extraction and her Chinese American husband One TV viewer following the action notes that the Wong family lives in a decrepit mobile home and wonders why all this time and money is being wasted on that half breed trailer trash kid In response, the novel takes a breathtaking leap back in time to visit Ursula s most remarkable ancestors a third century B.C Chinese alchemist an orphaned playmate of a seventeenth century Swedish queen Professor Alabaster Wong, a Chautauqua troupe lecturer on exotic Chinese topics traveling the Midwest at the end of the nineteenth century her great great grandfather Jake Maki, who died at twenty nine in a Michigan iron mine cave in and others whose richness and history are contained in the induplicable DNA of just one person little Ursula Wong Ursula s story echoes those of her ancestors, many of whom so narrowly escaped not being born that her very existence like ours comes to seem a miracle Ambitious and accomplished, Ursula, Under is, most of all, wonderfully entertaining a daring saga of culture, history, and heredity.

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    1. Onvan Ursula, Under Nevisande Ingrid Hill ISBN 143035452 ISBN13 9780143035459 Dar 476 Safhe Saal e Chap 2004

    2. If I have for some time now been reading books to illuminate the meaning of life, here was a break to turn that coin on its other side and ask of its value To ponder meaning, after all, assumes life has value And if it does, are all of our lives to be valued equally When 2 1 2 year old Ursula falls into an old mine shaft in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, media and curiosity seekers swarm the scene, and not one alone asks about the mixed race child born of poor parents is she worth saving How m [...]

    3. I just could not read this book I liked the beginning, even though the overwritten phrases continually distracted me from the story, but then when the story changed to that of the Chinese alchemist I almost gave up right then.I did stick with it through that part Let me just say that I LOVE the premise of this book, that each life is beautiful and valuable, that each one of us is only here because of the interesting and unique ancestors that came before us It was just the writing The Chinese sec [...]

    4. This book is such a great, great read I tried to convince everyone to pick it up for summer a couple years ago, but people kept not finishing it I believe that the third chapter, set in ancient China, is the sticking point Everyone thought the rest of the novel was going to be as dry and inexplicable as that one But it s not, at all.

    5. I was on the fence about giving this book a 4 or 5 star review I ll give it a 5 star recommendation, because I think it is very worth the read and might likely be someone s favorite book of all time if they give it a try after seeing a nice high recommendation I think most people would give it four or five stars.It is the story of a two and a half year old who falls down a well But, as the book says, what you see of an iceberg is only what is above the surface and the iceberg is formed by the mu [...]

    6. I really liked the architecture of the book and the writing style was nice I mean, the way that Ursula and her ancient ancestors stories were woven together was unique and original But, the author failed to get me to care enough about the characters to lose myself in the book I just didn t really care about what happened to any of them, which is sad, because there were some interesting characters there.

    7. I haven t written a review on in a long time, but this book warrants it This is a behemoth of a book okay, not really It s 476 pages But it s so very intricately woven with random threads going off this way and that, it takes a great deal of energy to stay focused while reading it It doesn t move quickly and is definitely not plot driven.However, this is a beautiful novel, if a bit too wordy at times I got bogged down in ancient China and nearly gave up I m glad I didn t.The whole idea behind th [...]

    8. Hill, who lives in Iowa City, has been in several church school classes with me including the one I taught and contributed good insights The book has some beautifully written passages scenes that don t hold together all that well is undermined by some overwiting, some repetition of themes, a lot of literally incredible coincidences The story centers around a little girl her family who falls down an abandoned mine shaft in Michigan s Upper Peninsula From beginning to end, the book s action, in on [...]

    9. This was such a good idea I love collections of short stories masquerading as novels There is one contemporary story interspersed with historical stories, each one featuring different ancestors in Ursula s family tree The premise is wonderful, and is handled really well too I don t know what order it was written in it unfolds or less chronologically but the writing actually seems to improve over the course of the book Either that or her style full of interruptions like this one grows on me The [...]

    10. Disappointed Had I not been encouraged to persist with this book, I admit I would have put it down after the first couple of pages But then it grabbed me by the pulomonary and I have been disappointed every time I have had to put it down.This book feeds my penchant for misplaced nostalgia through a series of characters who are connected by blood and really nothing else Each chapter is devoted to one person in the blood line of a little girl, who has fallen down an unused mining shaft Each chapte [...]

    11. The overall theme of this book captured my nostalgic side I loved the idea that all of us are only here because our ancestors somehow made it possible by their meeting of each other, and were then able to produce at least one child to carry on the family line, so from that perspective the book really made me appreciate the struggle of my own ancestors I also enjoyed most of the characters from Ursula s bloodline, some of which had beautiful love stories attached which I m a sucker for I did occa [...]

    12. This was recommended to me by a bookseller at the amazing Porter Square Books and I must say, booksellers know the best hidden gems I d never heard of this book or author, but it s a big, ambitious novel, spanning millenia and exuberantly written It starts with a tragedy two year old Ursula Wong falls down an unused mine shaft in Michigans Upper Peninsula but then dives into Ursula s genealogy, examining all the twists and turns of fate in her ancestors lives that led to this one child The scope [...]

    13. I don t think I m going to make it through this one It is a great premise, telling the stories of generations of inter connected lives that lead to one particular family and a little girl who falls down a mine shaft But in the execution, I found it difficult to keep caring about the main plot while being constantly led in other interesting directions Also the prose was quite painful at times, over written to the point that I found myself skimming to get to the relevant sections.Anda month later [...]

    14. So, so good This is the story of Ursula, a little girl who falls down an abandoned mine shaft From ancient China, Finland, across oceans, in missions and shacks, this story examines her rich history and lineage that allows her to even exist I loved the complexity and layers to the story of Ursula s life, imagining what a miracle that any of us exist I will admit that the first story of the Chinese alchemist was the hardest to get through as other reviews have mentioned, but it was still an enjoy [...]

    15. I appreciated all her research and liked learning about quirkly little facts who knew there was a lepers colony in Sweden Not me I made it a 3 primarily for the reseach information in it There were portions that were mind numbing Beth was right though some of the comments and references were bizarre the anal sphincter comment in particular and out of place It was like she learned a new word or heard a new song and just had to include it.

    16. Katherine wins, this was excellent Though I have to say it did not click for me until at least 1 4 of the way in, but after that, I was hooked Just thinking about the thousands of stories that came before you were born is both overwhelming and exhilarating This would make an excellent book club selection

    17. Enjoyed this book A nice set of stories going back in history All the stories are about ancestors, relatives, and contemporaries of a toddler girl awaiting rescue from an abandoned mine shaft in northern MI My only criticism might be that the bad guy lady is too cartoonishly bad.

    18. A masterpiece seriously, one of the best American novels written in the last twenty years Give copies to everyone you know They will thank you I can t recommend this outstanding book enough, and I can t think of anyone who wouldn t enjoy it.

    19. I checked this out of the library because 1 my name is Ursula and 2 it says it takes place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where I was living at that particular moment.Unfortunately, not much of the action actually takes place in the UP The supposed main story is about a little girl named Ursula who falls down an old, unmarked mine shaft Her father is Chinese American, and her mother Finnish American This is important because the book immediately leaves Ursula to her unknown fate and takes u [...]

    20. 3.5 stars The idea of this was really neat, but it got rambly at times A toddler falls down a mineshaft The father says She s our miracle God wouldn t just let her go A woman watching the rescue on tv asks why are the rescuers putting so much effort into this half breed trailer trash The book gives us a emphatic, sweeping support of the father s view that her life is a miracle it tells short stories of centuries of Ursula s ancestors, all the people who came close to not reproducing but did, peo [...]

    21. I am truly torn after finishing reading this book A young girl falls down a hole and her family struggles with the ultimate question of her survival, or not Sounds intriguing, yes Unfortunately, the story, of which the book is named, seems to be less than the 10% of the entire book The book is like changing the channel between the modern day Ursula tragedy and characters tracing from ancient China connecting to modern day Ursula.I admire what the author set out to do, and at times, the story was [...]

    22. The structure of this book is kind of different, but it s interesting The novel begins and ends with Ursula Wong, a four year old girl who falls down a mine shaft The chapters in between tell the stories of Ursula s ancestors her parents and grandparents, but also distant ancestors We go back hundreds and sometimes thousands of years to China, Finland, California, Canada.This book is well written and an interesting story, but it just didn t capture me like I had hoped it would Also, I felt like [...]

    23. This was such a slow slog for me The writing is excellent and the story is unique I think the novel is unusual but interesting It tells the tall of Ursula, a small girl who has fallen down a mine shift in present day The story alternates with stories of her various ancestors through the years I m not sure why it took me so long to read it At times I had to talk myself into continuing I m glad I did.

    24. I did not really like this book, but 3 stars because I can tell it s well written and that some people would enjoy this It was good storytelling, but no plot Minimal character development Just close to 500 pages of people s stories Again, not for me, but could be for someone who doesn t need big or many plot points.

    25. This was a saga Although I enjoyed the writing style, I found I was getting lost and confused in the various story lines The book was thought provoking we are all products of past generations but I don t think I m enough interested in my own family history to read such a lengthy book about it.

    26. Definitely got better as I went along Multiple generations and storylines seems to be very popular right now and I find it getting tedious Though the writer paints a strong picture and is engaging.

    27. One summer day in 2003, a little girl on an outing with her parents tumbles down an abandoned mine shaft in the backwoods of northern Michigan Justin and Annie, who d been only steps away, enter panic mode The rest of the world gradually begins responding in the ways it always does when such things occur, mobilizing rescue workers and eager media people, and, far back on the periphery, emitting unsympathetic commentary about the expenditure of so much fuss over mere halfbreed trailer trash But m [...]

    28. Ursula,Under is an odd yet beautifully written book It begins by introducing little Ursula, age two Her mother, who was crippled in a hit and run accident as a young girl, wasn t supposed to be able to have children Her father, of mixed Chinese descent, adores his little girl and vows to do a better job than his own father, who abandoned his family when he was a toddler Then, on a visit to the Michigan Upper Peninsula, the unthinkable happens Ursula, laughing and happy, runs across a field and v [...]

    29. So stunning A gorgeous tale of a sweet little girl trapped in a mine shaft, and the family history that got her there Chapters alternate between her present day rescue and various ancestors adventures Themes of miracle babies, good bad husbands, good bad marriages, Finnish and Chinese heritage, and disabilities permeate each anecdotal chapter, and the central story It s such a beautiful expression of the way or family history affects us and connects us, whether we know it or not Ending is a litt [...]

    30. I never totally warmed up to this book The story is about a young couple with a small child supposedly age 2 but that is unrealistic I would say like 3 or 4 who live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan On a picnic the child, Ursula, falls down an abandoned mine shaft During the next approximately 24 hours we see the rescue effort in detail that I wanted at times , the parents excellent portrayal of how parents deal with this tragedy , and also for the majority of the book the genealogic story o [...]

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