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Say what you will about this book and it's non-genre status, I fell in love with the characters from the very beginning. Though I know I would have been more satisfied if the book did fall into a genre, it didn't diminish all the wonderful moments that made me both laugh hysterically and sob until I drenched a tissue. Shannon Hale was somehow able to make me latch on to the people in her story, even secondary characters, and care about them. And I suppose since I can relate so well with Becky, mother of four, her trials and witticisms struck me right to the heart. This is my absolute favorite paragraph in the book: "...Becky believed she was impervious to the threat of adultery, with Felix or anyone. Even if she was hit on the head and forgot that she was in love with her husband, even if all her moral convictions and sense of basic human decency were surgically removed from her brain, she always had that post-pregnancy body as a very last resort. No chance she'd allow any man to see her naked besides the one who'd gotten her pregnant four times. You broke it, you bought it, baby."
G.E. Moore is the father of analytic philosophy, which is why you shouldn't read this book. It is basically a 200-page treatise on ethics that fails to actually give a definition of "the good" (since Moore believes it to be a simple concept that is beyond definition) and instead only outlines the ways in which one must define the realm of ethics. My favorite part is when he is debunking the Darwinists and says that evolution is a "temporary historical process" and therefore "more evolved" does not mean "better." This is one of those highly influential books that is better left unread.