Business Physicist and Astronomer
This book is perfectly written and masterfully executed audibly. The story is very deep and not a sweet love story or simple tome about family. The readers seem to get it. The professional reviews don't.
This is a book about the impact that fathers, present, unknown and absentee have on their off-spring. The reviewers seemed to have missed this entirely. The book is very profound in its treatment of the subject.
Arthur has a weight and self-esteem problem. Kel suffers from guilt about his mother and confusion about his own identity. Yolonda is bringing a baby into the world without a father. Even the satellite characters have fathers of great importance to the story as Kel reaches to the fathers of his friends for help.
The story is excellent and will hold your interest. The point is important and very profound. The delivery is excellent by both readers. This audio book has it all.
Don't miss this one.
In business, I often remind managers that they really do not know where people are coming from or what is happening at a given moment in a given life. Is he waiting for test results from the doctor? Lost a relative? Facing bankruptcy?
Well, this book is a stinging look-back at what we miss.
I have some early chapters in my own life that cause me to squirm upon review.
This book hits this subject so beautifully I lack the words.
Now here's the caveat. If you are under 30 or maybe even 40, you may not really understand this book. Not yet anyway. So don't judge too harshly until you've gone a few miles...
Recommend this book?
To whom? Everyone though the younger one is, the less it might be understood.
Chris Reich, TeachU
Martin Amis can be difficult to get. He's hard to digest because he shows the world up close using bizarre lighting. His writing seems like it ought to be easy...simple, somewhat base British humor. Gutter talk. Grit.
But oh boy, if that's all you see, you're missing an entire world of insight that ought to make each of us squirm a little.
This book is really brilliant. It's a story of a life run in reverse. But as God is not the opposite of the Devil, Reverse is not as simple as going backwards. A doctor who starts with well patients, does surgery to insert tumors and the patients leave sick? But they keep coming! Why? What's very odd, they give him huge sums of money, in advance, to have the tumors put in! (Advance?)
I don't want to give away any of these gems...from AIDS to concentration camps. Can we laugh about these things? We can. And then feel uncomfortable as though hearing a racial joke. I shouldn't laugh. I do laugh. I'm guilty. We're all guilty.
I recommend this book highly. Give it time. Get used to Amis. Go slowly.
You'll love it. Arrow really is brilliant.
Chris Reich, Teachu and BizPhyZ