The brilliance of this writing is so subtle, I fear it will be lost on many. If I had been listening with another person, I would have stopped over and over to make sure they caught the unique, never-cliche descriptions of things and the storytelling that makes you feel the writer must've experience 100 different lives himself to have felt the characters so deeply. Some say the ending was so so, it was perfect -- just as it had to be without ruining the whole story and making some dramatic "artistic" statement. Truly a masterpiece.
For whatever reason, probably PC baggage, some authors think their stories need homosexual underpinnings to be "good." Chabon and Kavalier & Clay is one such. A potentially excellent story becomes ordinary or even offensive when abherrent behavior is stuffed down the reader's throat as normal or praise-worthy. Keep the social-engineering in public schools where it's already proven to be wanting.
This book starts out very well, but degenerates into a story where most the characters are cretin-like and foul-mouthed. The American characters all talk with a Brooklyn accent and appear to have an i.q. of room temperature. None of them are very likable.
Not sure if it was written so that all the Americans have a heavy Brooklyn accent, or if the narrator simply chose to narrate that way.
I quit about halfway through. Way too many F bombs and other profanity, and none of the characters were very likable.
This novel takes every scrap of information, every kernel of plot, and folds it back into itself. Nothing is wasted, and every thematic element has a prismatic effect on the narrative, letting you see these characters from every angle.
The story is well paced and it really makes you feel like you've traveled a long distance. You will find that you become best friends with the main characters. Colacci did an amazing job. Check the preview clip out. This guy just hammers out a read like none other.
I hadn't realized before I listened that this book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction -- a prize that, in my opinion, is well deserved. A captivating story, masterfully woven, that tells a tale spanning the period from WWII through the early 1950's. David Colacci does an excellent job of narration, even if he does (as another reviewer pointed out) pronounce some Yiddish words strangely -- or at least not as my Polish & Russian Jewish family pronounced them. A very minor quibble. Highly recommended.
Archaeology student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Going through HuffPo's 30 before you're 30 and wasn't excited for this at all. Great.
My teenage son, who is into comic books, and I both listened to this book at the same time. At 26 hours, this book is a more substantial committnent than I have ever made to any pleasure book in decades, but this book was worth the effort. Clearly well-researched, with compelling story lines, vivid descriptions, and interesting characters (both fictional and historical), this book gave us the joy of escape with a dollop or two of history (comic books, WWII, surrealism). I think my next book may be a deeper dive into this historical period.