There is little doubt that Tina Fey is one of the funniest women in America. This book was just too short for me to get enough of her to fill out my understanding of what makes her so good at what she does. Maybe she is planning a "Pants2" and "Pants3" and felt she had to hold back.
None-the-less, it was enjoyable to listen to her read her own book as I walked the dog. She has an easy way of playing off what could have been traumatic experiences for lesser folk. She is a feminist without being strident and doesn't demure from the fact that it's better to be the boss than to be the bossed. I like that Tina. What she doesn't do is attack - even with a sharp tongue - those who have stood in her way. I'm not sure if this is pure Tina or Tina holding back. The book left, perhaps, more questions about who she is than it answered. I'll look forward to the book she writes 15 years from now.
This book wouldn't quit! I wanted it over from early on. Insipid characters and annoying readers prolonged the agony. Not sure why it struck me as so poorly but perhaps it was the sense that the author was simply jerking us around - the joke is on you, dear reader! Perhaps if any of the characters possessed a shred of likability it may have helped but I can't be certain of even that. It wasn't even the old 'he said vs she said' conundrum of how each of us sees things with a different perspective. As far as I was concerned, it was a waste of time. Except for the author who has made a tidy sum on this thing.
Everyone liked it. I wanted to like it. I hated it. And I never say that about an author's effort.
No. I would anticipate the worst and likely find it.
Oh my no. Overwrought performances and the constant whine was worse than living near an airport.
Surprise that I finished the silly thing hoping that it would pull me in at the last minute.
Yep. I never completely delete a book. Until now. Gone Girl is gone.
My niece and I listened to this book as we drove to New Orleans from Phoenix. It was a perfect entre to a city that is uniquely its own place. The book told the post Katrina story in a way that nothing else I've read or heard has done. The New Orleans of the book overlapped so strongly with the New Orleans we visited that it was hard to tell one from the other. Andre's story would not have been as real or his pain as great had we not driven through the lower 9th Ward. Our hotel, near the Super Dome was a constant reminder of the horrors that took place there. At first I found the narrator, Carol Monda, to be too coarse of voice but once I became accustomed to it, it seemed perfect. Sara Gran created characters so real that I believed I saw those actual people when I walked the streets of New Orleans, listened to the groups of musicians who formed on street corners at night and observed a city unique to the United States. The juxtaposition of light and dark, saints and sinners, good and evil draw people to this place and I better understand why. With a history worthy of study, New Orleans can be many things depending on where you look. Sara Gran has captured a few of them and brought them to life in this gritty story that made my trip to the Big Easy memorable.
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