Clarity and continuity. The characters jumped all over the place. Just about the time i started caring about someone, he/she left the stage and i was thrown into a new plot, sub-plot, or continuation of three plots back.
I felt the accents were contrived.
Disappointment. i enjoyed his first two books, but this one - not so much.
Way near the top
So many! Boris - what an individual!! His optimism and casual approach to life blows me away. ("Well, nobody got hurt, did they?")
Although quite predicable, when Boris appeared at Theo's hotel. Disheveled, ravaged, starving, but still as off-hand as always. I found it easy to close my eyes and see him downing the eggs and champagne in his sodden clothing and red-rimmed eyes. "Sure, I've got it." (Theo's passport). Like, why would anyone be worried?
Hobie - He knows everyone in New York.
To some it was probably too long. For me - I could have done another 500 pages. I've never been to Amsterdam, but I can see the canals, the dark, wet, winter days.
The reader is terrible. So many phoney accents, none of them good. The characters are confusing.
I loved Macintyre's other books. this one - not so much
In every way possible
I enjoyed learning about the Hasidic people and their ways. The book left many things unanswered. I wanted to know more about how she got away. Did she have custody of her son? How did she settle with Eli? I cared less about her "feelings" than about the reality of her situation after she left. How did her grandparents take it? Is her son growing up in two cultures?
To me the reader had a nasal quality in her voice.
Yes, obviously, if she wants her story out there.
Don't know yet
It read like a mystery novel
His wonderful phrasing
No, I seldom have 9 hours to spare
I want the unabridged version. The shortened story was a disappointment. I feel it probably left out alot of interesting details that would have made the book even better.
Yes - I think it's a good read
Yes. He doesn't write great literature but it all seems very real and honest.
I thought someone with a more Bostonian accent would have told the story better.
I admire Ted Kennedy's ability to take responsibility for all the dumb things he did.
There was nothing about any of the characters I cared about - with the possible exception of Margaret, but even she wasn't very interesting. One wonders why she would have married Tony in the first place. Neither of them seem to have much of a life. The muddled plot never grabbed me. The book is mercifully short; had it contained two more pages I would have put it down without finishing.
I lived in London for a short while and the various areas of the city caught my attention. And I did learn the meaning of "hand cut" fries.
Robert Caro's new book on Lyndon Johnson, "Passage of Power."
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