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Walter

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  • Lost in America: A Journey With My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sherwin B. Nuland
    • Narrated By Sherwin B. Nuland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    National Book Award winning author Sherwin Nuland introduces his father, a Russian immigrant who dreamed of a better life in America but found the opposite. In this memoir, we see what it cost Nuland to admit the inextricable ties between father and son and to accept the burden of his father's legacy.

    Marilyn says: "Exploring intergenerational legacies"
    "Takes Prose to Previously Unseen Shades of Purple"
    Overall

    I checked this book out on the strength of the adulatory reviews contained here. Big mistake. This is hands-down the most overwritten, ploddingly morose book I have encountered in a long time. Mr. Nuland is not a writer, but he's apparently read some bad ones, and consequently thinks that the marks of serious literature are ubiquitous adverbs; tangled, portentous sentences; and the pervasive aroma of the thesaurus. (He's obviously never read Steven King's "On Writing.") "Depilatory armamentarium" (for "medicine cabinet") and "mucoid secretions" (for "tears") will remain in my memory as benchmarks of bad writing long after everything else about this self-pitying, insightless book has mercifully faded away.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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