Some will tell you that its plot is somewhat convoluted, perhaps not exciting, or will even tender statements like "get to the point!". But oh does it make a point!
The point is made, and made powerfully. Literary fiction, for what it's worth, is a study of character - of people and their minds, things that lie beneath the surface - and isn't dependent on twists and turns of action, though this book does that as well if you're reading carefully enough and do not give up. This book is a masterpiece in exposing the churning beneath the murk of what appears on the surface to be a glorious, undisturbed and placid lake of a man's life.
It speaks to the point that "things fall apart, the center cannot hold". And the narration by Ron Silver is one of the best I've heard to date for any audiobook. He captures the essence of the people, the time, the thoughts and the tragedy. Simply, an astounding piece of work by both author and narrator.
A great and enjoyable book, simply stated.
But what makes this stand out is the deft and capable narrator. Absolutely astounding how well it was read. The cadences of New Orleans brought out superbly. Each character distinct and novel. This reading brought this book to life in the most wonderful way.
Ignatius J. Riley's "Oh my God!" will stay with me forever.
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