I was entranced when I first started listening to this book. I don't think anyone writes more beautiful sentences in the English language than Rushdie. And yet he somehow managed to turn a book about rags-to-riches jetsetting popstars caught in earthquakes and alternate realities into a big yawn. How? By beating the listener over the head again and again and again with every classical illusion and obscure reference he could pull out of his pocket. I wanted to grab him by the lapels and ask: Do you want to tell us a story, or do you want to show off how smart you are? Make up your mind please!
well researched and riveting for history buffs. ww1, naval hisory or maritime history. More compelling than the story of Tiranic.
Sorry to see this series end. Can't wait to see more from this author.
hard to jump between so many characters, but still fascinated with all the different story arcs.
Some of the aspects of this story are so old fashioned - duels,and all that - but some amazingly modern in terms of attitude toward things like extra-marital relations, lesbianism, politics. And ultimately it's very philosophical. I always thought it was just an adventure book but really its so much more.
Loved everything about this and wished I'd heard it before I ever saw the mini-series.
Another example of how some of the best books don't get the most press. This is a really great book to listen to, a marvelous hero that real people can identify with.
The genius of Hugo (and Dickens) is that he understands that everyone is the hero of their own life. They aren't just accessories in someone else's. In that sense he's one of the world's most democratic writers. The story of each character is worth listening to for its own sake.
I can't resist anything to do with oriental rugs, so that was the hook. But the book is so much more - a very tender illumination of the immigrant's experience, and what it means to be an outsider in America. I loved it.
So how could I resist a story with a circus, a love story, and a right good curmudgeon? I couldn't. This is a wonderful book which hasn't recieved nearly enough attention.
This book is the perfect example of how the world's big events are just background to our private dramas for most of us, and what a struggle it is to escape from the confines of our small lives and our self-delusions into something bigger and more alive. It gives you a lot to think about.
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