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  • The Emperor of Ocean Park

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Set in the era of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies, this novel examines the American conscience while inviting us into the glittering world of the East Coast legal community. Stephen L. Carter's book follows black Ivy League law professor Talcott Garland as he investigates the death of his father, Judge Oliver Garland, the eponymous "Emperor."

    Maria says: "Not a bad book but where was the editor?"
    "Wore me out."
    Overall

    At first I liked this book because the narrator was so unlikeable - smug, self-centered, clueless - and yet because of his obvious weakenesses I identified with him. And it is so rare to see an unlikeable narrator in genre fiction. But as the book went on and on, the narrator's ponitification (his presentation of pet peeves as dire warnings of social decay) wore me out. Ultimately, what could have been an enjoyable and informative read, became an apologia for self-serving and passive melancholy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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