I really enjoyed the author's Middlesex, but this book totally let me down. The premise, as inferred by the tittle, never really comes together in a meaningful way. I felt like the two male characters were well explored, while the female (the lead character, supposedly?) was more vague, defined mainly by her reactions to the two men. I never could really figure out who she was, so her actions seemed arbitrary and unrealistic, serving only the plot, not her. If the plot itself had been rewarding, that would have made it more acceptable, but it wasn't. And then the book just ended. In the interview with the author, he mentions that this is the one book he's written where he feels like he could revisit the characters ten year hence; I'd say it's not worth it. He would have been better off just finishing this book.
This is the best audio book experience I've had in a long time! The stories, the history, the performance - it was all fabulous! I hated for this book to end. A really fun thing was being able to go to youtube and pull up original footage of so many of the events related - it made it so much more poignant. This book was recommended by a friend and I didn't think I would enjoy it but I stand happily corrected. I will definitely do all of Robert Caro's books now.
This was a little slow at first, but once I got with the ruminative rhythm of it, I really enjoyed it. It's poetic nature is charming and an apt complimentary style to it's subject matter, the tiny and exquisite sculptures.
This book is not for everyone but it is one everyone should read just once! It stays with you in interesting ways.
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