The scope of this novel is huge. It's not at all what I expected. I think I expected more of a freak show. Instead I got a intellectual yet sensitive chronicle that spanned two continents and 80 years of American cultural history.
I have nothing in common with the main character who tells this story, yet I related to the novel on a personal level and was deeply interested in his epic journey. There's something epic here --something that reminded me of Homer.
The characters are well drawn by the author, and I like the way the reader brought the voices and accents to life. I even listened to sections I'd already read in the book, just to hear his vocal characterizations.
I am always so excited to hear author's read their own work, but frequently (and this time was no exception), the reading is a task best left to a professional actor. Bradbury's rhythmic cadence is hypnotic, but his articulation and speed doesn't match that of a professional. I am glad that I have this in my archive though because there is something very special about it, but, it certainly wouldn't be my preferred method of taking in this book -- especially for the first time.
As much as I adore audiobooks, I'd stick to reading this one on the page.
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