I listened the the entire book. But I was not impressed from the very beginning. I found that it did not flow easily. It was almost rough to listen to. It was short though, so I didn't feel that I wasted too much time. I could have done without having purchased it though.
This was a GREAT idea. I think the execution was poor. The character of Oscar Wao was so great. He was an amazing character. Pretty well-developed, but mostly funny, intriguing, unique. I wanted more of him. I think the choice of narrator as the old roommate was a terrible idea. It seemed like he was only added to the storyline in order to support the fact that he was the narrator. The only real link between all 3 generations seemed to be the circumstance of getting beat up. I didn't see how that was foucou. Was it about the curse? Or about Oscar? Or Oscar's Mom? I understand that it was about them all, but none of them took hold. It was 10% of 10 different things and not a 100% of anything. It was dissappointing. I finished it, however, but only because I had grown to care enough about Oscar to want to know what happened to him. Oscar's immediate family (mom and sister) were pretty well developed. I could have done without all the time travel though. Write a sequel and just make it about Oscar. He was one of the greatest characters I've ever met. Get rid of the foucou and all the old relatives and focus on Oscar. Give me more Oscar. Then we've got a great book.
I wish all books could be written this well. The character development was absolutely amazing. Elmer Gantry was lovable and dreadful all at the same time. I want a sequel only to know him again. He was so well developed. So clear and real. The use of language was well thought out, intentional, meaningful, enticing and entertaining. Sinclair Lewis reminds me of John Steinbeck in his clarity. My only complaint -- and I fear this is because I am a child of TV/video games/movies, etc -- is the story was not captivating. Elmer WAS captivating and his character (and the voice of the reader) really carried me through the entire book. The story itself was plain. But it didn't seem to matter much as Elmer and the reader made up for that. I loved it. I would definitely recommend it. I wish all books were written with this much detail, clarity and care. This is a work of art. Not some silly "journal -entry-stream-of-consciousness" garbage that happened to sell a million copies because everyone reads while their on their treadmills and talking on their blackberry.
I listened for a long time. Or what seemed like a long time. But after about an hour and a half or two hours, I just couldn't do it anymore. The characters were annoying, unrealistic and inconsistent. The attempt to build suspense already reeked of disappointment. I don't want or expect car chases and expolsions, but I do want and expect excellent literary development and strong character development. It didn't go anywhere. It did not ignite my love for words. There were no fascinating references or definitions or characters. I wouldn't waste your time.
Wow. I loved this book. Loved it. Touching, real, honest, thorough, educational & interesting.
A life-changing read. I you can open up your mind enough, the book will make you think differently. It has helped me see life through very different eyes. It has helped me to truly count my blessings and feel entirely grateful for every aspect of my life; both good and bad.
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