I'm only a couple hours into the book and I think it's fantastic. Why? Because this is in part a story that could be about a man's experiences except it's told by a woman, about a woman. I think that many men are just not secure enough in their masculinity to allow themselves to enjoy both the story and the reader. Note that I'm a guy though the Audible account is in my wife's name. Actually, it's really cool to hear how Kushner describes motorcycle riding, loud music and gun shots with words that men just would not. I really dig that. I think that most American men would either not get it or not admit that they get it at the risk of being too in touch with their feminine side. As an example, regardless of how it's described, riding a motorcycle at nearly 150 miles per hour is thrilling and dangerous no matter if you are of the gender that stands to pee or sits to pee.
Casting genderization aside, Kushner uses uncommon words and expressions to describe things. Ordinary things are described as if they were art and I think that's really cool too. Maybe it's my left handed but ambidextrous mind and body that find this book so captivating. Maybe some day soon I will meet Kushner and her hubbie at one of our nearby quasi Bohemian bars or eateries and we can have a fun chat. Major compliments on her ability to describe life for young adults in the late 70's when I belonged to that demographic. I'm 63 now.
More to follow.
Gee, when you talk about discrimination you have to talk about introverts as major victims.
All along we know that we're just who we are, but at some point fighting back is not worth the effort, so let's just relax with a good book and do other things by ourselves such as drawing, playing music, inventing, cooking, creating, thinking........
Susan did a fantastic job selling the fact that being a "quiet" one is perfectly normal for those that are. Honestly, the jerks and cretins I had to deal with from childhood, long into adulthood were just jerks and cretins. (I don't care if I offended anyone).
This book should be required reading for everyone, especially parents who suspect that something may be wrong with their "quiet" children.
Yes, I'm a little hostile about it. The book definitely brings back childhood memories of some of the closed minded neanderthals who bought into the "extroverts rule" thing and treated me like a maladjusted mental dwarf.
I'd like to see Susan do a sequel wherein rather than siting so many studies, she interviews a spectrum of introverts and thus exposes more of the potentially damaging the "extroverts rule" mentality is. Further, I'd like to read about more studies that address the relative IQ's of introverts vs. extroverts.
In my case, it wasn't until I was in my early 30's that I learned that I have an "out-of-the-park" IQ. While I often say and truly believe that IQ is over rated, it does have some comparative values. I'm one of those who was assumed to be of below average intelligence and thus assigned to remedial classes in public school. Fortunately, I got past that garbage and eventually proved the culprits wrong. Especially dishonorable mention goes to my relatives who thought my life would be spent wearing a dunce cap and never a mortarboard and tassel of a university.
Thanks again Susan.
I'm a baby boomer, about 5 years older than Penn, so I relate to a lot of the way he looks at things. I'm not one to dis atheism and whether I am or am not an atheist is none of your business. This book is an excellent source to learn how other people think who may not be followers of any of the world's "great"religions.
Listen to it for the trippy, fun anecdotes.
Penn seems to have what some may see as a "big man's complex", but I don't care. His ego may bother some, but that's their problem.
I'm not into magic and the only time I might turn on a magic show on TV would be if I have trouble sleeping. That does not stop me from respecting magicians.
I was a business major during my undergraduate and post graduate years so I did not take many courses in literature. I was excited to listen to this book. I see why it is a classic. Some of it is timeless. Some is not. I've been going to Manhattan on business two or three times a year for 14 years and it was cool to know some of the places the book refers to.
I've listened to at least 24 books and William Hope's reading may be the best. Fantastic job.
As for the story, I found it interesting, engaging and exciting for about 3/4 of its length. After that, I was disappointed. It kind of went flat for me. The ending was actually a shock. Maybe I've got too much of a bean counter's brain.
Regardless, I'd love to see the original two versions of the movie. I refuse to see the version with Redford and would consider putting my life in jeopardy while trying to escape if being forced at gunpoint to sit through the upcoming release of the next version.
In order to accept the premise of this book, you must accept the following:
1. The son of the President works for the CIA....OK, this is possible
2. The son of the President is an active CIA assassin. Yeah, right.
3. The son of the President refuses Secret Service protection. Yeah, right, and this would of course never make the news.
4. A terrorist who is a computer expert, does not delete his internet browsing history.
5. A popular Silicon Valley software genius suddenly goes postal on his staff and then blows up his company's hardware, but not before emailing his supposed suicide note.
Look, these are just a few of the annoying events and assumptions that you must accept to buy into this trash. Sorry, I know, if you do buy into it the story may keep you out of the bars for a while, but I am honestly shocked at what garbage this is.
Then there is Lou, the reader...wow, what a variety of accents he can do in his monotone....
Sorry, but it's not for me. No harm intended, but Clancy, as wealthy as he is, has become a fast food chef for something like literature.
What a waste of credits.
FYI, no, I did not finish it. After the hooker sets up nice American father businessman, it was NO MAS.
I will write more later. I think that this is the most believable of the four or five Reacher books I've read. It's a bit more cerebral than the others, which explains why there are a lot of negative reviews.
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