OK first John Lee can read a phone book and it would be worth listeng to. This tale is about a person who spends time at THE SEASHORE, not at sea. He has a troubled tragic life and time and remembers it all with you as he writes this. He does not however remember it in any logical form but rather changes time and characters extensively. This left me as the reader lost to figure out what was what and when it all happened. This detracted from whatever story he was trying to tell. In movie form you might have visual cues as to where the pieces of his life fit together but I didn't like it here. Now you may say that I have no appreciation for his artfull stream of consciousness and rich descriptive language. The former no the latter yes.
Fishing my ass uncle Danny you went to Havana for this. Aunt Millie never knew...
Nor did any of us guess how incredibly convoluted the mystery was. I never thought that a dollar could stretch so far as to be in the pocket of six mobsters and a president at the same time. Since I grew up on the east coast when this all was happening and the names are all familiar memories this tale of the corruption in Cuba is even more relevant now that we are trying to normalize the last 50 yrs of idiocy. More than adequate narration as well...
When Harry Hole goes out and buys a bottle, I check into rehab...
By now you've gotten to know Harry better than your first ex wife and probably would do better with him castaway on an island... Nesbo convolutes this story just right so that only enough of the good guys get away and enough of the bad guys get whacked. But what was that lingering fear??? It's still there.
I stayed up late a number of nights only taking shallow breaths waiting for the next scene.
Bravo... times ten to the third...
This is a very interesting story. Really! The waters sort of got muddy about the 20 yard line and the going was slow till I almost gave up at the 10... I rode it down to the end and felt I had to work too hard for the points...
Now to my ears oh glorious appliance with which to hear the speaking of all the vowels and all the consonants and delight in the spoken word. It is like watching honey melt in butter and taste them both. Bravo Adjoa.
OK this fella thought out the whole thing... for years... with angst... and pain... and sorrow... and tons of time and thought.... He built a garage in the woods to write in???? ... I can not for any money ignore the ignorance of the author of the physical world... but if you have money and time and can make reasonable people take that money to humor you... gee that's the book... and he sells the entire place in a few years... Duh... no DUH.. .what an arrogant poofter... He makes a room the way Jacques Pepin makes a puff pastry... too much thinking...
OK it isn't Shakespeare... but a good yarn will get me across an angry sea anyday.
But it was a good newspaper story about the benefits of mindfulness....
I'd say it was the MOST illuminating book re: this topic... all the others are a bit
Mumbo Jumbo.... salesmanship and outright lies... . But Dan tells it like it is... Hey dummy... clean up... expect less and be happy with that... but if you can become "aware" or "mindful " you just might be a bit more engaged in what your daily life is and if it sucks well then you might just decide to have the balls to change it... golly that wasn't Buddha like
But it was truly Dime Novel stuff... and very NOIR.. ok so it's supposed to me noir... but it was not entertaining, titillating, interesting... sorry
Yes we need to be eco responsible. But don't convince me with a baseball bat
This was a bully pulpit not a novel
Classic period piece of adventure, intrigue and a love story too. The writing and performance is tight and gripping and doesn't dawdle so you are on the edge of your seat all the way through. I've known this title for ages and now I know what it means. A good read.
Gripping Crime Drama
The crimes were never really solved till everything comes together. Then it all made perfect sense
Mr. Lee is my favorite narrator. He reads with restrained passion. He also speaks Austrailian superbly
I'd just finished "In a Sunburnt Country" by Bill Bryson. His travels thru the land down under. The Bat takes place in Austrailia so I got to stay in character for this book or in country you might say
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