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The first time Natalie and Bayron meet again in occupied Marseille
Many moments. Aaron Jastrow entering the gas chambers will make a rock cry.
I read reviews often and I hardly find a book of this genre having so many negative reviews. I count that on the discomfort many will feel on the homosexual twist that dominates half of the plot. But if you, as rightful heterosexual person, manage to get over that, you will see that there is real beauty to this book. That beauty resides on the fine grain the characters have, on the wonderful analysis of what a baseball player is, on what it means to be a semi-adult in today's America. And if you do so, the story of the unconventional (or maybe just illegal) love of an older man to a younger one will become understandable. I should also mention that the reader is simply flawless and perfect to my ears.
generations of italians grew up with their imagination fed by this and other books of this series. listening to it almost 30 years after my first read was refreshing. the reader is a bit toneless at times, but the story makes up for that.
this is a very interesting piece of history, reconstructed in a sort of novel form. as such, it suffers from the constraints of adhering to facts, but it provides a "witness"insight into a critical period of contemporary history. very interesting. the reader is excellent.
This is a great and well designed story it captured me slowly but firmly as the book proceeded. An interesting psychological novel on three major topics:
a) The secret horrors of the life of mentally less able persons.
b) The potentially devastating effect of being too intelligent.
c) The Hubris in science
All characters are interesting and lively, vivid, especially the main one and the women he interacts with. The plot has many turns and interesting viewpoints on the life of the main character.
It is also very well narrated, with an almost neutral tone, but still well characterized individual voices. I warmly recommend it.
This book is disappointing. I admit that writing novel thrillers is hard, considering how many are there in the genre. This one however is too stereotypical. Characters are flat and seen in hundred similar books. The loner hero, the black investigator, the southern poisonous setting etc. Nothing surprised me, nothing stood as novel or fresh. The plot is admittedly acceptable and the basic idea relatively interesting (trying not to spoil it for you), but overall, a book quickly forgotten.
The reader is pretty good and very clear, with the right tempo (at least for me). The only two glitches: 1) female characters. They sound really ridiculous at time. 2) Too insistent on the southern accent.
This book is made of several different stories, spanning different epoques. As such, each of the stories would need a separate review. The fact is that the stories are only superficially, almost artificially connected among themselves. It almost feels like the author needed an excuse to show the public how well he could write a novel in the "memoir" style, another one in the "thriller style", another one in the "letter form" and in the "sci-fi" style and so on, in juts one single book. once said that the stories are all enjoyable and the narrators are all extremely good. worth the time, but cannot call it a masterpiece.
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