As a Yankee who was trapped in a small Georgia town for 15 years, I've known the power of southern story tellers. The narrative was great until it went the direction of "boat geek". I know nothing about boats, mind you. Even less after suffering through the enormous descriptions of boats and motors in this ditty.
Still, the author redeemed the book with his clever style and wordsmithing. I've never heard his equal. There are boatloads of southern aphorisms and nearly none made it into this book. Rather, it is a collection of fresh charms destined to make their own way.
David Kushner evenly writes a short history of a group of guys who turn passion for gaming into a serious vocation. Even if you don't know a thing about poker, you'll enjoy the journey, the disappointments and the wins of this rag-tag gang of gamblers.
A story like none you've ever heard, I'd bet. I can't say much without spoiling it.
Just trust that you will hear phrases turned with such grace and skill that you will be left wanting at the end and whatever book you read next will suffer because of it.
This is the second Auster work I've been through. I didn't feel the anger of the primary character, nor the sadness. I just wasn't sold.
The plot, however, is so completely unique that I think you will listen hour after hour to see where it is all headed.
Salzman regularly entered an alternate universe where teen murderers marked time as their cases wound through the courts. He paints a picture in your head of what life behind prison walls is like, though this prison is nothing like the penitentiary most of his students are headed for.
Salzman treats the kids with dignity but is neither an apologist nor a judge for any of them.
Beware. You'll be invested in these kids before you know it.
Paul Auster reads this book with all the right emotional accents, even though the work is a compilation of concise, true stories solicited from people from around the country. There are a lot of stories about mom and dad and growing up in ages gone by. Plenty of humor, sorrow, sadness and just plain interesting histories of ordinary people. With the diversity of content, I feel sure at least one story will resonate within everyone. Don't miss the chance to connect with people on a unique level. And I hope, above all, there is a volume two. Mr. Auster was born to read.
I got hooked on this kid from the moment I heard him on American Idol. He was a mirror of the geek I have always been but with a voice that was so powerful and emotional. As I heard Randy Jackson ask, "Where is that voice coming from?", I, too wondered. I have my answer now.
We all are creatures of our history and Clayton has managed to pick the key moments of his history for this book. He is unashamed of any of it and ties it all together perfectly to let us understand who he is.
This is not some 'pop' version of how stardom feels. You'd be disappointed if you want it for that. It's a fine story about a real person who overcame much and won.
My only disappointment is that he did not narrate his own book.
What a great treat this book was. I had no particular expectations of this book and was pleased when it it drew me in, chapter after chapter. The amount of reference material the book relies on gives it a sturdy quality. The conclusions presented were, in my mind, reasonable.
I was sorry the book ended as quickly as it did. I can think of many more things I'd like this author's take on.
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