Yes. I've decided that when an author embarks on an adventure just to get a book out of it rarely leads to a good book.
I bought this book because I thought I'd learn about Japanese culture and daily life. Rather it was the diary of a down and out 20-something who goes to Japan to teach english. I did not care about his creepy roomates or his employer.
There were a few moments where I did gain some insight into Japanese culture and life.
I do need to admit that I could not finish the book. I tried skipping sections to find something new but every time I did that I landed on more of the same.
The first half of this book is great. You learn alot you did not already know if you've been keeping up with the Madoff scandal. But the second half is repetitive as the author relentlessly complains about the SEC.
Where you excited about Freakonomics? Did you love the way that the authors used data to connect the dots on questions you've always had? Well, if you picked up Super Freakonomics hoping for the same new thinking, you'll be disappointed. It is more journalistic writing than analytical insight. The authors report on the writings of Malcom Gladwell and others, so it feels all along like you've read this book before. On the bright side, it was entertaining and held my interest, just not the breakthrough that the first book was.
The Kite Runner is not an upbeat book. It is more like a classic Greek tragedy. Events and human frailty inevitable lead to pain and suffering. The book was sometimes disturbing, but there are bright moments. The writing style was excellent, the story engrossing, and the reading a listening pleasure. Add to that insights into Afghan culture and you have great book.
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