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Skillfully written and a fascinating read. The point of view is first person narrative as told by the main character Changez, a Pakistani. Changez has spent 4+ years living in the U.S, attending Princeton University then finally getting a job in N.Y. at a management consulting firm (the letters of whose name also are U.S.) He chances upon an American on the street and invites him to sit down in an outdoor cafe to have some tea. There he spends several hours talking to the American while the two of them share tea and then a meal in an outdoor market place in Lahore. We never find out the American's name or occupation nor why he is there in Pakistan. He is dressed rather formally and seems to have a bulge under his suit jacket (a gun?)
We also do not hear any of the words spoken by the American man but his reactions, questions and answers are revealed by the narrator.
Changez: "I went to university in New Jersey."
Changez: "Why yes you have guessed that it was Princeton"
Changez: "Oh yes, I liked it very much."
It is a very unique method of telling a written story.
From the conversation we see that Changez, at first, loves his new life in the U.S. feeling fortunate to be a part of such a modern and progressive and forward thinking world. A world where nearly anyone can be successful. He even has the fortune of falling in love with a beautiful American woman. He seems happy. His job takes him around the world, where he is proud to be mistaken as an American.
Then while away on a trip in Manila he is watching the TV as a plane flies into the Twin Towers on 9/11. Returning to N.Y. he begins to notice that Americans, who have previously admired and befriended him, begin to act suspicious of him. He notes that the citizens of New York begin to rally around their flag. He feels like an outsider. Reluctantly he returns to his home in Pakistan to teach at a university there, getting involved in a nationalistic group.
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Comprehensive and scientific without being overly clinical. Extremely well researched and informative. Lots of funny anecdotes. Completely engaging and highly recommended for any person with breasts.
This was just too short. I didn't want it to end. This is THE only way to 'read' this book. Tina Fey is hilarious and a very good narrator. No one else could have done it as well. Great book for anyone who has had growing pains and horrendously embarrassing teenage moments. Doesn't that include us all!
It had been a long time since I had read a detective/mystery/thriller story. My first John Sanford book. This was a good page turner with interesting characters. Good plot and very smart dialogue. This kept my interest until the satisfying end. I really like it when I haven't figured out "who done It."
I sure love it when a good narrator tells me a story and I can just lay back and listen. Sigh! I Love Audible.
I must start out by rating Kate Mulgrew as the narrator. She was fabulous and I want to hear more from her. As for the story...sorry, I guess I am getting old and cranky. I used to enjoy Stephan King books "back in the day." I looked forward to reading his son's book. All I kept thinking while listening was that the person who wrote this was a disturbed, sad individual. I really do not know if that is true but that is the feeling I got. I wish I could have suspended disbelief better. I do think Joe Hill is a very good writer but I did not enjoy the subject. In fact, it 'creeped' me out.
So many people really gave this book rave reviews. It is probably just me.
This is a terrifc, very accessible book that you NEED to read. Anyone who has had cancer or who has known anyone with cancer will appreciate the information and story behind cancer. We get the history of cancer, its believed causes and all the different treatments throughout known history. It's told in very vivid language by Dr. Mukherjee, who seems to be incredibly compassionate. Excellent narration, wonderfully written with a good beginning and a good ending. What more could we want! Thanks for making this important work available on audible.
research. Fascinating science. A good look at the medical-ethical aspects of medical issues. The author really pounded the pavement in getting this important story told and I commend her. Wow, amazing what a single cancer cell has done for this world, Thank you Henrietta Lacks. You've gone down in history.
Not my favorite Kingsolver novel (that would be The Poisonwood Bible) but recommended to Kingsolver's fans. Great research and it reinforced some of the historical facts I had hiding way down deep in my pea brain. Of course, her writing is soooooo good.
My complaint is that it went on way too long.
Not highly recommended.
A series of short stories which take place in a coastal town in Maine. One character, Olive Kitteridge, has at least a small part in each of the stories. It follows this rather nasty, controlling, opinionated school teacher from middle age through her senescence. She never changes. She approaches most every situation with a negative demeanor.
A Pulitzer Prize winner! I just do not think was worthy of that award. The prose was good and I liked the way Olive was woven into each of the stories but I just did NOT like the main character. The other characters in the book are somewhat interesting but it made me glad I did not live in that town with all those depressing folks. A few of the stories had ambiguous endings that left me scratching my head. I suppose the author wanted us to leave the ending "open" so that we could make our own. It wasn't an effective element for me. That kind of ending (so very french!) is supposed to make a reader think and wonder. I wasn't compelled to 'think' or do any contemplative examination of the ending. It left me frustrated.
This would have a good thriller fiction without the remorse. If his tale is true then shame on us. If it isn't true then shame on the author. I haven't been able to verify the "truthiness" of all of what John Perkins writes and I don't know how I can do it.
It is a good story anyway, although clumsily written ......I'm somewhat skeptical. Not skeptical about the fact that corporations and developed nations take advantage and exploit less developed nations. I am certain that they do. I am skeptical of his contrition. Besides selling books and making a lot of money, what is this man going to do to right his admitted wrong?
Read and decide for yourself.
A 'lady' from the country and a young female 'dodger' from London. A story of swindle and deceit. Well written and worth reading.
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