©1986 Peter Taylor; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
"A beautiful, ironic novel..." (New York Times Book Review)
"Every inch the classic." (Kirkus Reviews )
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
warped family dynamics and the ultimate revenge that children always get on their parents all wrapped up in a well crafted novel. It might have been a "light" year that year for Pulitzers, but this one has all the characteristics of a Pulitzer. Sad compelling story extremely well written with vivid, memorable characters. Read this on few long drives - it's worth it!
I am dumbfounded as to how this book won a Pulitzer Prize. I can only conjecture that Peter Taylor's powerful friends persuaded the powers that be to give him the award as a prize for his total career. Nothing much happens in this completely humorless book. And I am at a loss to explain why the reader chose to narrate the book without a trace of the Nashville/Memphis accent of the book's narrator.
The story in this book was not really bad, but it just never developed into somthing you care about. The main character was selfish and boring, he did not really care about anythign in life, and so I did not really care about him. There was such promise, but nothing ever developed beyond the surface. The main character hears that father and sisters interefered with the one love of his life, therefore ruining his ability to really love for the rest of his life and what does he do...nothing. Nothing is about what sums up the plot development of the book.
I kept thinking it would get better but it never did. I got about halfway through then gave up. I returned it and got something else.
The narrator was good, I'm from the South so I enjoyed the accent but I just couldn't get interested.
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