©1997 George V. Higgins; (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Higgins' large and devoted following will find no unpleasant surprises here. The story unfolds in a nonlinear way; it does so almost entirely through superb dialogue that reveals character in a far more complex and interesting way than does an omniscient narrator....As always, his characters are so real they spare us the task of willingly suspending disbelief." (The New York Times Book Review) "Higgins...has produced his most ambitious, and infuriating, book in years." (Kirkus)
Another wonderful, discursive tale by perhaps the most underrated American novelist of the 20th century. Yes, there really is a plot. It just takes a little concentration to follow it through the thickets of dialogue that were Higgins's specialty.
Author seems to think that endlessly tedious descriptive passages can substitute for a plot. There is no discernible storyline, just a rambling and pointless narrative. If you are interested in this book, do yourself a favor and at least get the abridged version.
"The listener as eavesdropper"
This book is very easy on the ear - I enjoyed it even more than I did on the page. The dialogue is so natural and captivating, and is so well read, that I was sorry when the almost 20 hours in the company of the characters came to an end. I recommend it highly.
But i go to 'work' to work hard, so this was not the pleasure i had hoped for. I can only describe this as an long rambling monologue that at no point grabed me or even interested me. After two years as a member this is the first time i have posted a negative review and as i said 'sorry!' but it's because it was so BAD.
"Will it ever get there?"
I am not halfway through this reading and despite returning to earlier chapters I am still finding it difficult to hear it as a coherent piece of story telling. I think the New York Times Critic's review was pretentious to say the least although I would agree with the 'linear' description! What an elegant way of saying that it hops about all over the place! I shall persevere and hope to be satisfied with the end result. I will report back!
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