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A Thousand Benjamins
by Michael Kun (Goodreads Author)
After twenty years of marriage, Marry Jude has had enough of Benjamin. ?A thousand Benjamins couldn't make me happy, ? she says. Lost in the numbness of habit and the undertow of memories, Benjamin meets Kim, a woman eighteen years his junior who bears a sadness in her green eyes that is connected to a scar that runs from the base of her throat to her ribs. Slowly, these t ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Lawson Library
(first published 1990)
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First of all, you must forgive me in advance, because this is the 5th book from this author that I’ve read, and loved them all, so this review might be biased.. Or maybe it won’t, we’ll see..
As I said this is the 5th book I’ve read by Mr. Kun, which is a bit strange considering this is the first book he wrote, I think, so maybe I should have started out with this one. If you’re reading this review, while not having read a Kun book before, you should probably not read this as your first one thoug ...more
I was disappointed that this novel didn't have the intelligence and wit that I've come to expect from Michael Kun. I'm still giving it three stars because the characters were poignant and believable; I thought about them when I wasn't reading the book, which is something I rarely do. It's so interesting to go back and read an author's early work.
Tries to be profound but fails. I found it thin and wan, and was skimming pages out of boredom. I kept reading onward in hopes of finding the 'meat' of the story... but it never coalesces. This is 'great literature' in the same way that MTV's 'Real World' is great television. Anecdotal, precious, self-involved but pointless and vapid. Boring unless you identify with the characters completely.
Michael Kun lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Amy and their daughter Paige. He practices law when he is not writing, or vice versa.More about Michael Kun...