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message 1: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant Cracking review.

message 2: by j (new)

j just give it a 4th star. no one will know but you and me.

message 3: by Krok Zero (new)

Krok Zero No! I have Major Reservations about it!

message 4: by j (last edited Jan 13, 2011 08:29PM) (new)

j pffff. i say it gets extra points for overcoming a structure i almost always hate. except i really like cloud atlas so far so maybe my problem is really just with nicole krauss and the imperfectionists dude.

message 5: by Krok Zero (new)

Krok Zero As I say in the review I might have liked it more if I'd approached it as a short story collection. It's good writing, but I'm just not feeling the superawesomeness that you guys are getting from it. It didn't move me at all.

message 6: by Krok Zero (new)

Krok Zero P.S. I loved Look at Me a lot, so read that one and then eat your five stars for the inferior Goon Squad.

message 7: by j (new)

j maybe you find your life too fulfilling. don't you have shattered dreams?

message 8: by j (new)

j like, for example, the dream of writing a review that gets 102 votes?

message 9: by Krok Zero (new)

Krok Zero My dreams are so shattered that I haven't even dreamed them yet. I am definitely susceptible to the kind of thing that Egan was trying to do, I just think the structure was a hindrance to it. Except the powerpoint chapter, which was hard not to love.

message 10: by Eddie (new)

Eddie Thanks for helping me make the decision to put this book down. With all the awesome reviews, I was going to feel bad for doing so. After reading your review—not so fucking much anymore. Awesome review, btw.

message 11: by Celeste (new)

Celeste Spooky. I said the same thing about truth in advertising and short story collections in my review. I promise it was just us thinking alike! Glad to see I'm not the only one who isn't in love with this book.

message 12: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M Because of this review, I now know what the words "pointillist" and "gestalt" mean. thank you. Great review too, I felt similarly.

message 13: by Krok Zero (new)

Krok Zero Stephen wrote: "Because of this review, I now know what the words "pointillist" and "gestalt" mean. thank you. Great review too, I felt similarly."

Thanks, but I worry about your educational background if you had to learn those words from me!

Oh, wait, I see you are only 19. Worry redacted.

message 14: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M Haha, yeah. There are some serious gaps in my vocabulary, even though I feel I have a fairly decent one. (i.e. me reading Infinite Jest with a dictionary and a pen scratching my head every couple of pages.)

message 15: by Swiftyjess (new)

Swiftyjess Your review is exactly how I'd describe it, too. Finally!

message 16: by M (last edited Jul 28, 2011 02:57AM) (new)

M F It's interesting that I recognized much of the writing here from other places - published as short stories. My feeling is that she bundled them together and the consequence is this book - the form of which is rationalized as a "concept album" (in Eagan's description) but really is a cut-and-paste novel whose concept arrived well after the fact of it it's actual conception. Your review is right on.

I keep reading her, but I'm no longer convinced, Pulitzer notwithstanding, that she's actually a very good writer- her books always seem to fall apart about 50 pages in, and just turn into a kind of shopping list of observations.

message 17: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Actually, my reaction was almost exactly the same. Fortunately, you are capable of intelligently putting those thoughts on paper (so to speak). I, on the other hand, just quirked an eyebrow, mentally shrugged, and thought, "Meh, what's the fuss?". But, you know, substantively the same. Ha.

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio ...because I do like any review that kicks Mike Reynolds in the ballz. (They have a 'z' when I'm not serious about what I just said.)

message 19: by KFed (new)

KFed Update: you're not the only person who didn't like this. I've been cracking up at the number of people who've used this as a prime example of the decay of the Pulitzers in recent years in order to explain why we shouldn't care about no winner this year. Poor Jenny.

message 20: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Link I wish I would have read your review before I read the book. I am certain I would have enjoyed it more approaching it as a collection of short stories. good insight.

message 21: by Laura (new)

Laura Great review. I also struggled with the format while appreciating the quality of her prose.

message 22: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Rancilio I struggled with this book too and dragged myself thru it by counting down the number of pages I had left. You are not alone in your less than 4 star review....

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