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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Did you read a review copy or something? This isn't even out yet.


message 2: by Mark (new)

Mark Ge yeah I wonder the same thing.


message 3: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Yes. I had a review copy. I'm a librarian and I am sent review copies as well as digital review files to consider for purchase as well as to foster word-of-mouth recommendations. This was a digital review., I like Chabon's past work and immediately began trudging through this over the span of a month and a half as soon as i received it.


message 4: by Zack (new)

Zack man i agree. Though it does have some rare moments of beautiful groovy prose, but they are far and often buried in between torturous ramblings and nauseous plot confuspings.


message 5: by John (new)

John Dito You pretty much hit it on the head for me. So many people love Chabon but I always feel like he never gets to the damn point. His style is a bit flowery for me.


message 6: by Mike (new)

Mike There's a adage about how writers should often throw out their first paragraph because after that the story really begins. For those who managed to get to chapter two, I hope it was worth it.


message 7: by Zack (new)

Zack first page, and first chapter were excellent. . . downhill from their. What kills me is that the library copy i had borrowed got damaged and now i have to pay for a book i hate........ :P :X


message 8: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany I'm waiting for something to happen in this book. Just when I think something is about to happen, Chabon goes off into something else. My epub edition is 424 pages. Please tell me I am not wasting my time. If there is a better example of Chabon's work, please, let me know what that is.


message 9: by Kim (new)

Kim I agree, the description does sound... overstuffed, enough to make me not want to read it.


message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Flygare There's some great language in the book, but overall, I think your description of Chabon trying to be both hip and smart is spot on.


message 11: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette Lyons Your review is accurate. I feel like I invested too much time and I'm glad to be done with it. Some moments of greatness, but it went on too long.


message 12: by Ron (new)

Ron Payne After 300 pages, I groaned and said, "Enough." Chabon hadn't made me care about any of the characters. I wish he'd write another novel as good as "Mysteries of Pittsburgh;" sadly, I don't think that will happen.


message 13: by Carly (new)

Carly Yeah - I hear ya'. Our book club's doing this book for the month of August and I'm about to scream in frustration.

I've been wondering just what it is that's bothering me about this book and you have put it in a nutshell.

Just plain overwritten? Maybe - Elmore Leonard writing toward the Ivy League set - rotflol!

Thanks for making me feel better. Thought there was something wrong with me, to be finding this read a chore.


message 14: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Light your review nailed it. I can't get myself to finish the darn thing.


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