This book was so much about timing for me. I read it the summer after I finished school, while I was riding out my lease in Ann Arbor and making cappuThis book was so much about timing for me. I read it the summer after I finished school, while I was riding out my lease in Ann Arbor and making cappucinos for the summer. It was a sprint-reading of a day and a half or so. This book is very good, although not great, and worth reading I think either at this post-college limbo time when you can relate to it or if you want to go back to that limbo time... maybe it never ends, who knows.
This is definitely a first novel, and definitely Chabon's first novel, which is good, for Chabon, because it's a little less ... polished than the rest of it. Which was refreshing, in a way.
I write really terrible reviews but whatever. Read this book, especially if you've read any later Chabon....more
I don't care if it makes me pretentious, I love this book.
I started reading it while I was still living in Dublin. That summer the library in Dublin hI don't care if it makes me pretentious, I love this book.
I started reading it while I was still living in Dublin. That summer the library in Dublin had an exhibit in the basement with some of Joyce's papers and other things because it was the anniversary of Ulysses or something like that. His writing process is really interesting, and if you ever get a chance to see his drafts somehow do so. He writes passages and then inserts them (pre-computer, obviously, so this is in this intricate system of notebooks and different colored pens and scratching things out and rewriting). The end of Molly's soliloquy was originally to be:
"yes I said yes I would."
Which is worlds different than:
"yes I said yes I will Yes."
Joyce crossed out the end of the first version and wrote in the new phrasing. Seriously, think about how much different "would" and "will" are.
Joyce once said that he expected people to spend their lives re-reading his books. I know for sure I have to re-read this one... I'm thinking this summer would be prime time. I also loved Dubliners and Portrait, although I've yet to tackle Finnegans Wake....more
I read this over a couple of days last week. It's excellent. Read both.
I was reading it at lunch at this little square with a ton of benches on 8th AvI read this over a couple of days last week. It's excellent. Read both.
I was reading it at lunch at this little square with a ton of benches on 8th Avenue and 56th Street. I was totally lost in the book and actually surprised to look up and realize I was in the middle of Midtown. Then I had a half hour to kill before meeting someone for dinner after work, and returned to the same spot to read. A middle-aged man next to me asked if I'd read the first one and we started talking about the books and graphic novels. He wanted to know if Persepolis would be good for high school students because he teaches a university class to teach people how to teach high schoolers. Instead of a universal book list, each teacher-student is assigned six or so books to read, evaluate, and report on so that the class as a whole has a broader variety of books to draw from. So he hadn't had a chance to read Persepolis himself, but I encouraged him to do so, of course. It was a refreshing change to have the random person talking to you on a bench not be a crazy lunatic.
I finished the book on the subway en route from dinner/drinks to meet up for more drinks pre-elephant parade.
My reviews are making it how obvious I connect a book to when and where I read it...
Review: Persepolis 2 is really good, maybe even better than the first book. But I could be biased because she is closed to my age in 2. Read them both. I've got Embroideries on the shelf but I think I'm going to wait a little while before re-immersing myself in that world. For now it's back to mid-nineteenth century Russia (Gogol)....more
So I read this book yesterday. I do that sometimes, read entire novels in a day.
It was really good, very well-written. I'm interested to see the movieSo I read this book yesterday. I do that sometimes, read entire novels in a day.
It was really good, very well-written. I'm interested to see the movie since there wasn't really all that much dialogue in the book, it was a lot more narrative. And to know why Mou cried for four hours or something afterward. I've had the book for a couple years now and never got around to it, so I grabbed it for the weekend in South Carolina. I didn't realize the main character's name was Gogol and that whole thing, and coincidentally am still in the middle of the Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol. Strange parallel...
Okay that's not much of a review. I'd recommend the book for sure, although it's not among the best I've ever read. Maybe the pre-read hype was too high and it would have fared better if I'd read it when I bought it blindly a few years ago.
Anyone know how this compares to Interpreter of Maladies? Reading it I thought that she might be better suited to short stories. I read the title story in Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, but haven't picked up the actual book yet. Do tell....more
I've read this I think three times now. This book is completely and utterly amazing. I need to read more Faulkner and am ashamed that I haven't. AnyonI've read this I think three times now. This book is completely and utterly amazing. I need to read more Faulkner and am ashamed that I haven't. Anyone recommend what I should go for next?...more
It starts out with a car chase in Greenpoint, which is home sweet home for me, e\and centers on the King of Smith Street. Lionel Essrog, the narrator,It starts out with a car chase in Greenpoint, which is home sweet home for me, e\and centers on the King of Smith Street. Lionel Essrog, the narrator, tells the story of the Minna Men through his Tourrette's suppressions and compulsions. The famous toothbrush paragraph is excellent, of course, and the overall narrative voice is great. The main strength of the book is the narrative voice and it's worth reading just to explore that. It's a good read, and was a surprisingly quick one for me. Saved my opinion of Lethem after You Don't Love Me Yet, (stay away from LA, Lethem, stick to BK) and I think I'll tackle Fortress of Solitude next. Anyone want to loan it?
Ironically this has been waiting on the shelf for a long time because I was intent on reading it while actually in Brooklyn. I ended up reading it in Beijing, China. Which was in a way sort of better, for me, since I got to indulge any homesickness....more