Jun 18, 10
Read from June 15 to 18, 2010
As a fan of Sherlock Holmes I was disappointed in the characterization of him as an old man. It just didn't ring true. So that was disappointing. I've read that Chabon is a master of vocabulary, but honestly, sometimes you don't want to have to work that hard to get the meaning out of a sentence. I get it, Michael, you are smart and you have a great vocab. And if by tightly written, the critics mean confusing, then I agree. There was, at once, too much detail and too little detail.
Here's an example of a sentence:
On the whole it its unfitness, shabbiness, and supreme air of steady and irremediable poverty it neatly symbolized, in his own personal view, all that was germane to the life of the man who - far from professionally sober and caught up in a gust of inward turbulence nearly as profound as that which on this cold, wet, blustery, thoroughly English summer morning buffeted the sad tan Imperia from one side to the other of the London road - found himself, his foot pumping madly at the hopeless brake pedal, the single wiper smearing and revising its translucent arc of murk across the windscreen, on the brink of committing vehicular manslaughter.
And I'm pretty sure parrots don't give that much thought to things.