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Thoughts Without Cigarettes by Oscar Hijuelos
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Jul 02, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: first-reads, own, 2011, reviewed
Read from June 17 to July 02, 2011

**I won this book through Good Reads First Reads**

This was B-O-R-I-N-G. Are his other novels (mainly The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love) this bad? Cuz tell me how did he win a Pulitzer? Maybe that it is mandatory for the award....

Anyway, the writing is so incredibly dry I could only read a few pages at a time, and I can read a book in a few hours if I enjoy it. And the name dropping throughout the ENTIRE book? I don't really care if you ate dinner with Sigorney Weaver or jammed with Duane Allman. I'm not at all impressed by an accomplished author's famous friends. Now if one of my non-famous friends were to jam with Duane Allman, that would be another story entirely.

I'm not one to give up on a book, but I came awfully close over and over again while reading this. I think this book could have been much more interesting and entertaining in a different voice.

Don't waste your time!
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Nancy You make some very good points.Maybe I was too kind in my review. Did you manage to finish it? I thought it got better toward the end.

Amanda There was a lot of name-dropping. But remember that he *wasn't* famous yet when he met most of those people. He just had the benefit of being in the NYC literary/arts community.

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