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Tabloid City by Pete Hamill
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Jul 11, 11

Read in July, 2011

I really wanted to like this book because of the way it's set up; lots of different peoples' stories converging. I usually love stories like that, a la Traffic or Babel. But this one seemed a bit forced. There were some characters in it whose presence I didn't really understand, like Beverly. There were times when the characters' stream of conscious thinking got tedious and boring. And the sentence structure was the main thing that annoyed me - they were staccato and difficult to read. The fluidity, or lack thereof, was what made Tabloid City a really tough read. The other thing that made it tough to swallow was that this was my hometown; I didn't like the dark underbelly that was portrayed, but I suppose, to play Devil's Advocate, it's a whole other side of New York that I'd never considered before.
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