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Jennifer (JC-S) I'll be interested in reading your review, David, when you do write it.

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Jessica waiting to know...

message 3: by Bebe (new)

Bebe David, I loved Eat the Document, which you recommended and I'll try to get this book from the library, too, but reading your reviews is fun even without the followup.

message 4: by David (last edited Sep 10, 2011 04:47AM) (new)

David Thanks, Bebe. I'm glad you enjoyed "Eat the Document". I feel my "review" of Egan's book falls short on several fronts -- it's really more of an effort to capture my reaction to the book. Whether or not other readers react as strongly is likely to depend on the extent to which music and memory are linked in their own lives. But it's something I hadn't given a lot of thought to before reading this book, but that I have been unable to stop thinking about ever since. So, on those grounds alone, I would recommend the book to others, as there are relatively few books to which I have had as strong a reaction.

Oddly enough, "High Fidelity", which one might suppose would trigger a similar reaction, left me entirely cold.

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Manny Surprised how many reviews I've resisted, but I may have to give in to this one! Nice work.

Jennifer (JC-S) Thank you, David, for writing and sharing this review. It makes so much sense.

message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica this is the only review that's made me want to go near this book

message 8: by David (last edited Sep 11, 2011 05:35AM) (new)

David Thanks for all your comments, folks. I hope that those of you I've persuaded to try it enjoy the book.

On reflection, I might add that Jennifer Egan writes with a kind of facility bordering on bravura. In this book she reminded me of Julian Barnes at his best, which I mean as high praise. But I could also imagine that, as in the case of Barnes, this strength could also become a weakness. Not the case for this book, however, as I hope my review makes clear.

message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul Bryant yes, great review, but every nice 5 star review is matched by a n impressive one star revie for this baby, so I have no idea...!

message 10: by David (new)

David Abigail, Paul - thanks! Paul: isn't your curiosity at least piqued. I think you would enjoy the goon squad.

How are you doing with Skippy? :-)

message 11: by Terzah (new)

Terzah I'm going to read this one for sure now!

And I will definitely go back and re-read your Angela's Ashes thread. I hate memoirs in general, but that one didn't particularly offend me, so I'm curious about your review as well as the reactions to it.

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Ian "Marvin" Graye Beautiful review, David, thanks.

I have never let Celine Dion into my life in any way, but I will never permit anyone to supplant Frankie Goes to Hollywood's use of the song title, "The Power of Love":


And here is the Jackson Browne song I obsessed about before "The Pretender" was released:


I still get goosebumps when that combination of violin, organ and piano starts.

"Now let the music keep our spirits high
And let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal its secrets by and by"

message 13: by David (new)

David Thanks, Ian.
I went with a friend to see Jackson Browne in concert in Santa Cruz this past February. He still has the power to raise goosebumps.

message 14: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Have you read Nick Hornby's 31 Songs? It is about his love affair with music. I like him anyway, but I particularly liked this collection of short stories.

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