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The Barbarian Nurseries

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

One of the best books of 2011.

Read the first paragraph. It is one of the many gems found throughout the book. However, if meaty prose like that isn't your thing, then you may be disappointed. (One goodreads reviewer referred to it as a "lardful lump of language.") I love to read paragraphs like that...
Read the first paragraph. It is one of the many gems found throughout the book. However, if meaty prose like that isn't your thing, then you may be disappointed. (One goodreads reviewer referred to it as a "lardful lump of language.") I love to read paragraphs like that aloud and let them roll around my mouth like a full bodied red wine with a long finish.

It's not intended to be a thriller and it's not about fast paced action. (I was quite surprised when I read comments showing that these were the reader's expectations of the book.)

It's about family, materialism, immigration, "success", the mainstream media, our justice system, etc. In other words, it's social and cultural commentary and the author deftly skewers just about everybody and every point of view.

I found it to be thought provoking. Especially since I was born in Los Angeles, but have lived in northern California for most of my life; and because I am also of mixed European and Hispanic descent, but without a Hispanic surname.

posted by pacjr on December 27, 2011

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3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Would not recommend

This book was a gross disappointment in many ways. The main character speaks in Spanish most of the time; so as a non spanish speaker I missed much of the interaction. The plot seems poorly thought out. Two examples are: (1) the employers Scott and Maureen are in seriou...
This book was a gross disappointment in many ways. The main character speaks in Spanish most of the time; so as a non spanish speaker I missed much of the interaction. The plot seems poorly thought out. Two examples are: (1) the employers Scott and Maureen are in serious financial difficulty, preparing to downsize to save money but at the end of book are looking to buy a house in South Pasadena in seven figures and (2) there is no definitive ending. This book is for a Spanish speaking reader. I definitely would not read other books by this author or recommend it for book club discussions. As an avid reader, I resent the time wasted reading this book and the money spent buying it.

posted by 9926199 on October 24, 2011

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