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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Wow. Amazing book.

This book is most definitely one of the best books I have ever read. Hans appears to be this depressed, nonchalant character that pretty much lets his marriage and life go down the drain. But, deep down, you can truly tell that he cares about his family, especially Rach...
This book is most definitely one of the best books I have ever read. Hans appears to be this depressed, nonchalant character that pretty much lets his marriage and life go down the drain. But, deep down, you can truly tell that he cares about his family, especially Rachel.

Chuck - Now, he's another interesting character. He seems to want to be in everything, totally risky - Kind of like your average gangster immigrant. However, he seems to like Hans more than Hans likes Chuck. Hans sort of brushes him off as a regular guy - no real intent, or friendship worth cherishing. But, yet, Chuck goes out of his way to teach him to drive, meets him in Peekskill and then share stories of his brother (whom, he states, he never told anyone else about). More so, Hans is even listed as Chuck's Business Partner.

Part of me wants to blame that on Hans. He seems to be so apathetic towards many things, that he overlooks some valuable, and outlook-changing characters, such as Chuck. It's a shame he never acknowledged him before he died.

Book is most definitely interesting. Beautifully crafted and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. :)

posted by 339413 on November 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Did not live up to the hype

I remember when this book first came out, there was a lot of buzz about it in various magazines and periodicals. I selected it as the first book for a book club we were starting. I thought it would be topical as it was billed as the first post-9/11 American novel to d...
I remember when this book first came out, there was a lot of buzz about it in various magazines and periodicals. I selected it as the first book for a book club we were starting. I thought it would be topical as it was billed as the first post-9/11 American novel to deal with subject matter related to the tragedy.

No one in our book club liked this book. I will say that the writer has a way with words and his images are poetic and beautiful. Otherwise, the book is a massive bore. Uninteresting characters placed in uninteresting circumstances reacting in uninteresting ways. The plot meanders without regard to any sort of timeline so it's not clear when events are happening in relation to one another. I feel like this book was ambitious but not fully realized.

posted by Caledaravel on November 19, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Interesting read

    I found the book interesting to read, but it did not engage me. I read it with my book club and the book did provoke a lively discussion. I am glad I read it and thought it worthwhile. However, I would not recommend it to the casual reader. It takes perseverance to get through some of the parts.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    maybe a metaphor

    Until we discussed this book at our monthly book club meeting,did I understand that the book is really about immigrant integration in the US.It is extremely well written but a very slow development of plot/purpose.6 of the 8 members vetoed the book at the start of our discussion. Most of us felt no connection to the main character[or any of the characters for that matter] and were totally bored with the cricket focus. Our long discussion led us to a deeper understanding that the story is perhaps a metaphor for the way the US is culturally changing with the integration of our new citizens from abroad.It took all 8 of us to figure this out and I must add that we are all highly educated serious readers.The discussion was far more interesting than the book itself!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Cricket confusion

    Beautifully written, but plodding, with sentences that run forever. Most of the time I did not know where the author was going with his thoughts. However, complex characters made me want to know more. And I cared about them. I'd like to know more about the game of cricket!

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    A definite educational read

    Unfortunately, I'm only a third of the way through and still watching for the Gatsby angle. However, I am enjoying the knowledge of cricket I'm gaining and especially the reminder of 9/11. Actually, I'm learning a lot more about the scenery and events surrounding the aftermath of this horrific event in our moral growth. Not being a New Yorker this book has shared the tragic emotions many closer to the event suffer. I never really thought that much about the scars many Americans have now. I superficially know that many people continue to suffer and live wtih the effects of that day, that bombing on our continient, but this is giving me a deeper awareness of the dramatic elements many are still dealing with and probably will be for a long time to come. It has made me remember.

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