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Posted November 24, 2011
There is a bizarre order to the diary entries in "Summer in Brooklyn". The days of the month proceed from the first to the end of the month as one might expect in a conventional journal; the twist, however, is that each day¿s entry is taken from a random year. The entry from June 5, 1975, for example, is followed by an entry for June 6, 1972, which is followed by an entry from 1973, and so on. This skipping around from one year to the next deprives the reader of any sense of character development. Readers will begin to recognize the recurring names of Grayson¿s family and friends, and even detect emerging patterns of behavior among various characters. Eventually all this ping-ponging back and forth between Grayson at 18 and Grayson at 23 or 24 (and they're very different, and the writing style gets a lot better and more mature) begins to settle down in the reader's mind and you can follow the various plots of the author and his parents, girlfriends, teachers, guy friends and his going from a very messed-up kid about to enter college to someone publishing stories and teaching. Lots of chaff here, but the kernels of wheat are interesting. It gives you a perspective of things during the Vietnam War from the point of view of a college student.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.