Such Great Heights (A Novel)

Such Great Heights (A Novel)

by Chris Cole


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ISBN-13: 9780615819075
Publisher: Disembodied Poetics
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Chris Cole was born in Los Angeles before the internet and now lives in Northern California. He is a board member of Quiet Lightning, one of the hottest literary tickets in San Francisco and has been published in several anthologies, magazines, journals, websites and bathroom walls. He runs the West Coast office for a killer User Experience Agency called EffectiveUI and he coaches West Marin Little League games like nobody's business. And, he is nice to animals. Chris is also co-founder of Pints and Prose, the Fairfax-based reading series founded by the Tuesday Night Writers. He writes daily verse and prose under the name Disembodied Poetics. Such Great Heights is his first novel.

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Such Great Heights (A Novel) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
purpinkrose More than 1 year ago
In this story we follow Charlie middle cousin to Maisey, Joss Stember. Joss and Maisey meet in there teens at a party. After 6 weeks together she goes off to Europe and leaves Joss Behind. Joss is heartbroken and never gets over losing Maisey. Until years later when they meet again when Joss is super successful. I really, really struggled with this story in every aspect. I never got the code at the beginning of every chapter. For me it was a rewrite of The Great Gatsby but set in modern day. The characters were ok, and for me the story would of been better if the setting of the story was different, not set along the same lines as the film the great Gatsby. When I was reading it that's all I could picture. I didn't like the cover, I don't get where that fitted in with the story.
Sakuchu More than 1 year ago
When Joss meets Maisey, they irrevocably fall in love. But life won't allow those two to stay together, so Joss tries everything, that isn't beyond his power, to make their love possible. Actually I don't know what to think about this story. I just recently watched the movie "The Great Gatsby", but wanted to treat this like a new story. In my opinion "Such Great Heights" is a simple "The Great Gatsby" copy without the charm the original had.So I kind of enjoyed seeing how Joss gets his money, but I don't see any real connection between him and Maisey. And to Charlie Joss didn't seem like an important person at all. So all the relationship's depth is gone. At first I thought I'd simply give it 3 stars, since it was a nice and light read, but since I can't help to compare it to the "The Great Gatsby" movie, which I think is simply fabulous and totally gorgeous, I'll only give 2.
Backyard More than 1 year ago
Such Great Heights was a decent book up until the end. And then the ending made it so much better.  There were bits of it that I had a bit of an issue with at first. Maisey's speech was unnatural and didn't flow well at all considering the age she lives in and her own age. She was supposed to be what, 20? 21? And she spoke as if she was Daisy in the roaring 20's. Which was fine, if everyone else spoke the same way. And with the exception of Reed taking on Gatsby's "Old Sport," everyone spoke as if they were in modern times. So Maisey being the only one to speak with inflections and phrases from another time period didn't fit, especially as a 20-year-old from Malibu. Speculation would determine that she was probably doing it as a way to still have some freedom for herself, through speech, despite her father and Reed controlling her life. I loved the updates to the story; Joss being involved with apps, a new revolutionary drug with no side-effects setting up the climax of the story. Reed's rants about the differences between the classes were offensive and biting and perfectly done; I only wish Joss had had the wit and more importantly the desire to say something just as smart back. I noticed that Lana Del Rey was mentioned in the novel a couple times and she also was quoted as saying this book was worth reading; I think it's safe to say she probably had something to do with it. Which didn't bother me at all, only something that I noticed.  I loved the views into Joss's life on the way to making his billions. It was a good addition that brought more to the story rather than detracting from it. It was nice to have that glimpse into his mindset, something we didn't get with the original Gatsby. The ending was great. I was curious to see if the author would choose to keep the same plot, but was pleasantly surprised to find that he changed it and it worked. It was very different from the original work, and it still followed logically from the plot. I think there was a kind of poetic justice in the original story; and that isn't lost in this updated version. Different circumstances, same undeniable ending.  And I just want to say, I love the title and how it came to be, and I love the repeated line "It couldn't be helped." It obviously came to mean quite a bit in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago