The prose is exquisite--modern without being obscure, witty without being pedantic, touching without being self-pitying.
It also seemed to me as if, except for one twist, the ending seemed to fizzle out a little, as if the author lost some of his focused edge.
It is merely the story of a handful of characters whose desires and fears blind them to simple solutions their lives offer.
I picked up Robert Cohen's book Inspired Sleep after seeing it on an older NYT Notable Books list and also hearing about Cohen's prowess as a writer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph Landes
An academic novel of sorts featuring two down-on-their-luck protagonists. Bonnie Saks is a Thoreau specialist who's bored by and blocked on her thesis and stuck teaching... Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by Beth Quinn Barnard
as another reviewer stated, i too had to force myself to finish this book.( i read about a book a day. Read morePublished on May 23, 2007 by Bellanessa
I agree with all those who have stated that Robert Cohen is eloquent and his characters well explored, but that is where my admiration for this novel ends. Read morePublished on October 8, 2003
Extremely successful novel that takes the premise - whether prescribed mind drugs have any useful purpose - and explores it in a compelling fashion. Read morePublished on June 21, 2003 by Emma Kaufmann
First, I agree with all of the reviewers who commented on how well-written the book was. Cohen is simply an excellent writer who really can string words together beautifully. Read morePublished on July 23, 2001 by P. Meltzer
I had to push myself complete this book. The author is intelligent and has many keen observations and mind opening views -- however this doens't add up to a good novel. Read morePublished on July 20, 2001
I'd like to add my 2 cents and 5 stars to the debate our reviewer from across the sea seems to have spawned. To put it quite simply, he apparently just doesnt get it. Read morePublished on March 3, 2001 by "ladylea2020bookends"
This is a reply, not a review; I wouldn't foist my prejudices on strangers. But I'm moved by Guernseybookman's mean-minded attack to add a word or two in favor of a book whose... Read morePublished on February 14, 2001