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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478313811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478313816
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,542,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.

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Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he's still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can't, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don't ever ask him to sing.

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There's a lot to like about this psychological thought-provoking short story that is filled with picture painted prose.
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Mihai's writing style just reaches out to you, captures you - without letting go for a moment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Edmondson on July 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have Stage IV Cancer. I may well only have 6 to 8 months to live. So I value time more than ever before. I only do what is important and worthy of my time.

Jazz was worth my time.

Jazz has a passionate plot, witty dialogue, and engrossing characters. This virtuosity is rich with what I call "word painting." Vivid images appear off the text of my Kindle Screen. The author sculpts metaphors out his imagination and I find the results ensnaring.

I would have paid a lot more for this Kindle book. I would suggest that the author is a keyboard-pecking prodigy gone feverishly insane--obviously impaired in judgment; he is giving away his work for small potatoes.Buy the Book before this eccentric novelist comes to his senses and realizes that money is not only pretty ink on paper; but it also may be exchanged for goods and services
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For a short story, this is very, very good. It is nothing like what I usually read, and that's one of the reasons I requested the author let me read it. The book blurb intrigued the mind and once read, the story within fully satisfied it.

This is a well told tale of a painful unrequited love of Chris for Amber, his cousin's girlfriend. The story starts of gently, with the relationship between all protagonists slowly flushing out, picking up steam with Chris traveling to Paris to face not just Amber, but his feelings for her.

There's a lot to like about this psychological thought-provoking short story that is filled with picture painted prose.

I liked Chris because he was so real and in touch with his inner thoughts and feelings. He was one of those very likable characters that we want to smother with hugs.

Amber was another story altogether. I felt sorry for this lost soul and hoped that by the time I reached the end, she would have grown up. In the end, I appreciated the author letting my imagination fly on the ending of this story.

If you're in a mood for a short story with substance in which the author masterfully crafts his characters with a wonderful prose, I highly recommend you pick this one up. It is a great poolside, beach side or just plain at home read.

Here are some excerpts that impressed me and I hope will give you a glimpse of the writing style of this author:

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"A blistering wind blew off from every direction, and the quiet light that came from lamps and enclosed the grey skin of the sidewalk couldn't stop darkness from wrapping itself around glass and concrete and flesh in what resembled a tight and desperate embrace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Odessa G. Black on August 16, 2012
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A complicated relationship forms between the player of an instrument and a piece of music. At some point, the player forgets whom is playing whom. If you watch a saxophonist closely, you may catch him closing his eyes as he plays, as the music takes him on a journey. I believe this same phenomenon happens to the author of this work, only with Jazz, Cristian's instrument is his prose. We find ourselves falling in love with Cristian's rich imagery as he leads us through the novel wanting, hoping for the happy ending, but, as in every jazz song there always seems to be a beautiful melancholy attached to every note, making the beautiful, but finite end of his novels somehow okay.
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Chris Sommers falls hopelessly in love with his cousin's live-in girlfriend, Amber. The story follows Chris as he tries to fulfill his desire for her.

Chris, a blocked writer, practically moves into his cousin's New York apartment, desperately snatching glimpses of his would-be muse, Amber. When his cousin discovers Amber has been sleeping with a painter whom he befriended, a scene erupts, and Amber subsequently runs away to Paris.
Chris travels to Paris and is crushed to find Amber living with the saxophonist from his father's New York restaurant.
Beyond her beauty, Amber is shallow and careless of others feelings, causing pain and hardship through her actions. The writer does a fine job of maintaining the counterpoint of Chris's myopic and naive view of her.

The author was clearly influenced by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Chris's infatuation with Amber is all consuming. The scenes in Paris depict a bohemian group of friends orienting around a jazz cafe. The Gatsby is referenced a few times in the course of the story.
The writing is immersive, with fresh metaphors and well-defined, tactile scenes. Occasionally, my impatience got the better of me as I wanted more to happen, faster--but that isn't the nature of the piece.

Like Jay Gatsby, Chris's infatuation is an overriding constant. Amber's character is revealed through her actions and their effects on others, but we never get to really know her, or her motivations.

A subplot is mentioned in passing: The painter was connected with a powerful New York money man, who swears a vendetta against Chris's family and eventually forces Chris's father's restaurant into bankruptcy. Although this pointed up another cost of associating with Amber, it seemed something of an undeveloped afterthought.
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