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It was a battle to finish the book with any interest: it's about 70 pages too long.
Sometimes I thought Phillips was a little too wordy or descriptive, but overall the prose was funny (sometimes laugh-out-loud), cleverly descriptive and memorable.
The same thing happens with many of the relationships between the characters of this book too.
Wordy and with uninteresting characters, I couldn't finish it. Disappointing, since I loved "The Egyptologist". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Savannah Nan
Very evocative and a great history lesson for Communist Budapest. Don't read it thinking you'll learn about Prague. It's symbolic!!Published 9 months ago by Karen Vereb
If writers write what they know, this man lives a shallow existence. But he writes pretty sentences which is what initially drew me in - that and the praise of critics. Read morePublished 12 months ago by BearsDancing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I had never come across this author before, so I didn't know quite what to expect as far as writing style, etc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by P. Mitchell
I am surprised this book is rated as a national best seller. I found it difficult to follow, however I never had the time to sit down and read a good section of it so I forgot a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chapwoman
What caught my attention first was the writing more than the characters. Phillips knows how to describe a scene beautifully through a variety of eyes and his observations always... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Auburn
It doesn't happen often but I couldn't finish this book. In fact I couldn't get to page 81. This book actually put me to sleep quicker then reading a textbook.Published on August 23, 2012 by uncleshooter
If I hadn't read The Egyptologist (which I thoroughly enjoyed) first, I wouldn't have gotten very far into this novel. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by close reader