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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.
Very evocative and a great history lesson for Communist Budapest. Don't read it thinking you'll learn about Prague. It's symbolic!!Published 4 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 7 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 9 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 15 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 17 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 Grumpy Reader
With its singularly uninteresting group of characters, this novel, although it is well-written in places, is a dreary slog through a splendid city.Published on April 21, 2012 by Tacitus
I've been sitting on the hardcover edition of this book since it first came out, pulling it out of my "to read" bookcase and putting it back when I couldn't get through the badly... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Kathleen Hawk