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THE WALLS
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A very impressive debut novel and one of those books which I knew, as soon as I finished it, I would definitely be reading again. The story centers around the narrator, a recent graduate who's on a quest to discover the identity of a mysterious (and brilliantly named) graffiti artist whose canvas is the walls of New York City dive bar bathrooms. It's a tremendously fun read, heavily populated with eccentrics, and composed, in large part, of a series of adventures or episodes (or simply nights at a bar) that are, at various points, bizarre, mundane, hilarious, perplexing and enlightening. The author has a vigorous writing style, rich with detail, and the book is certainly lengthy, but without being prolix. The structure of the book - with its various characters, various bars and various conversations with various bar denizens of varying sobriety - works to allow the author to digress, to indulge his imagination, to display a vast reservoir of knowledge and to express an opinion on nearly anything, in a way that is completely natural to the setting and which in no way weakens the central narrative. What you end up with a consistently entertaining story, shooting off in all directions, but always moving forward. Much is said in this book, and there is much to reflect upon - not just for those of the narrator's generation. However, that I found the narrator, more so than is generally the case for me, to be so relatable, that I could so easily identify with so many of his attitudes, opinions, insecurities and (poignant and beautifully written) bouts of nostalgia, made me love the book even more. The resolution of the narrator's search was both different, and more satisfying, than what I had expected, and it marks one of my favorite scenes in the entire book - expertly written and deserving of the journey that came before. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
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Very well written book. It's not a short story, it's much more sastifying. A wonderful escape into a real and smelly world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2014
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Wow, I'm blown away by this book. I have been on that 'easy reading' mainstream stuff my whole life, this is a breath of fresh air in comparison. I only hope Jay is writing more now.
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on August 26, 2014
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Never finished it....Just couldn't get past the whole premise of a person making art out of bodily waste.
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