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Sled Run (Via Folios)
Sled Run (Via Folios)
by Ross Talarico
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.10
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I knew that it would be all right", February 5, 2013
This review is from: Sled Run (Via Folios) (Paperback)
That's the last line in the novel: "I knew that it would be all right." We don't know for sure, of course, but the end of the story of Rosey's Rochester boyhood in the fifties, told in his voice, has all the assurance, openendedness, and ambiguity of youthful optimism. This is such a charming coming-of-age novel with a great cast of characters, from Rosey's friends, some of whom are headed toward the wrong side of the law, to his wonderfully portrayed family. Sled Run is a great read and would make a great movie.

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
by Charles J. Shields
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A biased portrayal, September 3, 2012
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I've waited a long time to write this review because I was pretty upset about several aspects of the book and wanted to calm down. It is an informative picture of many aspects of Vonnegut's life, but as other reviewers have pointed out, it dwells too much on deflating, sometimes inaccurately, the image of Vonnegut many admirers believed in, and it undervalues his literary achievement. Just to take one example of the image deflation, the author highlights Vonnegut's hypocrisy in owning Dow Chemical stock while presenting himself as anti-war during the Vietnam conflict, yet Donald Farber, self-described in an a New York Times Book Review letter to the editor as Vonnegut's "attorney, agent, manager and buddy for over 40 years" says that he managed Vonnegut's investments and is certain that Vonnegut never even paid attention to what specific stocks were in the portfolio. Sure, that can be thought of as a failing too, but it does not seem like the conscious hypocrisy it is portrayed as in this book. Shields' emphasis is usually on the negative, and when he does point out an act of generosity, it doesn't receive as much attention as the stories that tear down Vonnegut's popular image. As for the literary content of the book, Shields too often relies on book reviews that pointed out that the post-Slaughterhouse Five novels fell short. It is not unusual for books to garner a high reputation after publication that belies the initial reviews. Breakfast of Champions, for example, is very highly regarded by many readers, but Shields makes it sound decidedly second-rate. I know Vonnegut himself talked negatively about that novel, but authors are never the final arbiter of a book's success. The fact is that all of Vonnegut's novels are still in print, with at least four-star ratings in Amazon reviews (the last time I checked). That is pretty impressive. In addition, literary critics (as opposed to book reviewers) have analyzed most of them favorably, including Breakfast of Champions. So the book is valuable for giving us the shape of his life, but it has a bias with regard to how that life is presented, and it falls considerably short of presenting the magnitude of Vonnegut's substantial literary achievement.

The Alternative Dimensions of El Chico
The Alternative Dimensions of El Chico
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The amazing Albert Stinson, May 16, 2012
The reason to buy this is for Track 4, "El Toro," a remix of the original track on the album "Passin' Thru." It features an amazing and infectious bass ostinato figure by the late Albert Stinson, a brilliant and virtually forgotten virtuoso who played with Hamilton in the early 60s. When the album was reissued on cd together with "Man from Two Worlds," both on the Impulse label, that track was inexplicably omitted.

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