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I stumbled upon this book at a tiny trade-in library at a hotel in Mexico while on vacation. I had my doubts given the anthropomorphizing of a bear and the focus on jazz, about which I know relatively little. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by the writing, plot, and development of the bear's character. I enjoyed the use of the bear as allegory for the alienated man among us. Zabor was quite good at making the bear's experience and that of the other characters accessible given the universality of their emotional lives.
On a more concrete level I have to say that I did not quite understand the bear's fascination with Iris, who was a chilly withholding woman who did not… Read more