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My wife would hate this book. It's not predictable. It doesn't have a hero or heroine. It doesn't have a sappy, happy ending. It's not particularly uplifting. It's not the kind of book you can present to the local book club with some hope that they are going to thank you later. In fact, they might stop inviting you to their meetings if you did.
God, I'm so tired of knowing how a book is going to end after a few pages. I hate formulas. I hate erudite 'critics' who can pronounce a book lacking because it doesn't have one of the 'essential' elements that all good literature does. This is seriously good literature, no matter what it is 'lacking'.
Buy and read this book because the author is fearless. He's also a genius or close to it. He's also seriously screwed up, mentally, if he is anything like most of his characters, and I bet he has a good bit of each in his psyche. It would be good if we had a few more 'disturbed' authors cranking out work like this.
This book is a gem. Extremely well written in every aspect. Much more cerebral than physical, so if you want a lot of action/sex/violence then pass on this. However if you want to stretch your imagination and give your brain some mental exercise, indulge. It's refreshing to hear such an original voice these days. Totally uncorrupted by the forces that try to define genre. If this author ever signs with a major publisher, and if he changes his style to fit some 'formula', it's going to be a major crime....Read more
Some people age poorly. They get old and cranky and complain about everything. They are definitely no fun to be around. Then again, some people age well. Like a fine wine. What they lose in vigor, they more than make up for in wisdom and perspective.
The author of this book is definitely one of the latter. This book is a testament to the joys of aging. It's not just for baby boomers though. Reading this book even in your twenties or thirties and definitely later on, will give you a glimpse of what is to come, and it's not necessarily what you think or expect.
Not only is this book enlightening, it's damn funny. And the humor is of the gentle and inclusive kind. It's definitely not sarcastic. You may not agree with all of his political and economic philosophies and theories, but he doesn't expect you to and he's definitely not trying to convert anyone.
I think this book is going to be a best seller for a lot of reasons. You can read it, as the author suggests, as a guideline for your future, or you can simply read it as a memoir of a life well lived with a lot left to come. But calling it a 'feel good' book is way too simplistic. It's much more than that. Expect to be entertained, enlightened and uplifted, all at the same time.
Sometimes you just want a quick read. At least I do. But I also want something to chew on. What I don't want is a 'sample'. I want a story that is complete in itself. I also want a story that starts quickly, has believable and complete characters, and gives you something to mull over after it ends. This story has all of that, and more. It also makes me want to check out her other works. Give it a try....Read more
If you like public art and if you like New York, buy this book. It's a fascinating history of an organization that has, for four decades, been at the forefront of this field. This book is beautifully done by Princeton Architectural Press and the several year effort by director Anne Pasternak and her staff is really quite amazing. The 300 plus projects they have sponsored are chronologically presented with beautiful color photography and interspersed with essays and interviews by some fascinating people. Also, this book is going to be a collector's item because each cover is a distinct numbered print generated by a machine recording the sights and sounds of NYC. You can either skim the surface by focusing on the projects alone, or you can delve deeper into the minds of the people who have created and presented these projects....Read more
For those of you who think that Impressionism was a "French thing", think again. These beautiful Impressionist paintings from Japan, Russia, Australia, Canada, South American, and many other places show, in vivid detail, that Impressionism was a word wide phenomenon.
Buy this book as a gift or for your own collection....Read more