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FORTY YEARS LATER (David Grossman Series Book 1) by [Griffel, Steven Jay]
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  • File Size: 4169 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Schiller & Wells, Ltd. - A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (October 14, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002T44IEE
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By Maryann Watkins on March 3, 2012
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As a baby-boomer, I was really looking forward to this book. And, as a baby-boomer, it brought back some fine memories - and a look at my own regrets and "should haves" and "what ifs."

David Grossman is successful in the publishing world, except he's not happy. Then he makes contact with Jill Black, a woman from his past - a past that's 40 years old. The "what ifs" start to germinate and their email relationship starts to take hold. Their entire relationship is based on Woodstock and what could have been.

I found Jill to be a nauseating "me, me, me" woman who I couldn't like at all. Grossman ... well, I wanted to shake him! DO something, SAY something, MAKE a decision! And I think that's why I didn't enjoy the book as well as other readers did.

The story is well told and the author most certainly can write. The book resonates because we all look back and wonder "what if" and the 60s references are a delight to those of us who lived through that time. But my less than stellar response is based on the characters. I just couldn't like them even though I wanted to.
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This book just dragged on and on...

While I understand the regret at not having been at Woodstock (I lived in NY at the time but was only 14 so obviously could not go, as it was over 200 miles away from where I lived)it simply is not worth writing a book about...

I thought MY mundane life was boring, but this book, if true, tells a much more boring life story than I have had...and I don't think my life story would be worth writing about or reading...

This book was boring, boring, boring...Although I got it for free, it was a waste of my time to read.

In these days of self publishing, I am used to reading free books that are not the greatest, but I never have run across one this boring...

It wasn't worth it for FREE and it SURE isn't worth $5.99
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I, too, purchased this ebook based on the prior reviews (all 5's except one). I expected a very good book, but instead, I thought it fell very short of the 5 star rating. Yes, people have regrets. Yes, people think of cheating. ...but I thought this book just went on and on. I kept thinking it would get better. In the end, I was very disappointed.
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I bought this book for my Kindle based on the overwhelming amount of "5-start" reviews it received. It is possible that the book I read was not the same book that was reviewed, but I'm pretty sure that I clicked on the right button. I found this book only mildly amusing. The author wavers back and forth on whether he is writing a humorous novel or or a serious one. The characters could be interesting, but they are never fleshed out; we only get a surface glimpse. And I found no real chemistry between the protaganist and either of the women he is involved with. The Woodstock story makes a good backdrop, but I think this book needs to be expanded and focused much more before it becomes even average. If you are an avid reader, this book will only bore you. If I had had another new book to read, I would have put this one down in a minute.
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I did not want to like this book and ended up reading it in one sitting. Griffel's writing holds your attention, even when his protagonist annoys you most. What is most annoying about David Grossman, "successful publishing executive," is that he is like a lot of us: short on courage and self-knowledge, but long on yearning for something greater than himself. (Regrets, we've had a few. Roads not taken, or too many taken blindly.) Yet this very human, self-centered fellow draws you into his story and ultimately disarms you. Characters are developed, plots thicken. By the second half of the novel you are in for the count, as eager and curious as David is to see the events unfold. You read as if David's choices matter. In the end, they do. Now that's a mark of great storytelling.
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What a thoroughly entertaining novel Forty Years Later is. I absolutely loved it and read it in two sittings. Terrific fun, great plot and really excellent build up of suspense and dread. I thought the narrative worked really well and I thought the two main characters, David and Jill, were well realised. I really enjoyed Mr Griffel's writing style and I hope this novel is not a one-off as I would like to read more of his output. If you are looking for a fun read, I highly recommend it. Five stars from me!!
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Everyone wonders about the one that got away. Steven Jay Griffel brings you back to adolescence, exploring what happens when you reconnect with that person you've wondered about through the years. In a world pre-Facebook, Forty Years Later brings together two adults who bonded as children up in the Catskills (something that holds a special place in my heart, having spent 5 years at sleepaway camp up in Bear Mountain) in a time in their lives where they both think they've moved on. It raises the 'what if?' question that's passed through all of our heads. Excellently written, this book touched my heart and is a must-read! Can't wait for the next novel by Mr. Griffel!
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I found the story fascinating and the writing style excellent. Unlike others who gave negative reviews, I did not think the main character was obsessed with missing Woodstock. Woodstock is certainly the backdrop, but I believe his real obsession was with the girl he had a crush on as a teen and the "what ifs" if he had been able to join her at Woodstock. This is a story about having a second chance to find out, and the realization that intervening life events that change the earlier circumstances will never allow you to really answer those questions. In that regard, it is extremely well told and moving.

I could not give it five stars only because (as numerous other reviewers have pointed out) it left open too many story lines that were very important to the plot development. Without any resolution, one wonders why those story lines were even included, as they ultimately seem to be superfluous fill-in.
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