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Hornito: My Lie Life Paperback – September 4, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
The novel, though, does come together nicely toward the end. There are no big revelations but the small discoveries are handled in a sweetly touching manner that does ring true to the character and to life. It is not a bad read but neither is it a great read. It is a light novel that will fill some time with its humour and then dissappear forever.
Although the book opens in the present, the story flashes back to childhood memories. At first, I wasn't interested in reading these flashbacks, as they distracted me from the main story. I wanted to identify with the main character as an adult and see how he resolves his problems. Particularly the problem of forming a real connection with someone in an urban, every-man-for-himself, artificial, market-segment of a world. Once I got into the book a bit, the childhood and teenage memories seemed more relevant, not to mention painful and at times, embarassingly familiar. I found myself laughing aloud many times.
I think the first person point-of-view and the exruciatingly detailed, brand-name description work in this story, because it is so easy to identify with the main character. The experience is universal, but I strongly identified as one who grew up in the 70's and 80's feeling different from everyone else, alone, and who moved to the city filled with romantic ideas about love and life.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars (although I really enjoyed reading it), because so few of the characters really get a chance to be developed and there isn't much in the way of a "traditional" plot. However, the situations, description, and honesty deserve 5 stars.
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This was a great read! It was touching, funny, and thought provoking. Mr. Albo deserves our gratitude and worship! An old lady fromVancouver WashingtonPublished 15 months ago by Lois A. Johnson
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I'm just going to add my very quick two cents because this novel deserves a much higher average rating. It is a well-written, moving, funny story. I recommend it highly.Published on September 22, 2009 by Rafa
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This book is not worth reading. If you're looking for a meaningful coming of age story, this is not it. Read morePublished on March 15, 2006 by Gift Card Recipient
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I tried, I really did. I read and read and read this book, waiting to feel that Mike Albo had "talent to burn," like another reviewer said. Read morePublished on March 13, 2005 by Chad Sosna
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I haven't read the other reviews (with my luck, I'm the only one who pans this book)just so I don't lose my edge. I think I paid $1. Read morePublished on December 9, 2003