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Jazz Paperback – July 28, 2012
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About the Author
Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.
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Jazz is the story of an early twenties man from New York City who knows but one thing in this world: he's in love with a stunning, graceful, beautiful, and unattainable woman. The story wraps around his complicated and stifling emotions for her, his fierce and unshakable love. And as you learn more about her, it becomes clear that no man can shake this siren from their thoughts.
Our young protagonist is no different. He goes halfway across the world to find her, to simply be with her, only to learn that the woman of his dreams is really just a girl, broken and flawed in hideous and awful ways. But will he still love her, despite all of it? Throw in a clever cast of shady characters and he will find himself stuck in the middle of a chaos he never intended to uncover.
Another stunning example of Cristian's elegant and poignant style of writing, Jazz is a remarkable story that will stay with you long after you read it.
I like the themes of unrequited love and the search for happiness. City scenes and interiors are well depicted and recognisable. Dialogue is good and well-mixed with narrative. Some images are clever: "We all live in this wonderful century of technology and knowledge, but it feels to me that the world is still as flat as a sheet of paper, and it requires but a gentle push for you to fall off the edge."
The narrative parts flow quite well, as in music, an important theme in the novel. However, a certain wordiness spoils this effect at times. There are quite a few minor grammatical mistakes that should have been picked up by an editor.
Jazz was worth my time.
Jazz has a passionate plot, witty dialogue, and engrossing characters. This virtuosity is rich with what I call "word painting." Vivid images appear off the text of my Kindle Screen. The author sculpts metaphors out his imagination and I find the results ensnaring.
I would have paid a lot more for this Kindle book. I would suggest that the author is a keyboard-pecking prodigy gone feverishly insane--obviously impaired in judgment; he is giving away his work for small potatoes.Buy the Book before this eccentric novelist comes to his senses and realizes that money is not only pretty ink on paper; but it also may be exchanged for goods and services
Needs some typos to be fixed, but nothing that you can't work with.
This is a well told tale of a painful unrequited love of Chris for Amber, his cousin's girlfriend. The story starts of gently, with the relationship between all protagonists slowly flushing out, picking up steam with Chris traveling to Paris to face not just Amber, but his feelings for her.
There's a lot to like about this psychological thought-provoking short story that is filled with picture painted prose.
I liked Chris because he was so real and in touch with his inner thoughts and feelings. He was one of those very likable characters that we want to smother with hugs.
Amber was another story altogether. I felt sorry for this lost soul and hoped that by the time I reached the end, she would have grown up. In the end, I appreciated the author letting my imagination fly on the ending of this story.
If you're in a mood for a short story with substance in which the author masterfully crafts his characters with a wonderful prose, I highly recommend you pick this one up. It is a great poolside, beach side or just plain at home read.
Here are some excerpts that impressed me and I hope will give you a glimpse of the writing style of this author:
"A blistering wind blew off from every direction, and the quiet light that came from lamps and enclosed the grey skin of the sidewalk couldn't stop darkness from wrapping itself around glass and concrete and flesh in what resembled a tight and desperate embrace. I could feel the harsh air painfully playing inside my lungs. It hurt to even blink."
"We never perceive the passage of time in the same mechanical manner the ticking of a watch implies. For us time is subjective, a sinuous river, sometimes viscous, almost grinding to a halt as we zigzag our way among pedestrians wearing heavy jackets, and sometimes fast and turbulent, leading our lives with indescribable fury.
Fragments of a wild and bizarre beauty would appear and disappear fast, never settling for more than what felt as a second. My mind couldn't put together all the glints that my past kept throwing at me. But then the incessant moan of the city night faded away into silence, and my mind began to weave an intricate web of memories.
What had started off as a waffling and erratic cocktail of images, condensed to such a degree that I could barely discern Amber's face, had now grown into a fascinating and yet frightening labyrinth.
I took pleasure in building Amber, piece by piece, until my mind contained a fully fleshed version of a thin and gracious young woman, a white dress sculpted around her body and her black hair falling down to her waist. It was a two year old memory, but it felt as real as the people I was walking around with."
"It's a shame actually that certain depths of the human spirit cannot be explained using conventional words. Those who have dealt with words for some time know it better than anyone else. For them moments of extreme clarity, of powerful inspiration, are rare, and they approach them with fear and respect, the same way you'd approach an ancient relic."
Melanie for b2b
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