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Top Customer Reviews
I initially bought this book as a present for someone else. I had no intention of reading it because I thought it was simply a bargain price thriller. Having poked around the Amazon forums for a few months, however, I started to see references to Loisaida which made me think that, actually, there was more to the book than I'd initially assumed. So eventually I gave it go. I read the first couple of chapters and thought I'd maybe misjudged as it came across as a well written, but rather straightforward crime story. However, I then hit chapter three and suddenly it opened out into this unbelievable range of voices, a cast of characters so authentic and distinct from each other that it is hard to believe they were all conceived and written by the same person. There are artisans, junkies, ex-cons, and amidst them all a TV actor trying to become a journalist and searching for his breakthrough story on the lower East side.
There are a lot of characters and you will have to make some effort in keeping up, but believe me when I say it's worth that effort. In the hands of a lesser writer the different voices would have been in danger of becoming a cacophony, but Marion Stein manages to make them harmonise, with narrative overlaps that never leave you wondering what's going on. The New York on display here is reminiscent of that of Arthur Nersesian, Jay McInerney, Hubert Selby Jr. It's rich and evocative and gripping.
Ok, here's my bombshell. I mentioned a couple of authors above.Read more ›
The story is about a murder that occurs in a particular locale in New York (the lower East side being as strong a character in the book as any of the protagonists) and the efforts of one man to find out the truth of what occurred. This book has an almost reportage/documentary feel to it. I know that reviews comparing this author to Jimmy Breslin may sound like hyperbole but, I can assure you that the book is THAT GOOD. Buy this book before it's optioned for a movie. I think this book and author have a huge future ahead of them. It's a completely absorbing read, and, yes, I'm going to say it - it was an absolute privilege for me to read writing this good.
As a work of literary or general fiction, "Loisaida" is excellent. Written from the point of view of different characters and constantly switching from one character to another is an approach that can be difficult for the reader to follow, but I didn't find this to be a problem because Stein's characters are finely drawn when first introduced. Despite having a large cast, keeping track of the current point of view and how each character connects with the others was rather easy. Although this approach is hard to execute well, Stein did just that. The characters, their stories, and the flavor of the place and time were entertaining and held my interest.
As the story progresses one person emerges as the central character. Peter, an actor turned journalist sees a possible book deal if he can uncover the full story behind the murder and dismemberment of Ingrid, an aspiring dancer. The mentally unstable suspect in custody was almost certainly involved, but rumors that indicate others were involved swirl around. The mystery of who was involved in Ingrid's murder and exactly what happened ties most of the characters together. While there are other significant plot threads, solving the murder was the most significant.
It is the mystery, central to the plot, where evaluating "Loisaida" gets tricky. Avoiding spoilers while explaining is also difficult. The book description doesn't imply you're reading a mystery. Yet, to the reader, there is a point where it will begin feeling like a mystery. How the story ends and the way the mystery is resolved may be disconcerting for some readers. It was for me. Yet, there is nothing inherently wrong with the ending.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll start by saying that I don't think that this is a novel that will appeal to everyone. It did however tick many of the boxes that I look for in a book these days. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cphe
The author's nephew gifted me this book. What a good gift!!! I was pleasantly surprised - a good depressing read - my favorite reading. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Suncoast
I really enjoyed this, especially since I lived in the neighborhood during this time period. Its depiction is spot on in so many ways.
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I am surprised that this book has not garnered more attention.
I don't remember how I came across this book on Amazon but I recall that the cover caught my eye. Read more
Loisaida...lower east sider, the way some residents pronounce it, is a knockout of a book. Marion Stein can write. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by NyiNya
I actually deleted this off my kindle after the first few chapters because I found it so upsetting to read. But I later came back to it after running out of things to read. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by J. Douglas Bremner
I finished reading Loisaida -- A New York Story a few weeks back. Even though this book takes place prior to 9/11 I still found myself thinking about 9/11 while reading the story... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Char's Horror Corner
The author's exemplary writing ability is evident in "Loisaida - A New York Story". I purchased and read this book a year ago and loved the story so much that I recently reread it. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Vicky Gallas
Loisaida takes us to New York's Lower East Side in the late 1980s. It is in essence a murder mystery (based on a real-life murder), but there's so much more to it than that. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by MoonMan