Morningside Heights: New York Stories Kindle Edition
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I just wish it were more closely focused or longer ...
Sylvia Wilmeth (former colleague and neighbor of Joe and Sharon Tsujimoto)
Tsujimoto'stories and anecdotes drive the reader through this vivid childhood, conflicted adolescence, and delayed maturity, with both poetry and extraordinary grace. Family, neighborhood, and public school life, caught in the amber of precise recollection, look both outside and within, then forward and backward in time, the way powerful feelings can manipulate our recollections. His incandescent storytelling, poetic insight, and seamless evocation of romantic love, with its intrigues and its pain, need to be heard. This is a must read!
After getting thru the 1st couple of stories, I read the back cover reviews to see who said what about the book. They've done it justice. As for me, I'm loving it. Your voice rings true. Your messages are clear because you are you and you don't set out to CREATE a message. That's the most effective kind, in my estimate. Enough for now. Just had to let you know my initial response before my ancient mind moves on to something else.
I couldn't put this book down! It is a powerful read filled with poetic language that makes the images of places vivid. There is also a skillful meshing of literary references with description. You get a close-up view of the main character's thinking and feeling as he moves from school drop-out to brilliant student and teacher. I will especially remember the way relationships with other people were described. I wished there were more to read at the end.