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There were so many times I wanted to interrupt my wife's activities with the words, "You have to hear this!" And when the ending came, I just sat there misty and said, "Oh, wow! What a book." And to my wife, "You must read this book!"
I love books about writers. Reading the book is like an extended interview with the author. We get to learn how he writes. We get to see how he describes his characters. We get to see how he makes us care for the individuals in his story. May my characters live like Bill Cronin's do..
The story flows smoothly from the present to the past to bring the reader to an understanding of this mans struggles with life. It kept moving and kept my interest from start to finish. I especially enjoyed the way Bill talked about the towns in Florida. This brought the story close to me since I was born and raised in Florida.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading books written by a gifted writer.
He belongs up there with the literary giants and I am sure he will soon be picked up by one of the giant traditional publishers. They would be crazy to miss the chance.
The main character in this book idolizes Ernest Hemingway whose writing his creative mother has introduced him to and I found myself wondering if he had reincarnated into the body of this author, hopefully without his tormented persona.
The compelling story would make a great movie and the clarity of his writing would make a screenplay a snip.
I will certainly be reading his other books and suggest that if you want a unique experience you purchase this one.
Cronin avoided two potential mistakes that showcase his talent as a writer nicely - the main character Jack McNamara is in the pits of depression at the start of the book. Often readers are exposed to over whining from characters in this position. We only get a half day of whining to establish his depression - well done. The book bounces back and forth between 1961 and 1995 - often this can be jolting or disruptive - Cronin does the transitions smoothly and out of necessity - it works well and again reads smoothly.
Readers and writers will take pleasure from the passion Jack McNamara has for his craft and his search to regain it. All the characters have nice depth to them.
Overall, in a sea of millions of books, The Song of the Mockingbird is a true gem and a treasure.