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"A fine and very moving performance." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The prose Chang-rae Lee writes is elliptical, riddling, poetic...beautifully made." (The New Yorker)
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By Michelle on 12-23-04
A Truly Wonderful Listening Experience
As a child whenever I questioned an adult's behavior which seemed peculiar to me, my grandmother would always say, "Live longer and you'll understand." This book, without a doubt, is for those of us who have lived "longer".
I'm certain that in my twenties this book would have bored me to tears. In my thirties and early forties, my interest would have been peaked, but I would have vehemently argued with the main character's viewpoint until I couldn't listen any more.
Yet, having "lived longer" I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book!! As well, the author has earned my deepest respect for his ability to tell a "complete" story and delve into the complexity of the stark realities which turn our lives upside down when we think we've seen and done it all.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Bethany on 04-19-04
If, you like me, think that your family falls under the current "dysfunctional" classification, then this is a book to give you hope and belief that, even though you may fall far from the american "norm", it is love that binds us together, and in the end somehow,triumphs over all our short comings and imperfections.
It did start out slow for me, but stay with it...it grabbed my heart somewhere, and still hasn't let it go.
I don't know that if I had "read" it , I would have experienced the same outcome, as the reader for me became Jerry Battle, telling his story, that I think, connects us to our own...
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