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Lovely book about multiple people living in an apartment building - each with their own stories. So glad I didn't let it pass me by. About life.
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If you could sum up Fishbowl in three words, what would they be?
LIFE-AFFIRMING (counts as one)
What did you like best about this story?
In some way it is reminiscent of Salmon Rushdie's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" only the magic comes from the simplest everyday things. I think the format itself creates that magic, the wildly imaginative notion of an entire book taking place in the span of time it takes for a goldfish to fall from the 27th floor of a building to the ground below.
This book reads like a slice of life but because of all the lives that intertwine, it's more like the whole pie. I don't want to give anything away but real time is repeated over and over from a variety of perspectives. This works on many levels and allows the narrator to remain somewhat omniscient and yet able telescope in almost on the cellular level when called for.
The narrator is brilliant at this. Spinning a yarn from a great distance and yet walking, crawling and gliding alongside the people we meet, he's like a friendly presence throughout. The result is the feeling that the story is being told to the listener in an intimate setting, as if anyone else who wants to hear the story would have to wait in line.
Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. Quite a lot of them actually. He's seems to be an especially gifted actor because he gets inside the minds of the characters' and breathes individual and specific life into each of them. He can be very funny and very chilling. In this book he uncovers all the clues provided by a wonderful writer to take us on a fairy tale kind of journey and make us feel like we are right there with him.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
YES! Without giving too much away, there is a wonderful scene in which someone is giving birth and the exchange between the characters is priceless. The way the scene culminates is quite moving.
Any additional comments?
I think I've said enough. : ) MORE BY THIS AUTHOR AND NARRATOR PLEASE. : )))
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Definitely recomment it. Easy read, funny, real, well written
Any additional comments?
Ordianry characters that transform the mere ordinary life into something unique, worth living and taking each experience as a pinnacle, a new starting point. 10/10