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The initial reaction is that this is the wrong reader for this book but he turns out to be OK for the narrative and exposition parts but with dialogue he makes some very bad choices. His "voice" for the main character, who has lots of dialogue, is like chalk screeching on a blackboard and his choices for other characters are equally annoying and often inappropriate for the character. The novel itself, which I loved in 1982, is problematic in a lot of ways but still a compelling read
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I'm 9 hours into this story and I know very little more than I did when I read the summary. I'm not sure I can trust user reviews anymore. There is no apparent story line, just an endless regurgitation of this miserable character's depressing poverty, age, failure as a husband and father, and his repetitive poor financial choices. What a miserable existence. And the philosophy discussions? I'd rather eat glass. I've read warning labels that were more interesting. This book is dry, unimaginably boring, and the author leans heavily on his own experience as a professor. The narration is awful. Seriously, don't waste your time or money.
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