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Much of this story parallels the life of the author but it is so over the top mean, snarky and harsh that o finally decided to think of all of the family members as broadly drawn caricatures.
Too dysfunctional with no relief. No ones family is this horrible. I wish the narrator had put a bit of sarcasm in his voice. When I did that it seemed more
like the usual nasty sibling aside you hear from sharp tongues.
A bit like rubber necking a bad accident on the highway. It was repetitive and the main character is whiney and feels sorry for himself but I am still glad I finished it.
Lots of characters, but the central one is mother, who lives until 104. She has 8 children, but the one that died, Angela, is celebrated yearly and mothers care taker is also named Angela, who JP the character we are to assume is Paul himself, falls in love with. I could get how he feels. I too live abroad and have felt closer to Latino, Asian and Africans along the way. Family is complicated and once you are grown flying the coop is a lot more interesting. His brother Gilbert often visits the Middle East and Fred, the lawyer, frequents China. the other characters were rather dull. Accept for Floyd, the poet, who manages to have a number of colorful lines, which had me running for the dictionary.
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