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By connie on 04-28-12
almost as much fun as Ragtime
but without the 5 star polish of E L Doctorow. Although some of the themes are similar too(the postcolonial U.S. at beginning of empire as WWI devastates Europe, the young assessing their place in the world, the private self versus the public self), Sunnyside is written with a generational perspective different than Doctorow's masterpiece and also created a generation later. It's not a copy, it's a companion read.
I always hesitate to download a 2 credit book (even when the listen is 2 or 3 times the length of many novels), but this was certainly double-credit worthy. It was also one of those slow-starting listens that I attempted 3 or 4 times before I could become absorbed in the slightly surreal tale. It suited perfectly when I needed something out of my ordinary listening mould, however. How could a novel featuring Charlie Chaplin work unless it were slightly surreal?
If you're a fan of the totally absurd postmodern, this probably wouldn't suit --it' s just slightly off-centre of reality. Neither will it suit if you like all storylines tied up nicely - this jumps around a bit without tidy resolution.
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