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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Actually, I consider the time spent listening to this book to be a waste of several hours. Maureen Corrigan on NPR raved about this book. But I was mostly annoyed. The "squirrel theme" was silly beyond measure. It was hard to understand what "Paul," the male protagonist found interesting/charming about the young woman, or even why the two of them where together, except for a coup de foudre. And the fact that everyone in the book is either venal, mentally handicapped, cute or crazy did not make it easy to choose sides.
Has The Portable Veblen turned you off from other books in this genre?
Nope. I don't have much tolerance for whimsy or fantasy. I should have know from the beginning to avoid the book.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narrator did a heroic job, one that required her to speak Norwegian and "squirrel." However, she seemed to have only one voice for women of a certain age, so both mothers tended to sound alike. And it was a strange accent, kind of upper clas mid-Atlantic, which didn't seem to match the California setting. Oh, and another thing: the author seems to have confused PTSD with schizophrenia. The endless worry about whether her daughter and inherited her father's "crazy" gene, when it is said over and over that he was shell shocked and maybe had a traumatic brain injury. What? Especially in a book that tosses around so much scientific terminology.
Do you think The Portable Veblen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I couldn't take another one, thank you very much. I'd return this one, but I 'read" it all the way to the end, hoping it would improve, or make sense.
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I read an interview of the author about this book after I finished listening. She spoke about writing this book to express the anger she felt about war and injured vets. I did not get a sense of anger from this book but the callus treatment of the seriously wounded vets was one of the themes. I had a stronger sense of the survival tactics we all use in order to cope with living in general. There was a sly sense of humor,irony and quirkiness combined with a great deal of subtle caring/love that keeps this story interesting and somewhat positive. A worthy read.
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