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This book defies categorization, in my view: part mystery, part class struggle study, part mood piece. Interesting characters and situations, the story told in overlapping vignettes from various character's points of view. It all adds up to a well written slice of life in a seemingly contemporary New York neighborhood, its residents alternately struggling not to slide into poverty, or struggling to rise from it.
The narrator seems sluggish at first, but stay with him - he improves as the story revs up and the characters develop. He does a good job with the variety of character types, each distinguishable without specific identification for each conversation. it may also be just really good writing.
Don't listen to this when in the mood for fast-paced action. It is in there, but this is a story primarily about the perception of individuals about their surroundings. A very satisfying character study.
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What would have made Visitation Street better?
I enjoyed the character descriptions but there were just too many and the book didn't really add up to be a mystery.
Would you ever listen to anything by Ivy Pochoda again?
No, I will not be looking for any other of her works.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Just overload. There were so many characters introduced and some of them were really interesting. It was kind of like jumping into an ocean of people with a microscope. The people that you pass by are examined closely, but just briefly because you're still falling.
Any additional comments?
There was some really good writing in the book, but for me, I'm all about the mystery. And this book seemed to fail in that respect.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful