I gave up halfway through. Too much detail of baseball (who cares?) and of his time at summer camp etc. I soon realized I was skipping sections due to it being tedious. Not worth the effort.
I love Paul Auster's work - but this was hard to get through. In fact, I didn't. Enough of big mid-century books with struggling immigrants and baseball. Time to move on, guy writers.
Finished with a couple days left of checkout. Long. I was definitely satisfied. Learned a lot.
I enjoyed this book immensely-- Intriguing plot, well-written characters, and an excellent ending. It is more of a heavy read (think Dickens) and it's helpful to take notes on the various Achies to keep them straight, but overall it was near everything I want in a book. This was one of those book I constantly tell people about. As for recommending it, only to those who pursue hefty books that captivate and tickle the mind.
Hi -- I'm enjoying this book, but it's longer than it needs to be! Highly recommend that you take notes while you read it -- will help you keep the four Archies straight!
Wonderful. An ambitious novel about four different versions of lives lived by the same person. If I could give it six stars I would. Fascinating dialogue, intelligent descriptions, fully realized cast of characters, and very unpredictable. It is the opposite of boring for anyone interested in a challenging novel. It's a long, sublime journey.
If I could give a negative star rating, I would. This book was over 800 pages. I wouldn't have minded if it were halfway good. Bogged down by lengthy historical references and play-by-plays of baseball games from the 60s, I skimmed so much of this book I might have been ashamed if it were something else. I just wanted a nugget of something enjoyable, I never got one. Awful, awful, awful.
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