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Love And Shame And Love (2011)

by Peter Orner(Favorite Author)
3.35 of 5 Votes: 5
0316129399 (ISBN13: 9780316129398)
Little, Brown and Company
review 1: The fragmented style of the novel, which to a degree is the novel's strength, but ultimately considerably hindered my reading experience for the most part. I enjoyed reading it but not in its entirety, as often I tried to find context to connect each piece, but beyond names and very rarely, a date, i could not find much of any. Its a very well written novel and if I reread it with a pen i'm sure I could connect all the pieces, but honestly it is ultimately not that worthy of such an excavation. Popper family has issues that go back generations, i get it, but beyond that there's just not much reward for such work.
review 2: I gave this book 3 stars but I really think it deserves 3 1/2 stars. The book is told in vignettes that occur over several generations; the
... more story is not in one continuous narrative. It flips between generations and events. The reader doesn't really get to know any one character really well. Yet the reader is made well aware of how unhappy all the people seem to be. The book reminded me in some ways of Crossing California by Adam Langer, but maybe that's just because both take place in Chicago. The Popper family is not extraordinary in any way; the small vignettes just contribute to the way life goes, lots of small events linked together making up the whole. The protagonist Alexander Popper is so disillusioned and so sad. Riff on Dukakis was memorable. less
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As another Goodreads reviewer put it, it's an "epic book about non-epic happenings".
3.5. I think reading this particular book on a Kindle messed with me.
I Kept hoping it would get better.
could not get even 20 pages read
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