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Kapitoil (2010)

by Teddy Wayne(Favorite Author)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 4
0061873217 (ISBN13: 9780061873218)
Harper Perennial
review 1: Hmmmm. Just finished this one. And its PS set of interviews w author etc., which PS gave an appreciable bump to my estimation of the book. In general, I thought it a fine read though not a great one. Booklist praises this novel as "assured". I'd agree. It's very assured and withal engaging. But assuredness, while arguably a necessary condition for novelistic quality, is -- I'd say -- not a sufficient one. There is much to admire in this novel, and I'd definitely read other books by its author. But this one left little impression in the end. Perhaps it's because the cover art and title primed me to expect a Gary Shteyngartian novel: edgy, absurd, edifying. I can't fault its author for failing to be a different author -- indeed I credit him for having, at so young... more an age, crafted so distinctive a writerly voice. But my expectations, embarking on this novel, lay elsewhere. And I confess they were a bit disappointed.
review 2: Fantastic book. As a former dot-commer who worked it during the Y2K "situation" and worked with many outstanding talents from the Middle East locally here in St. Louis, it was a refreshing look at our culture and recent history that I experienced. It is rare that I read a book which elicits laughter multiple times, and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. Highly recommended. less
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4.4 - really liked the precise use of the English language as well as the algorithms and logic.
Awesome awesome book. Simple story, strong character and a definite page turner.
Okay. Not great. Interesting narrative voice.
this won the 2011 whiting writers award
Recommended by Jonathan Franzen
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