|# of Units:||8 CDs|
|Length:||8 hours, 45 minutes|
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Just not that interesting. Very slow and goes nowhere.
It's hard to describe this novel... it hops around on the timeline, from the present to the past (usually an account of a memory brought on by something seen or heard in the present), and back to the present. It's really a study in relationships, between Hans and his wife and Hans and his friend, Chuck. While I found it difficult to follow at times, I enjoyed the writing immensely, the turn of phrase, the exposition - which I normally find tedious and boring. I think to really "get" this story, you have to give it a chance and keep listening.
I made it as far as halfway through disc 2 in this book. The narrator, Jefferson Mays, is wonderful to listen to, but the story goes as such a slow pace that all I could think of was "Will any of this matter?" Had I been reading the book, I would have been skimming page after page to get to something resembling a story.
Joseph O'Neill was born in Ireland and raised primarily in Holland. He received a law degree from Cambridge University and worked as a barrister in London. He writes regularly "The Atlantic Monthly" and is the author of two previous novels, "This Is the Life "and "The Breezes, "and a family history, "Blood-Dark-Track, "which was a "New York Times "Notable Book. He lives with his family in New York City.
"From the Hardcover edition."