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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (28 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478313811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478313816
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he's still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can't, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don't ever ask him to sing.

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About the Author

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Higgins on 15 Dec 2012
Format: Paperback
At its most basic this book tells the story of a man moving from New York to Paris to see a girl. However, as with jazz music, it takes the basic refrain and gives it back in a new order focussing more on the feeling behind events than their actual facts.

Although it is only 52 pages all of the locations are fully developed and have distinct characters. I was especially drawn in by the feelings of insularity and claustrophobia evoked by the descriptions of Paris.

With a plot based on a man's attraction to another man's girlfriend and many scenes set in the brittle world of parties and clubs, this story has invites comparison with the Great Gatsby. However, whereas I found Fitzgerald's characters unengaging and the romance unsatisfying, Mihai has created a protagonist I wished to succeed.

Apart from the protagonist I found most of the characters objectionable. Mihai has possibly been too successful at creating a world of glitter coated rot; had the characters seemed less like base humanity I would probably reread this sooner.

Therefore I feel this is not a story for those who prefer to like most of the characters or to have happy endings. It is however a story for those who enjoy seeing each word build on the last without wasted effort or over ornamentation.

I received a free copy of this book
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
When you do not have long to live. Cherish your time. 25 July 2012
By Bryan Edmondson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have Stage IV Cancer. I may well only have 6 to 8 months to live. So I value time more than ever before. I only do what is important and worthy of my time.

Jazz was worth my time.

Jazz has a passionate plot, witty dialogue, and engrossing characters. This virtuosity is rich with what I call "word painting." Vivid images appear off the text of my Kindle Screen. The author sculpts metaphors out his imagination and I find the results ensnaring.

I would have paid a lot more for this Kindle book. I would suggest that the author is a keyboard-pecking prodigy gone feverishly insane--obviously impaired in judgment; he is giving away his work for small potatoes.Buy the Book before this eccentric novelist comes to his senses and realizes that money is not only pretty ink on paper; but it also may be exchanged for goods and services
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
...psychological thought-provoking short story that is filled with picture painted prose.... 2 Aug 2012
By bookworm2bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For a short story, this is very, very good. It is nothing like what I usually read, and that's one of the reasons I requested the author let me read it. The book blurb intrigued the mind and once read, the story within fully satisfied it.

This is a well told tale of a painful unrequited love of Chris for Amber, his cousin's girlfriend. The story starts of gently, with the relationship between all protagonists slowly flushing out, picking up steam with Chris traveling to Paris to face not just Amber, but his feelings for her.

There's a lot to like about this psychological thought-provoking short story that is filled with picture painted prose.

I liked Chris because he was so real and in touch with his inner thoughts and feelings. He was one of those very likable characters that we want to smother with hugs.

Amber was another story altogether. I felt sorry for this lost soul and hoped that by the time I reached the end, she would have grown up. In the end, I appreciated the author letting my imagination fly on the ending of this story.

If you're in a mood for a short story with substance in which the author masterfully crafts his characters with a wonderful prose, I highly recommend you pick this one up. It is a great poolside, beach side or just plain at home read.

Here are some excerpts that impressed me and I hope will give you a glimpse of the writing style of this author:


"A blistering wind blew off from every direction, and the quiet light that came from lamps and enclosed the grey skin of the sidewalk couldn't stop darkness from wrapping itself around glass and concrete and flesh in what resembled a tight and desperate embrace. I could feel the harsh air painfully playing inside my lungs. It hurt to even blink."


"We never perceive the passage of time in the same mechanical manner the ticking of a watch implies. For us time is subjective, a sinuous river, sometimes viscous, almost grinding to a halt as we zigzag our way among pedestrians wearing heavy jackets, and sometimes fast and turbulent, leading our lives with indescribable fury.
Fragments of a wild and bizarre beauty would appear and disappear fast, never settling for more than what felt as a second. My mind couldn't put together all the glints that my past kept throwing at me. But then the incessant moan of the city night faded away into silence, and my mind began to weave an intricate web of memories.

What had started off as a waffling and erratic cocktail of images, condensed to such a degree that I could barely discern Amber's face, had now grown into a fascinating and yet frightening labyrinth.
I took pleasure in building Amber, piece by piece, until my mind contained a fully fleshed version of a thin and gracious young woman, a white dress sculpted around her body and her black hair falling down to her waist. It was a two year old memory, but it felt as real as the people I was walking around with."


"It's a shame actually that certain depths of the human spirit cannot be explained using conventional words. Those who have dealt with words for some time know it better than anyone else. For them moments of extreme clarity, of powerful inspiration, are rare, and they approach them with fear and respect, the same way you'd approach an ancient relic."

Melanie for b2b
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love's Final Note... 17 Aug 2012
By Odessa G. Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A complicated relationship forms between the player of an instrument and a piece of music. At some point, the player forgets whom is playing whom. If you watch a saxophonist closely, you may catch him closing his eyes as he plays, as the music takes him on a journey. I believe this same phenomenon happens to the author of this work, only with Jazz, Cristian's instrument is his prose. We find ourselves falling in love with Cristian's rich imagery as he leads us through the novel wanting, hoping for the happy ending, but, as in every jazz song there always seems to be a beautiful melancholy attached to every note, making the beautiful, but finite end of his novels somehow okay.
A book in need of an editor 25 Jun 2014
By Jane Onslow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is written by a fledgling novelist, whose work could have been so much better if looked at by a professional editor.

I like the themes of unrequited love and the search for happiness. City scenes and interiors are well depicted and recognisable. Dialogue is good and well-mixed with narrative. Some images are clever: "We all live in this wonderful century of technology and knowledge, but it feels to me that the world is still as flat as a sheet of paper, and it requires but a gentle push for you to fall off the edge."

The narrative parts flow quite well, as in music, an important theme in the novel. However, a certain wordiness spoils this effect at times. There are quite a few minor grammatical mistakes that should have been picked up by an editor.
An enjoyable, fast read. 23 July 2013
By Pete Barber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Chris Sommers falls hopelessly in love with his cousin's live-in girlfriend, Amber. The story follows Chris as he tries to fulfill his desire for her.

Chris, a blocked writer, practically moves into his cousin's New York apartment, desperately snatching glimpses of his would-be muse, Amber. When his cousin discovers Amber has been sleeping with a painter whom he befriended, a scene erupts, and Amber subsequently runs away to Paris.
Chris travels to Paris and is crushed to find Amber living with the saxophonist from his father's New York restaurant.
Beyond her beauty, Amber is shallow and careless of others feelings, causing pain and hardship through her actions. The writer does a fine job of maintaining the counterpoint of Chris's myopic and naive view of her.

The author was clearly influenced by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Chris's infatuation with Amber is all consuming. The scenes in Paris depict a bohemian group of friends orienting around a jazz cafe. The Gatsby is referenced a few times in the course of the story.
The writing is immersive, with fresh metaphors and well-defined, tactile scenes. Occasionally, my impatience got the better of me as I wanted more to happen, faster--but that isn't the nature of the piece.

Like Jay Gatsby, Chris's infatuation is an overriding constant. Amber's character is revealed through her actions and their effects on others, but we never get to really know her, or her motivations.

A subplot is mentioned in passing: The painter was connected with a powerful New York money man, who swears a vendetta against Chris's family and eventually forces Chris's father's restaurant into bankruptcy. Although this pointed up another cost of associating with Amber, it seemed something of an undeveloped afterthought.

Unlike Gatsby, there is no climactic scene. This ending was more reminiscent of a Sopranos fade to black.

I enjoyed this fast read but wouldn't have complained if there had been more depth layered on the characters and some conflict within the plot.
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