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Jazz Paperback – 28 Jul 2012
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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.
Top customer reviews
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
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
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.
Jazz is the story of an early twenties man from New York City who knows but one thing in this world: he's in love with a stunning, graceful, beautiful, and unattainable woman. The story wraps around his complicated and stifling emotions for her, his fierce and unshakable love. And as you learn more about her, it becomes clear that no man can shake this siren from their thoughts.
Our young protagonist is no different. He goes halfway across the world to find her, to simply be with her, only to learn that the woman of his dreams is really just a girl, broken and flawed in hideous and awful ways. But will he still love her, despite all of it? Throw in a clever cast of shady characters and he will find himself stuck in the middle of a chaos he never intended to uncover.
Another stunning example of Cristian's elegant and poignant style of writing, Jazz is a remarkable story that will stay with you long after you read it.
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