finished reading

I don't know anything about video games but that didn't stop my enjoyment of this book.  The author created a compelling world of games that made sense, and truth be told kinda makes me want to play a game.  The alternating narrative perspective fleshes out the characters and their inner workings, so they're understandable if not likable.  Each character takes a turn being the villain.  The time span is around thirty years--from Sam and Sadie's childhood meeting, their break, and the reunion, and thus beginning a continuing cycle.  I loved how deeply flawed Sam and Sadie are--making them real.  Marx probably is my favorite character.  I loved reading about the creative process and how artists put everything on the line for ultimate success or complete failure--and keep creating.

It's a story of great love.  Lifelong love.  But not a conventional love story.  I thought the audio was very well done.

From the publisher:
On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn't heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won't protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.

Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin's Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.

1 comment:

Lori said...

This is my next read. It is sitting in my phone ready to listen to. I have been watching Jimmy Fallon this summer and heard about it from his book club. I think I will enjoy it.