Syncopated Rhythm

Syncopated Rhythm The most razor sharp prose I ve read in years While I loved James Halat s other two books I wasn t prepared for the art and beauty of Syncopated Rhythm Ellen Fitzpatrick Syncopated Rhythm reads like

  • Title: Syncopated Rhythm
  • Author: James Halat
  • ISBN: 9781515155621
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most razor sharp prose I ve read in years While I loved James Halat s other two books, I wasn t prepared for the art and beauty of Syncopated Rhythm Ellen Fitzpatrick Syncopated Rhythm reads like the memoir of a man who is very disappointed with life In his first novel, James Halat details the lonely years of detached youth in the raw voice of an unnamed n The most razor sharp prose I ve read in years While I loved James Halat s other two books, I wasn t prepared for the art and beauty of Syncopated Rhythm Ellen Fitzpatrick Syncopated Rhythm reads like the memoir of a man who is very disappointed with life In his first novel, James Halat details the lonely years of detached youth in the raw voice of an unnamed narrator who grows up in New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s He spends most of his time alone as a child, not interested in school or church or playing with the other children A harrowing move from New Jersey to a jerkwater town in Pennsylvania only serves to drive him deeper into isolation There, a rare local murder, a deadly motorcycle crash, and a doomed crush on a boy in high school mark his time in the sleepy town As he moves into adulthood, he begins to adapt to his solitary life of empty relationships and pointless jobs by reaching out to the contemporary art world, making ephemeral connections he does not fully grasp, but is convinced will link him to a better world The fact that each work is a painting is not what makes it interesting What makes it interesting is that each painting elicits its own breath One day, he finds himself living in the middle of Tokyo, alone, illiterate, and utterly stunned by his new surroundings There he wanders into a local bar where he meets a disarmingly attractive young bartender he calls My Foolish Thing My Foolish Thing pours him drinks and draws pictures on napkins in a genuine effort to get to know him Our narrator replies with an impassioned attempt to complete the connection, but it isn t clear to him what, if anything, will happen Syncopated Rhythm is an intimate look into a solitary life, an honest and sobering account of living in a world meant for other people, and the truly heroic hopes that make that possible.

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    1. The prose is simple, but so precise it's illuminating. Highly recommended for the lit crowd. (Not for the titillation seeker.)

    2. It's a little bit of a depressing read, but I really liked this book, and didn't want it to end as quickly as it did. The story is told from a first person point of view, following the main character from childhood, throughout his teens, the awkward college years and into adulthood. The main character seems to like solitude throughout most of his life, spending time alone and having a fear of both rejection and acceptance. He is an alcoholic, Scotch being his drink of choice, and talks quite a b [...]

    3. N.J. Christmas Al (father, supermarket), Louise (mother), & Andrew Anthony Johnson (narrator, lamp factory college, grad school) are going to Pennsylvania to visit relatives. The family later moves there.Fast forward Anthony takes a job in Tokyo, Japan. He is staying at the Metropolitan Hotel.Who is My Foolish Thing? Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature rea [...]

    4. I found the book very relatable. Despite being straight, I found his sexual frustration, family problems, and the sense of directionless life similar to mine. Hell, reading his book felt more like looking into a mirror.I like how his writing has this dark but down to earth voice. Making it easy to get lost and enjoyed what he had experienced. Again, James Halat is very relatable. I wish more biographies were like James Halat. There is life in his writing and the hardship he had to go through fel [...]

    5. Syncopated Rhythm is my first novel, released as an ebook on in Apr 2015. It has since been released as a paperback in Oct 2015. It follows an unnamed narrator as he goes through life in a world meant for other people and the heroic hopes that make that possible.

    6. I received this book for free from first reads in exchange for an honest reviewThis book was dreadful! It was boring, dull, bland, details were non-existent, and it was ridiculously repetitive. It's a novella following the depressing life of a gay man, from childhood to adulthood, as he experiments with drugs, unhealthy relationships, isolation, and severe alcoholism. It was anything but interesting. It bounced around all over the place, leaving you confused on what was actually happening or if [...]

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