different and well written. Another review bitter but sweet writes, “Reading it is a bit like watching a flamboyant hibachi chef so enthralled with flipping knives and creating fireballs that he neglects the food itself, resulting in a palatable yet prosaic meal that's somehow less than the sum of its parts. Still, it's always refreshing to watch Chabon take on something new, and avoid taking himself too seriously in the process.”(Sean Gibson) It describes the book as adventurous but it didn't quite hit the mark for the type of writing he was trying to do. Mameve Medwed says it's …a picaresque, swashbuckling adventure…Chabon's highfalutin writing is an object lesson in style perfectly matched to genre…If any good adventure is all about the journey, there is also, as Amram remarks, "an appeal in the idea of seeing some business through from start to finish." majority of the reviews were met with praise but others weren’t as reluctant to show the book love. For instance this reader writes,Well-written, unusual theme, humor, engaging characters but it did nothing for me. I think there's a core audience for this type of book but it's not me. Many were distraught with the ending and the some sort of apology that Chabon had given the readers. Like why write the book if you have something to apologize for,” that's so opposite of Mark Twain. The many compare to his other literary novels that he did not meet the mark that the novel wasn't as satisfying as the others and it didn't give them a sense of adventure and connection the the characters.
Odetoye 30 Comments Overall the book was good it was an adventure. It also was a history lesson taking the reader back centuries and making them feel like bandits. It also taught life lessons life expected the unexpected and if you are a good person you will always to the right thing and you could change others. At times the novel could have gotten a bit wordy and as a reader drew me away from the main point of the novel. I liked the book the adventure , love , twist and turns it's different it’s creative. It reminds me of the Prince of persia and how the uncle killed his brother to get the crown and the sought to kill his brother;s children. Chabon researched the book well with many of the activities and actions that take place. In the beginning I felt like Chabon should have put how Zelikman and Amram met. I felt like that in the beginning kind to took away but when reading the book it doesn't take away from the overall plot. What I really enjoyed may sound a little childish but the pictures. As a young adult when reading you don't see pictures in your novels . The pictures were not as descriptive as children's’ books but it was refreshing to feel like a little kid reading a book and seeing pictures explaining what you read. This kind of forms the imagination to understand the character and what they look like so when you are imagining them in your mind it comes to life. The book is an adventure in itself . i would want a sequel because the ending wasn’t