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Ardor: Or How Would-Be Nobel Prize Winner C. Milosz Enjoyed the High Life…

by Alexander J. Motyl

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Academic and cultural figure Alexander Motyl has added to his substantial output of creating writing with his newest novel, Ardor which posits the interaction of aspiring Nobel Prize winner Chester Milosz with a variety of low life characters while enjoying the high life of an international summit in northern Italy. A case of mistaken identity pulls Milosz from his small town American college into a gathering of the world’s best minds. Intellectuals, artists, businessmen, and policy makers convene at the Otto Nabokov Foundation’s Ardor Haus think tank at an estate in Caravaggio, northern Italy. What ensues is a raucous jaunt through a variety of situations with a menagerie of characters. This work is well written and entertaining yet unremarkable and forgettable. It is not an inspired piece from the good professor, but rather a tongue in cheek farcical treatment, a sordid visage of culture and politics. ( )
  Kobzar | Dec 5, 2016 |
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I enjoyed this book, quirky, interesting, with a slight hint of mystery. My apologies to the author for reviewing so long after I finished it that I can not access any more greater detail.
  TinaC1 | Nov 10, 2016 |
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The language in this book demanded more mental attention and concentration than I could give and I just couldn't get into it. If you are a lover of the complexities of vocabulary, or a poet, perhaps this book is for you. However, I'm afraid I struggled. I certainly didn't find it an easy read, which is what I was looking for. I'm sure there is an audience for this book but it wasn't me. ( )
  Adelyn20 | Aug 2, 2016 |
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The best part of this book is its characters. Although they are not fully developed, and certainly don't need to be, they are definitely funny. I kept expecting the group to realize Milosz's true identity and this to create a tense situation with the Russians or the visiting dictator. While I like the book-ended way the character describes his journey, the ending was still odd and unexpected. This book is definitely aimed at an educated audience, and I wish I was more educated in philosophy and literature because I think I would have enjoyed it even more. You may also want to take a dictionary with you on your adventure.
  aimeestubbs85 | Jul 26, 2016 |
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Chester Milosz, an American poet with great expectations who, by the way, thinks highly of himself, receives an invitation to a meeting of global high-flyers in Italy. He flies there to meet a whole range of interesting characters - policymakers, journalists, businessmen and academics, even some shady and corrupt characters. There he finds out that he has actually been confused with a famous Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz. However, he plays his role at a conference which turns out to be a real piece of work. During his time in Italy, he has such a great time, gets involved in a series of comic events and experiences real Italian earthquakes. The story is full of funny situations and abounds with interesting and unique characters. There are many academic references in the book (which I really liked), so it is definitely aimed for a highly literate and profound/smart audience. My first impression of the book was not so positive. However, once I came to the last page, I wanted to read some more.
This is definitely not an ordinary book and it takes some time to understand some parts. I even had to reread some pages to get to the point. But overall, I quite enjoyed the book especially since it can in no way be compared to the books I usually read. ( )
  Mrvica | Jul 12, 2016 |
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