My ratings: 3/5 stars
About this book:
Aaron Poochigian’s Mr. Either/Or is an ingenious debut, a verse novel melding American mythology, noir thriller, and classical epic into gritty rhythms, foreboding overtones, and groovy jams surrounding the reader in a surreal atmosphere. Imagine Byron’s Don Juan on a high-stakes romp through a Raymond Chandler novel. Think Hamlet in Manhattan with a license to kill.
Mr. Either/Or is different than the usual novels that I have encountered. With a plot and characters like a traditional novel, it is written poetically and I mean it in the literal sense. The book is written like poetry with rhyme schemes and stanzas while telling an intricate story which borders on thriller and mystery.
It is an action packed book that I enjoyed reading a lot. I loved how the protagonist added humor in proportions making this book highly entertaining.
One one hand there’s an ancient legend, on the other, there are gang wars. And the protagonist is an agent who saves the world with his future wife. It was interesting to read about the story but what won me over in the end was the writing.
About the author
Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His book of translations from Sappho, Stung With Love, was published in 2009. The Cosmic Purr, a book of original poetry, was published in 2012.