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CuyahogaO may or may not want to be his wife honestly In pursuit of a steady wage our hero hits the dirt streets of Ohio City and Cleveland the twin towns racing to become the first great metropolis of the West Their rivalry reaches a boil over the building of a bridge across the Cuyahoga River and Big stumbles right into the kettle The resulting misadventures involve elderly terrorists infrastructure collapse steamboat races wild pigs and multiple ruined weddings Narrating this “deliriously fun” Brian Phillips tale is Medium Son known as Meed apprentice coffin maker almanac author orphan and the younger b DNF 60%I was intrigued by the delightful uniue concept behind this novel particularly because it is set in my hometown of Cleveland a place still dear to me that doesn’t often show up in novels Unfortunately the concept was greater than the reality of this book which too often veers off into weird for weird’s sake territory and is rife with what feels like forced humor I’ve never been a big fan of the uneducated dim bulb as narrator and this book was no exception to that While the narrator often makes wise observations in his way the lens of the simpleton makes it a difficult and often irritating read

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A spectacularly inventive debut novel that reinvents the tall tale for our times “ Cuyahoga defies all modest descriptionit is ten feet tall if it’s an inch and it’s a ramshackle joy from start to finish” Brian Phillips author of Impossible Owls Big Son is a spirit of the times the times being 1837 Behind his broad shoulders shiny hair and church organ laugh Big Son practically made Ohio City all by himself The feats of this proto superhero have earned him wonder and whiskey toasts but very little in the way of fortune And without money Big cannot become an honest husband to his beloved Cloe wh I don’t like to write disappointing reviews and I always try to find something nice to say if possible since every author spills hisher guts out to tell a story and a publisher found merit in the work or would not have invested in the book So this is than a little embarrassing because this is my first review for a book reuested from Edelweiss and I literally asked for it double entendre intended Let’s start with the good stuff The cover art of the book is lovely Next the title – so romantic – Cuyahoga Crooked River And the period – WOW – pioneers settling the Northwest Territory circa early 1800’s in Ohio City and Cleveland shortly after Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state on March 1803 This had all the makings of something I would love I grew up in the region I was feeling nostalgic and the publisher’s blurb was appealingSo where did the book go wrong for me? My expectations I was looking to be transported to a pioneering atmosphere in a beautiful sylvan and wild nature setting resplendent with rivers lakes and falls so prevalent in the region Everything was there but in a Phantasmagorical hodgepodge that made no sense to me at all To compound my confusion neither the written language nor the writing style was in any way appealing some kind of poetic device to correlate with the phantasmagorical theme?Columbus Street Bridge c 1837The story of the rival Ohio City and Cleveland communities attempting to blow up the Columbus Street Bridge is based on some fact also the Cuyahoga river fires occurred over periods as early as the period of this book due to spills and pollution of flammable materials As for the rest of the nonsense described I can’t be sure because it I could not follow much of itGetting back to the positive and since a very clever poetic device certainly any humor might have gone right over my head I conclude that if you love fantasy allegorical creative language and literary invention then this may be the book for you And although I prefer literary convention but don’t want to seem narrow minded I’ve rated the book rounded up to three stars in deference to my creative literary Friends who probably have a better sense of humor than meThank you Edelweiss Scribner Simon Shuster for giving me the opportunity to read Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty in exchange for my own honest opinion

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read Cuyahoga reader ´ ¿ johnscyclingdiary É ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Cuyahoga By Pete Beatty ⚣ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A spectacularly inventive debut novel that reinvents the tall tale for our times—“ Cuyahoga defies all modest descriptionit is ten feet tall if it’s an inch and it’s a ramshackle jRother of Big Meed finds himself swept up in the action and he is forced to choose between brotherly love and his own ambitions His uncanny voice plain but profound collouial but surprisingly poetic elevates a slapstick frontier tale into a screwball origin myth for the Rust Belt In Cuyahoga tragedy and farce jumble together in a riotously original voice Evoking the Greek classics and the Bible alongside nods to Looney Tunes Charles Portis and Flannery O’Connor Pete Beatty has written a rollicking revisionist midWestern with universal themes of family and fate an old weird America that feels brand ne Being a good bit rusty in reading the tall tales genre shouldn't hurt a potential reader of this rip roarin' saga tailored to an adult audience Like all good folklore its fiction is rooted in fact in this case the love hate relationship between burgeoning Cleveland and its sister city with somewhat of an inferiority complex on the western banks of the Cuyahoga River Ohio City in the early 1800's The chronicler of this series of ever heroic and at times foolhardy feats of the preternaturally mighty orphan Big Son of Ohio City is his all too human younger brother Meed speaking of inferiority complexes In matters of love and vengeance heroism and meanness these brothers attempt to navigate their way to a decent future for themselves and for Ohio City while navigating relations with their less than refined community of variously fickle unschooled demanding and unappreciative neighbors and co workers Oh and of course they both have their hearts set on the same worshipped lady love the fair farmgirl Cloe There are dastardly doings afoot between the powers that be in Cleveland and in Ohio City and Big Son and Meed get dragged right into the middle of it all Happy ever after may not be in the cards for them for all their herculean efforts and Ohio City's fortunes become very much tied up in theirs No shortage of far fetched feats and coarse and colorful language along the way