Einstein's Shutter

Einstein's Shutter

Einstein s Shutter is a whirlwind journey into a decade of one man s life. A relationship, the death of a friend and an insider view of what happened in NYC after 9/11. It is a story about redemption, reincarnation and ultimately about the power of the human spirit in a man and a city, finding the strength they need to rise again. See the reviews on Amazon.com...

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Title:Einstein's Shutter
Author:Vincent Yanez
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Einstein's Shutter Reviews

  • N. Sasson

    Vincent Yanez's Einstein's Shutter has just shot to the top of my all-time favorites. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it - and yet I wish I could find more books just like it that make you look this deeply at life. It started off as just snatches of Vince's life, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant. Little by little, the threads all came together. Although I finished it last week, it's taken me this long just to think of something to say and I'm not sure I can do it justice,

    Vincent Yanez's Einstein's Shutter has just shot to the top of my all-time favorites. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it - and yet I wish I could find more books just like it that make you look this deeply at life. It started off as just snatches of Vince's life, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant. Little by little, the threads all came together. Although I finished it last week, it's taken me this long just to think of something to say and I'm not sure I can do it justice, it stirred emotions in me on such a wide range. I've already recommended it to friends and will continue to do so. Brilliant work!

  • Anthony Policastro

    Great story

  • Karla Quintana

    LOVED IT! I have read it four times now. It's a book that I read when I am down and want to forget for a bit about my issues and laugh/cry and feel human. Vincent is so sincere, funny and honest that you just can't stop reading. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a journey into the life of someone experiences many highs, lows and the in-betweens life brings you and the questions that are born from these moments.

  • Pam

    Lots of fun.

  • Susan Lim

    I love it when I come across a book that I don't want to put down. This was such a book for me. At times I would find myself saying, "No, Vincent, don't do it" at times when he would reach an emotional decision-making event. I could/would imagine myself dealing with some of his personal 'trials' and have some knee-jerk reaction that I would then have to decipher for myself. If you enjoy reading memoir's, I feel that "Einstein's Shutter" might linger with you for a bit.

  • Babak Fakhamzadeh

    Yanez' conversational style is both entertaining and intimate, making it fairly easy to be drawn into the story. At the same time, with the story's timeline cut up in many parts, shuffled up and put back together again, it's a bit like reading someone's blog, but not in chronological order.

    As the likes of Quentin Tarantino and, more recently, Gavin Hood with Rendition have shown, this can work to the viewer's advantage, creating a much more intriguing series of plot lines and cuts.

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    Yanez' conversational style is both entertaining and intimate, making it fairly easy to be drawn into the story. At the same time, with the story's timeline cut up in many parts, shuffled up and put back together again, it's a bit like reading someone's blog, but not in chronological order.

    As the likes of Quentin Tarantino and, more recently, Gavin Hood with Rendition have shown, this can work to the viewer's advantage, creating a much more intriguing series of plot lines and cuts.

    Yanez pulls this off, though primarily because the central theme of the book, in essence the anatomy of a breakup, is a major tragedy in the author's life and one for which he's able to put down his thoughts, feelings and emotions very well. The book pulls in a few other plot lines, initially primarily focusing on 9/11, at which time Yanez was living in New York.

    Indeed, the book spans a number of years, but, though with the additional side stories, the book gives of the impression of being more 'complete', not in the least because the majority of the book deals with the period between Yanez' arrival in and departure from New York, as a whole it's not the side stories which make the book interesting. It's the theme which binds them together and which gets the most of the focus, his eight year relationship, followed by the breakup.

    At the beginning of the book, it felt as if Yanez was looking for a direction for the story to take and the individual chapters, with their jumping back and forth in time, felt rather disjointed. Roughly half way through, it was getting harder and harder to put down the book, Yanez getting into his element and, seemingly, baring his soul.

  • Nena

    A well-written, entertaining book with lots of emotion. Just a great read for a rainy day.

  • Joan Sherwood

    Vincent Yanez begins this book by writing about a shutter that he's found from Albert Einstein's house. "I often wonder if that shutter would have made the difference somehow. If obtaining it would have been some sort of catalyst to everything that was to come. If not grabbing that shutter could have been the butterfly flutter that created the tsunami of change that happened in my life over the next few years." The book is about "everything that was to come." He writes about his struggles in

    Vincent Yanez begins this book by writing about a shutter that he's found from Albert Einstein's house. "I often wonder if that shutter would have made the difference somehow. If obtaining it would have been some sort of catalyst to everything that was to come. If not grabbing that shutter could have been the butterfly flutter that created the tsunami of change that happened in my life over the next few years." The book is about "everything that was to come." He writes about his struggles in dealing with 9/11, the loss of a friend, and the failure of a relationship. The events jump form place to place and time to time--to Portland pre-9/11, New York, DC post 9/11. It was sometimes difficult to follow the chronology of the story, but I did enjoy the book. It's the story of the author's personal growth.

  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~

    This is a memoir that centers in part around 9/11 and the weeks, months and years following as seen through Vincent's eyes. It's also about Vincent's life during a decade that was not only tumultuous for NYC and the US, but for Vincent himself. The beginning half jumps around a lot, focusing on Vincent's past and what brought him to New York and the relationship he's struggling to keep going, and day of the 9/11 attacks. There's a surprising amount of humor and insight in this book, and I

    This is a memoir that centers in part around 9/11 and the weeks, months and years following as seen through Vincent's eyes. It's also about Vincent's life during a decade that was not only tumultuous for NYC and the US, but for Vincent himself. The beginning half jumps around a lot, focusing on Vincent's past and what brought him to New York and the relationship he's struggling to keep going, and day of the 9/11 attacks. There's a surprising amount of humor and insight in this book, and I laughed quite often while reading. As more time goes by and wounds of 9/11 begin to heal, the book becomes more linear. I got the sense the author was trying to sort through the chaos of that day and its immediate aftermath with the constant back and forth and for the most part it works. There are times it drags down the story though. Once I got into the second half, it started moving along more quickly. The 9/11 stuff is mostly what he experienced himself, being in the city when the attacks happened, how he heard about it, how they tried to get out of the city and back to their home in Brooklyn. From what I recall, it doesn't go into detail of the actual attacks like we've all seen on TV numerous times, so if that might turn you off this book, it's either not there or very minimal.

  • Sheniequa Glover

    This book was wonderful from beginning to end! I laughed, cried, then laughed again. I highly recommend this book. You won't regret it.

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