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First Love & other Sorrows by Harold Brodkey
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May 19, 2010

really liked it

I can't believe I've never heard of Harold Brodkey before. Some of his stories are so fantastic. They all have a strange disjointed feeling though, a looseness of plot, but mostly it works. However, sometimes it doesn't seem to. I adored "The Quarrel" and "Sentimental Education" but felt the last bunch about the same woman, Laura, were a bit strange. Each was clearly intended to be self-contained, as characters were introduced each time, and yet each lone story seemed rather weak. And then finally, I just didn't like Laura much. The last story left on what seemed to me a sad note, which I found unfortunate as well.

But back to the stories that I enjoyed, I really, really enjoyed. Wonderful pieces of art, really.

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