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Cruddy by Lynda Barry
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Jul 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: sock-monkey-related
Read in January, 2000

When Penguin was getting ready to publish the book I co-authored, Sock Monkey Dreams, they asked Lynda Barry if she'd blurb for it. She demurred, on account of, she said, that her own sock monkeys would be jealous if she endorsed ours. Fair enough and quite understandable - sock monkeys are a jealous, possessive lot, and any apparent allegiance to another houseful of sock monkeys would have no doubt thrown Barry's own into a state of chaos. I do have to wonder what her sock monkeys thought about the shocking woman-on-monkey violence perpetrated in the course of this novel. I just have to assume she didn't tell them. This is a very readable compendium of squalor and degredation, but to tell the truth I would have liked it more if it had more pitchers.

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