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The Cradle by Patrick Somerville
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Aug 08, 2010

really liked it
Read in August, 2010

Really enjoyed this book for various reasons. The Upper Midwest setting not only was familiar to me, but the author nailed the attitudes and speech patterns of the area. Most of all, I appreciated the protagonist. Matt could have been portrayed as a person whose difficult childhood made him a mess as an adult, but instead, apart from a moment or two, he had a full, competent grasp on life. I also liked seeing a young, lower-middle class family portrayed, a socio-economic group that is woefully lacking from contemporary literature. The author's economy of words (and pages) was important in making this a successful novel, too. In fact, this was the rare case which I might have liked a few more pages than were allotted to this book... usually I feel there are extraneous concepts and length to novels. I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoyed books like Per Petterson's Out Stealing Horses.
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