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Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
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Oct 05, 10

bookshelves: 50book-challenge, contemporary_fiction
Read from September 25 to October 05, 2010

Dorothy Allison's prose is lovely- elegant, concise, and evocative. From almost the first page I was truly impressed with her style.

The story, however, was stark, graphic, and tremendously upsetting. I realize the book is semi-autobiographical, but in some ways, that makes it even more disturbing.

Allison is not afraid of dealing with difficult topics, and does so with style and courage. There's a lot of strength in this book, both in the writing and in the characters. But this is really not a book that one can or should read casually.
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Reading Progress

09/26/2010 page 40
13.0% "The writing style is gorgeous, but I can tell already that this book is going to hurt."
09/29/2010 page 70
23.0% "I didn't expect it to already be this upsetting. Yikes."
10/03/2010 page 219
71.0% "This isn't an easy book, but it is a lovely one."

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