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The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury
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Aug 23, 2010

it was amazing
Read from August 19 to 23, 2010

I really loved the hilarious simplicity of this. I'm getting so tired of this trend of ridiculous quirkiness in literature and film, where the "interesting" characters wear two different shoes and own gerbil-costume stores and talk in Juno-speak. It always seems like the author is trying too hard.

On the other hand, Drury effortlessly creates completely engrossing characters whose quirks are understated and believable; whose deadpan dialogue is sparse yet powerful; who can capture your attention just by having a simple conversation about why a bucket is in the yard. Seriously. This book is awesome. I highly recommend it.
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