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Total Immersion by Allegra Goodman
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Jan 23, 08

bookshelves: inner-beach
Read in January, 2008

Collection of short stories == Goodman has a very sharp sense of humor and her characters are interesting, with distinct voices. From 'Onionskin': "Because obviously I am not eighteen and I work, so school is not an academic exercise for me, and not just me, as I'm sure you'd realize if you looked around the room one of these days and saw there are thirty- and forty-year-olds and some a lot older than you are in the class -- the point is, when you've been through marriage, kids, jobs, welfare, and the whole gamut and you come back to school you're ready for the real thing, and as far as I'm concerned Augustine's Conception of the Soul or whatever is not it." [~A week later =>].....Hmm. Well, I may not finish this. Some of these stories are stronger than others..... Finally unsatisfying as a collection. Some of the individual stories are good, and she's a lively writer, but I got bored. I'd recommend this if you want something to dip into -- read one or two and then re-shelve the book.

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