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The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney by Christopher Higgs
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Sep 13, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: novels, reviewed
Read from May 22 to July 05, 2011

p. 321:

"Hey, what's that you're reading?"

You could answer a number of things, one of them being: "It is a new work of creative nonfiction by Marvin K. Mooney."

In a follow-up, you may be asked:

"What's it about?"

To which you can safely reply: "It is a text about itself. It is pretentious, egomaniacal, megalomaniacal, and hardly worth my time; but for some reason I continue to read it - perhaps I am being forced to at gunpoint, perhaps I am slightly enjoying it."

*****

And to that I would add that it's a work that is constantly defending its right to exist, which gets a bit tedious, honestly. I don't argue its right to exist, though I do argue it labeling itself a "novel." A collage of fictions and creative non-fictions and essays and quotations might be more apt. There were moments when I thought its self-awareness was clever and I wanted to love it but I just didn't.
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