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The Atlas by William T. Vollmann
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Mar 22, 2013

bookshelves: to-read

this collection of short tales that take place all over the world is enjoyable story to story, but check this out, vollmann writes in the intro:

'for those who require games and calculations in order to drowse, i should state that this collection is arranged palindromically: the motif in the first story is taken up again in the last; the second story finds its echo in the second to last, and so on.'

it's taking me a while to get through it because with each story i keep jumping to the correlated story, trying to figure out how they relate. i should mention there are 52 stories in all, and the relationship between the pairs are sometimes very difficult to see.

it takes a lot of work, but so far it's great.

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