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Madeleine is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
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Oct 05, 10

bookshelves: fiction
Read from October 01 to 05, 2010 — I own a copy

Probably a bit too whimsical for my own tastes, although I'm not even sure that whimsical is the right word for this. Bynum does a wonderful job of recreating the illogical logic of the dreamstate, but I'm not sure that I can really appreciate her motives.

Frankly, while it's probably intentional, for the most part, I just found the book confusing. The characters were little more than ideas, and the plot was too meandering to really coalesce. I feel as though the book needed one big idea (or at least, an idea bigger than a girl whose dreams and reality comingle) to bring everything together. If it was there, I missed it, amongst the flatulent performance artist, the flying fat woman, and the baked-girl-simulacrum that just wanted to watch two men make love.
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