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Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
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Oct 03, 10

bookshelves: experimental, life-changing, made-me-cry, picked-up-randomly, apocalyptic
Read in November, 2007

A fascinating, evocative and troubling book. Equal parts novel, philosophical exploration, and stream of consciousness musing on art, music, and classical mythology, the end result is a slow but sinuous psychological thriller that climbs inside your head and doesn't let go. It follows the life and thoughts of one lady who quickly proclaims herself the only living being left on the planet. Little more than that is told outright, and it's left to the reader to examine every fragment she offers (as well as each one she doesn't offer) and come to a conclusion about who she is, where she is, how she knows what she knows, and so on.
It's an absolutely captivating, if soberingly melancholy, journey that promises its readers many things about many varied and often unexpected topics.
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