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So Many Ways to Begin by Jon McGregor
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Apr 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads-win, books-read-in-2011
Read from April 05 to 09, 2011

I won this book on Goodreads giveaway.
Since he was a young boy, David has been interested in museums, in physical objects that tell of a moment in time. The story is told as though David is going through a box of items, and each chapter is the memory or memories attached to the items that he has saved from various times in his life. David’s life is shattered by a long-held secret accidentally revealed by a family friend. Now he feels like his whole life and the items he has cataloged about his life story are a lie. With his secret revealed, David’s world is forever altered. History is much about who we are. “These broken pieces were all he had; like keepsakes pulled from the ruins. Fragile traces, dug from the cold wet earth.”
The story is not told start to finish, but in little pieces, some from the middle of the story, one or two from near the beginning, and a few from the end. Somehow he manages to connect all the pieces together to make the story beautiful and true.
The story itself isn't anything remarkable; it's just a very well-written tale of fairly ordinary happenings that are kind of out of the ordinary in themselves. Hard to explain. The writing is what makes this story beautiful. Probably not for everyone, but I really liked it!


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