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Case Closed by Patrik Ouředník
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Feb 12, 11

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An utter waste of time. Ouředník is a clever writer and there were multiple moments where a particular sentence made me sit up straight and admire his skill (or perhaps that of the translator, Zucker, who did a brilliant job with all of the wordplay) but a few sentences does not a novel make!
At most, we have here a few characters that did a few things, said a few things, and never came together in any sort of conclusion or meaningful way. I'm not saying that I can't appreciate an artist playing with what literature is understood to be or the way words are supposed to work together, but if you can't make it into something relatively intelligible or cohesive then for god's sake stick to to crossword puzzles.

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