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The King by Donald Barthelme
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Feb 19, 11

Read from February 19 to 20, 2011

I bought this at a used bookstore that had this small piece of description written on a notecard as a recommendation.

"Bizarre, frustrating, + funny. From a master of 'post-modernism.' Whatever, it's great."

A pretty apt summary. I definitely found myself frustrated at times, but there are many moments of greatness. More than maybe any other book I've read however, I found these moments to be why I kept reading. Overall as a work, I had trouble getting into it, but these punctuated moments had me laughing out loud more than any book I can remember. Bizarre and certainly not for everyone, it's something I enjoyed, but wouldn't necessarily recommend to the average reader.
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