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Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley
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Feb 11, 2008

really liked it
Read in February, 2008

I read this book in two or three days, which, for me, is a good sign, that I'm invested enough to read it that quickly. It was a wonderfully spun story, although a bit overly tragic and therefore hard to believe at times. given that the author concedes it's a parable of sorts, though, I suppose you can look at the hyperbole as intentional. In that case, the only problem I have is with the ending. it's very hard for a novel's ending to satisfy me. this one didn't dissappoint in any specific way, but it just didn't feel tied up enough. and especially in this case, with mosley having sacrificed subtlty all along, I don't see why the last page should be suddenly so quiet. still, I loved it most of the way through, and will probably read it again, and maybe I'll change my mind about the ending upon a second reading. maybe I'm just not "getting it." that happens.

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