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In the Walled City by Stewart O'Nan
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Mar 17, 2011

it was ok

Ever since I read “Last Night at the Lobster” I’ve been a big fan of Stewart O’Nan and he is now one of my favorite authors. “In the Walled City” is a collection of stories which was published in the early years of this author’s career and so it was a real treat for me to come across it in a used bookstore and be able to have the chance to read it and compare his writing style then to now. Unfortunately the stories in this collection aren’t what I consider compelling but I feel that this book was written at a time when the author was still developing his writing skills. The characters in the stories all deal with personal struggles which are still common themes in his more recent novels. If someone wanted to read a book from this author for the first time I would steer them towards some of his latest works, for it these that one can truly appreciate this author for his fine craft.
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