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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
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Read in April, 2011

Excerpted from the full review:

" Good first sentences can be utterly damning. They allude to the possibility of reading something that will spellbind us, something that, if it is grotesque, is so sublimely grotesque that we are rather glad we lost our lunch over it. (I can only imagine the Marquis de Sade grinning in glee at a well-heeled dowager’s protestation that ‘The 120 Days of Sodom’ sent her scampering to church for shrift.) If the best part of a book, however, is its opening sentence, that seems to be a cowardly act — to sculpt nothing fine, save one or two arresting lines. When I opened ‘Remarkable Creatures’, therefore, and read

“Lightning has struck me all my life. Just once was it real.”

I was wary."
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