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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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Jun 18, 11

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bookshelves: fiction-1950-present
Read from May 22 to June 18, 2011

This was kind of like one of those bad movies that everyone collectively decides are good because they're about how we're all interconnected (see: Paris, Je T'aime; Babel; Crash; et al.). Because it was basically all of those movies, there were some sections (I'm going to call them long short stories, because thinking of them that way made me less bothered by the book as a whole) that were actually quite good. And throughout the book, the writing was technically impeccable, but technical prowess doesn't always lead to readability, and I found my mind consistenly wandering while I read it, because it seemed too untrue in its superficial portrayal of many characters to be a completely likeable novel. Yeah, yeah, McCann, we're all in the dance. But why isn't the music more fun to dance to?

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