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Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell
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May 29, 11

Read from May 24 to 29, 2011

holy crap - this book was good. i haven't felt this way about a book in a long time. i wouldn't really call it crime fiction (though there's plenty of crime), it's more like strange, wonderful outsider art in fiction form. being inside Sammy's head is a place i would never think i'd want to go, but i loved being there. i think i understand the world a little better now. and the writing, oh my gosh. i don't usually like it when writers take liberties with words (i'm incredibly literal) but the way woodrell uses language is so unexpected and natural at the same time, that i had a hard time putting the book down. when i read it before bed, i dreamed in his language (which made for interesting, but not very restful sleep). i've moved on to o'nan's "song for the missing" and i'm finding myself bored by the language (but not the story). i'm so bummed "tomato red" is over - I WANT MORE!
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