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The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
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Jun 20, 2011

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I'm completely torn about this book. In so many ways I loved it: her writing is magnificent--it's that rare prose that completely captivates and makes its own rules. She creates her own language to describe her life and the result is artistic, beautiful, original. Beyond that, while I found her to be one of the strangest people I've ever had the pleasure of reading about, I could really identify with her love of swimming and her passion for the written word. That is to say, despite all the strangeness, I always felt grounded in the story.

But at the same time I found myself wishing she didn't have to be so off the wall all the time. I understood that she was a deeply wounded person, but at times I felt I was reading about someone who went around deeply wounding other people and never felt all that bad about it. Yes, terrible terrible things happened to her, things I can't even begin to truly imagine (though her writing brings you very close), but terrible things happen to nearly everyone.
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Elyse I think I related 'most' to your review. This book popped up in my mail today --so I was looking at reviews -again. I agree that 'some' of the writing was beautiful --but I never understood why readers didn't find things that the author (almost bragged about) --disturbing enough to comment on.

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