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The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
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Jun 05, 11

Read in June, 2011

I didn't quite know what to make of this novel when I began reading it because it was so different from any book I'd ever read. It starts off realistically enough with regular, if eccentric people and then creeps into deep fantasy. The novel obviously wasn't meant to be taken too seriously because there doesn't seem to be a moral subtext or agenda. If there was any moral, I suppose it would be to not waste time worrying about death.
The novel is best read straight through so as to invest in this fantastic world that exists within but isolated and unbeknown to the real world. It is enjoyable but begins to lose coherence when the obsession for the father transmutes into slavish devotion to the daughter despite knowledge of the harm that could cause.
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