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The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn
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Jun 07, 2007

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Read in January, 2007

A good, important, moving book about a man's search for lost relatives and the impact the search has on his family--but I struggled with this book like crazy, fighting the urge to pull out my red pen. The man has a lot to say, but desperately needs an editor. I spent so much time slogging through the sloppy writing that it interfered with the content. I am glad I read it and it was worth the trouble, but I'm sure the story could have been told more nimbly.
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message 1: by Shanamadele (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:14AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Shanamadele I am slowly reading this book -- I had to put it down after I read the description of the first Aktion (sp?).

I'm usually not a fan of wordy books (see my review of The Elements of Style, but I found Mendelsohn's repetition compelling and tension building, attributes that helped me get as far as I have through a book that covers events that make me cry and a story whose end I know.

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