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Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter
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Jul 17, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011
Read from July 14 to 16, 2011

I didn't love this as much as I thought I would. The prose was often lovely but just as often overbaked, Henry's a decent character but I found the rest (yes, yes, it's an allegory, I know) unsatisfying, and I have an extreme prejudice against books that are divided into oodles of short chapters. Blame modern mystery fiction for that particular dislike, not Mr. Ritter, but one of the only times I felt myself really sinking into this book was about halfway through, during a more lengthy chapter dealing with Bright's backstory with his mom and the Colonel's family. That I liked. That I wanted more of, development of character and sense of place, before it was all (often literally) blown to hell again, over and over.

I can forgive some of its failings because the book does have some truly interesting things to say about how faith plays a role in the traumas of war and death. I wouldn't recommend this book, necessarily, but I'll continue to check out Ritter's work.

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