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All This Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane
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Aug 29, 2011

did not like it
Read from August 18 to 29, 2011

Ugh. I loved Crane's weird book of short stories, but this thing. Jeez. I kept forcing myself to read it, but still only made it halfway through before remembering that life is too short for bad books. The book starts promisingly, with a ten-page, one-sentence personal ad for the protagonist. The ad is blissfully crazy, with lots of asides and explanations and insights about the character and life in general. I figured I was in for a fun ride. But no.

Charlotte Anne is just dull and ordinary, and Crane's overstuffed prose doesn't make her more interesting. Every other sentence has a long, often parenthetical description or pop-culture reference, which can work if you're David Foster Wallace but doesn't if you're, you know, not. All the excess material just hangs on the book like a school of lampreys, sucking the life out of every page.

Read the first chapter and skip the rest.
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