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The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart by M. Glenn Taylor
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Aug 05, 11

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Read in January, 2011

The plot is original in the first third of the book, then turns into a sort of fairy tale, soon falls into nonsense, and regains some plausibility towards the end, but at the same time it becomes banal in content and style. Taggart goes through manifold events to cynically - and realistically - conclude that the concept of truth among people is arbitrary, written rules often don’t hold, only nature is steady and can offer some consolation and refuge. The narration doesn’t flow, it has often some hints of solemnity as if the tale was epic, and this only manages to slow down the story and reveal its dullness. Entire sentences are spent to say nothing in the obvious effort to create an atmosphere, to give the characters a personality: the result is a series of stereotyped situations described in a stereotyped style.

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