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The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier
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Aug 10, 11

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Read from August 01 to 10, 2011

This book had an Interesting concept and characters but a little sad. Each character is the main protagonist of each chapter and it would have been nice if at least once the ending turned out happy. Plus the end of the book let me down. This might be a spoiler if you plan on reading this book but I thought maybe everything would be pulled together but I didn't get that satisfaction when I reached the end.

However, except for the chapter that describes the characters that use self-mutalation as a therapy for their sadness, (you could skip it) I thought this book was worth the read. The main premise is how easily everyone accepts the sudden unexplained visual manifestation of pain as light and it really doesn't make everyone more empathetic or understanding. It's just a thing we do now, give off light. It seems so natural. It reminds us how we accept pain or any changes to our lost, love gained, success, failure, etc. Life just goes on. And what's life all about anyway?

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