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The Curfew by Jesse Ball
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Aug 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopia
Read from August 27 to 28, 2011

The world depicted in The Curfew feels surprisingly detailed given the sparse nature of Ball's prose. He fleshes out a frighteningly believable dystopia simply by focusing on two characters and their activities in the course of a day: William works, writing epitaphs for gravestones, and his daughter Molly creates an elaborate puppet show. Though I found it, at times, frustrating not to know more about this world--the circumstances that created it, the laws governing it, etc--on the whole it is an enjoyable and haunting look at love, fear, play, and resistance.

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