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The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
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Aug 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2011, passport-books, lit-fic
Read from November 21 to 27, 2011

I picked up this book because I had heard some very good things and the comparisons that have been made to the second season of The Wire, an underrated season in my opinion. I'm glad I did. The comparisons with the docks from The Wire are quite obvious once you read the term "shipping container."

The Singer's Gun is a very good book, a mystery that is structured perfectly as it weaves moments from the past and present together. It brings up a lot of things about the issue of identity and reminded me a lot of Await Your Reply, which is one of my all-time favorite books.

Emily has seemed to emerge as an indie darling and it's no coincidence. Her writing is fantastic: beautiful, smart, while maintaining great pacing. I'm not gonna lie - after reading this, it's hard not to want to drift away to Italy and read some of your favorite books while looking out at the water. This would be a good book to bring with you.
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