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Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Sep 12, 2011

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This was a very unique book, and I liked it for a lot of reasons. First, it was pretty amazing that so many powerful phrases and images could be created through this means--cutting out sections of the text so that you could see through to the pages beyond. I can't imagine the time and effort it took to make this. Plus the visual esthetics were unlike any other book. The only part I didn't like was that the words and sentences didn't line up all that well a lot of the time, so you had to really pick through what you were reading to find the meaning. I wasn't sure if this was an issue with the mass printing and binding of this book (that it wouldn't happen so much in a handmade edition) or if that was how it was supposed to be. But it made the reading slower and tricky. I felt like it was more poetry than novel, and for me, I found meaning in the overall feelings and broad pictures it created, rather than in an actual storyline.

Overall, a worthwhile read.

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Gina ooh, did you get this from the library or do you own it?

Lindy I got it from the library. I had to request it through interlibrary loan, so it actually came from Penn State. Since it was in state, there was no charge! Thank goodness for our library system--I love it!

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