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The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
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Sep 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read2011, adultfiction, canadiana
Read in September, 2011

The voice of the daughter in this novel is very beautiful. There is not a lot of factual detail in this book, but we learn so much about the characters through their actions, the way they speak, and their memories. The way the author weaves in and out of present day and past memories is very lyrical.

I found it interesting that we aren’t told much about Henry’s past initially, but it is very easy to see how he has been affected by the Vietnam War, one event in particular. This novel is essentially his story, but told from the point of view of his daughter. And she doesn’t narrate what has been happening in his life; rather, we learn about him by the way she actually sees him. This was a lovely read, simply just to enjoy the language that Skibsrud uses in telling Henry’s story.
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