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The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
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May 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: post-modernism, read-in-2008
Read in July, 2008

I have trouble knowing just what to say about this strange apocalyptic myth about a floating hospital at the end of the world.

I wasn't sure if it was going to work for me at some of the more religiously-minded points, and during an interminable procedural stretch in the middle, but Adrian successfully navigated treacherous narrative waters by avoiding any heavy-handed sermonizing, and keeping things a strange combination of profound and ambiguous. And the slow stretch broke with the book's flawless centerpiece, the impressive and deliciously creepy Christmas flashback, instantly regaining my good graces.

I'd love to dissect this book further, so feel free to hit me with theories about it.
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