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Holes by Louis Sachar
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Oct 21, 2011

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bookshelves: books-read-in-2011, magical-realism
Read from October 13 to 21, 2011

Stanley Yelnets is sentenced to Camp Green lake in part because he's cursed. What follows is redemptive in a suprising way. Told in broad strokes, this novel is an odd blend of allegory and mystery.

It took me a while to warm up to this book but then that was primarily because I wasn't prepared for the allegorical/whimsical style in which the story was presented. The picture that we get of Stanley is more a sketch than a portrait and I wasn't really expecting the story's tenor.

By the end of part 1 I was finally in-tune with the spirit of the story and enjoyed the outcome a lot. Still, this is a strange tale and I'm unsure how it got the popular following that it did.

Still, it's worth the time for those who can get past the quirky way in which the story unfolds.
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