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The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
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Feb 09, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

Ambling along England’s eastern Suffolk coast, Sebald wanders from inward reverie through outward reverie exploring any and all directions connected to the landscape traversed. I can honestly say I have never encountered a book quite like this. Part travelogue, part historical meditation, part (non?-) fictional memoir. The carefully researched historical vignettes interweave with eloquent reflections of a personal nature. Dreams, war, history and disappointment all bleed into each other, painting a compellingly strange landscape that is both bleak and beautiful. And all the while, walking along the desolate coast with Sebald, engrossed in his fluid prose, I couldn’t help from being reminded of James Joyce’s famous quote: History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
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