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The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
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Nov 02, 11

Read on November 02, 2011

This book was recommended by a friend. I see now that it is in part 'her story', i.e. dead father, suicide sister, etc. so I'm not surprised that she enjoyed it. I, however, feel that I learned absolutely nothing from this book. The main character is an immature young woman, self-indulgent, self-referential, passive-aggressive in her behavior, not particularly likeable. The dead sister's boyfriend is a typical predatory male of the 'I couldn't help myself' variety, prepared to hit the road on a whim & fuck his dead lover's little sister having left his understanding fiancee behind in their Berlin apartment. All very cliched and dull ... painfully long scenes of the lustful couple banging away at one another in rooms, cars, in parks, behind rocks, etc. Recommend skimming or speedreading if you want to attempt this one. [How do these people win Pulitzer's?? friends on the panel????]
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