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Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner
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Jan 15, 2012

really liked it
Read from November 04, 2011 to January 15, 2012

I really enjoyed LASAL.

Orner clearly understands the craft of writing - every chapter is filled with descriptions and well turned phrases that sear themselves into your minds-eye and bring you into the scene. And although I'm sure that some readers will have an issue with the interweaving of the vignettes from different generations as soon as I was able to pick up on the characters I began to adapt to this structure and almost eagerly anticipate the continuation of a story line and a character that had been (almost) abandoned.

I suppose that my only real critique lies with the stories themselves as it seems Orner and most other modern American writers I come across are focusing on the "absence of relationships within relationships." Within LASAL we see this repeated in each generation... a family started with some shared "love" or vision of the future together that morphs into a detached and strained existence between individuals. This may well be the story of our times but I like to think that I would have given 5 stars to a novel of similar quality where the last generation beat the odds and lived happily ever after.

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