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The Man without a Face by Isabelle Holland
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Dec 02, 11

Read from November 18 to December 02, 2011

I've read this book a couple times before, the first time when I was rather young. I think it took me four times before I realised what went on between Chuck and Justin and then I marveled at how I could've missed it, being gay myself (even if I didn't really realise it at that age). Now, reading as a writer, I can see how I missed it because it is so wonderfully subtle. I'd love to be able to write so subdued as this. She has a wonderful grasp of character, only explaining the motives of Chuck in the spots it's most needed. Quite brilliant.

I'm really sad the movie doesn't have the "romantic" subplot because it's pretty much what drives Chuck, but it's understandable as well and it's still a good movie.

But the book is so much better.
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